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Design on a Budget: Lake House Guest Room Projects

In late 2020, we were tasked with helping to make two guest rooms in a lake house feel like home while working with tight budgets. We finally wrapped up the projects this year and absolutely love how these came out and are sharing all of the details below.

Room 1: Guest Room + Office

For this room, we already had a queen bed, drawer chest and desk to work with, which was great from a budgeting aspect, but difficult from a decorating front. Each of the three pieces came from a different collection and material so finding a way to tie them all together was our largest task at hand. Additionally, though the room was massive, we were quite limited from a layout perspective due to the room's oddball shape and many nooks and crannies. While the lake view windows are a beautiful addition to the space, they rarely bring enough light to fill the room and its many shadowy corners. Nonetheless, we're delighted by the results and happy to share our findings:



Believe it or not EVERYTHING we bought for the room (artwork, pillows, lights, blanket, etc.) were bought from Home Goods. The artwork + throw pillows were our saving grace to tie the room together as they featured the grays of the bed, the chestnuts of the wood and additional hues to add pops of color. There are a few details and additions to the room that we're still working on - such as a tv + stand, and trinkets for the nightstands, but we're feeling happy with the results for the guest room combined home office space.

Room 2: Guest Room

The second guest room could not be more different from the first - it was a tiny straightforward space with no existing furniture so we essentially had a blank canvas to work with. We used the home owner's love of California as a major design influence and incorporated soft sages, beiges and charcoals to complement the lake view parallel to this room.

Before - a blank canvas:

Before - Blank Canvas


We cannot be more thrilled with how the final product turned out and love the soft flow of colors that make the space feel like home.

Pillows - Home Goods

Candles - Home Goods

Succulent Vase - Home Goods

Wood Artwork Frame - Home Goods

Mosaic Frame - Home Goods

Pull Out Reading Chair - Cost Plus World Market (no longer in stock to link)

Driftwood Drawer Chest - Wayfair (available elsewhere)

Driftwood Nightstand (used as tv stand) - Wayfair (available elsewhere)

Quartz Drink Table (used as nightstand with baskets from Home Goods) - Cost Plus World Market

Rattan + Glass Lamp - Overstock (available elsewhere)

Big Sur Print - Society 6

Light Grey Upholstered Bed Frame - Overstock (available elsewhere)

These spaces came together perfectly for lake house guest room and stayed comfortably within our budget with the first room only costing about $200 for decor + materials, and the second room costing closer to $1,500 with all of the furniture. Just a reminder to always do a quick right-click Google image search + use Rakuten when possible to save on big ticket items and ensure you're getting the best deal. Let us know if you have any questions!

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Oleg Shak
Oleg Shak
21 déc. 2023

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