Our Tropical Guest Room

Tropical Guest Room

I’m so excited to reveal what we’ve been working on in our guest room over the last few months. Our house is a split level/raised ranch style home and both of these rooms are located in the basement. We’re lucky because we have a south-facing (small) window that gives the space an incredible amount of light.

Anel’s mom stays with us every week or two, my sister visits multiple times a year, and my dad often spends a night on his way to work in the city. When my mom visits, she stays for longer periods. They all think of this as “their room” and are so excited about these updates! The design before was fine but not really designed, per se. I threw the room together the first time in a matter of days because my mom was going to be staying with us when we first moved into our house.

I didn’t spend much time thinking about redecorating over the past three years, but a few months ago I signed on for a small Instagram project with Joss & Main, to update some of the bedding and pillows for spring. That quickly spiraled into me wanting to redo the entire space once I saw that this wallpaper exists. My friend and designer, Prudence, actually found it and convinced me to take the plunge. It’s definitely bolder than anything else in our home but I can now say that I’m in love with it. She also had the brilliant idea to paint the ceiling light blue (Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cotton) to brighten up the space even more and make it look almost like the sky.

The room has a tropical/Palm Beach/Beverly Hills Hotel vibe but with even more bright colors and personal elements thrown in that are meaningful to me and my family.

My favorite piece in the room is a vintage chest that Anel bought me a few years ago when I was having a really tough couple of months. He knew I had my eye on a similar one at a local antique store, so when that was sold, he found this one in Florida and had it shipped up. It was incredibly thoughtful and generous, and I’ve been trying to find a place for it to shine for years. The black and gold against the palm leaf paper is just perfect.

On top of the chest, you’ll see a yellow floral tray that actually belonged to my great grandmother. It’s been sitting, wrapped up, in my attic for years because I was so worried about putting it out and ruining it. But I finally realized that there is no point in having family pieces if you don’t get to enjoy them! Prudence had the smart idea to put it in here to play off the yellow lamps and ginger jar.

The other amazing piece here is the Sunshine is a Frame of Mind print by Kerri Rosenthal. Kerri is an incredible artist and happens to be based locally so I’ve met her a few times. She’s even more inspiring and creative in person than she is online (which I didn’t think was possible). Her prints are so positive and colorful, it’s hard to not feel the sunshine when you’re admiring them. This was the perfect space in which to finally add one to our art collection.

All that being said, the majority of the product is from the inimitable Joss & Main and pretty affordable. The brass bed frame is $200 and would be so cute in a kids room. I love the set of brass birds that Prudence found and placed out on the wall. All of this pulled together makes for the happiest, brightest room in our house! We also redid the guest bath which I’ll be sharing next week. Believe it or not, I almost love it even more than this room.

The best part for you is that everything I picked from Joss & Main is on sale right now for up to 75% off! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of my little tropical paradise.

Banana Leaf Wallpaper Lemon Stripes Guest Room Tiffany & Co Diamond Soup Art Yellow Ginger Jar Kerri Rosenthal ArtRainbow Pom Pom PillowBrass Bird Wall ArtPineapple Throw PillowKerri Rosenthal Sunshine is a Frame of Mind

Rug, $280 for 9×12
Bed, $204
Yellow Table Lamps, $122 for the pair
Duvet Cover & Shams, $25
Pom Throw Pillow, $46
Pineapple Throw Pillow, $29
Side Tables, $226 each
Brass Bird Decor, $60 for a set of 3
Mirror (Old from West Elm)
Louisa Bergere Chair
Vintage Chest (Similar)
Pineapple Lamp, $72
Tiffany Art Soup Art, $48
Similar Yellow Ginger Jar
Kerri Rosenthal, Sunshine is a Frame of Mind

Thank you to Joss & Main for gifting us product for the room! This was not a paid post but items were gifted to us in exchange for Instagram coverage. Photos by Julia Dags. Design by Prudence Home & Design.


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  1. Kelly said:

    Stunning! I would be totally fine for my entire house to look like this!

    3.21.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Same! But then we could never sell it lol

      3.25.19 · Reply
  2. Emily said:

    This is the cutest room I have ever seen! I love the bright colors of the lamp and paintings with the wallpaper! And, love the sheets with the wallpaper!

    3.21.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks, Emily! It’s so fun. I kind of want to move down here from our master 🙂

      3.25.19 · Reply
  3. Tammy said:

    Looks amazing! So fun. Love the pops of yellow. I have those same lamps in green.

    3.21.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I actually love the green ones too. I almost got those! But the yellow works in this room. It’s so cheerful.

      3.25.19 · Reply
  4. Kelly Golightly said:

    It turned out SO beautifully! Booking my stay now…

    3.21.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      OMG we would love to have you and the whole crew. Pup and all!

      3.25.19 · Reply
  5. Libby said:

    Ummmm so when can I come and visit ahahaha!! I absolutely love what you did with the space!! It is sooo fun, and your guests are so lucky!! 🙂

    xx Libby

    3.22.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Anytime, sister! So glad you love it.

      3.25.19 · Reply
  6. Rachel said:

    Such a fun room! It suits your personality! I love it, especially the sunshine state of mind print 🙂

    Rachel | http://www.rachelstriving.com

    3.23.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Awww that ‘s so sweet. The print is my favorite. I kind of wish it were in my own bedroom now though!

      3.25.19 · Reply
  7. sarah said:

    What a gorgeous room!

    3.23.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thank you, Sarah.

      3.25.19 · Reply