A Guest Bedroom Makeover in Grays

Guest bedroom bedding from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog
This week, we’re excited to feature bedrooms from some of our favorite design bloggers, all featuring some of our newest bedding items. Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog is an interior and graphic designer slowly updating her home. You can follow her decorating adventures by visiting her blog, Dear Lillie. Or to shop Jennifer’s style, visit her shop!

I am so excited to be featured on Ballard Design’s blog, How to Decorate, today. I am a huge fan of their company and so honored to be getting to post here today. This room was so much fun to work on!

Jennifer's guest bedroom, before

Jennifer's guest bedroom, before

When we moved into our new home this past June we were in love with the location and layout of the house. However, the finishes, well, we didn’t quite fall in love with them. Over the past several months we have been removing cabinets, changing out light fixtures, having wallpaper removed, replacing appliances, and endlessly priming and painting all the woodwork and walls. We finally have the downstairs well on it’s way to being updated, so I was quite excited to move upstairs to work on our guest bedroom.

Jennifer of Dear Lillie's guest bedroom makeover

Audree Pom Pom Quilt and Jardin Toile Duvet in gray

I actually wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go in this room. I had envisioned what I was going to do in our other bedrooms but really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in here until I saw this new Ballard Designs bedding. Once I saw the Audree Pom Pom Quilt and Shams, I had my inspiration. I completely fell in love with it. I loved all three colors it comes in and was torn on which one to go with. Ultimately I thought the gray would work best with the furniture we were going to use in here and well, I love gray! I also loved the Jardin Toile Duvet and Euro Shams, and they mixed so beautifully with the quilt. For sheets, I chose the Amelie Embroidered Collection; I love how the simplicity of this set plays off the detail of the rest of the bedding.

Ballard Designs bedding in gray guest bedroom

Ballard Designs bedding in gray guest bedroom

Once I chose my bedding, it was time to get to work on transforming the room itself. The first thing I did was start priming and painting all the woodwork. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Simply White in a semi-gloss finish and Mopboard Black for the doors, also in a semi-gloss finish. Then it was time to say good-bye to the “pink house wallpaper” (it was actually more of a faded maroon, but my little girls thought they looked pink and were quite sad that we were getting rid of them). In the rest of the house we had the wallpaper removed before I started painting, but in here I decided to just paint right over it. For the walls, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Graystone in a Matte Finish. I used their Aura line of paint because it has a built-in primer.

Mirrored dresser with white armchair

Gray guest bedroom from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog

Then it was time to bring in the furniture. We already owned most of the furniture in here from our last house (the bed, the mirrored dresser, and the silver chest). We did purchase the chair, mirrors and chandelier for this room though.

Gray guest bedroom from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog

Gray guest bedroom from Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog

The room isn’t completely done. We still need to add a rug and some more artwork on the walls, but it sure is a big improvement from where we started! While I am still on the hunt for finishing touches, I’m now busy working on our master bedroom! I am so in love with the Pom Pom Bedding that I’m considering purchasing it in one of the other colors for our bed!

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing this guest bedroom transformation with us!

For this post, Jennifer of Dear Lillie blog received the following bedding pieces from Ballard Designs, but all opinions stated are her own:

Find more bedroom inspiration by following our Bedroom Pinterest Board, or browse our photo gallery to see recent looks from our catalogue.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    January 15, 2017

    Love this room! What are the dimensions of the mirrored side table?

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      Caroline McDonald

      January 17, 2017

      I’m so sorry but I don’t have any measurements for this piece!

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    Christine Goede

    February 29, 2016

    Beautiful!! What a transformation!
    Could you tell me where you buy your curtain rods? I’m currently working on a room with the bed in the middle of two windows just like this. I’ve thought of hanging curtains just on the outside of each window. What do you think of that idea? What size diameter do you recommend for the curtain rod – .75 or 1.25 inches?
    Thank you

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    February 25, 2016

    I love, love this beautiful bedroom you have created. Where did you find the chandelier?

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    grace b.

