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Did you catch my Raymour & Flanigan delivery on my Instagram Stories a few weeks ago? If you did and you were wondering what we had ordered this time, we got new furniture for our guest room!
With us hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas and having guests for extended periods of time, it was finally time to update the slightly neglected guest bedroom. The mattress was old, the bed was too small and the furniture was on its last legs.
Brian, the kids and I took a quick trip to our local Raymour & Flanigan one Saturday and by Tuesday we had all our furniture delivered and in place. You've got to love 3 day delivery because that meant that I could get everything ready in time for Thanksgiving!
HOW TO CREATE A MASTER BEDROOM RETREAT
I know you want to skip right to the fun part - the actual room, so let's get right to it. Here's the new and improved (and much brighter!) guest room:
Instead of replacing the curtains (which are the only thing that remained from the previous version of this room) I opted to use them as the basis for my color scheme.
You can't go wrong with a white duvet cover and pillow shams to give you that hotel feel. To tie the curtains into the bedding, I opted for a lumbar pillow with a similar turquoise color.
The fabric on the headboard is a really beautiful linen effect. I particularly like fabric headboards because they are soft and always feel warmer than wood. The light tone of this one also helps to really brighten up the space.
By the way - Raymour & Flanigan has NEXT DAY mattress delivery. Which is awesome if you're like me and always leave fixing up the guest room until the last second. Interested in which mattress we chose? In the end we picked the Serta iComfort Hybrid Applause II Firm Mattress. We tested every single mattress in the store, narrowed it down to a few then read the reviews online. We also had our sales associate weigh in on what tends to be the most popular. She said that this one, year after year, is the most popular.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING A MATTRESS
- Don't assume that plush is the way to go. Unless you're heavier than average, you probably don't need it.
- Read reviews and talk to the sales associate.
- Lie on the mattresses for a good few minutes, turning and lying like you normally would.
- Consider a hybrid mattress which will tick most of the right boxes for the majority of sleepers (which is good for a guest room since you won't the one sleeping on it!)
- Price is not necessarily an indicator of quality, but you're going to aim to spend $800+ for a decent queen sized mattress.
- A firm mattress does not equal good support. You want a mattress that adequately supports your spine - but this can also be accomplished with memory foam or another softer pillow top mattress.
- Finally, protect your investment with a good quality mattress protector.
A mercury glass lamp is one of my all-time favorite design choices. They are so elegant and instantly bring a space to the next level.
I'm a firm believer that every space - most especially a guest bedroom - should have flowers, even if they are fake!
Somewhere to sit and put shoes/socks on is a must...and of course some special towels that are kept just for guests so that they don't get dingy!
Any guests that are staying more than a day may want to unpack at least some of their clothes. Ensuring empty drawers and a closet with hangers will mean you won't have to go in a clear out your belongings when guests request somewhere to put their clothes!
Do you have a crazy long wi-fi password? At the end of a busy, fun-filled day, guests may want to check their emails, scroll through their Instagram feed or just Netflix and chill. Provide your wi-fi password with this easy to print and personalize printable. There's a ton of free ones available, just take a look at Pinterest!
Now, here's to hoping your guests will eventually leave :-)
Guest Bedroom Source List
Dana Queen Bed + Headboard
Wooden Wall Decor: HomeGoods
Floral Wreath: DIY
Turquoise Vase: Target