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This guest bedroom makeover was one of my favorite projects recently, and I am so excited to show you how it all turned out!  This used to be a baby nursery since it’s pretty close to the master bedroom, but, now that all four little girls share rooms in one combination or another, I was able to turn this into a room for out of town guests.  Scroll on down for sources and more views!

I’ve never used wallpaper before, but this cement tiles pattern done in navy from Milton and King (“Heritage Tiles”) was love at first sight.  πŸ’™  I always love trying new and unexpected things in decor, so I paired this sort of modern looking tile pattern (based on an old type of tile…go figure. 😏) with some copper accents to really make both pop!  That huge copper pendant light was a lucky vintage find for under $50, and…it actually still works!  I was shocked.  Expected to have to take it in for work, but nope.  Works like new!  I used some vintage copper molds to sort of mimic the look of a four-poster bed, and I’m pretty excited how the whole copper and navy thing worked together.

 So.  Let’s talk about THIS BED.  πŸ™€
I know, right?!  I stumbled upon it at a local antique store, but I didn’t have money in the budget to buy it nor did I have a place for it at the time.  With a heavy heart, I walked away…sniff sniff.  πŸ˜₯  But!  Lo and behold, a few months later, I saw that it was still in store AND…it had been marked way down.  You guys…it was only $70!!!  Solid wood, so sturdy, no damage and basically the most beautiful vintage and weathered wood tones I’ve ever seen.  πŸ˜  Snatched that sucker up in no time, and, if you are an Instagram buddy o’ mine, you might remember me whisper-shouting to you on stories the day I found it for the second time!  πŸ˜‰  It’s a full-size, and I’m fully in love.

Another fun little twist on the guest room was layering up on rugs to create a cozy, extra plush feel!  We have wood tile floors (Style Selections in Natural Cinnamon Timber 8x48in) throughout, and I wanted to layer up in here like I did in our living room to add softness for our guests…and for when the girls crawl under there to play or make forts.  πŸ˜‰  The jute rug is from Target and the fluffy cream rug is from Well Woven!

Across from the bed hangs this beautiful scripture scroll from Mustard Seed Beginnings, and I love the verse for the guest room so much. I wanted to “hug” the scroll with some vintage ironstone plates and old teeny copper molds to catch the eye and create some interest and depth on the wall.  Flanked the scroll with a little topiary from Hobby Lobby, some navy and copper touches from Home Goods, and a few other accents to complete the decor atop this old curvy dresser…that used to be the changing table for my babies.  πŸ˜­  Sniff sniff.  Goes by so quickly, gah!!

And now, here’s where I need your help:

I’m still stuck on window treatments.  πŸ€”  This view looks pretty simplified, but remember, the other wall has that pretty busy wallpaper…I don’t want to do much more in here, or it might start to feel extra crazy busy.  I know I want to keep that bamboo roller shade, but then…curtains?  What color, white?  Linen?  Sheers to match the fairy/princess/mosquito net above the bed?  I’m just stuck.  On curtains.  πŸ˜‚  Sometimes the brains are just plumb tired and out of ideas, so let me know what you guys think!

Thank you for stopping by to take a little guest room tour with me, and I sure appreciate your support: from kind comments to interaction on Instagram and Facebook…you guys are the best buddies around!



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  1. Michele says:

    Erin ,
    This guest room is simply cozy , warm and who wouldn’t want to stay here ! You are so amazing in everything you do ! I think linen curtains would look nice . Very simple. 😊

  2. Jen says:

    What a beautiful, cozy room!
    I’d consider bleached drop cloth panels

  3. Paulette Markham says:

    I think you need some color in the drapes. I know you have the busy, beautiful, wallpaper behind the bed but across the room everything is basically neutral. I agree keep the bamboo shade but I say something in a dark blue for the drapes. It’s a gorgeous room.

  4. Shari says:

    Gorgeous so gorgeous! I love the idea of linens.. sheer linens. We bought some grey sheer linens for my daughters nursery that are gorgeous. Maybe you don’t want grey but I’d check them out for a cheap option πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜πŸ˜˜

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      That’s true–they are super cheap, and I don’t really need light blocking all that much since the shade does that job. Thanks, Shari!

  5. Becky says:

    I agree with linen. No competing or weighing down the room. It is so beautiful! I`ve just started reading about "capsule wardrobe", what does it mean?

  6. Shari says:

    Haha forgot to mention they were from target. Mom of two under two brain? Newborn is stealing all my thoughts lol

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I feel you, man. After baby #4, I think all brains have left my cranium at this point. πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚

      • Shari Borba says:

        Haha well then you must’ve had ALL the brains before kids because saloon at you! You’re killing it. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’•

  7. April E. says:

    I initially was thinking the bleached dropcloth look too, but I think I would go with sheer white like the canopy or a totally different route, maybe navy panels?😊

  8. Melissa says:

    This came out absoutely beautiful! I would have to say some simple sheer curtians. Let that awesome wallpaper shine!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Isn’t it the coolest?! It’s a bit out of my comfort zone with the navy, but I kind of liked doing something new!

