Guest Room: Finishing Touches

By Kate Riley August 6, 2013

My oldest girl is home for the summer and we’re loving her company. She comes and goes like any 21 year old, popping in to say hello before she’s off to a class or a get together with friends. Her younger sibs play rock-paper-scissors in the evening for the chance to snuggle with her in her bed at night, it’s a cute evening ritual. She’s returning to college in San Diego in the fall, but completing some classes while she’s home and it’s so great having the whole family together even if just for this short season.

Her room is also the guest room while she’s away, and we’ve both wanted to upgrade it from how it looked when she was in high school to make it more sophisticated. New linens and accessories now complete the space she calls home when she’s home.

layers of blue bedding


I bought a pretty gold leaf accent table at Overstocks for her nightstand that’s a replica of a high end World’s Away version, Reichel even featured it on her blog a few weeks ago. The dark raspberry pink lamp is from Lamps Plus and the navy upholstered bed is from Joss & Main. 

navy and raspberry bedroom

The duvet and shams are Pottery Barn’s Calista Floral pattern, purchased on sale. I also bought Kerry Cassill’s indigo pillowcases and a seaglass watercolor pillowcase (I sewed a pillow cover using this envelope pillowcase tutorial.) 

We rearanged the room so she’d have more space, and it meant sacrificing this bench but we gained a console table that I found at HomeGoods and painted white and gold – a series of beach prints by Lisa Russo hangs above it.

beach prints above console


set of framed beach prints


And a few other previous projects in this space:

dresser view from door

Modified Billy Bookcases

Blue Painted Dresser

Nailpolish Abstract Art + Gold Striped Vase

The room is small but pretty and perfect for her, and also a beautiful space for guests to stay too, I especially love all the blue and white, I just never get tired of it!




  1. I’m a dedicated reader and I have a niece (25) who is the weekend supervisor at the San Diego State library if that’s where she goes! Room looks great!

  2. Did you end up painting the walls? They don’t look like the blue/green color in the older posts. It looks more grey now. Very beautiful space!

  3. Hi Kate,

    I love the bedding! I’m wondering if your shams are standard or euro? I’m redoing my guest bedroom as well and struggling with layering pillows and making it interesting.


  4. I’m with you – blue and white never get old for me, especially the dark shade you have on the bed here! Loving the pops of red and gold in the room. What a calm, happy space for your daughter and your guests :)

  5. I love everything about this room! The bed is gorgeous and I like the gold touches throughout the space. What a great place for your guests to relax.

  6. Kate – I love this room, and especially the curtains! Could you please share where they are from?

    • Curtains are my pattern Catherine, hopefully available next month!

  7. Just gorgeous! I’m a huge blue & white fan and the raspberry pinks that you add it are lovely and keep the room looking more feminine and not nautical as a blue/white/red room would lean towards. Love the gold & glass table; when my kids are out of the “smear it and break it” phase I’d love to have a similar one.

  8. I know you guys are loving the whole family home for a bit. The room is perfect!

  9. Love the gold accents, and of course the beach photos. Its is a wonderful space, if I were a guest I would never want to leave!!

  10. Hi,

    I’m having a hard time following the layout from the pictures. Can you post a pic of the whole room or maybe a sketch to show your space planning? Seems like you packed a lot in very efficiently!


  11. Such a lovely room. Warm and modern. Well done Kate! Love the curtains too!

  12. I would love to know where to find the frames/mats you used for the Lisa Russo Beach Prints – Thanks SO MUCH!

    • Those frames are from Michaels Elizabeth, I hit up their frame sale last weekend and had a 15% coupon on top of that, woot!

  13. So pretty! Blue and white is my favorite combination. How is the quality of the Joss and Main bed? I’ve been intrigued by that one for a while, but have been waffling simply because I haven’t seen it in person!

    • Hi Whitney, it’s good! I actually bought it late last year, I’m thinking I paid around $400 for the bed. We finally assembled it two weeks ago – the headboard is adjustable too, you can raise and lower it and the frame is pretty sturdy.
      The navy linen fabric is gorgeous too.

  14. Gorgeous!! I will be first in line to purchase curtains you’ve designed – how exciting!

  15. Beautifully done Kate. I am sure your daughter loves her newly decorated room and how nice to have her home for the summer. I am looking forward to your fabrics becoming available!! I have been eyeing those curtains.

  16. Great job! I love everything. My bed stands pretty tall. Any tips on how to “alter” a side table/night stand, to make it come up to the mattress height? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Your brass night stand is so chic…

  17. Love this space – it is the perfect combination of pretty and sophisticated! Beautifully done! Love everything, but especially the pops color and how you took a table from HomeGoods and made it unique.

  18. OMG, j’adore! :-) This room makes me fall in love with raspberry + indigo + brassy gold. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  19. What a beautiful room for your girl and any lucky guest! The blue speaks to tradition while the accessories keep it fresh – love it.

  20. Ooh such a lovely, airy space. Your daughter is lucky! Are those blue flowers in the vase real? I’m secretly hoping they are artificial (not that they look it). If they are artificial, please do share where they’re from : )

  21. I’m absolutely purchasing those photos for my guest room. What size did you hang? They look like 8 x 10 but I can’t be sure.
    Such a beautiful room!

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