Home Office – Guest Bedroom Reveal

This room started out stinky, and quickly morphed to messy…

We stained the floor that dark brown color after we ripped out the carpet, but we did a bad job, and craved a lighter look, so we sanded it back again and just used clear Varathane to seal them the second time around…

Around that same time, we discovered wood planks inside the closet, and decided to go Tasmanian Devil on the drywall…

Ah, the memories.

Now here we are, five years and LOTS of elbow grease later, and the room is finally DONE!

Ok, maybe not completely done. We still want to swap out the door and doorknob on the right in the photo above with something more cottage-y.

(PS- That’s the reading room back there in the distance, and this is the only place in our house that you can stand and see one completely finished room from another- ha!) #FixerUpper

Like the title of this blog post says, it’ll function as both Kevin’s office and our guest bedroom, so we basically just split the room in half and created separate areas for each “room”.

We tucked Kev’s work area in the most hidden corner of the room, that way, if when he makes a mess, it’s not the first thing folks see when they stroll past the door.

(Especially the folks who have offices on the other side of the hall from this one. #HeeHee)

Brian the Carpenter custom built Kev’s desk- A) because it was much less expensive to build it than it would’ve been to buy one this size, and B) because we could decide the exact dimensions.

His musical gear fits nice and neat inside the shelves, and he looks forward to finding a keyboard to use on the (currently empty) desktop on the left in the photo above.

It was pretty simple construction, and Brian and I just kind of dreamed it up as we went along. The front and top are wood, and everything else is MDF.

My favorite part are the cord channels smarty pants Brian added to the inside/back walls.

He drilled holes everywhere Kev thought he might use a piece of equipment with a cord attached to it, and instead of having to look at hang-y, messy cords everywhere, they’ll all lay inside the channels! #LoveThat

Kev hung his “vision board” on the wall straight in front of his chair, and placed a wooden desk organizer to the right of his computer. It came from a local flea market a few years back, and I picked up the Lettered Cottage-y notebook at Walmart the other day…

My favorite part of this side of the room is a teeny tiny accessory, mounted to the closet door next to his desk…

Shortly after I met Kevin, I told him about a story I had heard about how John Lennon met Yoko Ono. It was at one of her art shows. She had set up a ladder that led to a painting, which was hanging on the ceiling. It was a white canvas, suspended by chains, and there was a magnifying glass hanging on the end of it. Lennon said, “I climbed the ladder, looked through the spyglass, and in tiny little letters it said, YES. It so was positive.

I love passing that kind of positivity onto him, and I hope it helps to remind him that he can do it whenever he needs a little reminder.

He keeps his guitar picks in an old Bingo tin, and because he’s a greenery guy, we also popped an easy-to-take-care-of plant on his desk.

The pencils came from Pottery Barn ions ago, and because he’s also a pencil guy, we plopped a bunch of those and a pencil sharpener (that looks like a camera!) on his desktop, too.

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see him in there, surrounded by all his gear and guitars…

Music is his passion and I’m beyond thrilled that all of his favorite things are finally out of storage, dusted off, and alive and crankin’ in his room!

We pulled in a little flea market stool (that was previously in the kitchen) so that when I go in to listen to what he’s working on, or need to run something by him, etc. – I’ve got a sweet little spot to sit for a spell.

Over on the other side of the room, I had fun pulling together a camp-y/cottage-y sleeping space for our guests…

I went with a bunch of different patterns and colors that appealed to both me and my mister’s sensibilities.

We haven’t had an overnight visitor yet, but Kit-Cat l-o-v-e, loves it…

…and that makes us smile every time we see it!

And speaking of smile-makers…I’m cuckoo for the fronts and backs of the euro pillows Kev got me for my birthday last month…

Cable knit on the front, plaid on the back? Yes, please! Canvas on the front, navy blue corduroy on the back? Yes, yes, yes! #Scrumpdillyicious

I’ve already blogged about the closet doors and bedside tables, and we’re still pleased as punch with how those turned out, too…

Brian the Carpenter did such a great job bringing our vision to life.

(Brian: We can’t thank you enough for being so much fun to work with on this project. We’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your son, and we feel blessed to call y’all our friends!)

And since this post is all about the finishing touches, I thought I’d include photos of some things in the room I’ve already blogged about, too. The ceiling light:

The wall sconces:

The window treatments:

(I cut the tabs off and used curtain rings instead!)

Last but not least, here’s a quick little video we put together last night…just for fun…

Clearly it was way past my bedtime.

Here’s a resource list of everything we used in the room:

wall paint: Roycroft Mist Gray (Sherwin Williams)
ceiling and trim paint: Moonlight White (Benjamin Moore)
closet door paint: We had the red paint matched at Home Depot from Para Paints, “Orchard” paint sample card. (Orchard paint is only available in Canada.) Here’s the formula we used:

We brushed on (and immediately wiped off) some Mocha-colored translucent color glaze (from Lowes) after the red paint had dried to tone it down a bit and to bring out the imperfections in the doors.

floor stain: clear, satin Varathane (Lowes)
desk paint: “Graphite” (Annie Sloan)
ceiling and closet planks: Lowes
closet doors and doorknobs: Southern Accents (Cullman, Alabama)
curtains: Lenda (Ikea)
curtain rods: Walmart
curtain rings: Walmart
blinds: Home Depot
wall sconces: Schoolhouse Electric
ceiling light: Barn Light Electric
bedside corbels: Junk Bonanza (Shakopee, Minnesota)
carpet tiles: “Soft Spoken” in Linen (Flor)
bed: used to belong to Kevin’s parents
white quilt: Pottery Barn (Pick-Stitch)
blue and white striped blanket: Schoolhouse Electric
brown and white, buffalo check blanket: Schoolhouse Electric
euro pillow #1: Schoolhouse Electric
euro pillow #2: Schoolhouse Electric
bolster pillow: Schoolhouse Electric
burlap pillow: The Nest on Etsy
ticking stripe pillow case: Pottery Barn (discontinued)
stool: J&G Flea Market (Prattville, Alabama)
desk lamp: Target
“Oh How I Love Thee” burlap art: Burlap Art by Elizabeth on Etsy
bingo tin: Etsy
glass pencil container: Pottery Barn (discontinued)
pencils: Pottery Barn (discontinued)
blue “I love you” pen: ?
camera pencil sharpener: My Funky Camera
wood desk organizer: J&G Flea Market (Prattville, Alabama)
“yes” plaque: Casa.com
desk chair: Office Depot
desk baskets: ? (we’ve had them forever!)
baskets above closet doors: Pottery Barn (discontinued)
dog art: Shop Ten 25
guitar mounts: Sam Ash

It’s been a fun room to re-do, and we look forward to tackling another one soon. In the meantime, visit the Our House tab at the top of our blog for more makeover madness!

