As Ray and I transitioned into the empty nest phase of our lives, we were presented with the exciting task of reimagining our home, starting with the newfound space in our spare bedroom after our last child moved out after college. Rather than succumb to the temptation of converting it into yet another storage space, we saw it as an opportunity to create something truly special—a haven for our guests.

Over the years, our children had often made impromptu visits, seeking refuge in our home after nights out with friends or during festive occasions like Christmas Eve. Typically, they’d end up crashing on the couch, which, while cozy, wasn’t exactly the epitome of comfort. With this spare room, we envisioned a space where our guests could truly unwind and recharge, complete with the privacy and amenities they deserved.

A full view of the bed with soft flowing linens, nightstands, lamps and a stool at the end of the bed. the bed has caning and is painted a pure white. the grey, white, gold floral wallpaper is seen in the background.

My goal was clear: to transform this space into a serene sanctuary—a guest bedroom retreat. As a mother, I wanted our children and any future guests to have a place where they could escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and simply unwind. But it wasn’t just about relaxation; it was about ensuring they had everything they could possibly need for a comfortable stay.

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Selecting Colors for The Guest Bedroom

To kickstart the planning process, we took stock of the recent updates in our home, particularly the freshly painted walls and woodwork. Seeing that we had sleek gray walls (Benjamin Moore, Boothbay Gray) and clean white trim (Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace), we figured it made sense to work with what we had. With the gray walls serving as a fantastic neutral canvas, planning the rest of the room was a breeze. Gray is such a versatile color that it pairs effortlessly with a wide range of hues and styles. This neutrality allowed us to easily envision how various furniture pieces, accents, and decor elements would harmonize within the space. It provided a solid foundation for our design choices and ensured that the room felt cohesive and inviting.

For accent colors, I drew inspiration from the wallpaper on the accent wall, featuring shades of white and gold. You’ll notice gray, white, and gold tones echoed throughout the space.

A side view of the mantel decorated. in this photo you can see the gray walls.

Furniture Finds on Facebook Marketplace

When it came to furnishing our guest bedroom, we opted for a thrifty approach by scouring Facebook Marketplace for hidden gems. Keeping an eye on both the Marketplace listings and our local “Buy Nothing” group, we stumbled upon some incredible pieces of furniture that perfectly suited our vision for the room. One standout discovery was a stunning cane queen bed frame, generously offered for free by a local resident. Despite its initial condition, which just needed a fresh coat of paint, it had all the potential to become the centerpiece of our guest retreat.


Utilizing Dixie Belle chalk paint in the color cotton, I transformed the bed frame, breathing new life into its design. With a fresh box spring and mattress, the bed became not only a focal point but also a cozy haven for our guests. Placed atop my favorite jute rug, it added warmth and texture to the room’s overall aesthetic.

A side view of the bed made. This photo shows the bed frame.


Recognizing the practicality of nightstands for guests’ essentials, I snagged a set from Facebook Marketplace for a mere $40. With a bit of paint and creativity, they seamlessly integrated into the room’s design. Using the same Dixie Belle Cotton paint, I employed a faux wood paint technique for the tabletops, ensuring they were both stylish and functional. Decorated with thoughtful touches like candlestick lamps and decorative trays, the nightstands provided the perfect bedside companions for our guests, complete with convenient phone chargers and charging ports for electronics.

Nightstands refinished with white leg with wood like table top.

Linen Cabinet

In need of storage for extra linens and fresh towels, I repurposed an old dresser left over from my son’s time in the room. Combining it with a hutch top sourced from Facebook Marketplace, a brilliant idea emerged—to create a linen cabinet that would both elevate the room’s functionality and add character to the space. This innovative solution not only maximized storage but also served as a unique focal point filled with supplies for when guests need extra linens of a bath towel.

Tip: Inside the dresser, guests can find a thoughtful assortment of personal items, ensuring their comfort and convenience during their stay.

Full-length Mirror

While browsing through Facebook Marketplace, I stumbled upon a floor mirror that served not one, but two essential purposes for our guest bedroom. Firstly, it provided our guests with a convenient mirror to use while getting ready for the day, ensuring they felt comfortable and at ease during their stay. Secondly, it cleverly concealed an open guest room closet space. Behind the mirror, neatly tucked away, are extra blankets, comforters, and pillows, keeping them organized and out of sight, yet easily accessible for our guests’ comfort and convenience.

full length floor mirror with white frame.

Accent Wall with Wallpaper

Wanting our guest bedroom to feel cozy and stylish, we decided to add some pattern with a wallpaper accent wall. It was all about adding personality and depth to the space, making it a warm and welcoming retreat for our guests

After careful consideration, we selected a pretty floral wallpaper with a soft gray background. This charming pattern not only added texture to the space but also introduced a subtle yet captivating motif that complemented the room’s aesthetic. Placing the wallpaper on the wall behind the bed allowed it to serve as a striking focal point, easily blending with the clean white bed frame, crafting a calm and welcoming vibe.

