I haven’t finished decorating the guest bedroom yet, but I’m really happy with how this small space is coming together, so today I thought I’d share a mini-tour with you. This room is pretty small so I decided to put Emma’s daybed from her old room in here. It helps the tiny room feel a bit more spacious. I’ve had this floral bedspread (fabric is Old Mill Inn by Waverly) for almost 20 years and I’ve always liked it’s English Country House feeling, and so I chose it as my inspiration for the room.
Next to the bed I hung a photo of Chatsworth – longtime readers might recall that I shared photos from my visit to this amazing landmark in this issue of my magazine – a dear friend gave me this photo to commemorate that trip and I think it’s a perfect addition to this English inspired room.
I still need to hang this silver tray over the photo – it’s on the to-do list! In the meantime, it’s leaning there so I could get a sense of whether or not I like it there. Turns out, I do!
In the last house I shared how to create a gallery wall on a budget with these free prints – you can see that post here – I’ve reorganized them and scattered them throughout this room.
A couple of them are hanging by the door – psssst: do you see the little sneak peek into the kitchen to the right? I still have loads to do in there (including painting the cabinets) so that reveal is going to be a little while. I’m chomping at the bit to get started on that though so you never know! But, it will be a big project so I’m trying to plan it out.
There are a couple of shelves in here and naturally I’ve loaded them up with treasures like this antique silhouette which is resting atop a mercury glass candle which I got at Anthropologie a few years back. The boxwood topiary is from Target and the rest of the items are antique store finds.
Another shelf in the room has a broad array of goodies. I like the pop of colors here, it really helps to brighten up the small chamber.
I love collecting old books and was especially charmed by this bright trio of classics. I’ve tried to scatter a few equestrian details all around to be consistent with my Hunt Country/English Country theme. Here a rusted horse head garden accent stands in as a bookend.
Of course there are some whimsical details like my Scottie bookends mixed with a few favorite pieces of majolica, and of course a pop of blue & white… just because!
On top of the shelf I have placed my Loretta Young print. This is a treasure of mine back from the days when I lived in Hollywood. This was a gift to me from a studio executive from the actual Columbia Pictures/MGM vault – I love it!
I’m also displaying some pieces from my brass candlestick collection and a petite crystal lamp that I found at a yardsale for just a few dollars. Gotta love a good deal like that! They look especially pretty on the black bookcase. By the way, this bookcase got a makeover a couple years ago. You can read about that bookshelf makeover here.
This succulent arrangement from Target adds some nice color and texture and since it’s faux, it doesn’t require water which I like for a room I don’t go into regularly.
Here’s another silver tray I still need to hang plus a pencil sketch of a hunt scene that I purchased in Ireland a few years ago and carefully toted home in my suitcase. The simple wooden frame is from Target.
A couple of old hunt scenes flank the other side of the bookshelf. The little black luminaries on the table are also from Target, and the plaid purse is a favorite find from Scotland via a friend of mine named Judy who has an antique booth. I love that little purse so much!
Next to the bed I placed a standing mirror behind a small table. It adds height, light and interest to the wall. I’ve layered a few favorite prints, a boxwood wreath and lots of equestrian tchotchkes on top – it’s a great spot to show off some collections and can be easily cleared up a bit when a real guest comes to visit by simply picking up the tray.
And there you have a quick tour of my tiny, but charming cottage guest room. We’ve already had an all-girl sleep over with my mom, my sister, her daughter, Emma and I. My sister chose this room to sleep in and she said it was lovely… Yay!!
I hope you enjoyed this tour and picked up an idea or two. As always, thank you for reading and sharing!