This was not the post I was going to write today. I was going to share (and still will at some point) some gift wrapping ideas, but I got a little sidetracked.
I took a detour so to speak…actually two detours.
The first was to T.J. Maxx and that detour resulted in the second one, which was decorating our guest room for Christmas. These Christmas guest room decor ideas are easy and can be accomplished in just a few hours.
Let me back up just a little and tell you about this guest room. In the fall of 2015, I decided to completely update our two spare bedrooms: the room pictured above, which was always a guest room, and my son’s old bedroom. Both rooms had ancient carpet and dark walls. I had been saving my money so I hired floor guys to remove the carpet and refinish the original hardwood floors. Before that could be started though, I had to completely clear out both rooms. It took me about a month and was one of the hardest things, DIY speaking, that I’ve ever done. Three closets that were overflowing had to be emptied, which resulted in countless trips up and down the stairs.
Countless trips to Goodwill.
Countless texts to my kids saying “Do you want to keep this?”
When the rooms were empty and the floors completed, I had the walls and trim painted the same soft ivory that I’ve used in the rest of our house. By this time it was the first of December, 2015 and my mom was failing. I was spending as much time as I could with my parents, keeping up with my blog and preparing for Christmas. After we moved the furniture back in the guest rooms, I purchased neutral bedding, curtains and rugs. At the time I couldn’t make decisions on color or pick out fabric for pillows.
I just couldn’t.
After Christmas, my mom got sicker and passed away. Spring, summer and fall came…and went. I still didn’t have those guest rooms finished. They were usable, but cold and plain.
OK. This gets us to a few days ago when I made my usual twice-monthly stop at T.J.’s. I thought I might pick up some fun gift bags…or maybe they would have some cute stocking stuffers. It never entered my mind to decorate the guest room until I saw the huge rack of Christmas throws and started looking through them. There were dozens to choose from and the prices were amazing. My tiny idea grew when I wandered to the pillow aisle. There was one entire aisle of nothing but Christmas pillows, in all sizes and colors.
The honest truth is that I couldn’t resist the pillows and before I knew it my cart was full of plaid throws, festive pillows and oh yes…a few fun gift bags!
The next day I spent a few hours happily fluffing our guest room. I rummaged through my bins and found the stockings. I had picked up a bunch of fresh Port Orford Cedar at the grocery so some of that went in the red enamelware pitcher. More fresh greens went over the pictures. I hung the little wreaths on the dresser with ribbon leftover from last year. Finally the throws and pillows were placed on the beds.
I still want to paint the dresser and replace the neutral rug with something more colorful. I finally did pick out fabric to make pillows so hopefully that will happen in the new year…or maybe I’ll get lucky on another trip to T.J. Maxx. Ha! Either way, I hope to finish both of our guest rooms in 2017. Hope being the operative word…
Since my guest room story may have interfered with the actual point of this post, here’s a rundown of Christmas guest room decor ideas:
- Add festive throws and pillows
- Hang wreaths on dresser pulls or knobs
- Hang stockings from bed posts
- Add fresh greenery over pictures
- Fill a pitcher or vase with fresh greenery
- Stack extra throws on baskets or stools
This spur-of-the-moment project was not only fun, it was pretty budget friendly too. The throws were $16.99 each and the pillows (with down inserts) were $19.99 each. The bunch of cedar was $5.99. Everything else was reused from years past.
I’ve got a few more Christmas posts to share so I’ll see you soon. Thanks for stopping by!
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- Madison Park Ivory Coverlet Set
- Ivory bedskirt
- Dresser lamps
- Lidded baskets
- Window panels
- Mini boxwood wreaths
- Red and black ribbon
- Plaid throw blanket (similar)
Now it’s time once again to share my farmhouse friends and their Christmas inspiration. These girls have been such good friends to me…I hope you take a minute and pay them a visit.
Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse
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