A Guest Bedroom Makeover in Grays

Guest bedroom bedding from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog
This week, we’re excited to feature bedrooms from some of our favorite design bloggers, all featuring some of our newest bedding items. Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog is an interior and graphic designer slowly updating her home. You can follow her decorating adventures by visiting her blog, Dear Lillie. Or to shop Jennifer’s style, visit her shop!

I am so excited to be featured on Ballard Design’s blog, How to Decorate, today. I am a huge fan of their company and so honored to be getting to post here today. This room was so much fun to work on!

Jennifer's guest bedroom, before

Jennifer's guest bedroom, before

When we moved into our new home this past June we were in love with the location and layout of the house. However, the finishes, well, we didn’t quite fall in love with them. Over the past several months we have been removing cabinets, changing out light fixtures, having wallpaper removed, replacing appliances, and endlessly priming and painting all the woodwork and walls. We finally have the downstairs well on it’s way to being updated, so I was quite excited to move upstairs to work on our guest bedroom.

Jennifer of Dear Lillie's guest bedroom makeover

Audree Pom Pom Quilt and Jardin Toile Duvet in gray

I actually wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go in this room. I had envisioned what I was going to do in our other bedrooms but really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in here until I saw this new Ballard Designs bedding. Once I saw the Audree Pom Pom Quilt and Shams, I had my inspiration. I completely fell in love with it. I loved all three colors it comes in and was torn on which one to go with. Ultimately I thought the gray would work best with the furniture we were going to use in here and well, I love gray! I also loved the Jardin Toile Duvet and Euro Shams, and they mixed so beautifully with the quilt. For sheets, I chose the Amelie Embroidered Collection; I love how the simplicity of this set plays off the detail of the rest of the bedding.

Ballard Designs bedding in gray guest bedroom

Ballard Designs bedding in gray guest bedroom

Once I chose my bedding, it was time to get to work on transforming the room itself. The first thing I did was start priming and painting all the woodwork. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Simply White in a semi-gloss finish and Mopboard Black for the doors, also in a semi-gloss finish. Then it was time to say good-bye to the “pink house wallpaper” (it was actually more of a faded maroon, but my little girls thought they looked pink and were quite sad that we were getting rid of them). In the rest of the house we had the wallpaper removed before I started painting, but in here I decided to just paint right over it. For the walls, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Graystone in a Matte Finish. I used their Aura line of paint because it has a built-in primer.

Mirrored dresser with white armchair

Gray guest bedroom from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog

Then it was time to bring in the furniture. We already owned most of the furniture in here from our last house (the bed, the mirrored dresser, and the silver chest). We did purchase the chair, mirrors and chandelier for this room though.

Gray guest bedroom from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog

Gray guest bedroom from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog

The room isn’t completely done. We still need to add a rug and some more artwork on the walls, but it sure is a big improvement from where we started! While I am still on the hunt for finishing touches, I’m now busy working on our master bedroom! I am so in love with the Pom Pom Bedding that I’m considering purchasing it in one of the other colors for our bed!

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing this guest bedroom transformation with us!

For this post, Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog received the following bedding pieces from Ballard Designs, but all opinions stated are her own:

Find more bedroom inspiration by following our Bedroom Pinterest Board, or browse our photo gallery to see recent looks from our catalogue.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.



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    January 15, 2017

    Love this room! What are the dimensions of the mirrored side table?

    • Caroline McDonald

      Caroline McDonald

      January 17, 2017

      I’m so sorry but I don’t have any measurements for this piece!