Attic Guest Room The Victorian House

Cute, Budget-Friendly Guest Room

Surprise! I have a whole new room to share! This was actually a styling assignment for Sauder, for use on their blog and social media channels, but I thought I’d share it here too (because it’s pretty darn cute).

Guest Room Bed and Night Stand | Making it Lovely

I’ll pull together a ‘get the look’ at the end of the post. The style here is a little more on trend than the rest of my home with the white on white, boho fringe pillow, and mod lamps, so this was a fun space to work on! I approached it as I would for a client, creating a budget-friendly guest room.

Attic Guest Room | Making it Lovely

The attic’s roofline makes this a tricky space. The only options for turning this into a bedroom would be a pair of twin-sized beds, one on either side under the eaves (which I adore), or a larger bed directly in front of the window. In this case, I would be incorporating a queen-sized bed, so that set the layout. I liked the way this headboard mimicked the angles of the room, and the perforated metal lets line shine through — a must if you’re going to block a good portion of the only natural light source.

Also, a note on safety! I installed window guards on the third floor’s lowest windows. I don’t love the bars, but I feel better knowing they’re there.

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There’s a little more headroom on the other side, but it’s a small space. There is no closet, so a small dresser is kept empty — ready for guests. An armoire or chifforobe would be a nice alternative if you host frequently and want to offer some hanging space, or you could bring in a freestanding garment rack. A little accent chair and side table fill the corner on the other side.

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Guest Room Dresser | Making it Lovely
Guest Room Seating Area | Making it Lovely

Instead of a pair of nightstands, there is an upholstered bench on one side, standing in as a luggage rack. It also works well at the foot of the bed — the usual placement in a bedroom.

Bench as Luggage Rack | Making it Lovely

The Moroccan rug was from my trip to Marrakech a couple of years ago. The wall-to-wall carpet in the room was nothing special, but it’s neutral with a low pile, so layering a rug on top works well. The walls, bedding, and curtains are all in white, and that long pillow makes the bed, perfectly playing off of the subtle embroidered pattern of the duvet cover and shams.

Guest Room Bed Pillows | Making it Lovely

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Get the Look

I’ve used affiliate links when possible and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. The Sauder furniture used in the room was chosen by me and provided by the company, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Guest Room: Get the Look | Making it Lovely

  1. Viabella Queen Headboard and Footboard — $200 each, plus bed frame

  2. Open Market Pillow — $128

  3. International Lux Night Stand — $140

  4. Round Sorrento Mirror (similar) — $200

  5. White Grommet Curtains — $20

  6. Erin Gregory, Blooms III — $189

  7. Viabella Accent Bench — $155

  8. Collins Brass Sconce — $64

  9. Embroidered Diamon Duvet Cover and Shams — $80 (queen)

  10. International Lux Accent Storage Chest — $245

  11. Gold Desk Clock — $15

  12. Metal Table Lamp — $43

  13. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig with Pot — $295

  14. International Lux Round Side Table — $80

  15. Maya Accent Chair — $155

  16. Brushstrokes Throw Pillow — $22

  17. Vintage Luggage — price varies

  18. Marrakech Inverted Zigzag Wool Rug (similar) — $552 (7’6″ x 9’6″)

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  • Nat Simons
    April 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    The headboard and footboard couldn’t be any more perfect for the space!!! I also adore that tiny gold clock :)

    • Making it Lovely
      April 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      The best part about that clock is that Nate Berkus and I share initials, so his logo makes it seem like I’ve had it custom monogrammed. ;)

  • Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I love it, what an inviting guest room.

  • Gardenella
    April 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    The rugs is a little broken. Did your dog bite on it. Anyways is cute.

  • Sarah U
    April 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Can you speak a little on the Saunders chest? I’ve been looking for nightstands and like the look, but not sure about quality (and they don’t even have measurements on their site :/ )

    Also, the white circles mirror- it’s not listed in the sources. Vintage?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 20, 2017 at 11:40 am

      There are measurements! They’re in the photos though, not listed in the text (easy to miss). The pieces are MDF or particleboard, but they’re heavy and sturdy. The drawers glide nicely and seem like they’ll hold up, and my only complaint is that the back is a thin piece that you nail on (like an IKEA Billy bookshelf, if you’re familiar with building those).

    • Making it Lovely
      April 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Oh! And the mirror was from Ballard Designs years back. I tried to find something similar, but I didn’t find anything else exactly like it out there.

  • Arli
    April 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Really like how you put that together. Very cute and cozy!

  • Pikaeva
    April 19, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Nicole, this IS lovely. [applause]

  • Tiffanie
    April 19, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I love this room! I NEED that pillow! oh, how I have missed some of your design reveal/ make over posts.

  • Jen
    April 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    What a perfect headboard for a bed that’s going in front of a window! And it feels so special and unique- such a fun piece for an easy-breezy room :)

    • Making it Lovely
      April 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

      It really is the perfect shape for the room.

  • Shelly Mathes
    April 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Really nice styling, you did a great job. I would love to be a guest in this room!

  • Emily
    April 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

    It’s a very cozy and inviting guest room. I love an asymmetrical disposition of a bedroom and a bench on one side of the bed is an excellent way of doing it.

  • Celeste
    April 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This room is great! I’ve been wondering where that rug made its way to and it seems like the perfect spot.

  • joanna // jojotastic
    April 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    this is so cute, Nicole!

  • thesweetbeast
    April 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    You are so talented at mixing prints, you wow me every single time! And you always get me wanting more feminine looks.

  • Ami
    April 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I really like this. It feels fresh and modern, but very “you” and with lots of character.

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  • Clarissa M Thomas
    June 1, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I’ve been planning a plan for my guest room, and this is now my inspiration room. Thank you! I see the floral artwork is no longer available. Do you know of a similar piece??

    • Clarissa M Thomas
      June 1, 2017 at 11:08 am

      planning a design, not planning a plan lol

    • Making it Lovely
      June 1, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Ha! Maybe you just *really* like the planning stage. :)

      The painting was a framed print, but you can also buy prints (and originals) by the artist, Erin Gregory, and then frame them yourself or have it done.

  • Nicole
    June 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    This IS a lovely, inviting guest room… but can I ask: how in the world is this budget friendly? 128 bucks for a pillow? That seems excessive. I was looking for ideas for a guest room on a budget and I LOVED the look you created. Perhaps you could also include links to similar, more frugally priced items? It really is beautiful and welcoming. But budget friendly? Not quite.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      That pillow is expensive — a splurge compared to some of the other items I chose — but I’d argue that it’s worth it. I did spot this one at about half the price that would be a great substitute though!

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