Apartment Guest Room/Office Makeover Reveal

It’s time for the big reveal of the guest room/office space as part of the New Year, New Room Refresh with Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living.

Originally my plans were for this to primarily be an office space, but also serve as a guest room. That has now flip flopped to mostly guest room, less office, due to some sad news that I haven’t publicly shared yet…over the holidays my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.

The one fortunate part of this terrible, terrible news is that our apartment is literally 2 miles down the road from the cancer center where my father-in-law has to undergo daily treatment, so he can stay with us rather than driving back and forth 140 miles roundtrip everyday to and from Beeville to Corpus. So, this very floral and girly room will be enjoyed by my father-in-law as he kicks cancer’s butt.
The big showpiece of the room is the floral wall mural from Walls Need Love. I LOVE IT! I have been really honest in that yes you can see the texture on the walls and yes it was fairly easy to put up. I still think that seeing the texture is a minor issue when you consider the mega impact it has on this 10×13 bedroom in our apartment.

And these photos were taken at night after work…so I will have to reshoot them this weekend so they don’t look so warm/dark. 

I couldn’t paint or do much else since we’ll be moving from this rental one way or another in September (we’re 90% certain of that), so this is perfect. 

The wall lamps from Lamps Plus look gorgeous and add so much glam and glitz to this tiny space (read about our DIY install of these beauties here). We opted to not use cord covers (gasp! The horror!) since cord covers are usually beige (which is what I am trying to cover up), I have no way/desire to paint them, we’re moving in 6-7 months and the cord doesn’t bother me. There are more important things in life, am I right?

Above the bed I added the small round mirror we had in our master bedroom at the house. It helps bring in a bit of light and shine. 

This room is small and couldn’t handle bulky furniture, so I used a small C-table on one side as a nightstand. I kept the accessories to an absolute minimum to leave room for charging tablets and phones.

On the other side I didn’t have a spare side table, so I bought this campaign inspired butler tray from World Market. It holds plenty and totally fits my style/obsession with black and gold. When I don’t need to use it anymore, or when I want to use it in another room, it’s easy to fold it and store/move it.

I also snagged this velvet lumbar pillow from World Market to make TV viewing in bed a bit more comfortable. It matches beautifully with the bedding and clearance velvet pillow shams I bought from Target. 

I opted to not overwhelm this room by adding in the vittsjo shelving unit, so that got placed in the guest bathroom for additional storage. I’ll have to show you all that space in another post. The desk is cleared off with nothing but my DIY BHG gold desk lamp so that guests can feel free to use the desk for their personal belongings or as a vanity area. I still haven’t found the right blackout curtains for the space. I’d love to find some crisp white curtains that hang beautifully, block light, brighten up the space, are 108” and don’t cost a fortune. Tall order, I know. I’d settle for 96” if absolutely necessary.

Much like I did in the dining room, I wanted a 5×8 rug to anchor the “office” space in this room, and I chose a gorgeous neutral, but fun, rug from Rugs USA. The zebra pattern has a silky/metallic sheen and the raised texture is really luxe. It adds some interest to the space. 

The flokati foot stool seen above was a fun find at World Market. It’s a bit too low to work as seating for the desk, but it’s great to prop your feet on when putting on shoes in the morning. I can also easily whisk it away to the living room to use as an ottoman when I’m watching TV.

Overall, I hope this space feels luxurious and relaxing when my in-laws are staying here during the most stressful time of their lives. 

If you all have any suggestions/sources for white blackout curtains that I am not thinking of (I swear I feel like I’ve looked everywhere!), please let me know. My friends are also sharing their shiny new and refreshed spaces, so hop on over to see their fabulous homes. There’s dining rooms, offices, living rooms, bedrooms and more!

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  1. Ariel Garneau
    January 31, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Looks lovely Monica! I hope your FIL can take some solace in those bright blooms while he visits.

  2. Casa Watkins Living
    January 31, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Monica it's super glam and fab! He will enjoy this room. It's like a glam hotel room and it's definitely a chic relaxing space. Loving the details especially those lamps.

  3. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    January 31, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    This room is gorgeous. What a wonderful space for your in-laws while they go through a really tough time. So nice of you to turn this room into their temporary home.

  4. Domicile 37
    January 31, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Loving the feminine vibe of this room. I know your FIL will love this space. It is so pretty and inviting.

  5. -Jen -
    January 31, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    A total glam retreat! Great job!

  6. Deb Foglia
    January 31, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    beautiful job Monica! Still loving that wallpaper.

  7. Sharon Williams
    January 31, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    I hope your in-laws find the new room relaxing. It's beautiful and the extra tables and pillows are the perfect touches for the guest room. The mural is so glam and happy, and Pee Wee always makes me smile. I'll think about the drapes. Is it too bright in there for sleeping in? I wouldn't add the drapes unless it's a brightness issue.

  8. ADesignerAtHome.com
    February 1, 2017 / 2:34 am

    Oh my, I do hope this period in all your lives is a quick one that reverts back to health and happiness. The space is gorgeous. I love that wall treatment. Totally works over texture.

  9. Ashley Mayes
    February 1, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    So sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Hopefully, he can relax and enjoy the room while he is with you guys. The room is killer. Still crushing hard on that wallpaper and the overall glam vibe of the space.

  10. Rachael Bliefnick
    February 1, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Your bold glam vibe in here is so refreshing!! And memorable…I mean, THAT WALL!! big googly heart eyes all over it! I'm terribly sorry to hear about your FIL, but am so happy that you are able to give them a beautiful, comfortable and convenient place to rest during his treatment. You're amazing!!

  11. Iris Watts
    February 3, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Isn't it amazing though, how God's plan for you to move is providing him a gorgeous and comfortable place to stay, and so close to the medical attention he needs! I'll be praying for your family, friend!

  12. [email protected] uptodateinteriors.com
    February 13, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Love that headboard wall!! I think you made the right choice, not adding cord covers. The lamps look beautiful. I can't believe this is an apartment bedroom! It's gorgeous! I hope your father-in-law is improving and enjoying the space. I'm so glad he's close by.

  13. Rebecca Neustel
    March 21, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I love that bed as it looks like you could rest up against it with pillows. I'm sorry about your f-i-l's diagnosis. My dad was diagnosed with lymphoma in the bone a year ago but thankfully is cancer free on his latest scan. May I suggest a really good mattress pad, maybe memory foam for extra comfort. Amazon has several white blackout curtains that are 108" long. Luckily, it doesn't look like your window is very wide. One curtain I saw was actually linen.