Not every home project needs to be a massive undertaking or require a large budget. This charming guest room refresh proves that with a little bit of creativity, you can create a cohesive look with your favorite leftover furnishings or upcycled finds.

Anchoring this cozy retreat is, of course, the bed. To truly make this a statement, the homeowner created a headboard out of a set of antique shutters. Originally off of a mansion in St. Louis, they still had their original shutter dogs and paint. Affixing them directly on the wall is both a simple and space-saving solution that yields a dramatic unexpected focal point.

The homeowner loves crisp white bedding. To add an additional pop of color, she repurposed an old set of bolster pillows by recovering them in a soft blue. Then, new accent pillows were created with coordinating fabrics and a decorative throw. The plush ensemble creates an environment that invites a great night’s sleep. With the remaining fabric, she created matching valances and up-cycled a pair of ottomans by reupholstering them.

In the corner, stands an antique corner cabinet from the 1800’s that the homeowners have owned and loved for many years. Beside it is an early crib with dovetailed joints which was repurposed into a table by adding legs and a top. On the opposite side of the bed is an old porcelain top table. Since the top was damaged, the homeowners created a new one out of beautiful patterned tile.

On another wall, when a clock couldn’t be repaired, she upcycled the frame, removed the clock and repainted it with a complementary teal chalk paint. It is given a new purpose, holding flowers that coordinate with a spring wreath hanging on the headboard shutters, giving the room a fresh vibe. Rounding out the room, you’ll find additional small touches of found objects, such as the child’s chair and a collection of birdhouses.

It was important to them to create a space that was brought together with care. They layered colors, textures, styles and whimsical elements resulting in a room that speaks to what they love. And, they are looking forward to sharing it with friends and family. It isn’t difficult to spend just a bit of time bringing odd pieces together to create something special…and special is a beautiful word to describe this restful guest room.