Loft Guest Bedroom Inspiration

…speaking of creating inspiration pictures

I met a girl named Erin at the pool a few weeks ago, and of course I couldn’t resist asking her to send me a photo of her upstairs loft area when she mentioned that she was having trouble figuring out what to do with the bed alcove up there.

Here’s the picture she sent me later that day…

Loft Makeover Before | The Lettered Cottage

…and here’s what I had fun coming up with in Photoshop for her:

Loft Makeover Inspiration | The Lettered Cottage

It’s just one of a million possibilities, but Erin said she wanted to replace the (faux) iron beds that are up there now, so I thought it would be fun to try some built-in beds instead. They wouldn’t necessarily have to look just like these built-in beds…but something like this would probably be pretty simple for a carpenter to knock out in a day or two. I also popped in an old sideboard, but I used my eraser tool to chop down the legs so that it would sit at nightstand-height. The colors, textures, bedding and accessories could all be tweaked or switched out for different options- but I’m hoping this will help get Erin’s creative gears a’turnin…and that she’ll call her across-the-lake-neighbor Layla if she wants help bringing her ideas to life! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a inspiration board that shows the items I pulled from the internet to create my inspiration photo:

Pottery Barn Style Inspiration

(Rug,ย sideboard, ceiling light, bedding, table lamps, curtains)

You can really see in that photo of the bed how nicely the bedding goes with white-painted wood (the bench), and the wall color is almost the exact same shade as Erin’s current wall color, so she wouldn’t have to repaint if she went with bedding in those colors. Not having to re-paint is always a plus! Said the girl who spent the last three days (and dusks!) painting 29 kitchen cabinet doors on her front porch…

Layla and Kevin Palmer | The Lettered Cottage

Kevin and I are helping some friends re-do their kitchen right now, and I’m so excited to see their reaction when we’ve got everything in place- partly because reveal day is always so much fun, and partly because that means we’ll be done painting cabinets at that point- LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Your solutions to our “problem areas” seem to come with such grace and ease. You know — your smile is exactly the same!!!!!! A beautiful smile with grace and ease.
    I wish I could drag you home with me!!!!! I have one huge problem area (my hooking room) and I have one troublesome area. (Our smallish Greatroom.)
    I hope, in the future, we will see your kitchen cabinet painting tips. Better yet, c’mon down to Florida. David would let Kev play his prized guitar!!!!! C’mon down….straight down i-75. You can’t miss us.
    P.S. I guess I better clarify………I am a primitive rug hooker!!!!!!

  2. lana says

    That just blows my mind. So beautiful! You’re so creative and talented! Keep us the good work!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Lana! I sure do appreciate your encouragement, and hope you have a fantastic Friday! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • debbier says

      surely we will be seeing pictures of the friends kitchen when your done? :) I look forward to emails with new post from you on ur blog. Your always inspiring and witty and sweet and loveable and and and….

      • Layla says

        You bet, Debbie! We’re actually filming the whole makeover too, so I’m excited to share the “live” footage with you too! ๐Ÿ˜€ And thank you for the sweet compliments, too. You made me smile and I’m so thankful for your encouragement and kindness!

  3. says

    I would Love to run into you at a pool or anywhere.
    You are always so willing to lend a hand, reach out, and share.
    The room you tweeked is beautiful as all the rooms you get your hands on or phito shop on. I especially love the blue ceiling. That says calm and be happy. I would have never thought of that.
    Can not wait to see the kitchen you are waving our magic wand at.
    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Geri.

    • Layla says

      I sure would love to run into you one day too, Geri! It feels like I know you already! Thank you for always leaving such kind comments for me to find. I appreciate them very much! XO

  4. says

    Seriously…you always amaze me with your creativity! I LOVE this space! The details are fantastic. A perfect cozy cottage bedroom retreat. I’ve said this before, but I ReALLY wish you could come to Iowa. Our new home is in serious need of more cottage charm & tweaking:)

  5. says

    Beautiful! Is this a guest room or the little girl’s room? I think this would be a perfect “transition” room for a tween who is on that edge of growing out of little girl stuff and moving into more sophisticated tastes!

    Hope you and Kevin have a great holiday weekend!

    • Layla says

      Hi Anele! It’s a big “living room/playroom” at the top of the stairs that lead to their second floor. They also use it as a guest bedroom “apartment” because it can be closed off from the first floor and has it’s own living room and bathroom. :-)

  6. Kate says

    Layla, you did it again! I love looking at your presto change-o’s because they always blow me away!! Keep it up :)

  7. Dawn says

    Wow, Layla! The Loft Guest Bedroom Inspiration is perfect for that space. I love how cozy and inviting it makes Erin’s home!