Wanna read about our home office/guest bedroom redo from the beginning? Here are links to all the posts we published along the way!

5/8/12- Wall Color

5/21/12- Closet Doors

5/23/12- Closet Construction

5/25/12- Closet Construction (2)

5/28/12- Closet Update And Ceiling Construction

5/30/12- Cottage Style Trim

6/20/12- Time To Paint

7/ 16/12- Schoolhouse Electric Wall Sconces

7/18/12- Barn Light Electric Sky Chief Ceiling Light


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  1. says

    It is absolutely wonderful, just as I knew it would be!

    We are in the process of trying to sell our home and downsize. If all goes well, we will be moving to a much smaller home than we have now. I love how you finished this room. Will put it away in my great ideas file for our next home!

    Happy Weekend!

  2. says

    Layla, I have watched with fascination as you’ve brought this room to life. Hadn’t realized it took five years! (Now I don’t feel so bad about my house, lol!!) The best thing for me — the window treatments. That’s my weakest area – I have the hardest time envisioning how to enhance the windows. Thanks for the inspiration. Onto my three newly refurbished rooms … 2 down, 1 to go. (Before the other projects… sigh…)

  3. says

    I love it!!! Amazing job y’all did. I especially love the guitars on the wall, gives it such a nice personal touch. Everything about that room looks so wonderful. You can defintaly tell y’all put a lot of thought into it.

  4. says

    Of course everything looks stellar! You two are a perfect team.
    Funny story… My older brother went to his then girlfriend now wife’s for college break . It was time to meet her parents . They arrived very late and didn’t want to disturb the rest of the family. Her mom pointed my brother to the guest room where he promptly fell asleep without turning on a light. The next morning he awoke to properly meet her parents… Face the size of a large watermelon. Their guest room was their cat’s fav spot . My brother was Very allergic to cats and apparently slept face down in the cat’s spot;)

  5. Bethany says

    Love your website and love the makeover! It looks AMAZING. I do have a question though… Is there any way you could possibly do a post or comment with the formula for the Sara Richardson door color? It’s such a beautiful red. Thank you for the inspiration! <3

    • Layla says

      Oops! I meant to include that in this post! :-O I’ll dig it out of storage and post it asap! Thanks for reminding me, Bethany!

  6. says

    Wow! It came out great. I love everything. I actually like the take two of the floors better. The desk looks great in graphite. Love the little stool. Love the Yoko Ono story. It all looks fantastic. The red doors and cool knobs are fun too!

  7. says

    Love the room! It has given me a couple of ideas for a third bedroom/office in my house = )

    May I ask, where did you find the dog art?

    ~ Liliana

  8. Sarah S says

    I Love IT! You guys did an amazing job! My boyfriend also has tons of music equipment (guitars, amps, CORDS). This room is a huge inspiration for keeping us both happy. :)

  9. Teri says

    Oh I love everything, Layla!
    Great great job – I am sure Kevin will just love having this new space.
    Thank you for sharing all the details with us – I love that.
    And the YES story is so great.
    Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!

  10. kathy says

    OooooooHHH!! It look’s so awesome & cozy at night!…Loveit! btw- where is that pillow that you originally blogged about…it was an reddish, flag …maybe wool pillow i believe???…didn’t see it on the bed :P

  11. Stacy says

    I have to admit…I still miss that blue ticking comforter you used to have on that bed. The room is a wonderful transformation! The light fixtures make the room and of course those planked walls!!!!! I can’t wait to see what’s next!!!! You are THE original!!!!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Stacy! That’s what’s great about mix and match bedding though- I still have that quilt and I can swap things out as often as the bedding addict in me likes, and it’ll all live happily ever after together! :-D

  12. says

    ahh, the room looks awesome. I love the mix and match with the bedding. it feels so cozy, just like a weekend at the cabin!

    where’s you fave place to shop for bedding?

    • Layla says

      Hi Andrea!
      I love Schoolhouse Electric and Pottery Barn for bedding. I’ve found some of my favorite discontinued pieces on eBay throughout the years! :-)

  13. kathy says

    oops! it was an army blanket, w/a red stripe….did it not make the cut??…lol….also- where on earth did kevin find those pillows?–LOVE!…and that dog picture???…where is that from- LOVE< LOVE!

    • Layla says

      Hey Kathy! I’ve still got the blanket, but the brown was a little “purple-y” and it was actually really stinky (musty), so we decided not to use it. Check out the resource list at the end of the post for links to everything we used in the room. Thank you for the comment love today! :-D

  14. says

    Love, love, love the greenish grey with the red doors. I’ve always loved grey/green with red accents and people think I’m crazy!

    • Layla says

      Hey Vicki!
      It’s actually a brownish-gray (guess it depends on your computer monitor?), but I’m a big fan or greenish-gray with red, too! :-D

  15. says

    It’s beautiful and I think the two spaces work well together. I love that the red in the doors wasn’t repeated everywhere. It really helps them stand on their own and compliments the bedding well.
    P.S.- I love the video… it so much better than just reading your words in type. It’s fun to get to see in action and little snippets of your personality. It was also funny to see Kit-Cat making his exit by walking across the desk. Congratulations on completing the room.

