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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Updated midcentury modern guest bedroom reveal! One Room Challenge Week 8

It's One Room Challenge reveal day!! Along with many other designers, I've been working the past 8 weeks on transforming one room. This event happens twice a year, and I've participated several times. This time I made over a guest room, with a midcentury modern plus updated traditional vibe, and I'm so happy with it!!! 

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If you're new to this blog from the ORC site, welcome!! I'm Suzannah, a longtime DIYer and design lover currently making over our 1937 Tudor revival style home, our second fixer-upper. I have a 2-year-old and baby on the way, but my husband and I have done almost all of the work on our homes ourselves! I've blogged about all of it so you can check out my tutorials page and room reveals to see. You can also follow along with me and my projects on Instagram! I also co-host the Your Home Story podcast!

See all my posts about this ORC here!

Updated Midcentury Modern Guest Bedroom


You can read all about the history of this room, including before photos, here. It belongs to my friends Gabriela and Matt, who host a lot of out-of-town guests and wanted to give them a more finished-feeling space (more functional, too). Their home was built in 1961 and they love midcentury modern style, but a lot of the inspirations they pulled for this room had warm and earthy tones, softer textures, and some more contemporary style. I combined their favorite elements and helped them choose everything for this room--we started completely from scratch!!
Over the past 8 weeks I've shared:

Here's where we started...

Welcome in now...!!

The bed was the first piece we settled on for sure. I love this one!! So affordable, very cool statement piece, great color. And it looks great with the teak and wood of the original doors and flooring.

The nightstands are super affordable, like $65, and solid wood. They're smaller than I'd usually use for a queen sized bed but we basically filled the wall perfectly (leaving room for the bi-fold door to open on the right) with the headboard and nightstands.

Because they're small and this room is small, sconces were perfect instead of lamps! There wouldn't be much room for anything else if you had a big lamp on one of these. We did the "Magic Light Trick" and used puck lights instead of hard-wiring them, and it worked great!!!

One function they needed improved was they actually use the dresser in here for some of their stuff, and needed a bigger one. Plus, every guest room needs a mirror!! This one is an amazing deal at $60 for 24"x30" and looks great horizontal or vertical. And, the brass ties in with the original hardware in the room, and the brass on the lights.

Choosing bedding was a bit of a challenge since everything had to be online, and it's hard to see how all the colors go together without seeing at least some of it in person. 

We actually started with this beautiful quilt provided by Kasentex and went with other soft beige pieces. 

Fresh greenery is also always a good addition! 

This guest room is so much more welcoming now, and the homeowners are very happy to have a finished space for their next guests (whenever people are able to travel again!). 

Linking all the sources I can below!

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