Tips For Creating a Guest Bedroom- The Easy and Thrifty Way!

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It's almost that time of year! When company is coming and our homes are filled with love and laughter! I absolutely love it! But if you don't have an inviting guest room or space- you might be feeling a little stressed out as the Holidays approach.

NEVER FEAR! LAURIE IS HERE! (OMG. Did I just actually type that!) I'm going to share how I decorated our guest space the easy and thrifty way with as little stress as possible! 

This was one of those projects that's been on my to do list forever. But it was just never a huge priority because nobody ever really knew it was there and that it was empty. Except for me of course. 

But when my Mom moved in- I knew we had to create a calming and welcoming space for her! We didn't have a ton of money to work with so I wanted to put together the best space I could using things I had on hand. Most of the budget for this room went to new furniture which we purchased at Big Lots- Big Lots is awesome for Home Decor and carry all of the best products that are fashionable and right on trend! I  purchased all of our outdoor furniture from Big Lots and it's easily been one of the best purchases we've made! 

Had this whole project gone my way- the room would be painted in one of my favorite griege paint colors with a neutral palette and more rustic finds- but my Mom's style is a little different then mine. She loves color and more modern things. I think this room is a perfect combination of shabby chic and modern and the end result had a very relaxed cozy cottage feel.
I'm sharing my top 5 favorite tips today for creating a guest room the easy and thrifty way and make the process as easy as possible!

Five Tips For Creating A Guest Room The Easy and Thrifty Way!

Use What You Have-

I was able to decorate this space by "shopping the house!" A spare lamp, candle stick, and clock all came together to put together the finishing touches in this shabby chic bedroom!

Make A Statement-
When you're not trying to spend a ton of money, I always try to work on one area or focus on something to make a statement! These old windows did just that- I wanted it to take the place of a headboard over the bed and it was by far the impact I was looking for and it didn't cost a ton of money! You can try things like painting stripes on one wall as an accent. Just something that draws the focus to that specific area. It makes even the most drab room seem more interesting!

Choose a Soothing Color Palette-
Everyone knows I'm a griege and white kinda gal- but my Mom really wanted some color in this space- Thankfully- we agreed on this soft lavender color and I actually really like it. It's not overpowering and really soothing and calming. Kind of makes me feel like I'm at a Spa. It's the perfect shade of purple to capture that shabby chic kind of romantic glam that is so on trend right now! Choose a color that is calming, like light blues or soft pinks and purples. 

Add Rugs-
Oh rugs, How I love them! This fur rug adds just the element of fun I wanted to add in this space! I wish it was a little bigger, but as I said, I mostly tried to shop the house and this rug used to be in Savanna's room before we purchased another, it's also served as a table runner on my coffee table! Using decor in versatile and different ways always keeps things fun!

Shop Big Lots-
Big Lots has all of the things you need to put together cozy and welcoming spaces for your guests- especially for the Holidays! I was able to purchase this Bed and Dresser in store! 
and I liked that they showed me what it looked like all put together before I purchased!
I really liked this bed because of the storage underneath- I can easily store extra blankets, sheets and other items used when guests come to visit in them! The best part is that they carry almost everything IN STORE and you can bring it right home and get started creating awesome spaces without waiting for things to come in the mail! 

Pretty spaces don't have to be hard you guys! Just make sure you're having fun with what you're doing. It doesn't have to look like something someone else is doing, if you like it that's all that matters. Don't stress too much over it. 

Enjoy everyone!
Feel free to chat with me on Instagram or Facebook. You can also drop a comment below, I just LOVE hearing from you guys and I would love to know what you think of my Mom's new room!? 

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  1. I LOVE Big Lots for furniture! They have the best stuff!

  2. What a gorgeous space. You have the best lighting in your house. We have a Big Lots, but I have only been a couple of times. I need to get over there!

  3. Do great your mom is living with you guys! And what a fun space for her to have!!