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Getting a Guest Room Holiday Ready

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Sharing how I am getting one of the guests rooms in my house holiday ready my guests will feel comfy and cozy.

With the holidays approaching and family and friends coming to stay, I thought I would refresh one of the guest rooms a bit to get them holiday ready. Nothing major, just a little color change to warm up the rooms for the season.


The rooms have neutral walls and carpet that I plan to update sooner or later, but for now, I am using a red and green color scheme.


This guest room has a black and white color scheme from my previous house that all started when I made over this piece of furniture.

I only made a few tweaks to the room’s decor, because the focal point of the room is…

Holiday ready guest room with lake view

…the view of the lake out the sliding glass doors.

Even if it’s too cold to go outside on the balcony, friends and family who come to stay with us can sit back and relax and still enjoy the lake from the comfort of the bed.

holiday ready guest room ideas

I got my inspiration to change up the the colors in the room when I received my latest box of decorating goodies from Waverly Inspirations. The box was filled with red and green fabrics, ribbon and paint that can be bought at Walmart.


To make the room extra holiday special, I used Waverly Inspirations chalk paint in the color Crimson to paint over a large art canvas I had hanging in my previous house that no longer fit my decorating style.

DIY Christmas song lyric art

Once the paint was dry, I placed a piece of chalk on its side and rubbed it all over the canvas and then wiped it off with a damp towel.

This helps prevent “chalkboard ghosting” or previous written things on a chalkboard from reappearing.

I used white chalk and wrote the lyrics on the canvas of my favorite Christmas song, Somewhere In My Memory by John WilliamsIt is from the soundtrack of Home Alone 2. 

I hand wrote the lyrics free-hand and didn’t fuss over the fact that it was not perfect.

What was more important for me was that when guests read it, they get that warm and fuzzy Christmasy feeling. :-)

If you can’t read my handwriting, here are the lyrics:

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York Soundtrack

Candles in the window,
Shadows painting the ceiling,
Gazing at the fire glow,
Feeling that gingerbread feeling.
Precious moments,
Special people,
Happy faces,
I can see.

Somewhere in my memory,
Christmas joys all around me,
Living in my memory,
All of the music,
All of the magic,
All of the family home here with me.


I added a faux fur throw over the bed and bought a new tray to hold breakfast…

serving tray with Christmas cookies and napkin.

…or a late afternoon snack of hot cocoa and cookies. The holly is from my yard. There are two types of it, Horn holly, the prickly kind and Burford, the type above.  

I was so excited when I saw the berries had turned red. Free Christmas decor. YAY!


I covered the plastic pot that the Christmas poinsettia came in with Waverly Inspirations fabric. I will post how I did this in a separate post. The tray table is a family hand-me down. It is quite unique.


To make the color changes on the bed, I made loose pillow covers using Waverly Inspirations fabrics. I did not use a pattern. If you would like to make one for your bed:


For the small throw pillow, instead of using expensive passementerie to trim it, I used the ribbon that came in my Waverly Inspirations surprise box to make “fancy trim” for a throw pillow.

You can find out how to make it in this post:

  • How to Make a Festive Christmas Pillow

Now the room is holiday ready. Next week I will be showing you how I updated the other guest room in my house.  It is going to be blue and green.

DIY and budget holiday ready guest room decorating ideas

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  1. Your canvas is fantastic! A nice thought using a canvas and adding a chalked note. It could have a love poem on Valentines. Love the pillows! All the colors are quite festive. And I adore the side table, yes indeed, that is quite unique!

  2. Diane, I am so jealous of your view of the lake! What a lovely, festive guest room you have created. I so love how the different textiles work together, I wish I had your eye for detail.

    1. Thanks Gail – When we were looking for lake houses, being close to the water with a wide open view was number one on our list. The house was built with the lake in mind as every room has a view out to the lake, except the bathrooms and foyer. When I mix fabrics and colors, I try to use the rule of 3. A solid, geometric, and a large pattern in the same or opposite color on the color wheel. The rule works pretty well. I also always mix the fabric weights making sure one has texture. The mix will add interest. :-)

    1. Hi Valerie – You made my night…thanks for the nice comment. Christmas for me is always about the cozy memories and traditions that my family does every year like putting candles in the window. I try to bring the memories alive every year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. I love the guest room and I know your guests will enjoy your lake view. Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful pictures. It’s amazing how the pillows with all of the different designs and colors go so well together. My favorite part is the red canvas that you wrote the Christmas music lyrics on.

    1. Hi Rosemary – We looked at dozens of houses when searching for a house on a lake. The view was what made us want to buy the house since all the main rooms have lake views. :-)