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Our Guest Room Makeover + $100 Giveaway!

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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!

Guest room makeover

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.

Kohl's guest room makeover

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.

Super cute dresser/cabinet

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.

Welcome sign for guests with wifi password

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.

How to decorate a guest room

Spare key for guests to use

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.

Bedside styling for a guest room

$100 Kohl's giveaway // At Home in Love

Shop this room: Quilt / Pillow (similar) / Carafe (similar) / Cabinet / Throw / Basket (similar) / Body washTowels

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

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  1. Posted by Corissa on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    So simple and cozy. Thanks for the giveaway.
  2. Posted by Kelly D on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    The cabinet makes a great nightstand!
  3. Posted by Julie Wood on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Your guest room makeover is gorgeous! I like the pop of color with the lamp and pillow. Any one who stays in this room will feel special!
  4. Posted by Lindsey on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    The basket of toiletries is a great idea that I've always been meaning to try
  5. Posted by Elle on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I like the pop of color with that pretty lamp and the flowers.
  6. Posted by Brenda on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Looks like it came from IKEA with it's stunning simplicity and clean lines. Love that cabinet!
  7. Posted by Renee on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Love this cabinet - the whole room looks great!!
  8. Posted by Kari on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Love the room. The modern cabinet is my favorite!
  9. Posted by Elena on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I love Kohl's. Thank you for the giveaway!
  10. Posted by Tamra H on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Just adore that photo frame! What a cute space. Thanks for the chance to win!
  11. Posted by carol clark on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    i like the class you have kinda my style and its quite pretty
  12. Posted by HS kraftmaking on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I would love to get towels!
  13. Posted by Michelle R on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Love this! Hoping I win :)
  14. Posted by Jenn V on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    You did a great job! Someday I hope to have a guest room. This makes me want to leave my kids at home and come spend the night at your place.
  15. Posted by Susan M. on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    It looks nice and cozy! I love the wifi password in the frame, too.
  16. Posted by Christa on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I love all of your cute, thoughtful gifts for visitors. I want to start airbnb and these would all be such nice touches. I also really like your new cabinet!
  17. Posted by caslyn on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I love the makeover. So cute and great ideas for hosting guests.
  18. Posted by Betsy Barnes on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Such a lovely guest room! I love everything, especially the stand, so retro :)
  19. Posted by Laura J on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Oh I love what you did! The Modern Cabinet is so pretty and love the lamp color! Looks so comfy and inviting for your guests! I would love to do something like that with our guest room
  20. Posted by Aimee on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    We moved in June and currently have no bed in our guest room... Hoping to get one this month. But when we finally do, I'd definitely incorporate some of these ideas!
  21. Posted by Rosie on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I love Kohl's!!
  22. Posted by Debbie on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Love what you did!! I will definitely remember Kohl's when I need home decor :)!
  23. Posted by Shannon on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I could really use to makeover our guest room. Thanks for the ideas
  24. Posted by Jen Spadaro on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Very cute guest room. I'm trying to figure out how we can add some guest space to our house. We have 4 bedrooms, but with 3 kids all the bedrooms are taken. So really the only space is the finished basement. I want to get a super luxurious lazy boy pull out queen bc my guests tend to be picky sleepers. Problem is the couch is $2k. So that'll have to wait a minute. Love the Pom Pom blanket. I might get that for my daughters bunk beds! I also really like all the sweet touches, big basket of lovey stuff, wifi password, key. It's all very thoughtful and shows you have a big heart for hospitality!!
  25. Posted by Jessica To on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I would love to makeover my bedroom. It needs a pick me up.
  26. Posted by Erin Ellis on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    What a great makeover! Love that lamp. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
  27. Posted by linda on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    i love shopping at kohls
  28. Posted by Terri Irvin on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I am crazy about that color blue and how it pops. Great eye!
  29. Posted by Mami2jcn on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I love the color of the lamp.
  30. Posted by Emma on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Oh man, Kohl's is one of my all-time favorite stores. I actually need to use a $5 coupon I got for being in Yes2You Rewards before it expires at the end of the month! Thanks for reminding me.
  31. Posted by Leigh Anne Miller Borders on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Kohl's such a great place to shop. They have such a great variety of things to buy at great prices. I love how your guest room turned out.
  32. Posted by Dana Summers on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Pretty guest space. Thanks for the giveaway!
  33. Posted by Colleen Boudreau on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Thank you!! :)
  34. Posted by Lee Mckeon on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Kohl's Is my favorite store for sure, room looks darling!
  35. Posted by Krystal on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Beautiful blog and I love the name! Great tips for a guest room also!
  36. Posted by Tara on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Love that gray cable knit blanket! So cozy and classic!
  37. Posted by Bridgett Wilbur on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I just love your blog and shopping at kohls.
  38. Posted by James Robert on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Having 5 kids and being a single dad raising them, this is one awesome giveaway. Thanks fr the chance
  39. Posted by latanya on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I love shopping at Kohl's
  40. Posted by Wendy on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Now I'm searching my brain for a place to put that cabinet!!
  41. Posted by Meagan on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Lovely! Need to make our guest room this friendly, the inspiration is appreciated!
  42. Posted by Andrea M on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    There's nothing better than making your guests feel comfortable in their own space of your home. I love the little details (key on a string, chocolates and basket of towels.)
  43. Posted by Prasert on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Thank you for this giveaway
  44. Posted by Carol S on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    Love the room makeover. Simple but chic!
  45. Posted by Tabathia B on Monday, January 25th, 2016

