I transformed my guest room from builder-grade to cozy — just in time to host for the holidays.

I'm sharing the process, diy projects, and products to inspire you as you freshen up your guest spaces before it's time to host.

pssst......don't forget to pin this post for later.

the design

When designing this space, I focused first on function — trying to give my guests everything they might need for a  cozy stay and comfortable night's sleep.

This meant thinking about how to include all the essentials as well as making them easy to find. For the aesthetic look and feel of the space, I wanted the room to be neutral with a soothing vibe, but not lacking in texture and personality.

I added options at every turn so that my guests could easily adjust the space to their preferences.

From making up the bed with multiple blanket and pillow support options, to a variety of lighting with smart features, to aromatherapy and easy-to-access tech accessories — this space has almost every sleep preference covered.

guest room essentials on


I'm sharing my best design strategies for creating a cozy guest room over on — Guest Bedroom Ideas and Personal Touches Your Visitors Will Love

In the article you'll find tips for how to include all kinds of different guest room essentials in a way that helps your guest customize their space and have everyting they need to get their best night's sleep.

I truly believe that the best possible guest room is one that focuses on function over aesthetics, but still infuses your personality in a way that creates a cozy aesthetic for the space and gives your guests a piece of your home that feels like theirs. is an amazing resource for tips and inspiration on how to get great sleep, brought to you by the Sleep Experts @mattressfirm.

I love that the website includes the latest in sleep-related tips like how you can leverage tech for better sleep, ways to design your space to give you the best night's rest, and wellness advice for things like optimizing your bedtime routine and overhauling your sleep schedule.

diy barn doors

While optimizing each area of this room, I wanted to create as much space as possible. I eliminated the door swing with space-saving modern barn doors. These doors add a textural element and interest to the room and make closet access much easier.

I'll have a full tutorial coming up next for how to build these modern barn doors (well under $200) with fluted trim texture next! Follow along on instagram to see the process and my secret hack for getting this texture easily.

diy placemat headboard

Can you believe this diy headboard is made out of placemats?? I built a simple frame and glued on some jute placemats in an alternating pattern to give the headboard a textured weave effect.

I added DIY jute spirals to the corners for a buttoned look and to cover the rounded corner edges.

I wrapped the placemats around on the sides and secured with more hot glue and a staple gun for a finished upholstered look.

You can watch the full DIY process + tutorial on Instagram.



check out my simple guest room decorating tips:




01. nightstand — drum accent table

02. pouf — jada woven pouf

03. modern bench with table


04. lamp — globe task lamp

05. light fixture — mid mod 5 light chandelier


06. candle — 3 wick tranquility candle

07. alarm clock — white / pine

08. eye mask — silk eye mask


09.  placemats — 14" jute braided placemats

10. barn door hardware — 6.6 ft / 2 door hardware


11. leather pillows — 22X22 pillowcase // 24x24 pillow

12. boho lumbar pillows — pillowcase // 12x20 pillow inserts (I use two per pillow)

13. pom pom pillows — 26x26 pom pom pillowcase // 26x26 pillow

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I'm Cara, the designer & diy queen behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

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