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The Easiest Guest Room Makeover EVER + Get The Look

Welcome to the easiest bedroom makeover we’ve ever done. Seriously. The “client” is a friend of mine that had a really boring guest room that needed some freshening up (and cooling down) so when Haiku Home (the company that makes this lovely, modern, simple fan) reached out about a makeover I called her up and said, “Lady. It’s time, let’s do this.”  But like most people, her guest room wasn’t where she (or we) wanted to splurge – so our goals were for it to be inviting, pretty, comfortable but affordable and fast. Eighty percent of the pieces in this room are ready-made and bought off the shelf so this room is extremely easy to duplicate, and yet, we think it still looks unique and not generic.

Here was the space before:

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Typical guest room – neglected, unconsidered, and yet did the job just fine. Suzanne (my friend) likes neutrals throughout her whole house, but we still needed some contrast and personality – just not through color. The only thing that she wanted to keep (which we also liked) is that antique dresser. Otherwise she gave us carte blanche to start all over.

The reason we picked this room for the makeover was because A.) she’s a new friend and I like to be popular (I’m kidding) and B.) because it was desperate for a fan since they don’t have air conditioning and Suzanne had asked me for a recommendation of which one to buy before. I know that people struggle with this a lot, afraid that a ceiling fan will look bad and dated and they certainly can, but when they are simple, streamlined and super quiet/energy efficient then they are a VERY good thing. We have two in our home and if we could add more we would.

This room is east facing with two large windows and it didn’t have central air. Portable or window AC units are functional but also a bummer to look at and to deal with, so the obvious (and best) solution was a ceiling fan. The style of the house is 1920’s Spanish Mediterranean. I googled “mediterranean ceiling fan” and this came up which was terrifying y muy malo. My overall theory with ceiling fans is that the more “decorative” they are, the tackier they can go. I haven’t seen every single fan out there on the market, so there might be some that are better, but generally I’d say keep them simple and streamlined. Stay away from fake shiny wood, crystal, and tulip shaped glass shades (replace with simple round ones easily). There are so many options out there, but man I wish that I had known about this one when we moved in.

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This new fan is virtually silent and, unlike the one we have in our bedroom (not Haiku but fine), it doesn’t shake. It’s extremely energy efficient so if you want to keep it on all day you don’t have to feel guilty. This fan also has a motion sensor built in and knows when to speed up or slow down based on the temperature in your room. If you want to adjust it manually,  you can control it by remote, an app on your phone, or a finger pad/switch on the wall. Or you can just put the remote on the wall and click it there if that’s your jam. We aren’t big on loose remotes in our house (I lose them, the children want to eat them) so putting it in a holder in the wall for most of the time is a great option and then if your guest wants it even more convenient during the night they can put it in the nightstand.

We showed you both options, like so:

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It’s a light switch, only it controls the quietest fan in the world. Man, I’m a ceiling fan person. Just this morning I BEGGED Brian to turn it on. He didn’t think it was stuffy and maybe it wasn’t (I was nursing Elliot), but I need airflow. When Haiku Home reached out I got so excited because I had seen their “BIG ASS FANS” in cool event spaces and I was tempted to add one to our living room. It wasn’t the best idea as our roof-line was slanted but I wanted it real bad. Of course now that I read how they can be on angled ceilings I’m having second thoughts and major regrets.

Back to the makeover at hand.

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Please note that we relocated that curtain rod to its proper place – 3-4″ from the ceiling (this is flexible but it’s a good number to shoot for). Why? Bringing the rod up makes the ceiling look taller which means the room looks bigger. It’s like ankle straps – they cut your leg off, stop your eye and make you look shorter. I still wear them, but “flattering” they are not. Don’t put them on your room, though because you always want you room to look bigger and you NEVER want it to look smaller (or stubbier). In case you need a crash course head HERE.

For the art we went to Minted and picked out and chose frames for a collection that we thought looked collected, curated and natural. Since Suzanne and I are both from the Pacific NorthWest we definitely wanted that beautiful forest photograph, and we used that as our art “jumping off point” then added in the navy blue watercolor print and line drawings to make a complete collection.

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My best tips on choosing art (especially prints) are:

1. Frame for the piece while keeping the room in mind: Meaning don’t frame a seascape in a red frame just because you needed another pop of red in the room. It should look good in the frame FIRST and in the room second.