Incorporating wallpaper into the room’s design presented an opportunity to strike a delicate balance between pattern and color. By opting for a floral motif with a muted gray backdrop, we ensured that the wallpaper added visual interest without overpowering the space. This thoughtful approach to design allowed the accent wall to enhance the room’s charm while maintaining a cohesive overall look.

Beautiful floral wallpaper with gray background with touches of black, white and gold tones.

Installation of Electric Fireplace Mantel

We were fortunate enough to receive a beautiful fireplace surround as a thoughtful gift from some friends. Given that our living room already boasted a fireplace, we saw an opportunity to extend the cozy ambiance into our guest bedroom. The addition of the fireplace mantel not only enhanced the room’s aesthetic appeal but also promised to offer our guests a warm and inviting atmosphere during their stay.

To bring our vision to life, we bought an electric fireplace insert and set about installing it within the mantel. With careful attention to detail, we ensured that the installation was seamless, allowing the fireplace to become the focal point of the room. As a finishing touch, we utilized a gray peel-and-stick brick wallpaper to fill the small space between the fireplace screen and the surround, adding texture and character to the fireplace.

With the installation complete, the fireplace instantly became the heart of our guest bedroom retreat. Not only did it provide a source of warmth on chilly nights, but it also infused the room with a cozy ambiance that invited relaxation and comfort. Adorned with mirrors, blooms, and candles atop the mantel, the fireplace served as a charming focal point, enhancing the overall charm and allure of the space for our guests to enjoy.

Creating Comfort with Bedding and Linens

Ensuring our guests’ comfort was a top priority, and we understood the crucial role that bedding plays in their overall satisfaction during their stay. From the softness of the sheets to the plushness of the pillows, every detail was carefully chosen to provide a luxurious and restful experience.

For the bedding ensemble, I opted for a combination that exuded both elegance and coziness. A flowing white bedspread with a delicate gray scalloped edge quilt folded at the foot of the bed set the tone for a serene and inviting retreat. To add an extra layer of warmth, a gray knit throw blanket was draped across the quilt. The bed was adorned with several layers of pillows, featuring beautiful flowy shams and pillowcases for a touch of luxury. Additionally, extra linens and towels were thoughtfully provided to ensure our guests felt pampered and well-cared for throughout their stay.

Our comfy bedding picks really set the tone for a cozy vibe in the guest bedroom. With soft textures, calming colors, and classy touches, they don’t just look good but also make you want to snuggle up and snooze. Everything ties in smoothly with the wallpaper and decor, adding to the chill atmosphere for our guests to kick back and relax.

A close up of the layers of bedding.

Special Touches for Extra Guest Comfort in your Guest Bedroom Retreat

Adding personal touches throughout well-designed guest room make guests feel welcome and valued.

  1. Fresh flowers on a bedside table to add a touch of beauty and freshness to the room.
  2. Add baskets of throw blankets, decorative stools or ottomans to create a cozy space.
  3. Providing a luggage rack for convenient storage of overnight guests’ belongings.
  4. Placing tables with bedside lamps on each side of the bed for easy access to essentials.
  5. Ensuring a comfortable bed with high-quality linens and pillows.
  6. Installing blackout curtains to allow guests to sleep undisturbed, regardless of the time of day.
  7. Offering your house guests a small basket of toiletries stocked with essentials like shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap.
  8. Providing water bottles for guests to stay hydrated during their stay.
  9. Adding extra decorative pillows to the bed to create a comfortable space.
  10. Providing a hair dryer for guests’ convenience is a nice touch.
  11. Including the wifi password for easy access to internet connectivity during their stay.
  12. Supplying fresh bath towels and a box of tissues for added comfort.
  13. Showcasing an accent chair, providing a cozy spot for relaxation or reading.
  14. Instead of an accent wall with wallpaper add a board and batten feature wall.

These special touches contribute to creating a cozy and welcoming space where guests can feel at home during their stay.

Fresh white hydrangea in a vase on the bedside table.

Shop this Guest Bedroom Retreat

As we wrap up our tour of this inviting guest bedroom retreat, it’s clear that every detail was carefully considered to ensure our guests’ comfort and satisfaction. From the cozy bedding to the thoughtful touches scattered throughout the room, we aimed to create a space that felt like a home away from home.

And while our kids may tease us about leaving a 5-star rating, we know that their comfort and happiness are what truly matter. After all, a good night’s sleep is priceless, and we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that our guests have everything they need for a restful stay.

In the morning, our guests are treated to a delicious breakfast, typically featuring blueberry pancakes or my grandmother’s blueberry cake, quiche, and bacon—a small taste of the hospitality they can expect during their time with us.

Thank you for joining us on this tour of our cozy guest bedroom retreat. We hope you’ve been inspired by our guest bedroom ideas and feel inspired to create your own welcoming space for family and friends. Remember, it’s the little things that make all the difference, and going that extra mile will leave a lasting impression on your guests for years to come.

Happy Decorating Friends!

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  1. So beautiful, cozy and inspiring.
    Thank you so much, love your series and look forward to each.
    Thank you. Happy Easter ❤️🙏😊🐰🌷❤️

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