Laura Rennie

Room makeover // Laurel’s guest room

DecoratingLaura RennieComment

Laurel was an extra-special client to work with because she’s one of my best friends! I was thrilled when she asked me to decorate the guest room of her home in Bel Air, Maryland. Laurel described her guest room as a bland-looking space with a hodgepodge of various pieces of furniture. She wanted the room to feel welcoming and cozy, with a place for guests to set down their bags. She also hoped to see a pop of color somewhere in the space.

This was a unique situation in that I had two days to transform Laurel’s room! Not only that, but I spent the night in the space I was working on — not many decorators can say that! If you’re itching to get a room done, you CAN do it! Just look what two days and $225 did for this space:

The photos truly don’t do the room justice. It was a pleasant room to be in before, but it lacked personality. It’s also a very narrow room, with an awkward off-centered window. I wanted to use the $225 budget on items that would make the biggest impact. 

Here’s what I did: swap out too-deep trunk at the end of the bed for a storage bench Laurel already owned, replaced curtain hardware, curtains, lampshade and bedding, and purchased a textured accent pillow and a small table for next to the bed. I also moved the framed prints to another wall, re-upholstered the chair with contemporary fabric and added interest to bookshelves and side table using a combination of new and pre-owned items. The long white accent pillow was my birthday gift to Laurel. I found it at Home Goods and fell in love with it. I wish I had bought one for myself!

Using a long curtain rod and two 84” panels gives the illusion that the window is centered. The white curtains, cheerful blue quilt and soft gray lamp shade bring both brightness and texture to the space.

I had a lot of fun decorating this space for my sweet friend. Transforming the room in less than 72 hours made me feel as though I was a contestant on “Design Star.” Laurel’s excitement over her “new” room was written all over her face. I love making my clients happy!


Target quilt - $60 (on sale) / Target curtains - $48 for two 84” panels (on sale) /Home Goods accent table - $40 / Walmart lampshade - $15 / Walmart curtain rod - $12.50 (cheaper in store) / Walmart owl vase - $10 / Target mirror - $10  / Home Goods Basket - $6 / Target faux plant - $3 (from the dollar bin section!) / Walmart fabric (for chair) - $3