2. Get a variety of mediums: A room full of photographs can look generic and bad hotel-like. We used a print of a painting, two drawings and a photograph.

3. Mix in an original painting or something vintage: Once you add that “unique-to-you” piece it elevates the whole collection. Styling is all about creating a story where you’re changing the context. Like in fashion, dressing up some cute Gap/Target/Madewell pieces with a pair of crazy vintage 70’s clogs or the perfect vintage suede jacket, can really make the outfit, so it is when it comes to dressing/styling a room. If we hadn’t mixed in that seascape the room would have looked good, but with it the room went next level.

Speaking of that piece, I was hoarding it for me because I love it. I didn’t even put it on the flea because I didn’t want to sell it. Suzanne is a lucky woman that owes me 1, 457 freshly made margaritas (a specialty of hers).

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For the bedding we also did a mix. For the first time in years I chose a comforter over a duvet/duvet cover. This is due the fact that it was so attractive (Nate Berkus for Target) and while I prefer a duvet (because these jimmy legs can’t hang with a top sheet) I know there are those of you out there, including our parents, who love a top sheet and therefore can rock this comforter. She already had those sheets, then I added two parachute pillow covers and a couple decorative throw pillows on top of this awesome custom bedframe which World Market sent through.

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On the other side of the room we added a pretty ladder that she already had, and tucked some pretty linens/hat and bag onto it – mostly for the photo. Look around your house – there are many a place for vertical ladders and they do strangely wonderful things for that space as well as give your guests a place to hang their hat and vintage sisal bag (which all house guests should have).

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The rug is extremely awesome and totally affordable ($199). It’s from Target and just so good. For a queen bed you’ll need the 8×10 or in this case 7’6″ x 10′ size. The nightstands are also part of their new mid-century collection which is super simple and totally affordable.

The lamps on the nightstands are from Rejuvenation but we switched out the shades for a smaller one for the shoot. To be truthful we only used one and put it on both sides like there were two because it looked SOOO good but we didn’t have two. I had one left over from a different shoot. Don’t worry, we left her with two lamps.

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Please note that adorable bathroom in the background. The sink is hilarious because while it is so beautiful it’s so shallow that the water drenches the front of you every time you turn on the water. Whoops.

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The only piece that Suzanne had that she wanted to keep was that simple antique dresser. She’s had it since high school and it was sentimental. We switched out the handles (she had brushed nickel contemporary ones) with these simple black handles. While we could have used a new dresser and that would have looked great, we all know that a couple pieces of vintage really gives a room some soul.

I’ve been hoarding a bunch of old leather bound books for a while, so she inherited a couple of those simply because they looked so pretty in the shot – but for a guest room you could have a lamp and a jewelry box and call it a day. I’m a fan of keeping the guest room relatively empty except for the essentials, so while we styled it a bit for these shots, feel free to just have lamps and maybe a candle/flower or two for the guests.

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About 1/2 way through the day I got worried that the room would look generic without enough color and with (almost) everything being from a major retailer, but it really didn’t. It’s simple, layered, interesting, beautiful and quiet.

Haiku Home Makeover Emily Henderson before after 2

Haiku Home Makeover Emily Henderson before after 1

Thanks to Haiku Home for sponsoring this makeover. Their fans are seriously good – simple, quiet, energy efficient and extremely effective – as we were styling it got stuffy in there, so we popped it on and that fan cooled us down in minutes.

We went for this for this clean white one, but there are tons of other options (bamboo,  aluminum, custom colors and even fans painted by artists). Since Suzanne’s room had recessed lighting that was all on one switch we didn’t use the hard-wired switch because it would have controlled the lights, too, and then guests wouldn’t have been able to turn on the fan in the middle of the night. So if you have the same situation stick to the remote for the on/off switch. If you want one with a light (like we have in our bedroom) then this is a great option for you.

There you have it – the easiest, simplest, and almost all sourceable guest room ever. I love that you as readers could really order this whole room if you are into it and be done with your guest room.

As an extra special added bonus, Haiku Home wanted to offer you all the chance to win your very own Haiku L Series ceiling fan to jumpstart your makeover project this Spring. Follow this link to enter their giveaway contest through Friday, May 20.

