Elsie’s Guest Room Refresh – A Beautiful Mess

Elsie’s Guest Room Refresh – A Beautiful Mess

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I had been thinking of refreshing my guest room for the past few years. When you last saw it, it was bright as hell, and I loved our yellow room for years (and still do!). It was one of the most visually stunning rooms I have ever designed. And I never did get tired of the yellow because it was in the guest room, not a main room. So for the record, I still totally stand behind doing a big statement in your guest room.

That said …

As the years went by and I styled, restyled and styled some more our various rooms, I definitely felt that overall our more neutral rooms felt more timeless and more “me.” And as the time when we had planned to list our home approached, I decided to make a few small changes to help our home be ready to list. Now I am not saying you can’t list a house with statement wallpaper—you for sure can! However, many people I trust advised me that it wasn’t the best idea. And personally, I know that I would probably never keep someone else’s big statement wallpaper if I bought a house that came with it … because I truly enjoy the process of choosing my own big statements.

I say all of that to say I realized this refresh may be controversial to some, and that is fine with me. I really believe there is a solid case for either decision I could have made. And either way, you get to see the room one more way before we move, so that’s fun!

I’ll go more into what I chose and why below. But first, more photos …

I LOVE this wallpaper!

I chose this peonies wallpaper in grey. I knew I wanted a neutral floral print and I really love this one since it’s so graphic and modern. It is somewhat the opposite of the last paper we had in here, which made the swap all the more exciting. Most of the rest of the furniture is the same (I’ll link it all just below here) and I added a new comforter from Target. I was really feeling something warm that played off the colors of my new tapestry.

My sister is staying in the room this week and she said it felt bigger, which is cool!

Sources: Peonies Wallpaper from Chasing Paper, Bed/Anthropologie, Rectangular Pillow/CB2, (similar here) Side Tables/West Elm (painted), Lamps and bedding/Target, Curtains/Anthropologie, Light Fixture/Sazerac Stitches.

I found this woven piece at a flea market and it’s one of my favorite vintage finds in a long time.

Our guest book is getting so full. I just checked and the first entry is from 2014 … still going strong. And below we still do the guest snack cart. We keep it full of a variety of snacks … mainly junk food.

My rainbow weaving from Sunwoven is still going strong as well. I know I’ve said this a million times, but if you collect special pieces that all fit a certain vibe for your home you can mix and match from room to room anytime you need a refresh … it’s the best!

I hope you all had (and are having!) a lovely holiday. Thank you so much for following along. xx- Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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