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English-inspired guest room makeover, week 1 One Room Challenge!

I need a kick in the pants to wrap up this big basement renovation project, so here goes--my 117th (kidding) One Room Challenge. (See all my others here.) We started turning this little extra room into a guest room months ago and stopped, and... now it's just sad. But I have plans for a beautiful, richly colored, vintage-ey English country-inspired room and here I go!

Basement guest room One Room Challenge makeover

The before(s)

This room has been through a lot. Here's its recent history, from 70's/80's home office to newly framed tiny bonus room. There's no closet since it wasn't intended to be a bedroom (hence why we didn't add an egress window), and it's really very small. A full size bed is as big as you'd want to go! I was thinking it would be a nice office, too, or music room or small playroom... but then we decided we wanted it to be a guest room, and I love decorating bedrooms so that was the most fun option anyway. 

I started buying things for it on Facebook Marketplace and we dumped a few random extra guest room-ey things in here. I'm going to recover that headboard!!

The vision

First, let me explain the paint color. It's PPG Safari Brown and I'm not sure how to describe it. It obviously looks different in the artificial light and iPhone photos, but it's really a pinkish brown and inspired by this British designer's bathroom project (Etruscan Brown, by Edward Bulmer Paint, not available in the US). So different and interesting!

And here are some more inspiration photos--unique patterned headboards (sources 1, 2, 3, 4).

I picked out this fabric from Calico for the headboard, and hopefully that great teal one for a throw pillow. Not sure what fabric I'll recover the sconce shades in (see first photo/mood board) but you know I'll want to. Need some pretty bedding, some unique art, simple rug, probably an antique dresser for the corner... gonna be fun!

Follow along with me here over the next 8 weeks, and all the other participants linked from the One Room Challenge blog!

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