So what do you think? Would you want to be a guest here?


Art: Lupine Print | Wild Pea Print | Stone Pile Watercolor | Whispered Rain Photograph

Bedding: Two Shade Yarn Black and White Throw Pillow | Striped Throw Pillow | Quilted Navy Sham | Polka Dot Sheets | Striped Comforter and Pillow Set

Furniture: Linear Weave Lounge Chair | Granby Cylinder Drum Table | Millsboro Walnut Nightstand | Textured Woven Bryn Upholstered Bed | Teak Step Stool | Dip Dyed Stool | Sahara Grey Area Rug | Dresser (vintage)

Details/Accessories: Ball Curtain Rod | Ritva White Curtains | Round Base Table Lamp | Vintage Ladder (similar Lucy Leaning Ladder) | Abbot Throw BlanketArchitect Tripod Table Lamp | Endicott Soft Iron Drawer Pull | Sunburst Mirror | Nate Berkus Desk Clock | Navy Blue Decorative Pillow

For more of the Silver Lake Hills Home: Master Bath RevealBath Intro | Living Room | Living Room Progress | Kitchen Reveal | Office Turned Guest Room | Master Bedroom | Boys Room | Tween Bedroom

If you’re craving more bedroom makeovers check out: Master Bedroom Refresh Plan, Curbly’s Makeover, Old World Meets Modern Master Bedroom, Master Bedroom Makeover, Ian’s Bedroom: A (Not-So) Bachelor Pad, Venice Bedroom Before and After.

***Photography by Tessa Neustadt

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8 years ago

Incredible! Your brought so much life and sophistication to this small space!

8 years ago

I would definitely be a guest there! This room turned out so calm and serene. You are a very good friend to give her that ocean painting because it’s AWESOME!

8 years ago

The room looks beautiful! I, too, am a fan nerd. I have to say I learned something new this weekend though – the fan in my kids room was shaking like crazy. My father in law came over and switched two blades across from each other. Just took them off and reattached them in the others spot. And then, no more shaking.

Apparently fan blades get off balance and then unbalance the whole thing. Now we know. Trade secrets.

8 years ago

I want to be a guest there! The room is so sweet and cozy, I love the rug!

I’m definitely pro ceiling fan. I live in Florida and literally cannot imagine not having one in every room. I recently switched out the super hideous fan in my master bedroom with a sleek white modern one and it literally changed my life. My bedroom is still a huge work in progress but that little update made such a huge difference. It makes me want to switch out the old gross fan that is currently in my living room ASAP.

8 years ago

The dark curtain rod and the black picture frames, plus the dark headboard, keep the room from slipping into blandness, but they aren’t so big as to darken the atmosphere. Just right.
I love that “before” lamp! I hope it got a good new home. If not, let me know…..
We also don’t have A/C–it’s rare in the south of France. But we appreciate our ceiling fans. Having a remote let us avoid doing expensive wiring.

8 years ago

Yeah, I thought it was interesting how contrast substituted for color and provided energy in this room. I was talking to someone about doing this in a quilt recently and noticing how all-low-contrast doesn’t feel modern right now.

Emily P.
8 years ago

Oh how I long for a dark blue fabric bed…so pretty!

8 years ago

The room is beautiful; I would love to stay there! Please let Suzanne know that I’ll be arriving tomorrow night.

8 years ago

Big Ass Fan Company is awesome – they are located right outside my hometown (Georgetown / Lexington, KY). Their fans are amazing, we spec them on large projects a lot. My favorite part is that they offer a “No Ass” package, so if you are working with a client that doesn’t LOVE the idea of having ASS written all over the specification and the packaging, etc. – like maybe a school or a church – you can get the “No Ass” package. Brilliant and hilarious.

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I was told it wasn’t the original name. They had just developed these really enormous fans – I’m not talking the 8′ span – I mean their 24′ + fans for industrial use. People would see them and want to use something similar. They’d ask “I need one of those “big ass fans””, and so the name was born. My dad told me it still took them a few years before they were allowed to advertise with the name at places like the airport!

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Yes! This is an excellent tip. Thx!

8 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Haha this was for that down there. ??

