Editor’s note: A first home is rarely a “dream house,” but it is an exciting chapter in anybody’s life nonetheless, filled with memories and invaluable lessons. Steffy Degreff, mother and blogger behind the stylish Steffy’s Pros and Cons, has decided to share her first-home experience with us—the ups, the downs, and the delicious before + afters! Stay tuned over the next several months as we follow Steffy, her husband, and her son through the journey of homeownership!
Illustration by Tallulah Fontaine
When I first stepped foot into our home, the upstairs is what sealed the deal. It has one finished bedroom (this room) and an A-frame attic – YES A-FRAME, that we are in the process of finishing up. I was salivating to get in and decorate this room. It screamed cozy, even when it was empty, a hideous off-yellow color, and with ceilings sheetrocked so badly they looked like they were about to crack.
I love the feeling of going home to my parents’ house, and knowing that there will be clean towels, fresh soaps waiting in the shower, and a cozy bed all made just for me. I was never ever that person for my own guests. While I may seem pretty together via my Instagram profile, I was most definitely not the most together host. I usually scraped together my guests’ needs as they asked for things, had them holed up on an air mattress somewhere in our old 2-bedroom apartment (usually a corner, sad right?!), and used a ratty old hand-me-down quilt from who-knows-where for them to sleep with. It was getting pathetic, and I was a little bit ashamed of myself. This guest bedroom was my opportunity to turn a new leaf. PLUS my parents, specifically my dad, is the most picky when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. The last thing I wanted was for him to visit and complain the entire time about how awful my guest bedroom was, so I was going to put 150% into this room to make it the BEST, the COZIEST and the most over-prepared guest room to ever exist.
So, here comes the part where I brag about how great I did! Just kidding (sort of.) This room is fully inspired by all of the upstate cabin AirBnB’s we have stayed in. I love how minimalist they feel while still feeling highly curated, like each piece was specifically selected for a purpose. This forest green felt like it represents that Upstate NY feeling, and when I found this metal bedframe, I knew it was it. I added a shag rug underneath to warm up the floors a bit, and the modern oxford lamp adds just the right amount of gold to the space. I also picked up some adorable animal candles for my guests, in case they want to sit by candlelight and relax at night. I added a multi-hook when you walk into the room, in case guests need to hang up their coats (or their towels once they are used). The braided French laundry basket is such a great way to keep linens and towels organized on the bed for when guests arrive.
My dad has since slept in this room, and I am excited to say it got the seal of approval. I love it so much, I just may move in! Stay tuned for some other reveals soon – hint it may be our tiny office space!