  16. Eileen says

    Completely love it! It’s so cozy, welcoming, and unique. I love the little closets and how they kind of hug the bed and make it feel “built in”. I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding guests to stay there!

    I have to say, maybe it’s because I’m adoptive mom, but I couldn’t help but notice the little child’s photo hung on the cork board. Looks like a referral picture!

  17. says

    WoW! My favorite room ever…and I always thought I liked contemporary design. This is just so well planned and thoughtful! Love, Love, Love!

  18. Jessica says

    This room is perfection! Completely inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talents and creativity with us!

  19. Stephanie Henson says

    I love the room, but I’m confused, wasnt that where the room for your adoptive child was going to live?

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Stephanie. :-) You’re correct. With the recent launch of his online business (http://shootflyshoot.com) and because he wants to release an acoustic album next year, we decided to make it into an office for Kev right now. (He was previously working on a tray table in the living room- ha!) If we ever need to use it as a bedroom, we’ll just move his desk out and it’ll be good to go! :-)

  20. says

    It’s beautiful! My heart skipped when I saw the blue blanket, full on danced when I saw you’d provided the link, and then crumpled like the Wicked Witch in water when I saw the price! I could have cried!!!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Julie. :-) We saved our pennies and took advantage of a great discount back in June, and we’ve really been loving that pop of blue. I’m always on the lookout for those kinds of blankets though, so I’ll start hunting for a less expensive version of it and I’ll let you know if I find one! :-)

  21. says

    Okay, can I just move in?? Those are my colors. I need a much bigger desk,, and that one looks perfecto. And I can work on singing and learning to play a new instrument! Please, pretty please?
    It’s gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. says

    I’m a space planning nerd too, the first thing I do after measuring up a clients space is the floor plan and space plan, not the fabrics… they come later after I know the scale of the furniture I will be working with and the size of rug I can get into the room…
    Loving the Sarah Richardson red doors…way to copy a good thing and make it greater, just for you…way to go! Her paint colors are amazing…

  23. says

    It is just so warm and charming Layla. Y’all did an awesome room. (Thanks for bringing this sunshine this morning, when the news from Colorado is so sad)

  24. Katie says

    I really love the way your guest bedroom – Kev’s office turned out. Can’t wait to come up and see it in person. Love the guitars on the wall.
    Love Mom.

  25. says

    You guys did an AMAZING job! I adore the colour scheme and little architectural details that make it so much more than a box of a bedroom.

  26. Penny says

    Super-duper cute!! I love the closets…I might borrow that idea for my storage-challenged-1971-townhouse. Looks like Kit-Cat loves his new room too!

  27. says

    i am so happy to hear that someone else has been in there house five years & still has projects going on. i just feel like the projects will never end as i have a fixer upper too. but, it is loads of fun along the way! i am loving that light fixture in the room. really, the whole room came out so nice!

  28. says

    Love the room. Love you guys. What an amazing, creative space. Great job you two!

    PS – I never heard that story about John & Yoko. Love the positive message behind it : )


  29. Nem says

    I love the layout for this room. We also have a guest/office room, and I have been trying to find the right layout for. I think I will have to steal this plan. :) Beautiful room.

  30. Jude says

    The room is finally done!! And with all the custom work, I believe it might REALLY BE DONE. You know I’ve been peeking in there forever…waiting…patiently…knowing all along it would be AMAZING! P.S.
    I found the ‘yes’ story especially wonderful :-)

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Mom! :-D My heart always does a little dance when I see a comment from you here, and I can’t wait to show you the room in person…the next time you come visit…hint hint. :-)

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Kristi! You can see the simple shelves we used on the inside of the closets by clicking on the “Time To Paint” link at the end of the post. We put our camera equipment and extra blankets inside them! :-)

  31. The Mason Jar says

    Layla ~ it’s been a labor of love and I’ve enjoyed watching it unfold. Love the results! We’re all anticipating the formula for your red closet doors color. I want it for my front door! Thank you so much for sharing the process! WONDERFUL! :-D

  32. says

    I love the red doors they are so warm and inviting…Where did you get the door knobs on the red doors I love cottage look it gives.


  33. says

    five years?! well, all i have to say is this room was totally worth the wait. you did a tremendous job!

    would it be awkward if i used your color scheme on a room in my own home? i really am in love with the gray, white, and red combo with a room that has wood floors and several baskets.

  34. says

    Oh my gosh – I love EVERYTHING about this room!!! This is going to be the inspiration for our study when we finally get around to fixing it up. I love the L-shaped desk and guitar mounts. They’re perfect for our space! I’ll have to add an L-shaped desk to my ever-growing list of furniture projects.

  35. Shawn Wood says

    I knew this room would be the perfect blend of beauty meets function (just like you two). I have to say for as handy as you and Kevin are I love that you utilized a carpenter in this project. People who work in the trades are nothing short of amazing. Craftsmanship adds so much character and personalization to a space. Nice work!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Shawn! :-) We decided we wanted to get it done right, the first time around! Brian was an absolute delight to work with, and his rates were super affordable too. We’re looking forward to working with him on our guest bathroom next! :-)

  36. Dawn says

    I really, really love it, and I would really, really like to be your guest! but more so, you gave me many ideas and lot’s of inspiration on how to decorate my guest room / office!

    Thanks so much for sharing this, both of you! have a good weekend!

  37. says

    What is the size of the room? I’m moving soon and have a guest room to redo that needs to function as a sewing room also. I love the cozy look!

