This bedroom has had it’s 4th makeover before it became our coastal guest bedroom. I think back to when we first moved in 15 years ago and have a difficult time remembering what color was originally on the walls. At the time, it was a bedroom to my nine year old daughter. Every summer, my three children would travel from Florida to New Hampshire by plane to stay a few weeks with their father and so to keep myself busy from missing them terribly, I usually took on some kind of remodeling or redecorating project. My wonderful friend, Karen, came over one summer and helped me put up a wallpaper border near the ceiling that resembled little pink doll house buildings. We were so proud of our work and how cute and girly it made the room. When I say, put up wallpaper border, I think we ended up stapling part of it on because it was taking forever. Don’t judge me, it was getting down to the wire and they were coming home soon. I will never forget my daughter’s face when I slowly opened the door as I made her close her eyes for the big reveal. Her response “Why did you do that?” “I really don’t like the little houses.” “I liked it the way it was” …Sigh… Kids Room Project #1 failed!
Kids Room Project #2 redo was when she went to college and her younger brother, much to her dismay, immediately claimed her room. She was adamant that he was not to move into her room. I was in the middle of this dispute and a pushover, I guess. To stay somewhat out of the battle, I told my son if he wanted her room he would have to move the furniture and if he didn’t want a bright pink room he would be responsible for painting it. Mistake #1 for redo #2. I approved the paint colors, which was a royal blue on two of the walls and a grayish taupe on the other two. He soon (and I mean a week after she was gone) moved into his new room with his old furniture and royal blue paint faux pas on the window seal and ceiling. His bigger sister was scarred forever (literally, she still brings it up) and he decided painting wasn’t for him after the first 30 minutes. I couldn’t find many pictures of the bedroom in it’s previous stages but I did come across this one showing the blue. You can see just a little spot of pink on the outlet before the transformation. I am so happy with the new color Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.
Project #3 redo was a few years ago when the kids went to New Hampshire for several days in the summer. Dean and I decided to surprise our son and give his room a summer spruce up. We purchased IKEA bedroom furniture, a new duvet cover and organized his entire closet. He had at least a hundred pairs of mismatched socks, I am not joking about this. Again, we couldn’t wait for the big reveal. This time, we thought we would just let him go upstairs to put his suitcase down, watch and listen closely for his surprise reaction. Waiting for his response seemed like eternity. There was silence. Mind you, he was older and much ‘cooler’ so hearing squeals of excitement probably wasn’t going to happen. But what did happen was him saying “Mom, what did you do?” “I liked it the way it was.” It was the saddest thing I ever heard. I didn’t care how hard we worked to surprise him, my heart just sank knowing, that in his eyes, we just took away his comfortable and familiar special place he could call his own. Of course, he got used to it and ended up liking his new desk for homework and the fact that he could actually find his matching socks but can we just say that I learned a huge lesson that our children do not like change. Moving on…
The 4th bedroom redo came about when our son moved out of the house to college. I was getting the itch to redecorate and give that room a good scrubbing down plus we needed a comfortable place to have our family and snow bird friends stay when they visited us… born was our coastal guest bedroom. The sentimental side of me feels like I was painting over all the memories each time a new color coated the walls. It’s not an easy process. If you are reading this and have young children, make sure you take a lot of pictures of your kiddos rooms at different stages of their childhood. Now that our children are grown I often hear them say, “remember my bunk beds or remember when my room looked like…”
We believe everyone should decorate their home to who they are and what makes them feel peace and joy. Coming home should feel like ‘home’ and serenity, a refuge from the busy hustling corporate world. I want that for us and I want it just as much for our friends and family who visit us.
How did we decide on a coastal theme for the guest bedroom? I am drawn to water whether it be the beach or the lake. It immediately makes me feel peaceful. Although, we don’t currently live on a beach or a lake we do have a pool and every time we walk in the house we can see the blue calming water after a long day at work. It was a pretty simple decision to decorate in a coastal theme since just about every Home Goods, Kirkland’s, TJ Maxx and World Market stores have a plethora of accessories to select from. However, I have been down this decor road before with the Palm Tree trend several years ago thinking it will never go out of style , especially if you live in Florida. Is the beachy coastal theme the same? Is it a fad or trendy?
After attending the 2015 Haven DIY Conference and hearing a presentation from Shaw floors interior designer, who recently attended the latest High Point, North Carolina Interior Design show, I am happy to report that the Coastal Decor is still going strong and it is not going away anytime soon. One of the reasons it is here to stay is because there are so many variations of a coastal theme that allows you to obtain different looks. Having the coastal decor theme easily allows you to mix it up with different home decor accents , splashes of different colors or an all cerused white feel cream when you are ready for a change. You know how we are. Make it truly beachy and cozy like our coastal guest bedroom or you can make it classy and upscale like my friend and interior designer, Kristy at Starfish Cottage I love her style.
Do you know what part of the United States the coastal fantasy home decor is shipped to the most? You may naturally have guessed on the coast but it is actually shipped most often to the Midwest states. It makes sense when during some of the harsh cold winters the fantasy is to just be close to the beach.
These letters were here and gone quickly at Pottery Time. Here is something similar.
The furniture was very affordable from Home Goods. Would you believe this was in their bathroom section?
I couldn’t pass up this distressed shutter mirror from a normal shopping frenzy at Home Goods
The lantern is from Home Goods. We know Home Goods inventory is constantly changing and although many of these items are not available anymore, I have a list of similar items from our coastal guest bedroom decor you can at the bottom of the post.
Love this steamer! It came in so handy for getting the wrinkles out of the drapes and the bed skirt.
The Barefoot in the Sand sign is also from Home Goods. The actual sand is from our wedding. Each of the four kids poured a little sand in the glass heart then Dean and I topped it off with our own sand to symbolize the blending of our families.
I was lucky to find the aqua chevron print drapes on sale at Kirkland’s. They match perfectly with all the aqua accents. Even though our guests aren’t staying on the beach, they still get the coastal feel for free and only have a short 40 minute drive to walk barefoot in the sand.
” Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to our readers. They are also here for your convenience so you do not have to take the time to search for products. For more information please read our policy statement.”