The Guest Room: Before and After

I haven’t gotten around to showing you the complete Before and After pics of my guestroom yet.  Now it’s Rhonda’s room, and she is a roommate and not a guest, but technically it’s the guest bedroom.  I’ve really enjoyed having her and Cody around here and they make this place not so quiet and lonely.  It’s been great so far!


So, I had to show you a shot of the Before guest bedroom.  Remember this, back a year ago when we found this house and starting fixing it up.  Yep!  April 14th was closing date and here I am a year later, loving living here.  God has truly blessed my socks off!

guest room after

When Rhonda moved in with me last December, we went shopping and found this pretty bedding at TJ Maxx.  It had great colors and she loved it so much and so did I. I already had this jute rug (that was in my old living room in B’ham) so it fit in here perfectly too.  She’s made it a cozy space for her and Cody.

chair in corner

This pretty slipcovered chair came from Birmingham and was passed on to me from Grandma Eleanor.  She made the slipcover herself.  If you don’t remember Grandma Eleanor, she was my ex-H’s grandma and I’m sorry to say, she passed away last July.  She was a feisty, funny lady and will be missed.  She gave me several paintings that I will cherish too.  I love this slipcovered chair.  The cute green side table came from Homegoods and Rhonda picked up several things from there on one of our outings.

That’s Rhonda’s shell wreath and the little black sconce light fixture was one I picked up at a yardsale.  All the bamboo blinds in here came from Payless Décor and I’m a Brand ambassador.  These are all called Tibet and I love the style and color of them.  I have been SO happy with all my bamboo blinds from Payless Décor, I can’t say enough good things about them.


Rhonda bought a standard bookcase to keep her things organized.


On this side of the room, she is using my old oak chest and cute oak desk and chair and it fits perfectly in there too, since I didn’t need them anywhere else.

pillows and art

The bedding has some great colors to pull from.

side table and desk

This oak chest and cute tiger eye oak desk, I’ve had for over 25 years and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of them (or paint them!).  I recovered that chair seat in lime green velvet and she added the lamp on the side table from Homegoods.  It feels very homey in here now and she loves it.

dresser lamp

All her essentials can be stored out of the way.  Cody’s dog treats are very handy.  He has been such a joy to have around too. He greets me every morning outside my door, waiting for me to get up and say hello to him.  So sweet!  He’s a Bishon/Yorkie mix and just too cute.  He loves chewing on his dog chews and at just over a year old, still chews a LOT.


So, that’s how the guest room turned out. I’m happy it’s occupied by Rhonda and Cody.  We have so much fun together.

- Rhoda


  1. Love the bedding and the “homey” room but I’m also with Team Headboard. I can’t believe you haven’t already done something mar-ve-lous!!!

  2. Wow, I’m amazed at how fresh and light your house is now. If I were you, I’d have a hard time ever leaving the house. It’s all just really gorgeous! You and your family did a wonderful job on it. Rhonda sure has a nice room!

  3. I love the comforter set! Rhonda certainly has a lovely room. Cody is adorable. I have a 2 year old Yorkie named Lacey, who loves to cuddle up and is always so happy to see me when I get home.

  4. How did you go about getting a roommate? I’ve heard such horror stories. You two were lucky to have found someone you get along with so well.

    • Laura, Rhonda and I have been friends for over 10 years and I knew we would get along well.

  5. That Cody is the cutest thing!!

    Sorry to hear about Eleanor she was a character, I sure hope we all live to see our nineties !!

    I can’t believe it’s been a year Rhoda

  6. So pretty! Especially love the bed cover and the prints above the bed. BUT where will my three coocoo kids go? In your room?

    JK Rhoda! Have a great night.

  7. It has been such fun following you on this new house journey! The guest/Rhonda’s room looks adorable. Great that she can use some of the things you don’t need. The room looks so pretty and Cody is adorable!!! XO, pinky

  8. I’m so happy to see a room that is simple (not overly decorated) and beautiful at the same time!

  9. It is so lovely! Thank you for sharing. This was just the inspiration I needed. 🙂 what color did you use to paint the walls?

    • Hi, Sarah, I used Sherwin Williams Moderate White all through my house in most of the spaces, including this room.

  10. It’s a cute room, I like the way you worked together on it, I love the little desk.

  11. Rhoda. What a ministry to be able to offer a room in your house as a place to stay for a roomie. It sounds like such fun. Thanks for sharing the before and after and for being so kind.

  12. Looks so inviting! And I’d love that cute dog 🙂

  13. so cute! i remember you and your grandmother making that chair. so sad she passed. she was really inspiring.

  14. Love the lime green/apple green, which I call it! Great color that goes with the blue in any room! Love the bedroom, lucky Rhonda to get to sleep there, please tell her I pinned Cody, I want my granddaughter’s to see him, they have Chloe a bishon and poodle mix.:)

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