  38. Leah says

    Curious how you liked working with the Annie Sloan chalk paint?? Did you finish with the wax?
    Everything looks so comfortable and welcoming…Don’t know about you, but even though I always get anxious for a project to get done I feel a little sad at the same time, because the process of creating it is so much fun – it’s so cool to see your vision come together isn’t it?
    Thanks for the inspiration – we need to tackle our home office one of these days too!!
    Leah: )

  39. says

    I have been dying to see the finished room and it’s even better than I expected. I love everything you’ve done … and of course, I’m super pleased to see you’ve used my pillow cover in the room – thanks so much :)
    When you were first doing the closets I couldn’t quite imagine them not dominating the room and squashing the bed in which of course, they don’t – they look amazing and the pops of red on the doors really makes the room. The whole space looks fantastic!! I know I’ve said this before but when I win the lottery I’m flying you two over here to re-do my house!!
    Sam x

  40. Carmen Mayo says

    Truly amazing, beautiful, tasteful and classic! (I hope that is what you were going for!) One question (actually two, but I can’t remember the second one!) Tell us about the carpet/rug you put down. It looks great and I love how it goes around the closets!

  41. says

    it’s really a beautiful room, layla and kevin.
    you guys did a great job bringing the room to life and making it your own.

    very impressed with your mad skills.

  42. Carmen Mayo says

    Oh I remember now! Second, tell us about the log lamp. Love that, too! I am a mother of 5 sons and I have a husband so it has been a challenge to decorate in a way that suits both sexes in our house. You, my dear, have done exactly that!

  43. Alana says

    Hi Layla, The room is beautiful! I actually have a question about the desk. I have been looking for the perfect L-shaped desk for months now, and they are either expensive or really poorly made. I had never even THOUGHT of having one built. I don’t know if you are comfortable sharing this, but I was wondering how much it cost to have it made? I am trying to decide if it would be worth it to look into having one built. Thank you!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Alana! We paid around $250 for the wood and materials, and Brian charged $200 to build it. All of the desks I looked at before we hired Brian cost between 600 and 1200 dollars, and wouldn’t have been the right size/configuration. Custom was definitely the way to go for us! :-)

  44. says

    What a thoroughly beautiful space! Really well done and I’m sure many of us would love to have that room in our homes. I’ve come in at the tail end of this project but still enjoyed it and look forward to more!

  45. Lisa B. says

    Oh! I love it! You are SOOO good at details and bringing it all together. I admire both of your styles. :). (p.s. adorable how Max and Kit-Cat had to be part of the video!)

    • Layla says

      Oh boy. It’s not quite ready for it’s close up yet (it looks almost exactly like the “during” photo at the beginning of this post!) but we hope to have it gussied up by the end of next month!

  46. says

    Love your new guest bedroom/Kevin’s office! Especially the red closet doors. You guys are so talented and hard working! Cute video – you should have your own show on HGTV (they are so stupid to not have you). You and Kevin are better than any of those so called designers on Design Stars.

  47. Kate Wall says

    In case no one else has told you yet, that plant is poisonous to cats! I check the ASPCA’s list before I buy anything!

    • Layla says

      Hi Kate! Thanks for the heads up! I just checked with my (horticulturist) mom and she said it can cause intense burning and irritation of the mouth, but that it’s not fatal unless they eats lots of it. Time to move that sucker to the top of the fridge! :-D

  48. Josee says

    Wow…so cozy, so warm and inviting…lurve it! Makes me want to redo every bedroom in that style!

  49. says

    The room looks bagorgeous! I, too, have a guest bedroom/office and am in the process of renovating it. Such a challenge to make a functional space that still feels cozy and inviting to overnight guests. You and your team did a great job. You must want to hang out in there all the time now :)

  50. says

    I love everything about this post… love the room too ;-) I will be saving this and referring back to it – thanks so much for sharing your life and incredible talent with us!

  51. says

    I love how this turned out. Especially all the great fabrics you used on the bed. I was waiting to see the Swiss Army blanket that you featured earlier, but even though you didn’t use it (that I can see anyway), I do see the inspiration.
    By the way, I ended up ordering those blankets for my boys, and am loving how their room is turning out, so thanks for the inspiration!

    • Layla says

      Hi Ginger! The army blanket we got wasn’t quite the chocolate-y brown I was hoping for, and it was really, really musty stinky! :-( Glad you were able to find some that smelled good and worked for you! :-)

      • Haley Whittington says

        OH goodness! I was thinking about ordering a Swiss Army blanket for my boys room… Are they too stinky?? Are they more green/grey than brown?? Thanks! LOVE the room and so jealous of the wood under your sheet rock!

        • Layla says

          Hey Haley! I don’t think they’re all stinky, but the one we ordered sure was! I would say ours is more “purple-y brown”. Not green or grey. Hope that helps! :-D

  52. Laura says

    Hi Layla! I LOVE how it all turned out. Two questions: do you have any other favorite grays that I can compare to Roycroft Mist Gray? We are having our great room painted and I’m fretting over choosing the color! Our current color is much more beige-y, and I’d like to stay in the griege family to keep it warm. Secondly, when you cut the tabs off of the curtains, did you do anything special to hang them up or did you just clip it? Thanks so much! Love everything in this room!

    • Layla says

      Hey Laura! I haven’t used another gray, so I’m not sure. ? Roycroft Mist Gray is very warm though, so you might want to try a sample of it! :-) As for the curtains, I just cut the tabs off and clipped ‘em up! Easy breezy!

  53. says

    LOVE IT! I love this campy cottage style, its beautiful and well planned…yet comfortable and inviting. Bravo! Thank you for documenting it so well…very enjoyable!

  54. says

    Love the room, you guys did a great job! I like how you made up words, hahaha funny, I will forever refer to guitars hanging on walls at Gart.

  55. says

    Looks fantastic you guys! The red doors really make the room for me. Love the Sugarboo print and the Flor tiles as well. Love that you said it took 5 years, keeps things in perspective for me ;)

  56. Shauna says

    So excited to see it finally! And I have been lusting over the sugarboo dog art since I saw it in an Atlanta design magazine…it looks just like my doggie!

  57. says

    I love everything about this room. It’s amazing how your styles came together and complimented each other in the finished space. I can’t believe it is the same room your started with. LOVE!

