Hey girl hey! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the guest room for some time but I just hadn’t taken the time to sit down and come up with a plan. I had in my mind the look I was going for but just needed to sit my behind down and get it done! So since I’ve finally done just that… sat my behind down, I wanted to share the plans I came up with to create my retreat… I mean the guestroom!

I’ll also share with you some tips you can use to plan your next room. Before I took an interest in home design, I never really came up with plans. I kind of just purchased stuff I liked, put it together and hoped that it worked. But after taking design classes, I’m here to tell you you should always start with a plan. Or hire a designer to at least consult with you on your ideas. Trust me, it will save you lots of money in the long run. As I go through the process of updating my retreat. Darn it! I did it again.. THE GUESTROOM… I will share the progress with you here and share some tips along the way.


Last week I shared with you a quick little home tour, which included a small peek into the guestroom. There was a board and batten wall that was already in the house when we purchased it which I LOVED but the room still lacks so much personality. I want the guestroom to feel more like a warm hug and some place you never want to leave. I told you guys all about my color aversion last week so I wanted this room to be a little different from the rest of the house.

The first thing I did was find my inspiration. You can find it pretty much anywhere. From Instagram, Pinterest, your everyday life, food, etc…. It’s literally all around you. Not sure if something inspires you? Well ask yourself this, are your eyes immediately drawn to it? Is there something about it that you can’t take your eyes away? Well, that piece is your inspiration. I found my inspiration in this color scheme centered around peppercorns. Everything about it gave me the exact feel I was looking for. Dramatic but warm… not overdone. So, before you start planning your room, find your inspiration.


The next thing you want to do is create a mood board. A mood board basically tells the story of your room. How do you want it to feel? You can also pull in more photos that inspire you. It doesn’t have to be solely photos of interiors. Let’s say you want a glammed up living room and there’s a pair of gold sparkly earrings that caught your eye. Include the photo in your mood board! It further creates a glam feel and gives you a frame of reference during your planning and purchasing. So for our guestroom, I went with lots of black with contrasting lighter colors and touches of browns and greens to soften the black. And you don’t need fancy software to create a mood board. There are tons of free programs out there like PicMonkey.



This is the fun part! Remember that rug that caught your eye? Or how about the duvet? Start pinning your products to Pinterest. As a matter of fact, that’s the first thing I advise my design clients to do. Create a Pinterest board and get to pinning! Once you have found all of the products you want to use in your concept board, you can upload them or copy and paste them to Microsoft word or Photoshop if you’re comfortable. I started out using Word until I learned my way around Photoshop. Either gets the job done! This step helps you to visualize your product ideas all together as well as start to itemize all of your items.

The concept board is sort of like a rough draft. I usually go a step further for design clients and create a rendering to give a better idea of what the room will look like. Some designers use design software and some use Photoshop. But, I think for a quick room refresh, the concept board is a good place to get started.

Next week, I’ll be sharing the paint samples I’ve picked up and deciding on lighting options. What do you think of the plans so far? Would you ever find yourself painting a black wall in your house?

Until next time,




March 12, 2019

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