Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updating the Guestroom

I had a wonderful post planned. However, I don’t know anything that ruins a good before and after like losing the before pictures! I know that I took them and I have searched high and low but I cannot find them anywhere! It is so frustrating. You will have to trust me and use your imagination. Imagine a flesh colored room, trim and all with a 90’s floral wallpaper border at the top and bottom of the room. Now add some beautiful floral comforters and pillow shams and plaid bed skirts. I hope you get the picture. It was lovely at the time but severely in need of updating. Last year, on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I decided to run everything through the washer to knock the dust off. Much to my dismay, the comforters came out in shreds! So, like any woman with a brain in her head, I made a mad dash to TJ Maxx to find a replacement. That was a no go. So I ran to Target. That also was a no go. I ended up purchasing new sheets and white down comforters to get me through the holiday until I had time for an all out redo. Last spring I found some fabric that I liked and sewed the duvet covers and pillow shams during the summer. Having my goal of completion by Thanksgiving, I used a steamer to remove the wallpaper borders last week and painted the room a fresh color, Coconut Milk by Valspar. I also painted the trim white this time. Now, I should be ready for company tomorrow!

guest room 1

The pencil post twin beds were made by a local craftsman and we purchased them about 25 years ago when we built this house.

guestroom 2

It’s hard to get good photos because the bedposts are always in the way!

Braemore Wonderland

The fabric that I chose is by Braemore. The pattern is Wonderland and the color is Pearl. It has a lot of texture to it that I like.

braemore wonderland 2

It has a lot of color and coordinates well with the blue carpet that was already in the room and still in very good condition.

bedside table

I tried to keep the bedside table uncluttered so that guests would have room for their phones, etc..

water pitcher

A small water pitcher sits on a vintage silver tray.

bedside bouquet

A few fresh blooms cut from the garden are always a welcoming touch.

rabbit lamp 1

I made this little lamp from a pitcher from my rabbit collection a number of years ago.

mirror 1

I found the yellow pillows at Stein Mart and used them for a little contrast.

mirror 2

Previously, I had a collection of hand painted floral plates hanging above the headboards, but they didn’t flow well with the new fabric so I made these mirrors for a little interest. I’ll do another post on how I made them.

sitting area

There is a small sitting area with a comfy chair and another rabbit lamp.

rabbit lamp 2

I purchased this lamp in New Orleans about 25 years ago. It sat in our den for many years. It survived 5 children and only sustained one broken ear which has been glued back on. He’s almost like the Velveteen Rabbit so I can’t part with him now!

cabbage patch doll

My original Cabbage Patch doll also lives in this room in an antique wicker stroller.

Grace painting

This oil painting is one of my favorite treasures. It hangs on the wall as you enter the room. My Aunt Grace painted it for my grandmother in 1968. The picture does not do it justice.

guestroom 3

A year after I started, I’m checking this off my list!

On another note, there is a Thanksgiving sale going on at Bethlehem Christmas. Now is a great time for Christmas shopping.

Lydias web cover

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I’ll be linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

I’m also linking to Tips, Tidbits, and Tutorials at Stone Gable.




J9sHappiness said...

Hi there, I've found you through the Savvy linky party!! I have to say I really adore your lamps!! How creative to make a base out of a jug!! Wow - now that's inspiration! I'd like to be a guest in your new room! Please do pop over to my blog if you get a mo! Thanks for sharing! J9 x

J9sHappiness said...

Hi again - I've just had a good read of your older blog posts and your creativity in the home is right up my street so I'm your newest follower!! J9 x

Cecilia said...

The fabric is stunning - love the colors and pattern! Not sure which rabbit lamp I like the best - I adore rabbits! Smart idea to make the one out of the pitcher. The room looks very inviting; I'd love to stay there. :)

Unknown said...

Great job on your makeover! Looks very comfy!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Great makeover...very inviting! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet note. I appreciate it!