Be My Guest: An Organic Modern Guest Bedroom Makeover (With a Side of the Holidays)

By Brittni • Updated on 12/15/2016

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, with affordable furniture pieces and DIY ideas.

With Christmas just weeks away and family coming in and out of town over the next month, I really, really wanted to get our guest bedroom in order. In fact, I meant to get it done when we had all our friends in Atlanta back in October, but I ran out of time. Story of my life.

Luckily though, thanks to some help from,  I was finally able to carve out some time to get that room into shape for holiday guests. And there’s even a Christmas tree, for good measure. 🙂 Click through for the full reveal, including the (very) basic beginnings / before photos, etc…

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal from Paper & Stitch, with affordable furniture pieces and DIY ideas.

As you can gather from the before photos, the guest bedroom didn’t have much going on initially. We’d typically leave it an empty space, aside from Jeff’s computer desk, when guests weren’t in town, because we never really could figure out what to do with it. Now, it’s a much more inviting space, that feels more like a guest room that people will actually want to stay in. And when no one is visiting, Jeff and I plan to use it too, for taking cat naps, reading, playing music, etc.

If you’re interested in recreating this look at home, it’s more in reach than you might think. Especially since all of the signature pieces in the new room are from Overstock (so it’s all budget-friendly / affordable), including the nightstands, mirror, pillow, mini Christmas tree, and the rug!

They have SO many products in every category you can think of and lots of different styles, so you can easily find something for your home, no matter what you’re into. Here are the details on what I brought in to drastically change the guest bedroom…

Handmade Moroccan Rug // Guest Bedroom Reveal

The rug is a handmade Moroccan zig zag shag from nuLOOM ($250 for a 5×8 rug!) and was a nice way to break up the hardwood a little bit and make the space feel more cozy, which can be a challenge with the very high ceilings. Not that I’m complaining about high ceilings – I love them, don’t get me wrong. 

Handmade holiday stockings hanging from mirror

I really wanted to have a standing mirror in the guest room, especially since the guest bath only has small(ish) mirror options. So, I went with a leaning mirror from Holly & Martin. Love the minimal shape of this one.

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, with affordable furniture pieces and DIY ideas.

I picked up the mid-century inspired side tables by Mid-Century living for only $40 each! And for that price, you kind of can’t go wrong, so I decided to use them as bedside tables, in leu of typical nightstands. They have lots of other colors too, if you’re interested.

The bed….I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The bed is actually a blow up mattress because we evidently still don’t feel quite grown up enough to invest in a mattress that isn’t in our bedroom. BUT you’d never know it, would you? The air mattress we have is a really good one, so it’s comfy enough for guests, etc. But one day, we’ll get fancy and have a real mattress and bed frame too. 🙂

Guest bedroom reveal, styled by Paper & Stitch.

For the most part, we already had the bedding (duvet was something we used to use on our own bed), but I brought in some new pillows and blankets to freshen things up. The faux fur pillow in pumpkin is one of my faves. And the other textiles are just things I’ve picked up over the years.

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, with a touch of the holidays.

Pastel blue Christmas tree and dip dyed DIY ornaments

And then there’s my sky blue Christmas tree from Vicker man, as a fun way to tie in the holidays without overpowering the space. Admittedly, I’d been wanting a colorful tree for the house, just for fun, and as much as I love the pink ones, I wanted something that I hadn’t already seen a hundred times. So, sky blue was the winner. It’s only 3 feet tall, so it makes it super easy to pack back up once the holidays are over.

Aside from the tree, I brought in my DIY Christmas stockings (I’ll be sharing the tutorial soon for these) for an extra holiday pop that doesn’t overwhelm the space. They’re hanging from the standing mirror.

And speaking of DIY ideas, the weaving you see behind the mini Christmas tree is a project I just recently finished up. Super easy too! It took all of 5 minutes to make. Tutorial here.

Nelson clock and modern planter

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, with affordable furniture pieces and DIY ideas.

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, styled by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, with holiday accents.

Picture window in guest bedroom

A modern eclectic guest bedroom reveal, with affordable furniture pieces and DIY ideas.

Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how my guest room makeover turned out. And also, I’m curious to know how you bring in the holidays to other rooms of your house, like the guest bedroom, etc. Let me know in the comments below.

This post is in partnership with Overstock. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

19 comments | Click here to reply

Hi there, this room looks amazing! Funny question, where did you get the paper ornaments on your awesome tree?


Thanks Katie. Happy you found me through Domino…The vintage mitosis poster is from a local shop in Atlanta called Highland Row Antiques. Wish I had an online source to share for something similar, but I didn’t see anything when I did a quick search. 🙁


hi! came across your post from domino mag instagram story. where is your vintage mitosis poster from? i love it!


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Love it! I get the all organic modern feels and the colors are perfect! Does that white unit with your cute tree on it have a brand? I’m on the hunt for something like that.


Thanks Kristin. The planter is from Ferm Living.


Where is the planter from? I love it. (Apologies if it’s in the post and I missed it.)


Thanks Eliza. It’s not vintage, but we have had it for a few years now. 🙂


That white/wood cabinet is to die for! Is it vintage?


Aw, thanks Michelle.


It’s so bright and beautiful, I totally love it!


Thanks Pat. Happy to hear that.


Brittni, I think it looks so welcoming. I really like all the little details that make it look cozy. Pat S

Pat Schwab

Haha. Perfect! It will be a lot nicer than when you and Kel stayed here last time. 🙂 Not that it would take much for that to be a possibility. Hahaha.


I’m booking my return trip to ATL.

Jeff Mindell

Thanks so much Cat. What a sweet thing to say. And thanks for the heads up on the weaving link…Looks like the post actually hasn’t gone live yet, but will be up really soon. So keep a look out for that. 🙂


You always strike the perfect balance of lived in & put together! The room looks amazing 🙂 ps: the weaving link is not working


Thanks so much Jessica. I really appreciate that.


The rug and the wall decorations are amazing! This is a gorgeous makeover x

Jessica — NinetyCo

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