Guest Room Progress!

Happy Monday, friends, and welcome back to a new week. We’re approaching our second week of at-home school with a little more structure in some areas, and relaxing a bit in others. I think trying to maintain a certain pace last week really wore us out. Have you found a balance that’s working well in your house? How are you adjusting to this new normal?

Little Miss celebrates her 14th birthday tomorrow, and she’s handling the fact that it will be in quarantine with so much grace. I’m seriously in awe of her, and her attitude has actually been helpful in keeping mine in check.

Another blessing that’s come from all the time at home is the progress we’re making on home projects!! We are knocking things out left and right, starting with the Guest Room!

You may remember we started it last year, but things stalled quickly. Well thanks to unlimited time at home, we’re now almost done! I decided awhile back I wanted navy curtains, but was having the hardest time finding the color and texture I wanted… especially at an affordable price.

Until I remembered JCPenney has a huge selection of window coverings… and hit the jackpot there!

Blackout Curtains | Bamboo Shades | Mirror | Mattress | Faux Fern

I found the perfect shade of navy, in a gorgeous faux-silk that has just a touch of texture… plus, the 100% blackout lining not only keeps the room dark (hello, nap central!), but is energy-saving by blocking the strong afternoon sun that comes pouring in.

Little Miss always hosts her sleepovers in here, so she’s extra excited!

Blackout Curtains | Bamboo Shades | Mirror | Mattress

JCPenney also has the best bamboo blinds! We have these all over the house, and they’re seriously so good! The color and texture are perfect, the quality is unmatched, and they’re cordless for a streamlined aesthetic.

It’s not essential they be the same length as the window since we use them for the added texture and to give the windows more visual weight, so we save by buying the shorter ones. If we need privacy, we simply close the drapes!

These panels have pole pockets, but using drapery hooks and rings give them a more custom look.

Blackout Curtains | Bamboo Shades | Button Down Top | Raw Hem Levi Jeans

Blackout Curtains | Bamboo Shades | Mirror | Mattress

I also finally started adding things to the walls, and I love these simple round mirrors over the beds. They reflect more light, and the classic shape balances the lines of the wallpaper.

[Find the bedding and wallpaper sources HERE]

Button Down Top | Raw Hem Levi Jeans | Bracelets

This faux fern is also a great JCPenney find!! I jumped on the faux-plant train last year with our Backyard Patio Makeover, and haven’t looked back! Always green, no shedding, and I can’t kill it!

And this one is an incredible price, especially given how real it looks!

Faux Fern | Bracelets

Button Down Top | Raw Hem Jeans | Bracelets

Blackout Curtains | Bamboo Shades | Mirror | Mattress | Fern

And just to show what a huge difference the drapes and mirror make…here’s a peek at the room without them!

More room details HERE

Crazy, right?! Just the layer this room needed!

Blackout Curtains | Bamboo Shades | Mirror | Mattress | Fern

Button Down Top | Raw Hem Jeans | Bracelets

Now all that remains is some colorful art on the walls and the overhead light fixture. Mr. SP and I are arguing over a ceiling fan versus a woven pendant! Guess who wants what!?


[See more of the Guest Room Makeover]

The Guest Room | Adding Wallpaper
The Guest Room | Making The Bed
The Guest Room | Makeover Plans



*This post created in collaboration with JCPenney and ShopStyle, but all product selections, styling, and urges to nap are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*



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  1. Sandy wrote:

    Gorgeous room….Love that the bamboo roman shades are cordless. Love that feature.
    I vote for a ceiling fan (Mr. SP?) in either bamboo style or a modern(ish) black, like the beds.
    Ok, I’m finished!

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
  2. Amanda wrote:

    Where are the pillows you sleep on?
    Please leave a ceiling fan – as a guest there is nothing worse then being in a hot or stuffy room. People also like them for noise.

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      When we have guests over, I place a pillow and clean towels on the bed, along with a note including the wifi code for the house!

      Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Amanda wrote:

      Hi. Love this room. I think I saw on your story where you said you buy bamboo shades at a shorter length and close the curtains when privacy is needed. A lot of our windows are 80 inches or so so I would like to buy shorter ones to save on cost. Is there a rule of thumb regarding what length to use if the plan is to buy shorter and keep partially up all the time? Thanks so much.

