Welcome! How are you? I can't believe February is half over and this is my first blog post of 2021. Actually it's not that hard to believe, haha! It takes me a while to rebound from holiday mayhem, and 2021 has been off to a running start in the studio. The holidays are candle season and Kindred Home is still first and foremost a candle company! If you follow along on Instagram (if not, please do), you may remember I wanted to tackle our guest room refresh back in November, but that was a little crazy given how limited my time is during the holidays. So I made it my first project of 2021 and I'm thrilled with how it came out. What do you think?
Before I dive into the good stuff (sources), please allow me to bore you with the details of why I redecorated the guest room in the first place. I'll tell you. I can see into the guest room from my bedroom and its perpetually disheveled state was giving me hives every time I looked across the hall. I already had a lot of the big furniture, it just needed the finishing touches. Here's the most important thing to know; we don't plan to live in our current home much longer so I'm tackling projects with that in the back of my mind. My mom always says, "shop at home first," so that's what I did. I don't want to be wasteful so I did my best to work with what I had. Given that my husband is graduating from business school in May, I wouldn't have invested in this room if I didn't already have the bed, side tables, lights, and accent chair. Note: I dislike the ceiling fan but I didn't replace it for this very reason. Before I bought something new, I asked myself if it was something I'd want to use again in our next house. If the answer was no, I passed. And if you've been here for a bit, you know that I love to thrift, which is convenient when redecorating on a budget.
This isn't exactly what I saw when I'd look across the hall, but it is how this room looked when we toured our house. Look at that wallpaper border! When can we look forward to that coming back into style?
I'd call this an improvement.
I'd say this room is 1/3 pieces I already owned, 1/3 thrifted, and 1/3 new.
So here's the detail with sources. I love to share my finds. However, please keep in mind that I'm currently looking to expand my design portfolio so I haven't linked every single item. This is also why I thrift pieces - it helps me curate a unique, one-of-a-kind space. If you or someone you know would like help redesigning a space, I'd love to lend a hand. Send me an email or message me on Instagram!
And finally, I'm going to share exactly what I spent on the new pieces. I wanted to design this space on a budget because I'm not a believer that a well-designed space has to break the bank.
Pieces I already owned:
I can't link the following, because they're all thrifted pieces. I spent $42 on thrifted items.
Ship at Sea original artwork | Anatomy Of A Golf Stroke watercolor artwork | Wicker laundry basket | Brass lamp | Leaf artwork in square frames | Black vase is up-cycled pottery from Goodwill
New pieces from Home Goods or Facebook Marketplace.
Fiddle leaf Fig Tree | Area rug | Wood bench
New pieces you can find at Target:
While we aren't expecting many visitors, I love passing by this room every day and that makes it all worthwhile! Not including the large pieces I already owned, the new pieces cost roughly $700. Luckily I had a few coupons and gift cards so I spent a bit less. I think I did pretty well on a budget, especially considering I wanted this space to be layered with color, pattern, and texture! Thanks for following along. Next up, our bathroom remodel!
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