8 years ago

It’s crazy to me that people don’t want fans in their house or consider them outdated and unattractive. But then again I live in Texas where we have two seasons, hot and less hot so having a good working ceiling fan is a huge lifesaver.

I love this makeover. I especially love that you included pieces from two of my favorite places to shop World Market and Target. *happy sigh* long live Nate Berkus and his amazing Target collections. Seriously. SO GOOD. You guys did an awesome job with this room. Thank you for sharing with us!

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I’ve walked the ceiling fan aisle at home depot every time considering a replacement for my ugly frosted tulips, but I’m always afraid of making a mistake. One just broke, so now it’s time to go for it. Do you have a specific link or pic of the round glass globes?

8 years ago

As someone who has straight up ripped off some of your designs (namely an time you do a Target post with throw pillows. I have the hardest time with throw pillows!) thank you for doing this gorgeous and super attainable room! That rug is a total steal!

8 years ago

Emily, how do recessed lights do with a ceiling fan? Do they cast a shadow, or is there a subtle strobe effect when the fan is turned on? Does the fan need to be a particular distance from the ceiling to avoid this? We have recessed lighting + ceiling fan situation looming in our family room, so I would very much appreciate your take on this.

Beautiful room, by the way!

8 years ago

A) This is GORGEOUS, and I love it. I especially love that it’s not over-the-top, for a guest room – it’s comfortable and welcoming. 🙂

B) Your comment about the sink in the bathroom made me laugh. You can tell the homeowner that a plumber should be able to install a valve that will lessen the amount of water that makes it through the pipes and out of the faucet, which will avoid it splashing out of tiny sinks and drenching your front. We have a tiny (literally: 7 inches, round) sink, and that’s what we had to do, but it works pefectly fine now, so they might appreciate the tip!

8 years ago

Which model fan is this? Love it!

8 years ago
Reply to  Lianne

It is the I-Series Fan: and I know Suzanne loves how quiet, functional and pretty it is in the space. We have to agree

8 years ago

Hi Emily,

I just moved into a new home with over 14′ high ceilings. The windows are in two sets (one large window with one smaller window over it about 6″ apart). The top window is about 2 feet from the ceiling. I am stumped at where to place a curtain. Have you run into this before?

Do I still need to follow the 2/3 rule from the ceiling? Or do I place them in between the two windows since the ceilings are high already? At this point I am looking into sewing two panels together as I need way over 120″ in length if I go from the top window. Custom panels are not in the budget right now.

8 years ago

Those new handles make the dresser look fantastic. It’s amazing what a difference hardware makes.

8 years ago

I can’t believe this is the same room! You’re a magician! My favorite accents are the rug, the vintage ladder, the nightstand and that cute little dip dyed stool 🙂

8 years ago

Very bright and inviting. I kind of love that everything is from a major retailer. I mean, in the sense that it shows you can do lovely things with serious budget restraints.

8 years ago

This is so fresh and lovely!! I Thank you for creating such a beautiful room with primarily box store items… (and it doesn’t look one bit generic). This is so attainable. Great work!

8 years ago

Thanks so much for the information on how to curate art for a room. Passing on that type of knowledge is one of the reasons I LOVE your blog! You are such a good teacher.

8 years ago

oh man, this is so good!!! and i love that almost every single thing in there can be replicated. love this guest bedroom!

8 years ago

DAMMIT this is good stuff.
Target is killing it and so are all of you!
Pinning like a crazy person over here!

8 years ago

Love this makeover! Are those nightstands as great as they look???

8 years ago


8 years ago

Such a lovely room!

8 years ago

Looks like a 5 start hotel room!

Analog House

8 years ago

Love this room, but have some questions – you say 8×10 rug for a Queen bed, but what size goes under a King bed? And what kind of rug would you have put in there if you kept her existing bedding?

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Thanks for your feedback!

Angela Nelson
8 years ago

I loooooooooove this room and could totally imagine a room in my mother’s house being transformed by this look. I love all of your designs, but really appreciate the accessibility of this room. I’m helping my mom redo parts of their house after years of neglect (due to injuries grandparent deaths that left them with too many inherited things). Sometimes sourcing can be a huge challenge especially since they live in a place dominated by big box retailers, and their budget is quite small. Keep posting makeovers with accessible retailers alongside all of the other wonderful things!