  58. says

    oh my frick, that was an awesome video! put a smile on my face and i needed that today. love the room, love the office, the bed area, you guys did a great job. my kitties can come over and have a kitty sleepover with KitKat :D

  59. Shellaine says

    I love the room, and I LOVE the video ;)

    The vet in me has to tell you philodendrons can be toxic to cats (vomiting, oral pain, etc.) and it looks like Kit-Cat is pretty interested in that plant (just like my cats would be. *sigh*) so please keep an eye on him!

    Do you have any public appearances coming up??? I’m a southern girl who just got to move back to Alabama from northern NY, so I’d love a chance to come get an autograph!

    • Layla says

      Hi Shellaine!
      My (horticulturist) Mom told me she’s going to swap out that plant for an “iron cross begonia” the next time she comes up to visit! :-D

      No “public appearances” scheduled right now, but we have been talking with the folks at Southern Accents about doing an event with them sometime this summer/fall. Hope to meet you there!

  60. kelly says

    I love it! Okay, I have those blinds, how do you hang them so the hardware does not show? Thanks for sharing all your GREAT ideas!

    • Layla says

      Hi Kelly!
      The blinds we bought are inside mount blinds so they mount to the inside/top of the window. The hardware is covered up by the built-in valance. Nice and neat! :-)

  61. says

    Layla – It’s beyond fabu. There isn’t anything I don’t love about it, and it looks so inviting by lamplight. Brian makes me want to consider relocating to Alabama. He is a jewel. I mean that in those most rugged, manly way, of course. :-) We’ve been trying to get the FLOR carpet tiles in Canadaland. So far…. no luck.

  62. says

    This is dynamite- really great job and I just love your furniture layout. It can be so difficult to combine an office and guest room and for the focus to still stay on the pretty bedroom part when you enter. You did this perfectly!

  63. says

    What a great space! I love the combination. Can’t wait to show this to my husband – he is currently working on turning our spare room into a ‘music room’ to house his guitars and amps, and I know he’ll get a kick out of seeing such an amazing finished space! All your well thought-out, unique touches make the room so special.

  64. says

    It looks soooo pretty. I will come stay anytime. I love the red doors, the texture, the bedding…sigh. You think of everything, too, with the pencils and the “yes.” It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  65. Maria says

    Ahhh…finally the reveal…I absolutely love.love.love it!! I love the attention to detail, the use of different colors and patterns and how it all came to together and the desk…WOW!!

    Great job you two…as expected!! :) Keep on keeping on and as always…THANK YOU for bringing inspiration to our lives!!!

  66. Laura says

    Perfection as always! And is it weird that I am totally admiring your Mac? As a died-in-the-musty-wool-blanket Apple family, I know that my hubby will also notice it very quickly when I show this to him. So happy for your beautiful new space!

  67. Jill says

    I am still on the hunt for the perfect grey! Do you feel like the grey you selected for this room is a true grey? Does that make sense? I have painted grey walls that turn out purplish in different lighting,other grey walls that look periwinkle! Others that had more of a brown hue to them! I don’t know what I am doing wrong but I am going to look into your color choice, I just feel like like I am doing something wrong each time I try a new grey!

    • Layla says

      Hi Jill, Roycroft Mist Gray is definitely an earthy gray. Brown undertones except where it gets a lot of sunlight…then it’s more of a true light gray.

      • Jill says

        Thanks for the quick reply! Going to get a sample tomorrow morning.. I am determined to find one I love! Thanks again I love love love reading your blog and seeing all your designs play out so beautifully!

  68. says

    I am going to be one of 1000 people to tell you….. this room is Magnetic…. I would want to be in this room all the time! It is so amazing. love every detail… and the closet doors are the neatest doors! enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!! the people who get to sleep there will just be blessed by all of your love that is clearly in this room. Janita

  69. Erika says

    Love it all! Call me super nosy but I’m sure many want to know what it looks like inside the barn red doors…how are you using that space to it’s max. In other words, I want to steal your idea for those tiny storage closets! Thanks!

  70. Jenny C. says

    Wow!! The room looks fantastic! You guys are scary talented! And your carpenter is scary talented as well. amazing.

  71. says

    SUPER beautiful magnificent awesomeness all around in this room! I know, I don’t even know if I spelled all those words correctly :) We are turning our pool house into my husbands drum room and you have given me some great ideas! I may just have to put a bed out there for a cozy spot by the pool, as long as he isn’t banging on the drums .Just got your tweet and yes, now that I look closer, I see the gray. Nicely done girl !

  72. Sandra says

    Y’all, it has turned out so amazing. I absolutely love it. I’m glad you did the video. I agree with you in how cozy it seems with the lighting you have chosen. I love the bedside lighting. Great job guys!!

  73. deborah mcgrath says

    Wonderful! Now please come over to my place and create a “cottagy” room for 2 drum sets and cymbals…my husbands’ “drumottage”?!!! :))

  74. says

    You are so cute! And I love your guest room/music room makeover! Manly…creative… and awesome for guests!


    Linda @ Truthful tidbits

  75. says

    I dig it, but I couldn’t do it. I know I would feel like I HAD to have some red in the bedding. I love how you make it work! If you love to space plan, can you come over and plan my TV room/bar/exercise room. It has beadboard ceiling and wood floors…and it’s in the basement! The bar was already there and it’s very art deco-ish, which really isn’t us. Maybe one day I’ll send you a picture so you can presto-chango it for me…I have NO CLUE what to do with the space! Love your space…love the RED doors and the “yes” on the door!!

  76. Diana Rose Hubbard says

    Been waiting for the reveal. You both are amazing.
    Love, love, love it! The red on the closet doors are perfect. (I have a table I want to paint that color.)
    Thanks for listing all the resources!

  77. Lisa says

    That room is FANtastic! I’m so impressed with the dual function of the room. On one hand, ya wanna have a nice guestroom, but on the other, you need it for functional purposes for most of the time when you don’t have guests. -Great job! …Oh, and I love how Kit-kat clearly believes this is HIS room and you redid it just for him! So cute!

