Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How to Decorate A Guest Bedroom for Under $450

When my cousin Denise asked me to help her decorate her guest bedroom, I was excited. When it became clear that Denise trusted me to do whatever the heck I wanted, I was beside myself. (But nervous at the same time -- I really wanted her and her hubs to like the room!) I was given a budget of $500, but because I like challenges, I gave myself a self-imposed budget of $450. After weeks of scouring vintage stores, Etsy, big box stores, and designer stores (for inspiration) for all the perfect pieces, I ended up spending a total of just $442! Now, depending on where you stand in life on home decor, that may seem like a lot, but given the fact that I have friends who have spent that much on a single mirror or chair, I think that is pretty darn good. The only thing that's not part of that $442 is the mattress and box spring (they already had those ;).

I created an inspiration board of what I wanted the room to look and feel like. Then I turned my attention to finding and buying similar items at more affordable stores like Target and Ikea. And while buying home decor from big box stores like these are nothing to turn your nose up at, I do think it's important to also add a balance by finishing the room off with some unique pieces to show off your personal style. (I'm not going to lie--buying framed art from Ikea makes me shudder). Here, I got the snowy partridges and yellow leaves photograph from Etsy. And I spent a good while walking back and forth through the used book store searching for the right colored books (I know, I was so shamelessly judging books by their covers--I've never felt so devious!)

I have always wanted to use a tray table as a bedside table -- this one from CB2 works quite lovely. This urn vase is from a vintage store nearby. I love its shape and how it holds flowers.

Can you tell what the color theme is?

A bold red chair adds a pop of unexpected color.

This comforter is from Target and was a fraction of the price of some designer ones I found just like it. It has little buttons where the pleats are gathered, and the detail is really amazing for such an affordable comforter.

Here is how much I spent on everything!
(Not pictured: Red chair from Ikea $34.99; curtains from Ikea $49.99; curtain rod from Ikea $7.99; yellow rug from Target $14.99)

Here are the doppelganger comforters; the set from Anthropologie is nearly as much as my budget for the entire room!

P.s. I'm teaching myself Photoshop -- I hope you like my first attempts at creating layouts! :)

24 comments:

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Drat, I have that west elm comforter! Ah well. At least I can be, ahem, comforted that it's made of organic cotton. Love that beautiful yellow pillow!

stephanie Toole said...

I love it! and love the colors too.. I have been eyeing that comforter for a while, but we got a much more practically priced one from kohls.. totally different.. but fun just the same.

Kaylie Rose said...

I love it. I especially love the red chair in the corner. Unexpected splash that totally works. Bravo!!

Dallas Shaw said...

i'm going to pick up that duvet cover for myself
dallas
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Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

What a GREAT job! I'm very impressed you managed to keep to your budget and I love the color scheme!
Thanks so much for visiting! I'm trying to follow you but the connection's not working at the moment -- I'll keep trying!

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

I'm following you now!! I'd love it if you wanted to too :)

Laura said...

Looks amazing!!

Nathalie said...

Fantastic job! Good balance of details and simplicity, if that makes sense. Love the colors too!

Briel79 said...

Looks great! I love the little pops of color.

Where did you get the pillows?

2busy said...

Oh my heck! It is so beautiful. It looks like something right out of a magazine. You guys sure have a knack for decorating.

May said...

LOVE it, Sobs! It looks fantastic,maybe you can help us with our guest room. :)

Sobrina Tung said...

Briel79, the grey pillow covers are from Ikea and the yellow flower pillow is from Target (it has a really awesome yellow and white print on the other side too :)

May, I'd looove to!

Michelle Nicholas said...

Looks Beautiful! I love the color combo, two of my favorites! Korb and I just bought the same comforter & pillow set from Target, except ours is a chocolate brown (Angus camo, he disappears in the comforter ;P). I've owned expensive sheets my whole life, these feel & look expensive, but are sooo cheap! We may have to get some of your design help in the future, but our tiny budget would be an UBER challenge, lol! You seriously have a great eye for decor!

Sobrina Tung said...

I would love to :) that is so cute about angus haha

B. Inspired. said...

Wow! You have a beautiful room! very nice

Sashee said...

I am soooo impressed. This looks amazing Sobrina!!!!!!!! Come be my decorator whenever I buy my house, ok?!!!

Sobrina Tung said...

you are so sweet! Definitely !! :)

Anna said...

INCREDIBLE. Maybe I can stop using lack of money as an excuse for not living in a beautiful home...

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

This is amazing! I really love the color scheme and the simplicity but chic feel to the room - any guest would love to stay there!

Sobrina Tung said...

Anna, I still use that excuse! ;)

Danielle said...

So beautiful and cozy! Amazing job.

jfertran said...

I love it, B!! It's good inspiration bc Mike and I have the West Elm duvet cover (in sea spray). We still have lots of decorating to do at the new apartment -- maybe you could lend your design-savvy eye ;)

writing a term paper said...

Nice looking bedroom. Only pillows dislikes me, I think yellow color isn't a best choice

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