      Posted 4.23.20 Reply
      • Cassie wrote:

        Hi Amanda! I don’t know that there’s a rule of thumb, but you’ll want them long enough to give the illusion of being full-length. I think mine are 50-something inches for an 84-inch window.

        Posted 4.26.20 Reply
  3. Dina wrote:

    The bamboo shades… you have them mounted on inside or outside of window frame. The detail on says inside mount, but I’m wondering if I can do outside above window to give the illusion the window is taller. Any advice from you or Mr. SP. thx!

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      We mounted them on the outside!! And yes…we hang them higher and wider than the window to give the illusion it’s larger! xo. C

      Posted 3.30.20 Reply
  4. Gina D from Texas wrote:

    Isn’t it amazing what a huge difference something that seems so small (drapes/mirror) can make in a room?!? I just love this room – it’s so clean and crisp and airy! A perfect place for a guest to relax. Be careful – your guests might not want to leave this room. Ha ha.

    Tell Little Miss I hope she has an extra-special 14th birthday and I know she will have an awesome day regardless of what is going on in the world because she will get to spend it with you and Mr. SP – and there’s nothing like just having your family around. 🙂

    Posted 3.30.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Gina!!! xo. C

      Posted 3.30.20 Reply
  5. Truly wrote:

    Beautiful! I love it all! Same argument at my house for master bedroom! Husbands always want fans! (and recliners)
    Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter!

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      What is it with men and their fans and recliners?! Ha! And thank you for Little Miss’ birthday wishes! xo, Cassie

      Posted 3.31.20 Reply
  6. Linda wrote:

    Ill rechecking out the JCPenney selection. I have semi black out curtains in our guest / craft room but my youngest said with the babies that nap and sleep in there, I need to get better one. So this is another nudge to take up the search again. Have a good day at home!

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I can’t recommend the blackout panels in this post enough! You will not be disappointed! Hope you have a good day at home too! xo, Cassie

      Posted 3.31.20 Reply
  7. Jo Anne wrote:

    Where did you get the curtain rod from?
    Love the room!

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
  8. Emily wrote:

    Hi there. The room looks great! I’m knee deep in home projects to keep me sane during quarantine. Next stop is curtains for the dining room. Where is your drapery rod from? I’m having trouble finding one I like.

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
  9. Kristin wrote:

    Love it! Could you provide the source for the curtain rod? I have been trying to find that exact look (unsuccessfully) for my son’s room. Thanks!

    Posted 3.31.20 Reply
  10. Annmarie Cessac wrote:

    Gorgeous!! Your guests are in for a treat! Love the navy curtains and wooden rod! Do you have a link for the rod? Stay well!

    Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  11. Maria Gallo Torquato wrote:

    Hi Thanks so much for that you’re doing during these difficult times. You’re blog is one that I check daily and I especially appreciate the positivity right now !
    The guest room is beautiful. I have a question about the box springs-lol. Are they white or are they covered? My master bedroom has an ugly grey box spring and I just took the dust ruffle off and don’t want to put it back on. Thanks again for inspiring me always ! 💕

    Posted 4.1.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much for your kind words!! The box spring is actually black…def not ideal! I just cover it with inexpensive white fitted sheets!

      Posted 4.1.20 Reply
  12. Karen wrote:

    I live in Texas too and tried the no ceiling fan in the bedroom look– we were so miserable without a fan at night! I’m convinced fans are necessary in the south!

    Posted 4.4.20 Reply
  13. Colleen Furlong wrote:

    Late to the party, but may I get the dimensions of your guest room? Love navy, love this room! Oh and I vote ceiling fan. I’m in California and we couldn’t live without ours, in every room! Thank you, you’re the best!

    Posted 5.8.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Colleen…the room is about 12×12. xo. C

      Posted 5.28.20 Reply
  14. Sharon Birch wrote:

    Cassie, Can you tell me where you found the matching twin bed frames? The room is adorable. Thank you.

    Posted 5.18.20 Reply