The Horse Farm Project: Guest Bedroom Makeover

Today, we’re sharing the space at The Horse Farm Project that underwent probably the biggest change of all the rooms. Now, I know that’s a lot to say given we took down the wall between the den and the dining room and created an entry. Believe me, those changes were all pretty drastic but according to the homeowner this guest room makeover has been one of the most talked about spaces of the entire house and it’s one of our favorites too!

Just to give you a quick backstory, this bedroom was previously decorated in soft blues, whites and yellows. When I originally met with the homeowner she wanted the space to have more of a masculine feel as she felt the room had become a little too feminine. She also wanted the bedroom to be decorated in a similar style as the rest of the house but not exactly like the rest of the house because she wanted this space to have its own personality.

While the ceilings were being scraped and repainted, the rest of the room was being painted in Valspar’s Flannel Gray (top) and the rustic planks on the bottom were painted in Behr’s Swiss Coffee. During that same time, the new flooring was also being installed and we had started pulling together the rest of the elements for the room makeover.

Thankfully, the homeowners had given us a great head start by purchasing this fabulous rug,

this desk,

and these bed linens as soon as the project began which really helped to avoid any shipping delays.

All that was left to do was to gather some cool accessories, artwork and paint the rest of the existing furniture.   In my opinion, the one thing that made the bedroom look really feminine before other than the color scheme were the flowers on the dresser and on the nightstand. Most of the time these are the things that are totally fixable so don’t let stuff like that scare you away!

I painted the dresser and the nightstand using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and you’d never guess those flowers were even there!

As far as the accessories we used on the nightstand, the homeowner wanted to keep everything simple and we were totally on board.

The black lamp was actually being used in another room, the concrete planter was a thrifted find, we clipped the greenery from around the property and the framed picture was taken by a local artist which was a huge help in finishing this room!

The artwork I had originally planned for this space didn’t work out which happens sometimes. Anyway, one afternoon while we were troubleshooting a few other issues, the homeowner suggested this old railway bridge because it held so many sentimental connections for this family. She contacted her favorite photographer a few days later and he came up with these beautiful shots.

I mean, how fabulous is this photograph? It couldn’t be more perfect for this room and he totally saved the day (You’re the best, J!)

We loved this one too!

Did you notice the travel case resting beside this picture? This was a thrifted find we decided to use as a place to keep desk supplies organized.

It’s also a great size to stash books after curling up to read.

We decided to keep the accessories on the dresser fairly simple as well. You may remember there was a big hutch on top of the dresser. We removed it to open the space up a bit.

Don’t you just love this vase with the leather handle? The homeowners picked it up at Target and the greenery was clipped from around the yard.

The photography books were thrifted finds and also provided the pop of red we needed.

On top of the books are nails that had been used on the railroad by the homeowner’s father. I know – Hello, misty eyes! They were such a great find and we were so happy to be able to use them.

As always, there are things we learned from this project that you can use in your own home too…

  • Keep a color palette that is consistent with the rest of your home.
  • Easily add texture with a rug, a mirror and accessories.
  • Use greenery or flowers to help give life to each space.
  • Be creative when it comes to your budget especially if you have a lot of construction related expenses.
  • Consider black and white photographs when you’re looking for art – they never go out of style!
  • Play up items that are sentimental to you. They’ll make you feel good every time you look at them and help you achieve a “collected over time” look.

I know there have been a lot of pictures in this post, so, here’s another look at the guest bedroom before…

and after…

I hope these tips have helped! I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow with a new monthly feature that is WAY out of my comfort zone. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. This is my favorite room of all the rooms. I like them all but you are right this transformation was huge. The bridge is amazing.

    1. Isn’t that bridge so special? I was blown away when the photographer brought it to us! He really nailed it. I’m so with you, I love this room too. It’s definitely been a popular transformation. Hugs, CoCo

  2. I really appreciate how relatable these room makeovers have been, CoCo, everything you’ve finished has been amazing. I can’t wait to see more, Sarah

    1. That makes my heart happy to hear, Sarah! They have been so much fun to do too. I’m hoping to share a bit more in a couple of weeks. Right now, I still have a lot of pictures to go through. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Oh my gosh CoCo – There are not enough puffy hearts and googley eyes to insert in this comment! This room transformation is spectacular! You took the space from Young Girl to Sophisticated Southern Charm and the results are night and day. We love all of the attention to detail and your insertion of accessories and finds. Truly amazing and you should be so proud!

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