  78. says

    OMG! That has to be my favorite room that you guys have done…AMAZING! You are so talented. Can’t wait for your next project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  79. says

    Yours is the only blog that I follow religiously. With each step of this room reveal, I found myself sitting on pins and needles waiting for the final outcome. Today was the reveal, and boy! I wasn’t disappointed at all! I LOVE it!

    With each of your posts, I learn more and more! Thanks for the inspiration!

  80. Judy says

    I really enjoyed following this project…every detail was carefully thought out. I hope Sarah Richardson sees this blog…she’ll love it. Did you stencil the “5” on the stool? Congrats…such an accomplishment. Best, Judy

  81. says

    LOVE IT! Great job guys! Thanks for the continued inspiration and wonderful, uplifting blog posts! You all are awesome and continue to inspire this girl over here in Kansas! Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do!

  82. Sharon Stinson says

    Hi guys! I continue to be blown away by your awesome creativity and teamwork – another beautiful, comfy, functional room in the books – bravo! Layla, you remain one of my favorite designers. Love your style, girl! Thanks also for all the links to supplies, etc. ’cause I think the Schoolhouse Lighting one has led me to the kitchen fixture of my dreams. :) And ya know, kudos again to Kev for the music that won you and Trust Company that gold record – well deserved! Here’s to Layla and Kevin – the true Dynamic Duo

  83. Terry says

    I don’t comment much on your blog posts, but I have been waiting with bated breath for this post and I just have to tell you that your guest room/office renovation is so very lovely! I especially love Kevin’s desk and workspace. How blessed you were to have your own personal carpenter for this project, too! I appreciate all your enthusiasm and creative ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  84. sharon bice says

    Oh my gosh you guys the guest room/office is incredible. You continue to inspire me. sharon

  85. Marianne in Mo. says

    APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! It is FABULOUS!! I love everything, and love the layout especially. You managed to make a guest room/office appealing to whomever occupies it. Hoping when I redo my small guest room I can make it work so that it’s usable to me when guests don’t use it. I’ve had all my fabrics for 3 years sitting in the closet, but life keeps getting in the way. Glad to hear it took someone else a good deal of time to get to the same project! WHEW!!! I feel better now! Bet you do too! Congrats!

  86. says

    Wow, I love it.. everything turned out so beautifully.. I enjoyed lingering at each photo and appreciating all the hard work that went into it. Thank you for the generous sharing.. inspiring in all kinds of ways. :)

  87. says

    The room came together beautifully, and thanks for giving me the nudge to call our cabinet guy about building us a custom desk, yours turned out so well! I also love the bed linens, especially the beautiful burlap bird pillow by Sam, she is so talented and such a sweetheart!

    Enjoy your lovely new space!


  88. Lin says

    Oh I know ya’ll are so proud of your hard work! It looks fabulous! I love it all! Great great job!

  89. says

    Hey Layla and Kevin….I”ve been MIA from blogsurfing for the last little while and am FINALLY getting around to looking at this post! Your room turned out BEAUTIFULLY!! I love every little detail! You, as always, are amazing! (And I’m curious where you found that adorable camera pencil sharpener??)

  90. Peggy Nacke says

    Love, love, love this room (actually all of your rooms)…have been reading your blog for months, finally taking the plunge this week to paint my very old, dark kitchen cabinets. Your rooms are an inspiration – not sure how you do it – calm yet so “today!”

  91. says

    Love how the room turned out and am so happy for you both. I know it was a lot of work, but now that it is complete, I am sure it was worth it. I really enjoyed the video because it is always nice to get to “see” people you read and hear what you sound like, and I enjoyed kitty and pup as well!

  92. Françoise Lecours says

    You guys are just Super! What a great room and so inviting .
    I want to visit you and have a sleepover (can I bring Cup Cake and Bill too …my cats would love that wool blanket ).Love the video. made me smile .
    Your are both very talented and that sign ….YES. What a great little reminder .Thank you for all you inspiration !

  93. Kelly says

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said! The room is such a great mix of boy and girl! I would love to come over to stay anytime! I’m from Canada and could bring all the chips of Sarah Richardson’s paint collections and maple syrup! I love how Kit Kat has adopted the new bed already and Kev has an assistant! I love your work. You are both so talented. Thank you for sharing those talents with all of us! xo
    Kelly Ps I think you should have Kevin’s music on in the background for our listening pleasure. We can get eye candy and music all at the same time!

  94. Dawn says

    Kevin and Layla,

    Thanks for fun inspiration and information. I loved the video! Keep up the great job!

  95. says

    This is one of the most breathtaking rooms I’ve ever seen, and I love how clearly it reflects both of you! I’m in the process of creating a guest room/office that balances personal interests with welcoming space, so I’m very grateful for the inspiration.

    • Layla says

      Well, Beth- you just made my day! :-) That was such a sweet comment and I sure do appreciate your kindness and encouragement so much! XO

  96. Melinda says

    I love the room! My favorites are the bedding (love the mix and match blend), the custom desk with the hidden cord storage (genius) and the red closet doors (inspired). Thanks once again for sharing your house journey with us!

  97. AnNicole says

    Hey darlin’! You seriously never cease to amaze me. SERIOUSLY! I wish you could just swoop in and redesign my whole house for me.

    xoxo – AnNicole

  98. says

    Layla and Kevin…it turned out fantabulous! I love it! The red doors are great and I love the YES sign! You guys did an awesome job getting so much function out of this space. And Kevin can take a quick snooze with Kit Cat when a nap attack hits.:)

  99. says

    Oh my heavens. I love everything about this room! I couldn’t wait to see it all come together; it never ceases to amaze me how you can pull together a room! I was literally telling my husband and mom all about how talented you are at making a room distinct, yet tying it in with the rest of the house. Well done, my friend!

  100. says

    It is charming! You did an amazing job of combining purposes in the room while keeping it beautiful. We also have a room with guitars on the wall, but the guitar picks are everywhere. I love the keeping them in the tin idea!

