Welcome to a Tour of Our Guest Bedroom

Today, I invite you into our home to share with you one of the spare rooms that we use as a guest bedroom! Come on in!

Empty Bedrooms

We have empty bedrooms now that our three children have moved out. They each live a distance away, so when they come home, they have a place to stay here with us! Two of our spare rooms are ready all the time for guests. Well, I say all the time, but in reality, I still have to do some straightening before they actually come over 😉

This is the largest of the three spare bedrooms. Two of the rooms are used as guest bedrooms. I will share the second one in the future. The third bedroom serves two purposes – extra storage for my never-ending reinvented inventory and as a guest bedroom when the Murphy bed is in use. I will share that room in the future as well!

One of my sisters gifted us with this dresser. She wanted to change things around in her own home and I offered to take it off her hands 🙂 It was very dark and seemed heavy in the room, so out came the paintbrush and chalk paint!

Years ago, I did more chalk painting than I do now. I chose a shade of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint called Paris Grey as the first layer. I used the same paint in Old White on the drawers using a dry brush technique. Looking at this dresser again makes me want to do this method more often! The lighter colors help to add brightness to this north-facing room.

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Simple Decor

The decor on the top of the dresser is simple – dried hydrangeas from our yard in a small ironstone pitcher, a thrift store lamp that we re-loved, and a hand-turned pillar candle stand that my hubby turned in his workshop. I love the hand-turned items he has made over the years – bowls, pillar candle stands, and snowmen just to name a few. He sources the wood for turning locally – meaning our backyard!

Near and Dear to My Heart

This vintage hospital crib holds a special place in my mama’s heart. All three of our children spent their first few weeks of life sleeping in this crib. We found the crib at a local antique store that has since closed down.

The metal crib was used in hospitals in the middle to late 1800s. The crib did not have a mattress, of course (I would have replaced it even if it had one!) so I had a piece of high-density foam cut to size and made a waterproof mattress cover. I also made little washable sheets as an extra covering for the mattress. The crib is adjustable too! One end can be raised at a slight angle. I imagine they had this adjustable to help newborns with any congestion they might have in their early days of life.

As I said, all three of our little ones slept in this crib as newborns so it is a piece I treasure! We use it for blanket storage now in the guest bedroom 🙂

This vintage doll carriage has been with us for years. I love the dark contrast it brings to the room. It gets moved around quite a bit depending on where I think it looks best. It serves as additional linen storage for the bed.

A Place to Relax

This small settee comes in handy for guests. Usually, guests don’t spend much time in the room itself – most guests want to spend time with the ones they are visiting. But they do need a place to sit in the room. This settee fills that need.

An antique quilt frame hangs above the settee. I quilted the pink and green lap quilt years ago. The quilting frame itself is still usable for quilting. Fortunately, I was able to use the frame when I quilted a small wedding wall hanging on it! Now it just hangs on the wall as a backdrop and hanging rack for this pink and green lap quilt.

Vintage Door Headboard

The headboard for the guest bedroom is one of my favorite pieces. We have had a similar look in our master bedroom for a long time and I thought it would look so nice in the guest bedroom as well. The door is well over 100 years old and hangs on the wall using a French cleat. We make these headboards for our customers and they love them! All original hardware is still on the door and my hubby added a narrow shelf at the top to finish it off.

Revolving Nightstands

The nightstands get changed out on a regular basis in this room. As we finish projects, they often go into this room as they wait to go into my shop. Sometimes, the pieces get sold before they make it to the shop :). It’s fun to have rotating furniture!

This side table wasn’t the same height as the small table we have on the other side of the bed. The addition of a couple of vintage books helps to bring the lamp up just enough so that it is even with the other lamp.

As you can see, the nightstands are frequently changed. It all depends on my inventory!

guest bedroom

Simple Bedding

The bedding is simple – a quilted blanket with bed pillows and one rectangle throw pillow. The cover on the throw pillow can double as an extra pillow for our guests if they need it. The zippered closure is convenient for laundering and keeping the pillow fresh! A textured throw adds to the layered look and is also practical. Our guests could use it as an additional blanket or toss it onto the settee if they don’t need it!

That’s it for the tour of this guest bedroom! Thanks for stopping by our home! Be sure to check back in for more room tours!

You can follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more inside peaks into our home! And of course, Pinterest is a great place to keep all of your ideas for guest bedroom decorating in one place. Hey, you could even pin some of our ideas to share with your friends!

So tell me, how do you make room for your guests? I would love to know your ideas! Share in the comments below 🙂


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  1. The room is beautiful and I really love the metal crib and its history. It has been many years since I had a guest room, but I have one now and am having so much fun decorating it for a visit from my aunt. The only new piece in the room will be the mattress and boxspring set. Everything else has been thrifted.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Did you say every piece is thrifted?? Be still my thrifty heart!! ? You will have so much fun curating your pieces for the room!! Have fun and thanks so much for reading the post! Stop back and visit anytime!

  2. I am so glad that you left a comment on my blog which led to me discovering yours. This guest bedroom is so pretty. I love your decorating style!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Awe, so sweet of you to pop over! I am fairly new to blogging and I am looking forward to meeting new blogging friend! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love your guest bedroom. All of the vintage pieces are so pretty. I love that crib…and what a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Have a great one! Hugs!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words! And for commenting! Hope you have a great day too!?

  4. Wow, Cynthia… such a lovely room! LOVE all your furniture, and that antique hospital crib is adorable! Love your nightstands, too, but especially love that second one! Thanks so much for sharing on Homestyle Gathering!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Julie!! We have really enjoyed collecting vintage pieces over the years! Joining in the Homestyle Gathering has been fun!

  5. I love the hospital crib! And the idea of using books to change the height of bedside lamps.

    1. Thank you, Joanne! Vintage books are so handy to use in decor! So glad you enjoyed the post!

    1. This is a special room – our grandson gets to spend the night in this room!