I've always wanted to have a nice guest room for friends and family who come and stay with us, but until now our extra bedroom has been crammed full of "storage" (aka junk). I've tried to work on it a couple times, but it was so overwhelming I just couldn't muster up the energy to continue. After organizing my craft cabinet a couple weeks ago, I decided it was finally time to tackle the guest room--and finish it. Sometimes it takes a small win to give you the encouragement and motivation needed to take on the next big thing! Our guest room is pretty small, so we have a twin bed in there for now. Eventually, when we have a bigger house, I want a a nice queen bed for couples...but at least this is a huge step in the right direction. After all, we still have a lot of single friends and siblings that come to stay with us. I partnered with Kohl's to furnish this room--did you know they have an awesome home department? I had never thought to shop there before, and I was impressed with the variety of stylish pieces they carry. I'm giving away a $100 Kohl's gift card at the bottom of this post, so don't miss it!
I forgot to take a before picture of the guest room, but trust me when I say it was SO BAD. There was barely any floor space to walk on--boxes, furniture, half-finished projects, and random junk covered every surface. We'd basically treated it like a storage unit for three years! So first things first, we took everything out of the room and sold, donated, or threw away as much as possible.
Then it was time for the fun part--decorating! I got some cute, gender-neutral bedding from Kohl's and hung some art on the wall.
Instead of a nightstand, I picked out a gorgeous, modern cabinet. Since our bedroom is a small space, it's great to have one multi-tasking piece of furniture that can do double duty as storage and a bedside table.
Lastly, I added some accessories to make the room feel more welcoming, like a throw blanket for extra warmth, a small frame with the Wifi password, and a basket filled with toiletries and essentials, in case guests forget something.
A few other nice touches? Provide a water pitcher so guests don't have to tiptoe into the kitchen at night, give them a spare key so they can come and go as they please, and add some flowers on the nightstand to make the room cheerier. If guests are from out of state, I also like providing them with some local snacks to welcome them to Washington.
Our guest room still isn't perfect (a twin bed isn't ideal, and those blinds need to go), but it's come a loooong way. Do you have a room that's in dire need of a makeover? Be sure to enter the giveaway below. You could win $100 to spend at Kohl's!
Even if you don't win, be sure to check out these two big sales they have coming up on 1/29: $10 off a $50 home purchase with the promo code HOME10, and 20% off using the promo code FORYOU20. And good news: the codes can be stacked!
Thank you to Kohl's for partnering with me on this post.