Double Duty

A tragic fact of life is that unless you consistently have guests at your house, your guest room goes unused 90% of the time. I can’t think of anything more tragic-er. Ok, so that’s not the worst thing in the world, and if you have a guest room at all, you’re pretty lucky, but why not utilize that space as much as you can? It’s still your house, is it not?

Ruthie wanted her guest room to do double duty, so she turned it into a guest room/craft room combo with a fresh black, white, and gold-themed makeover to tie it all together.

 

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That intricate design is a stencil! I thought surely it was wallpaper, it’s so intricate.

“Gorgeous!” you say, “But where’s the craft room? Does Ruthie perch on that window ledge and craft her heart out while her guests nap?” Of course not crazy kids. Did you think to look in the closet?

 

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There it is! So fabulous with the thick striped walls and sparkly gold details. It’s even Audrey Hepburn approved. You can see much more on her blog Refashionably Late


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Playing Around

Jennifer was lucky enough to have a nice, spacious playroom in her home for her kids, but it was lacking storage and style. Of course storage is a biggie but don’t underestimate the importance of style. Because have you met any kids lately? They are WAY into style. Way more than I ever was. Or am.

What happened to the frumpy, frizzy, gangly, awkward stage? Because I swear it’s not happening anymore. I legitimately wore my dad’s t-shirts in 8th grade. Now 8th graders look like 25-year-old Instagram models. I’ve envied the hair of fifth grade girls. I see toddlers in skinny jeans. I know babies with better wardrobes than mine. My sister insists that she knows of a second-grader who HAS A TATTOO. I know. It can’t be true, but she swears it is. My sister would never lie about such things. TORI PLEASE CONFIRM IN THE COMMENTS THAT THIS IS TRUE.

Anyway, before I get further off-track, let’s go back to the innocent playroom. This one needed a little help, so Jennifer rolled up her sleeves and dug in.

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And here is the delightful result! Every toy has a designated place in the DIY built-ins, leaving plenty of room for seating. The futon was revamped with paint and a new slipcover, and the sweet camp-theme is bringing the style everywhere you look. I love the accent wall too, it adds just the right amount of woodsiness. This room could totally be an Instagram model now.

Get all the details and a full view of this playroom makeover on Jennifer’s blog Delightfully Noted.

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Spouse In the Pool House

When April moved to Oklahoma, she told her realtor that she definitely wanted to build a new home. And even though a lot of homes in her area came with pools, she did NOT want a pool.

So, naturally, she ended up buying an old home with a pool. There’s really no explanation, other than the obvious: we ladies are entitled to change our minds often and on a whim. Right? Shania Twain said so, so it must be true.

April fell in love hard with this artist-designed out-of-the-ordinary home and all the quirks that came with it. One of those quirks was a cute but run-down little pool house, you know, to go with that pool. Since her husband works from home often, they decided it would be a perfect office space.

After painting, tiling, replacing light fixtures and scraping the popcorn ceiling (ugh, my least favorite job ever) (I’ve never actually done it before, but I just know I’d hate it), it looks like this today …

 

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It has such an energetic vibe now. You couldn’t help but be productive in an office like that, amIright? I would definitely NOT check Facebook/scroll through Pinterest/download new music/buy random Korean skincare item on Amazon because it had good reviews/check Facebook again/read a useless article on Buzzfeed/wander to the kitchen and eat a bowl of cereal/go online shopping and put stuff in my cart but never buy it/look up the lyrics to a 90s song I just remembered/text my sister a picture of a mole, does this look weird to you?/check Facebook again. Like at all.

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Did I mention April built that U-shaped desk herself? Because she did! I like that the back side is a bit longer than the front, just a nice little touch to add interest. Check out her blog Uncookie Cutter to get the rundown.


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Guest Services

A common feature of many of the homes here in Arizona is a casita, or ‘little house.’ It’s basically guest quarters separate but still attached to the main house. The casita was a big selling point for me on my home. It’s a cute little bedroom with its own bathroom and closet and private entrance, and it has been so nice to have when family is in town. Actually, it’s been so nice because it’s a little money-maker. I rent it out on AirBnB most of the time. My own guests have actually only stayed in it once or twice! They usually end up kicking one of my kids out of their bedrooms instead or sleeping on a couch. Sorry fam. Call ahead and make a reservation next time.

Working with AirBnB (this is not sponsored) has been a really good experience for the most part, although I recently rented to the craziest lady who I’m pretty sure had just escaped from a psych ward, because she straight up told me that she had just escaped from a psych ward. Sooo, sometimes it’s an adventure.

Here’s a guest room makeover that you’d be crazy not to love.

Sharon from Sharon Joyce Interiors had the basics squeezed into this small space, as you can see below. Bed, nightstand, lamp. But why stop there?

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Instead, she made the most of every available inch and now it’s dripping in style and so incredibly inviting.

Before, the sleigh bed commandeered most of the room, so she pared it down to a simple headboard and moved it to a different wall.  The sconces free up space on the nightstand and the small round table leaves plenty of room for accessing the closet on the right.

The gallery prints are obviously the focal point of this design, and obviously cost a billion dollars. (Pssst: She downloaded them for free, printed them herself, and hung them in Ikea frames, but you’d never know)!

On the other side of the room, this old dresser makes a fresh appearance:

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Isn’t it the perfect accent? Remember what I said about these dressers? If you get your grubby little hands on one, never let it go.

Check out all the details of this guest room makeover on Sharon Joyce Interiors! Much more to see!

 

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