  101. Joe Fried says

    I was curious how would that industrial light fixture from the other day would fit in the room. Turns out it looks great together with his gear. I love how you used a custom desk to put in all that mixer and pre-amp in a snug fit. The cable holes and channels are definitely a great touch; reduces the clutter, and all – even when he’s working. Congratulations, the room turned out great!

  102. says

    So cute! been waiting for the final reveal for 5 years! nah, just kidding. but it is so adorable. love the red closets – those are so perfect and the little tables! congrats!

  103. says

    So cute! I love the red doors. I love the fact that you can “see” the potential in things…like the wood floor under the carpet and the wood planks under the drywall! (My son would love the guitars!)

  104. says

    Wow, true rock ‘n roll! You did an AWESOME job in decorating! Love every detail… and how everything matches together. You inspire me Layla!!! Congrats!
    Inge x

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Crystal! We need the room to function as an office and bedroom for now, so until there’s a kiddo in the picture, we’re going to make use of it how we need to now, and it’ll be an easy transition if it’s ever used just as a bedroom. :-)

  105. Sarah M. says

    It looks lovely! I finally got around to painting my ceiling boards. I tried the stick-the-tongue-and-groove-together-and-then-paint method but it was a fail. First of all, it would require quite a few saw horses and space to be able to paint all the boards at once. I was only able to do 4 at a time because all of my saw horses are different heights. Second, it really didn’t make a difference when it came time to install them onto the ceiling. It wasn’t any easier because our ceilings are so uneven anyways, and that made it difficult to line up the tongue and groove. A few other factors that we had against us were that we didn’t use the nice flexible boards from Lowes, but instead used the actual wood paneling that’s meant for the walls of a log cabin or something, that we found at Menards. We also let them sit in our garage for a few months before starting this project because we got quite the surprise when one day I started to get sick and found out that it was actually morning sickness that didn’t go away for 2 months. But in the end, it looks wonderful and I’m so happy that we did it. I guess when you’re trying to do home renovation by yourselves, it’s just a constant learning curve!
    Next on our to-do list is to start the baby’s room. At the moment it’s a junk/storage room that needs new gypsum because we took out a bunch of built-in 70’s closets that were way too big for the space, and 70’s wood paneling that was glued to the wall.
    One last thing, were you planning on adding a glass top to the desk? I think it’d be kinda neato fritto to be able to put pictures, paper keepsakes, or other inspirational flat items under the glass. Plus, it would protect the desk top. I love it when things are both functional and beautiful!

    Sarah M.

    • Layla says

      Yay! And congratulations, Sarah! We’re not going to be using glass on Kev’s desktop, but that is a fun idea! :-)

  106. says

    This looks wonderful! It seems like you’ve changed a few things several times, like the colors of the wall. I hope you feel that all the hard work has paid off, the room truly looks amazing.

  107. says

    Love it all! Also I noticed you don’t have the quilted ticking stripe quilt on the bed anymore. Are you looking for a good home for it, by any chance?????

  108. Alice Yamasaki says

    The room looks absolutely great!!! You both did such a wonderful job…comfy, stylish and functional. Very inspirational!! Thank you for sharing all about the journey to get you to this point and all the resources you used. I was wondering if you could share the height of your baseboards. My hubby and I are in the middle of a remodel and can’t decide how tall to go. I really like the look of yours. Thank you!!!

  109. says

    Great look & I love the dual bedside closets & basket cubbies. I do believe I am the most impressed with the The Lonely Position of Neutral~ the record, the display, & the fantastic title! I’ll never think of a neutral color palette the same way again :) Congrats on all the accomplishments, both musical & decoratively!

  110. Tina K says

    LOVE this room! Your 5 years paid off. I love how it has two separate functions, yet still flows.

    And a HUGE thanks for posting the link to the guitar mounts. I can hopefully now talk my husband into showcasing his the same way.

  111. julie g. says

    Love! Love! Love! My sons have informed me that they are ready for new rooms and I have been racking my brain for something manly and cool, inviting but not juvenile. I may be stealing many ideas from Kev’s new space.

  112. says

    Hey sweet girl! :) I just realized I have the same light fixtures going up in my window seat area I’m building in my dining room! (just a different shade) :)
    Just so you know….we’re still extremely giddy from our texting session this morning! :-D Love YOU and thanks again! ;)

  113. says

    love it, love it, love it! Theres nothing else i can say. What a great transformation. Its so bright and such a cozy place as a home office. I’d love to stay in that room forever ;)

  114. Jennifer says

    Love the room ! It came out amazing. My husband would love a studio space space like that. One day , for now its as cool as it can be in our unfinished basement. I had to laugh when I saw the Trust Company photo, my husband’s band played with them a few years back. Awesome band !!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Jennifer! And how neat that your hubby’s band played with my hubby’s band! Where was the show?

      • Jennifer says

        I’m not sure exactly where they played together. Our how long ago they played with Trust Company. My husbands name is Charlie his band was Downstage or Vessel at the time . haha he’s played in a few bands over the years.

        • Layla says

          OMGoodness! Kevin (and the rest of his Trust Co. band mates) LOVE Vessl! Kev says he’s been in your basement with Johnny and Charlie! :-D

          • Jennifer says

            Small world. haha. I thought I met him a few years back. Isn’t that horrible i couldn’t remember which band it was. We have two little ones can’t remember anything anymore. LOL . So he seen our crazy little studio space. I bet thats when we had all John’s gear . John has an amazing studio. Hoping we can finish our basement in the next year or so. Than he can build a real studio down there. He always recording bands . I Found your kitchen on Pinterest. Im actually painting my kitchen like yours in the Fall . I love the white and gray! Your rooms are amazing u guys do a great job !