  8. Amy Youngstrom says

    LOVE! You inspire me. I may just have to take the tutorial room makeovers. :)

  9. says

    I absolutely adore the colours featured in this post. The curtains inspire me for my own living room which could use a pop of colour!

    I actually just featured your fireplace makeover on my wall! I stumbled upon it on Pinterest and decided to tweak my own fireplace! Looks like you guys are influencing my living room quite a bit these days!

  10. says

    LOVE that presto-change-o! The built-ins are a great idea for that space, and I love the buffet between them. Ok, I just love it all!

  11. says

    Hi Layla and Kevin! Thank you for using our buffet in your inspiration room, and providing a link to our page. That is how I found you and am glad I did. Incredible site. I now have a new daily read! I’m off to take a better look around… thanks again! -keeley

  12. Melanie says

    You are so talented; definitely is a gift from God. You are so sweet in your posts, such an inspiration.

    Question- I have an upstairs game room with those same ceiling angles. It makes the wall so short when the horozonal ceiling and sloped ceiling is painted white and the wall is a different color. Your picture looks like you have 3 colors? Maybe white, blue, and tan? Is that right? I am working on a design plan now and trying to figure paint scheme. Thanks.

    • Melanie says

      Thank you for taking the time to email me a response to my question. You offer so many inspirational posts on your blog, not only for decorating, but as an overall way of living. Christ’s light shines through you and Kevin in your pictures and will draw people to him through you! Thanks again for being you!

      • Layla says

        You’re welcome, Melanie! And thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment here today- I appreciate it so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. says

    What a great room for your friend to work with.Your suggestion will give her a great starting point.

  14. Lisa W. says

    WOW…love this Layla. You are good girfriend!!!! I have always loved the look of built in’s, AND this is the perfect room for it! The white is yummy, and love the buffet and color. And how clever to chop the legs to make it bedside table style. Like I said your good!!!

    • Layla says

      Well thank you, Lisa. You are very kind, and I sure appreciate your sweet comment! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Hope says

    Love this! But also curious if they are wanting to sell those faux iron beds they want to get rid of?!

  16. Cheryl says

    Ummmm, L.O.V.E this. It’s amazing how much the room changes. The built-in beds are genius – – – gives the room so much character! Great idea. You rock!

  17. Molly says

    Hi, I have a question regarding total room makeovers. We just moved and I am struggling with our blank canvas of a home (the owners painted it all beige before moving out, so it literally looks like a canvas). We are struggling with feeling overwhelmed at needing to do everything from paint to floors in some places to windows and fixtures. Our last home was just about how we wanted it so it just needed extra touches. While we thought the process would be fun we are also finding ourselves impatient at wanting it to feel like us and have that home feel we just left behind. That was a long side note, but our question is when you have inspiration and a direction for a room do you find yourself changing over the course of getting it all done, whether its color changes or even just a rug that throws the feel of the room in another direction. We start out one way and then we find a deal or some piece or color we love and find the room taking on a whole other “feel” and direction than we started with. We arnt sure if we should be better at keeping to the original path to make sure it turns out like we want or if this is typical and in fact gives it more of that personal touch! Just curious!!! We have never had so much to do, we have always had at least a few things that weren’t changeable that we had to work around. So this is new to us to have to take a place that isn’t us and make it us! Our last home we lived in for almost 10 years! And for example the flooring we picked throughout the first floor ended up about 5-10 shades lighter than we thought it would (it’s a natural finish vs a stain). Our mistake couple with a salesman that didn’t make sure we knew that! So that changed the look of everything! Just as an example! Oh and another example is we were going to have a navy and white playroom but found an incredible deal on a piece of furniture that we liked, but that throws off the navy and white direction. Almost feels like we waste time looking for inspiration when it all changes anyways .

    • Layla says

      Hi Molly!

      I used to just sort of “wing” things when I pulled together rooms, but now that I know how to plan them using Photoshop, Kevin won’t let me buy/build anything until I KNOW I’m gonna love it- LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ Even though some things may change along the way, it’s usually just the style of something versus the color, texture, pattern, layout, architecture or quantity- which is where the real time and money can add up when you start to change your mind after you’ve already bought or built. I hope that helps! :-)

  18. says

    What a great idea! Love the built in bed concept!

    We just got a new home. I have been pouring over your blog, and love your simple cottage style. I have gotten so many wonderful ideas and will be following your blog. Can you come up to North Dakota and help me with my new place? lol