stay awhile.

“Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.”


The planning phase of a project is always the most daunting. It was no different when it came to designing the layout of my renovated garage-turned-home. However, a guest bedroom was a MUST – even with a meager 900 square feet of home to work with. There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing my favorite spaces with friends and family. So it was important to me that I have a spot for guests to feel at home and comfortable.

While thumbing through Country Living during the planning phase of the renovation I came across this photo of my dream guest bedroom. With quilts that remind you of staying long weekends at grandma’s (no, I don’t mean the same grandma who put plastic over her couch) and antique bed frames that make you yearn for the America of yesterday, this was everything I wanted for a warm and welcoming guest bedroom.



I knew I had the perfect blank palette to work with when it came to creating the same cozy, cottage effect. This room started out a far cry from “welcoming”; however,  with the low ceilings and pre-existing paneled walls, it had potential.


It took a little elbow grease and a whole lot of paint and primer to clean up these old garage walls.



But the end result was worth it.

I decided on Mountain Falls by Behr to brighten up this dark nook of the house and give the paneled walls a beach-cottage vibe.

I picked up the rusty antique bed-frame from Jeff’s Architectural Salvage for $75 and sent it to Flashback Restoration, where it was sand-blasted and painted with automotive paint to match the color of the bedroom’s trim. 

 An antique ironing board that was given to me by a family friend was placed in the corner and covered with a vintage table cloth to create a handy spot for guests to place their luggage.


The floral cross-stitch above the bed was a thrift-store find for $4, while the vintage yellow chenille throw was a $20 bargain from Sunflower Sister’s Vintage



With only the ceiling left to complete in the guest bedroom and bathroom, I am torn between antique metal ceiling tiles and new beadboard painted in Heavy Cream by Behr to match the trim throughout both rooms. What’s your vote? Comment below to let me know!


A few of my favorite things this week…


Upcycled pieces of furniture.




and after.

Autumn around the corner… which means cool air and all the baked goods a girl could wish for.


the apple orchard at Weston Red Barn Farm


my grandma teaching me the art of the perfect cinnamon roll

Signing off for this week, my friends! Stay cool.




  1. Beautiful results and I also love iron beds with quilts and white-washed walls. Amazing transformation and I would feel perfectly happy in a home like this and bring my friends!

  2. Looks great, Aly! It does have a cozy family spare room look to it – a familiar, light, relazing space. Well done.
    I’m most excited to see you posted about the Sunflower Sisters shop, I’ve been dying to go!

    1. Thank you, Kristin!

      You HAVE to check out Sunflower Sisters soon. I have no self-control when it comes to that place. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂

  3. Another darling room! I love your style, Aly. I agree with the headboard ceiling. Btw, I have a desk just like the one you posted but mine has leather inserts on top – I want to paint it gloss black but not sure what to do with the leather. Any ideas or suggestions?

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