Susie Q.
8 years ago

Nice room. The hits of black really keep the eye moving. I wish I could afford those parachute pillow covers 🙁
I second your emotion re keeping a guest room a bit bare: the last time we rented a vacation condo in Florida, we had to walk around the house removing knick-knacks to make room for our stuff. We collected at least a closet-full! It was also a pain to have to put all the objects back (“re-decorate”) when we left.
Anyone who has a vacation rental–please leave surfaces free for guests to put their stuff, esp in the bathrooms and kitchen.

8 years ago
Reply to  Susie Q.

This is a great idea for vacation homes. I don’t know how many sharp metal fish and glass statues I’ve have to stash in bedroom closets away from kids in our beach rentals. I take pictures ahead of time to remember where things go.

8 years ago

Love that lamp and the details of this room! The guest room is a future project in our house too and we are on the slow hunt for a cool looking daybed. Any ideas as to where we can find different daybed styles?

8 years ago

I’m also curious about the recessed lighting and fan question. Also, what size is the art above the bed? Maybe you can do a post on art above a bed? I currently have a blank space that needs “something”, but I’m scared to commit because I don’t know what size of art would be best.

8 years ago

I think you’ve used these simple IKEA curtains before, and I really like how simple and bright they are. Are they as nice in personal as they are in photos? I’m in the market and can spend more but that’s the simple look I want.

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I would love to know how they are hung, it doesn’t look like you threaded the rod through the pocket.

8 years ago

I would love to live in a world where ceiling fans weren’t necessary but.. A) I’m originally from FL where every house has at least one, more than likely one in every room B) Now traveling around the West/Northwest where very few landlords believe in installing a/c ( central or otherwise ) and I’m continually amazed at how many don’t think to put in a ceiling fan or two. Hello, global warming is FOR REAL folks!!
So I’m pro-fan all the way and always pin these fan posts so that when we build our dream home, I’ll know all the cool fan sources ( pun intended ).

8 years ago

I love the behind the scenes snippet about the one lampshade and moving it around. It’s so real! More behind the scenes, please! For example, I notice the Parachute pillow shams are the same ones you had in your house. Did you give yours to your friend, just bring them over to style the room and then take them home, or did you love them so much you bought them again for this room? These are the insider details I get curious about (that sounds kind of lame but it’s true)!

8 years ago

I love this! It’s probably the only pic on the entire internet that has made me consider putting throw pillows on our bed 🙂

(Hand up, though, who else loathes the term “reach out”? Pet hate! It’s so LA!)

8 years ago

You are SO talented! Love this. Fresh, inviting, simple. Perfect.

8 years ago

Can you please tell me the name of the Berkus comforter?

8 years ago

You always do such a good job! Love everything about this room.

8 years ago

It’s great! Simple and relaxing – looks effortless. LOVE this kind of makeover!

8 years ago

Everything you do is PURE GOLD. Love everything about this space! I gotta quit looking though because every time you do a bedroom make-over I go out and buy more things 😉

8 years ago

Amazing Emily. You are the queen of making things look effortlessly perfect. Love the relaxing and clean vibes of this room.

8 years ago

This is beautiful and I learnt so much! Thanks for being generous and sharing your ideas Emily! I love your blog.

Cindy thune
8 years ago

I can’t wait for our next visit to Suzanne and Nicks to sleep in the new room! Absolutely awesome!!

8 years ago

Love this room! I have a small master bedroom in my condo, this would be perfect. If you hadn’t used the dresser, what would you have put in the corner? Thank you!

8 years ago

Awesome color combination of white and royal blue, super fluffy cushions, spacious room and white cabinets.I am desperately in a need of this super comfy and lively room. Thank you for sharing this picture and inspiring me.

8 years ago

I love this post because it helps ‘normal’ people feel like they could do some of this – I’m always looking for more affordable curtain hardware and just ordered the target ones for my boys’ room.

also wondering, are there any situations where a single panel curtain would work on a window instead of two? We have some tights spots that i’d rather not do roman shades in, but one side has no room for a 2nd panel

8 years ago

Would you please share the paint brand and shade?

8 years ago

Eee!! This guest room is gorgeously striking, cool, yet welcoming. If I were your friend, I’d be tempted to make this the master bedroom 😀

8 years ago

You are just so damn good at your job.