Remembering the Nautical Style Guest Bedroom


Today I thought I would take y'all on a little trip back to February 2010 right after I started blogging and share the way the now farmhouse style guestroom used to look. I even edited each photo that was way too dark since these were all taken with a point and shoot and way before I knew what editing photos was. The room was done in a nautical theme. I know I have many new readers and y'all may enjoy seeing how this room used to look. I loved this room, but it was time for a change.

 This was my son's bedroom. We bought the sleigh bed, night stand, and armoire at Rooms To Go. I then added an antique steamer trunk to the other side of the bed to be the other nightstand. I really wish the other pieces didn't all match, but they do. I also added a recliner, that use to be in the living room in the old days when I had a lot of blue, for a place for guests to be able to sit and relax. One day I would like to get a slipcover for this chair. For right now it will have to work as is.

The first picture is how the room looked before I repainted and made several changes. It wasn't bad, in fact it stayed this way for a couple of years. Then while I was browsing my decorating magazines a catalogs, and blogs I discovered a new paint color that I just had to try. It is Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. Even the name of it sounded good. I believe it was in House Beautiful that I first saw this color. Everyone was surprised I was painting a room gray since I really like a lot of color. This was going to be a better backdrop for my ideas in this room though. They would see when I finished.

This is how it looks now and I love it. Good bye baby blue walls. I do wish I had invested in non glare glass on the piece above the bed. More on that in a minute.

This is the view from the entry to the room. Eventually I am going to re-invent the window panels with a red ticking or stripe fabric on the bottom part from the window sill down and add a piece of rope across the seam. I have not found the fabric yet.

This is just a close up of the layers of pillows. I love pillows. I did something a little different here by incorporating a bench cushion into the mix since I did not have a place to use it anymore. The red plaid cushion was ordered from Ballard's not too long ago and was used on a bench at my breakfast table. Well, since then Mr. Savvy let me get a new farmhouse table and chairs for our upcoming anniversary. So then I had the dilemma of where was this cushion going. I was carrying it all over the house and this is where it found it's new home. I really like how well it works here. At least I think so.

Here is the antique steamer trunk that we bought many years ago for only $55. I am amazed at how much these sell for now. Glad we bought this when we did.

This was one of the first purchases I made that started the change to this whole room. 
I told you I love pillows!!

This piece of artwork I created is an actual vintage swimsuit from the 1920's that I purchased on ebay. It was a very good deal at $140.00. Now that may sound like a lot for an old wool suit that is just going to hang on a wall, but I have seen these framed like this and being sold for $1200.00 and up!! No way I would pay that so I am very pleased with the $140.00. I bought the shadow box frame at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The frame was black and the background piece that the suit is attached to was gray. I could have used it as it was but I decided to spray paint the frame cream and painted the background piece red. Mr. Savvy helped me attach it to the back piece. He is such a perfectionist I knew he would do it just right. We used velcros strips on the backside of the suit to attach with.  I do wish the glass was non glare, but this was all I could find.

The place that I have been able to find great prices on bed linens is Ebay. Every piece of bedding on this bed was bought on ebay except the small lifesaver pillow in the front. That was on sale at Williams Sonoma Home on line. The euro striped shams, blue and white throw pillows, coverlet, and blue ticking duvet are all Pottery Barn. I saved a fortune using ebay for these items. I got a fantastic deal on the very soft cream colored  Ralph Lauren sheets.  I know my guests are very comfortable in this bed.
The bedside lamp bases are from Target and I got the two red Pottery Barn shades for fifteen dollars on ebay.  Not just one, both.

I always include down filled and synthetic filled pillows just in case someone has an allergy to down.

I don't normally sew, but I had to add extra fabric to the drapes that I ordered in the wrong size and I added that with fabric glue.

Funny the one piece that still resides in this room is the armoire that has since been painted more than once.

I hope y'all enjoyed that little trip back in time and there have been so many changes over the years.

Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend.


  1. Yes good memories with this fun guest room, take care and hope you don't get wet this weekend

  2. Nice to go down memory lane and how appropriate is this for this Memorial Day weekend with the red, white and blue!....loved seeing those old photos too!!!

  3. I like the room as is. The blue panels carry the room. They bring the swim suit and chair to blend with the strips. Leave perfect alone (lol).

    1. This is the way the room was decorated in 2010. Doesn't look anything like that now. Thanks

  4. Love the transformation. And I'm so in love with the dress framed and cutely hung on the wall. You brought the best out of your guest room. That looks amazing, Kim:)

    Varsha | Villas in OMR

    1. Varsha, this is an old post from 2010 that I thought I would share from my archives. The room no longer looks like this. That is a framed vintage swimsuit that is made of wool. I cannot imagine wearing a wool suit.


  5. Another beautiful transformation Kim! I absolutely love the mix. You didn't mention what paint color you used to update the bedroom, would you kindly share? Thanks in advance!

    1. This is an old post pulled from my archives so I didn't mention the color since it isn't a new reveal. The color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Thanks