    I would purchase clothing for my daughter
  46. Posted by Kristen on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I'd love to get some cozy new PJs from Kohl's.
  47. Posted by Tina W on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love your look, makes me want to redo our extra room.
  48. Posted by sandra on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love your decorating ideas
  49. Posted by Shannon on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I need new bedding! This would be so fun!
  50. Posted by Janet W. on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love the look of your guest bedroom. Looks like great furnishings and natural light. Kohl's has great products!
  51. Posted by Amy on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    Like the idea of a dresser doubling as nightstand! Also I totally relate to the guest room being treated like a storage room. I also recently cleaned out my craft area and it's brings me joy to use it now and it's motivating me to clean other parts of the house as well.
  52. Posted by Hannah on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    Glad I found your blog. I'm a fan
  53. Posted by Nataly Carbonell on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love the minimalistic but chic look of the bedroom!
  54. Posted by Marissa C. on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love, love, LOVE the alternative nighstand. I'm so into the whole MCM revival look!
  55. Posted by Lauren on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I like your style!
  56. Posted by Jeanna on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love the pop of colors that you choose for your guest room! Beautiful!
  57. Posted by Dandi D on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    The makeover looks great!
  58. Posted by jodi on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    The room looks very nice!
  59. Posted by Sarah Sobocinski on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    This would be awesome to win. I home things.
  60. Posted by Jennifer Hayden on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love Kohls!! Beautiful makeover.
  61. Posted by Barbara Montag on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    Fantastic makeover tips!
    Thanks for all of the ideas.
  62. Posted by Lauren H on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you!
  63. Posted by natasha lamoreux on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    Amazing makeover! Kohls is awesome, would love to win.
  64. Posted by shelly peterson on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    what a great make over! Thanks for the giveaway!
  65. Posted by Jennifer Marie on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I would love to get some home decorations and work clothes. Thanks for the chance.
  66. Posted by Cassandra Eastman on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I absolutely love these tips to helping guests' feel comfortable. The idea to frame the wifi password is so brilliant, and leaving a pitcher of water so simple and thoughtful! Thank you!!
  67. Posted by Kenya F on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I love everything about this post! The cabinet, the colors. the lamp..its just all perfect!
  68. Posted by Donna on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

    I would love to win this giveaway! Great posts!
  69. Posted by Gina M on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    I love all of the personal touches you added for guests to feel welcome! I am sure they don't want to leave such a wonderful room!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com
  70. Posted by Harmony b on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Beautiful make over. I wish I had a room to do
  71. Posted by Ashley C on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    This is such a comfy and cozy looking room :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com
  72. Posted by Myra Ball on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    You're picked out some really cute items. I love the nightstand cabinet. The white with pops of color make the room look light and v stand out. Kohls has great selections with reasonable prices.
  73. Posted by Alisha S. on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    I love Kohls!! And we had a room in our old apartment that was exactly what yours was--a junk room!! When we had our first baby we finally cleaned it out so it could be her nursery! Your guest room is so cute and functional and I love all the ideas!
  74. Posted by linda on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    I like how clean and fresh the room looks.
  75. Posted by Birdiebee on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    I love shopping at Kohl's because of their awesome deals and great products. I spend a good portion of my time walking their aisles admiring all of the goodies.
  76. Posted by allison on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    would have never guessed that cabinet was from kohls love it!
  77. Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Beautiful
  78. Posted by Kerry on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    I love that cabinet and your whole makeover. I didn't know Kohl's had such cute home things!
  79. Posted by Karrie on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Everything looks so cute!! I love it
  80. Posted by Susan Christy on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Love the cabinet!!!
  81. Posted by Thomas Murphy on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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