          • Layla says

            Small world indeed! That is so crazy, Jennifer! Kev says to tell Charlie hello, and I hope you’ll keep me posted on the kitchen. I wanna see your before and after pics! :-D

  115. Jennifer says

    I will ! He is gonna think this is so crazy! When Im ready to start the project I ‘ll keep you updated. . .Its a lot of cabinets. My kitchen very similar to your original kitchen. I’ve been telling Charlie to read the tutorial on how to do molding on our cabinets. He probably would have seen his picture. So funny!

  116. Rhoda Vaughn says

    The room looks GREAT!! Love the red doors – oh, and the Annie Sloan graphite paint on the desk!
    Enjoyed your video as well!

  117. says

    LOVE this room! Great job on room planning, the pieces all seem to work in perfect. I’m in the love with the closets to the left and right of the bed. The splash of red is a great finishing touch.

    Keep the great ideas coming.

  118. says

    OMG, I’m freaking out – your husband was in the band, Trust Co.???!!! I freaking love that band…I have that CD. That’s crazy!! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and had no idea. Wow.
    Oh, and the room looks awesome :-)

  119. says

    Layla and Kevin and adorable pets!! You have done a fabulous job in this room as you have done in all your renovated rooms. You two are a great team and your eye for detail is so evident. Thanks for sharing your beauty (inside and out) and talent with us.


  120. Cristin says

    It’s fabulous–just love your style! From a feng shui perspective you might consider putting a little table top mirror (or something reflective) by the plant and lamp (or somewhere appropriate so he can see movement) so Kevin is never caught off-guard by someone approaching him from behind since his back it to the door. Just something to think about! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  121. says

    Oh Layla! It’s so incredibly wonderful! I love every single thing about this room. I’m looking for a new paint color and yours looks great, but I went to SW for a swatch and it’s an old color that they don’t have sample cards for anymore. They can still mix the color but I couldn’t see it “in real life”. Boo! I’ll look for something close. Nice job!

    • Krystal says

      Are you talking about the Roycroft Mist Gray? They do not have it in the normal color swatches, but I was able to find it in the idea brochures they have. It’s in the “America’s Heritage” exterior historic colors brochure. It’s an 8.5×11 brochure. Hopefully your SW store has one…if not, I’ll see what I can do ;-)

  122. says

    It’s a wonderful room…the ‘yes’ on the door is perfect! The video was fun to watch and I love that you included a resource list.

  123. Krystal says

    I would love to hear you thoughts on working with the Annie Sloan paint. Did you use her wax as well or a different brand? I’m wanting to paint my husbands desk black…so just curious ;-)

  124. says

    Love it especially those red doors! And how adorable is Kit-Cat! By the way that name rocks!! He loves his new room clearly and believes it is all for him.

  125. Charlene says

    Ohmygoodness. My husband and I just bought our first house and re-did the 800 square feet of floor… I saw the picture of you applying your Varathane and it SO reminded me of us the last few weeks (we even used the same Varathane applier!). We were also craving a lighter floor than the water-stained, dark orange mess going on everywhere in the house. So, so, SOOO happy with the result.

    You guys have awesome taste.

  126. says

    Really like the room this is the dilemma facing my partner and i when we move the need of a spare bedroom but my want of a music room so i want to thank you for giving me some real inspiration and a solution. Also being a guitar head myself i have to say i am loving the guitars :-) especially the wood finished one.

  127. says

    Wonderful room reveal Layla and Kevin. Just discovered your blog! I love the exposed wood planks and refinished hardwood floors. The ceiling compliments the design well. Lots of great detail in this space!

    P.S. Also a Trust Company fan!

  128. irma santana says

    You guys are beautiful people! Your work is simply amazing!

    Three years ago, I moved into a stacked little house that was hideous to enter the toilet room, the rest wasnt so bad but in dire need of work from its 40-year old origins. The catch? $280 monthly rent, a four-minute bike ride to work and pre-approved ‘any ok’ upgrading!

    I had minor surgery requiring a one-week hospitalization scheduled just before moving, so I hustled my ideas (didn’t want to see that awful pit of a toilet ever again!) in my terrible Japanese to my friend’s husband and carpenter team and returned to a changed home!

    Now I’m ready for more up-grading but I want to do it all myself, thanks to you guys, and a few misses from my miscommunications in the first round and keep maybe half the $20,000 I previously paid. No idea where to start or what I want yet, but just want to thank your amazing love of life that oooozes from your page! Thank you x10,000x!

  129. Sheryl Weaver White says

    Hi! Room looks great.
    Do you remember where you go the rug? (Did I miss that?)
    Thank you!

    • Layla says

      Hi Sheryl! They’re FLOR carpet tiles. For more info about them, just click the “carpet tiles” link in the Resources list at the bottom of this post. :-)

  130. Chelle says

    Hey! Quick question. I noticed in one of your planked ceiling posts there were existing can lights in the old popcorn ceilings. . . Is there a special tool you used to cut an opening for them in the planks? We’re renovating a 1905 farm house and want to do planked ceilings but our electrician has already installed our lighting. Any tips would be great!

  131. says

    Ok, LOVE this room!! The red doors are my favorite along with the desk. That chalk paint color “looks” like a very dark blue to me…. but on the link it looks black…. Can you confirm it’s true color please??
    Thanks so much!! You two are too talented!!

  132. Karen says

    Hi Layla,

    I was wondering what the dimensions of your rooms are. I think that would help me decide if some of your ideas would work for me. Maybe you have them already posted somewhere? Anyway, thanks, and great job!!

  133. Heidi says

    I love your website! Just a question… what did you use to make the floorplan on your ‘our house’ tab interactive/clickable? Its so handy!

  134. says

    Where did you get the carpet for this room! Love the whole thing,,,especially those cute little red doors! Thanks for your reply as I am trying to find something that is thin enough that you could layer another carpet over top of it….would that work with a carpet like you have?? Thanks for your help :)

    • Layla says

      Hi Missy! I got them at Schoolhouse Electric. There’s a link to their site at the bottom of my post if you’d like to check ‘em out! :-)

  135. Lori! says

    Hello! Wondering if you had to shorten the light rod yourself or if you purchased a different length?


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