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Before & After: A Bedroom Goes From a Bare Space to a Serene Escape

by Erin Austen Abbott

Just twenty minutes from downtown Tampa, in a community called Lutz, sits the home of Becky and Mike Daly, affectionally the subject of their home blog, Daly Digs. After working a government job for ten years, Becky decided to leave that life behind and start documenting the home renovations that she and Mike work on together. After a long and painful closing on their home that left them living out of suitcases and hotel hopping, they started the process of making over their home almost immediately. From replacing boarded up windows to tearing out carpet to replacing all the floors, the home, which had sat vacant for a few years, finally saw new life, courtesy of the Dalys.

The most challenging part of the room was the huge wall of windows.

Working room by room, Becky and Mike got started on the guest bedroom once the living room and dining room were complete. “The most challenging part of the room was the huge wall of windows. Not only was it a lot of work to paint all of the trim, it was difficult deciding whether or not to continue the wallpaper to that wall. Ultimately I decided against it since I would have needed to invest in several more rolls of wallpaper, most of which would have been cut out for the windows. Instead, we painted matched the wallpaper and used the custom paint color on the wall of the windows,” shared Becky, regarding challenges faces during the guest room renovations.

Before you is the perfect blend of modern meets bohemian, from the light fixtures to the wicker peacock chair, giving us a peek at a truly beautiful transformation. Enjoy! — Erin

Photography by Ashlee Hamon Photography

Image above: “We have a lot of art in our home that we collect on our travels and I considered bringing in a piece from our collection to hang above the bed, but I fell in love with this buffalo print from the Animal Print Shop. The macramé hanging was a Home Goods score and my eyes lit up when I saw it,” said Becky. 

Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge

Image above: “When we first moved into the house the floor was covered with dirty berber carpet which we tore out immediately. Later we had these hardwood floors installed and painted all of the doors and trim white, which really helped brighten up the space,” shared Becky. The light fixture is from West Elm.

Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: "The window trim was what I like to call “ugly orange” wood and had to be painted. The guest room is on the second story of our house and has a nice view to the back yard. Painting the window trim definitely brightened up the space and doesn’t weigh down the view like the wood trim did," shared Becky.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: A full peek at the completed guest room of Mike and Becky Daly.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: The before and after look at the Dalys' guest room. Replacing the floors were one of the first things that the Dalys' did when they bought their home. Next up was adding the wallpaper from Aimee Wilder and painting the trim.
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Image above: The Dalys' dog, Twix, enjoying the final room.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: A peek at the completed desk corner, complete with a desk from Ikea and a vintage chair, all surrounded by the pops of green from the plants.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: "When styling the room I contemplated whether to do a dresser or a desk area. I chose the desk area because the room has a dedicated walk in closet and I wanted to emulate a hotel room vibe. The hanging macramé shelf fit perfectly with the desk vignette and is great for displaying plants," shared Becky.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge

Image above: A close up of the wall paper from Aimee Wilder and mirror from Target.

Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: "I’m a vintage furniture connoisseur – heck, I used to own a vintage rental business. I believe vintage pieces add soul and character to a space. This amazing vintage peacock chair was a piece from my vintage rental collection that I could not part with. I am obsessed with how the wicker texture looks against the cactus wallpaper in the guest room," shared Becky.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: "You can never go wrong with a pom pom pillow! The smaller accent pillow has Kantha pieces and ties into the Kantha throw on the bed. I purchased the Kantha pillows several years ago and never used them until now. Funny how that happens sometimes," explains Becky.
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Image above: "A fresh floral arrangement makes a room feel welcoming and warm. This arrangement was inspired by the room design and color palette and sits on a modern side table beside a vintage wicker peacock chair," shared Becky.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: "Global textiles like this mustard colored Mud Cloth pillow from Spilled Paint Design and bright Indian Kantha throw add pops of color to the space," Becky explains.
Becky and Mike Daly on Design*Sponge
Image above: Becky had this to say about the color of the room. "When designing our guest room, I wanted to do something bold and this cactus wallpaper was the answer! Since the print is busy I kept the color simple with this neutral oatmeal and brought in color through accents."

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  • This is a beautiful room, serene and yet, full of personality. I offer up two comments. First, I think the squat yellow candle could be so much more of a moment as a smallish silver candelabra let to tarnish down to black with several natural beeswax candles. This would pull in the warm yellows and blacks, while adding texture, story and more of a nod to your vintage leanings. Also, the paint color, which is the undertone of the lovely wallpaper would seem to call for a much lighter shade or off-white as that is really the predominant tone reading in these pictures. I think the darker tone does the same anchoring effect that the woodtone had. Again, my opinion only, on a lovely, lovely room.

  • Looks great! Cosy, welcoming, bright, room with luxureous hotel vibe but not too pretentious.

  • Amazing! I love the wallpaper. Can you please tell me where you got the bedside lamps? Thank you.

  • If I were a guest I wouldn’t leave …except to walk Twix. Love the wall paper!

  • Lovely, lovely room. Soothing and calm without being insipid. That mustard color is unexpected and amazing. And the wicker chair…… Agreed that guests may want to extend their visit.

  • How fabulous to treat your guests to this beautiful room. I adore the wallpaper. Thanks for sharing.