Fiction and Empathy

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A Bookish Bedroom

In the midst of preparing for visitors in September, I decided our guest room wasn’t the welcoming retreat I wanted it to be. The room was a mishmash of all the furniture we’d collected and moved over the years: pink lamps from my college dorm, a coffee table that was too bulky for the living room, a dresser originally from my childhood bedroom, an IKEA wardrobe, and absolutely nothing on the walls.

I settled on my new theme quickly: books. I saved some inspiration images to Pinterest and then did my best to whip up a refresh in time for company. In the end, I was quite pleased with the look. In the future, I’d like to get fancier bedding and perhaps paint an accent wall – but I’ll probably wait to do that until we have more company arriving!

An antiquey-gold color helped pull the mismatched furniture together. I replaced the pink lamps for gold lamps and a new gold reading lamp. A frame on the dresser tells guests our WiFi name and password. Nothing makes you feel more at home than WiFi, am I right?! Switching out the silver drawer pulls for these gold glass knobs created an instant update.

The wall art gave the room the biggest face-lift. To the left of the dresser, a collection of black and gold frames hold reading-inspired images: a book spine print my sister gave me, a picture of my baby reading a book at the library, a book page, and even a collage of my old library cards. Above the bed, a cute round frame and a metal photo holder gave the room some texture and provided a place for bookish quotes I’d gathered from Pinterest. A Nancy Drew book page graces the rectangle frame over the bed (I’d already dismantled the book for another bookish decor project, which you can see here.) A small faux marble table on the right made for a nice nightstand for a guest. A wire basket holding books on the wall and a chair create a cozy nook.

I hope our guests enjoyed their time in our bookish guest bedroom.