We moved into this house in July of 2011. Claire was six days old. The paint choices had been made, hastily, as we closed on the very stressful sale of our old house, packed, wrapped up things at my job of over five years in preparation for my new job as a stay-at-home-mom, and closed on our new home.
After a year or so of living in our house, I became tired of most of our paint colors. But you know how it is – life is busy, and again, painting and decorating was low on our priority list. Four years later, we still have giant walls of blank space and partially furnished rooms.
It drives me nuts.
When I picked out this beautiful little red display cabinet from Sauder, though – full of personality and just begging to be in my home – I knew that it was time to get at least ONE room in our house looking like I had actually spent some time putting it together.
We have a room at the front of the house that used to double as a guest room and an office. The problem is, we don’t want it to *look* like a guest room, with a real bed, because it’s the first thing you see when you walk in – and I just didn’t love the idea of a big bed filling up that room. Also, we have guests often enough that it’s challenging to share a functioning office with the guest room. And since we have an actual office space now, I decided to convert this room into a cute but also functional space for guests.
I had enough guest room design ideas (thanks for nothing, Pinterest) to decorate an entire house full of guest rooms. So, I reined it all in a bit and focused on a couple of design elements – and then added in all of my favorite things.
The inspiration for this room came in the form of this cabinet and a set of posters I have had since 2000. I have literally been carting them around for 15 years, and it was time to be a grown-up and frame them and give them a real home on our walls.
Our new Sauder cabinet suddenly gave us a place to display a few old cameras we had tucked away, as well as my collection of vintage horse books (which had been stacked out of sight on a shelf in our closet, just waiting for somewhere to go!). It also became the new home for some of my favorite pieces of randomness – a unicorn figurine I’ve had since I was a child, a zebra I HAD to buy when I saw it, and a glass bottle with some yellow flowers.
This piece of Sauder furniture is the perfect mix of sassy and functional. I love it, you guys. Sauder (rhymes with chowder, if you were wondering!), has a bunch of pieces like this – pretty and fun – that allow affordable style to be a reality.
You can check out the Sauder lookbook for tons of inspiring design ideas and to see all of the Sauder furniture available. I know you’ll see something you like!
I wanted this room to embody everything I love – quirky little pieces of randomness, bright colors, and functionality. I wanted it to feel like us, but not the too-lazy-and-cheap-to-decorate-our-house us, if you know what I mean.
So we went all out! Inspired by the red Sauder cabinet, I decided we had to repaint to blue walls a bright white. We paid to have the posters framed properly. We bought a bench to store sheets and blankets for the futon, and cleaned out the closet so guests could use it for luggage (and find pillows and spare towels inside).
I want to share some Before & Afters – and then I’ll share some of my favorite details!
Honestly? It feels like an entirely different space. Everything in this room means something to me, to my family.
In THIS space, I want to sprawl across the futon with a good book. I want to take pictures of my kids in here, because OMG THE LIGHT is stunning. I want to hang out here. I love seeing this room as soon as I walk in the house.
You can see why I am so excited about our new red Sauder cabinet. And if you’re looking to update a guest room, I hope you’ve found some guest room design ideas here! For tons of ideas, design inspiration, and pretty furniture, be sure to follow Sauder on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. And don’t forget to take a peek at their lookbook!
And if you love this Sauder cabinet as much as I do, you can buy it here!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.