    August 5, 2015

    HI, where is the chair from?

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    July 28, 2015

    Good heavens, would it hurt to add a little color to that room? Talk about depressing!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 29, 2015

      Thanks for your feedback, Penelope.

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    Elina Crunklton

    March 16, 2015

    Awesome pics Jen … Simply superb … I like the last pic most. Unique interior decor. Can anyone tell where I can get this same stuff ???

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    February 12, 2015

    I love the mirrored piece..where is it from? I also love the nailhead chair! Can you tell me where that is from also?? The room is beautiful!

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    January 28, 2015

    Can you tell me the brand of the silver bedside table? It may say it on the inside. Thanks.

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    August 9, 2014

    Beautiful makeover! Would you mind sharing where you found the silver bedside table? Thanks!

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    April 12, 2014

    What color are the walls in this bedroom?

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    April 12, 2014

    what color is this paint in the bedroom?

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    April 6, 2014

    Just stunning, and so liveable. Can you please tell me where you found the chandelier? It’s exactly what I’d like but I can’t find anything close.

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 7, 2014

      Hi Jenni,

      Unfortunately, we do not know the exact origin of this light fixture, but we can suggest something very similar, our Henriette 6-Light Chandelier. Hope that helps!

      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    March 12, 2014

    Hello! LOVE THIS ROOM!!!! It’s what ive been going for when I seen this pic I was so excited! It’s exactly what I was trying to get my room to look like. I’ve been looking at the bedding for some time now was not sure on the color. Our room is already the dark grey I’m trying to find out where I can get the silver side tables I can’t find then anywhere. Do you remember were you got your? For my wall pic I’m doing black and white pics on queen Ann lace flowers. You did an amazing job!

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      Jennifer - Dear Lillie

      March 19, 2014

      Thanks, Koren. One was from TJMaxx and the other from Haynes Furniture.

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    Shannon L.

    February 12, 2014

    I love this room! Where did you find the “Somewhere over the rainbow…” framed art? Thanks!

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    February 8, 2014

    So glad you posted this! I’ve been admiring the gray jardin toile duvet cover, and thinking about ordering it. It’s hard to judge from my computer screen though…would you say it’s more of a blue-gray or taupe-gray? And is the background of the fabric bright white or off white/cream? Thank you so much!! I wish Ballard did fabric samples for their bedding, hint hint! 🙂

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    Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

    February 6, 2014

    This bedroom is beautiful! I love the more formal toile print mixed with the more casual pom pom quilt, very much my style. Jen has done it again, no surprise! 🙂

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    February 6, 2014

    This bedding is absolutely beautiful! I have been admiring it in the new catalog. The colors and textures are exquisite. The entire room came together perfectly. Everything Jennifer designs turns out amazing.

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      How to Decorate Team

      February 6, 2014

      Hi Angie,

      Thank you so much! We’re delighted to hear that you love our new bedding products. We’re really proud of the way they turned out.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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      Jennifer - Dear Lillie

      February 7, 2014

      Thank you so much, Angie!

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    February 6, 2014

    The bedding is subtle and coordinates beautifully. Dear Lillie is one of my favorite home decor blogs!
    (On a side note: The copy for Ballard reads poorly. Paragraph 1, line 2, I think the writer intended to state “slowly” not “slowing”.)

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      How to Decorate Team

      February 6, 2014

      Thanks, Chris! We’re so glad you like our bedding. Jennifer did a beautiful job pulling this room together.

      Also, thanks for pointing out the typo. It’s fixed now.

      The How to Decorate Team

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      Jennifer - Dear Lillie

      February 7, 2014

      Thank you, Chris!

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    February 6, 2014

    I love Jen. Awesome, out of my price range, but awesome non the less!

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      Jennifer - Dear Lillie

      February 7, 2014

      Thank you, Crystal!

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    Jennifer Thompson

    February 5, 2014

    Is the grey bedding reversible? I really like it.

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      Jennifer - Dear Lillie

      February 7, 2014

      I think the quilt could be used on either side. It is so lovely!

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