  9. Alisha says:

    I love this room! We have navy room darkening curtains since my husband is on nights and I really want add in more pops of blue to make it pretty. I’ll be sooo grateful when he can be back on dayshift. If I were you, I’d go with soft pale blue curtains. Between the navy and cream tones, it would be dainty but not plain. Drop cloth may also be a good choice.

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I feel you, man. Hubs works night shift at the hospital some weeks, and he sort of took over this room for a few months…now it’s all mine! We had the room darkening curtains up until recently. They work wonders!

  10. Brooke says:

    I love this!! So I follow you and live in tulsa! I would love to know about any little shops you frequent that I haven’t been yet!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Thanks, Brooke! You should try Chouteau and Jenks for some vintage stores! Owasso has a cute shop, The Flying Pig!

  11. Sandee says:

    I agree with a couple of ladies here, I’d find a indigo blue in your wallpaper and match that color for panels. A solid color no print. I think it would tie the other side of the room nicely.
    The room is just gorgeous Erin. Love it so much.😍

  12. Pat says:

    How about the white curtains from Ikea and attach navy trim? The curtains are inexpensive, long and lots of folks use them. Not a huge investment if you tire of them. πŸ˜‰ Take a look at Kristin’s blog "Bliss at Home". She is amazing and did hers with black trim. Be sure and check out her previous home to see her creativity!

  13. Jodi says:

    I actually think a darker blue linen will accentuate the wallpaper. A lightweight linen will still let some light through so it won’t read as stuffy or heavy’

    That side of the room reads pretty light. It will ground that side of the room and, I believe, actually pull the blue out of the wallpaper even more as your eye circles the room.

    It is a stunning room!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Well, now that’s a good point, too! I hadn’t thought of that w the lightweight linen in blue… Thank you, Jodi!

  14. Luci says:

    It looks stunning! I have to agree with the other ladies! A blue linen would be pretty!!

  15. Sarah says:

    Love it just the way it is. Can’t wait for it to change with seasons. Love that vintage quilt. I’ve been looking for a similar and they aren’t cheap!

  16. Barb says:

    I love the bleached Muslim dropcloth drapes and they are so easy. @littlevintagenest recently did an easy tutorial. ❀️ your IG and check it out every day when I get home from work. It helps me transition to creative mode!

  17. Mandy says:

    I think you should use your creative magic and make some super cool rustic-y wooden cornice πŸ‘πŸΌ

  18. Beautiful! I love the wallpaper. ❀️ I’m so scared to take risks on wallpaper, but this looks amazing!

  19. Beautiful! I love the wallpaper. ❀️ I’m so scared to take risks on wallpaper, but this looks amazing!

  20. Cooley Foster says:

    Totally think some white/cream linen(ish) roman shades would be πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

  21. Patti Aparicio says:

    First the room is dreamy, that bed is so stinkin gorgeous…. can’t believe I’m going to say this but I think a blue drape would look pretty just skimming the edge of the window…. but whatever you decide will be fantastic I’m sure πŸ’™

  22. Lauren says:

    I say cream linen for curtains!

  23. Paige says:

    I would either go with a sheer or understated linen. The wallpaper is going to do the talking. It’s beautiful, Erin! I love it!

  24. Mae Wood says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  25. Janice Bernloehr says:

    I would hang curtains from Ikea, ceiling to floor off white and they are inexpensive!

    • Janice Bernloehr says:

      I wish I could send you a pic, but I don’t know how… I can try to put one on my page

  26. Eve says:

    Maybe just do a one panel pulled to the side in a plain blue sheer or linen type. Just to add a punch of color and tie it all in at the same.

  27. Cietra says:

    Half shutters would look nice and wouldn’t pull away from that GORGEOUS wallpaper. Either white or stained to match the bed frame. I also like the bleached drop cloth panels. Seriously, everything you do is amazing so I’m sure it’ll turn out great either way!

  28. Snw327 says:

    Ok. So I love the pumpkin sign. Hysterical you messed the date up, you kill me! So something I would do! I need a 2010 one, so if you wanna swap and order another, just let me know! lol!! PS- the room looks beautiful!!

  29. Susan says:

    Beautiful Erin! Love, love, love the bed. What a treasure. I used to have those type of molds in my kitchen back in the 80’s and was thinking the other day I wish I would of kept them. Who would of thought? I think the simple drop cloth curtain would be perfect in there!

  30. Katie says:

    I wonder if you could get away with ticking fabric? French, farm-housey.. subtle hints of blue or lighter brown with cream.. it’s maybe risky but the throw blanket is similar!

  31. Kayla Lawlor says:

    Um I’m dying this is so pretty!!! I wish I had your design/decor eye. Maybe I’ll ask for some help in the future.

  32. Morgan Rivera-Silva says:

    Hi Erin,
    So in love with your room! Just scored a full antique bed very similar to yours and I am looking for the perfect height for nightstands. Im coming up empty what size are your nightstands??

  33. Kate says:

    Hey Erin, this is beautiful!! Where did you get your mosquito net? I’m looking to do one in my master bedroom. Thanks!

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