05/11/17

Another guest bedroom redo

Don’t we all have that one room……the one that we feel  isn’t picture perfect and therefore there are no pictures.

I looked  for before pictures of the one guest bedroom that has a connecting bath. It’s the room we use most often when there are guests.

The other two are for the overflow when we have more guests.

This main guest room is smaller and has three doors….entrance door, closet door and bathroom door. It makes decorating a challenge.

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Since there are no before pictures, take my word for it…..It wasn’t very inviting and I knew it could be better.

My determination was to  take what I had to work with…..,  a bed, beige carpet and beige walls, one window and three doors…, and come up with a comfortable room with a big dash of pretty.

After two and a half years, I now have pictures of the downstairs guest bedroom.  I would like to take up the beige carpet and replace with hardwood and paint the beige walls………..but not going to happen anytime soon.

 

Every guest room needs a comfy chair.

Wall art adds a pop of color to liven up an otherwise neutral room.

 

Two night stands that double as storage  for linens and towels.

Every guest room needs a clock. This one makes a big statement.

 

 

A mirror is a must for a guest bedroom.  Can you image going to a hotel and not having a mirror?

 

In a small room, comfort and space are more soothing than a clutter of d├ęcor items.

Keeping them to a minimum leaves space for the guests personal items.

Making a guest feel welcome starts with the feel of the bedroom they will be staying in.

Stay a night in your own guest bedroom and it will give you an idea of the changes you need to make to create a room that says

RELAX.

 

 

04/27/17

The tale of two guest bedrooms

Once upon a time there was a little cottage that needed a pretty, while comfortable,  guest bedroom. Also in a home a few hours a way, the guest bedroom looked lonely  and abandoned.  The pieces in the room were hodgepodge items. lacking in style and /or comfort.

This tale of woe ended when the fairy godmother appeared, waved her magic wand, and voila …….two beautiful, comfortable guest bedrooms appeared,

I wished…,,,,,,,,,but, it didn’t happened  exactly that way. It is a thoughtful process to put any room together. And a guest bedroom is a room that requires thoughts of  how it will look and function for your guests.

 

This is how the guest bedroom looked at the cottage before we bought the house.

With three windows,  the room has a lot of light coming in especially after it was painted a lighter color……..Sherwin Williams Basalt Powder.

This traditional cottage is a temporary abode…….and decorating on a budget is the only  way to go. 

But hey……….I like a challenge don’t you?

 

What does a guest room need?   Number one on the list is a nice comfortable bed.

This one fits the bill. 

 

This comforter was the starting point.  A bed, bath and beyond find at an incredible price.

The theme for the room is Restful Organic. The blue/grey comforter is perfect for a quiet relaxing room.

The pattern on the bedding  adds  interest to the otherwise  neutral,  restful room.

A guest bedroom needs a chair.  This occasional chair is small enough to also serve as a desk chair.

 

 

You will see I also have a clock in the room although most folks use their cell phones these days to keep track of time.

Clocks are my thing.

And a luggage rack next to the desk is a convenience instead of putting the suitcase on the bed.

One of the nightstands has space for towels, washcloths etc. The bathroom is seriously lacking in storage space.

 

Now lets add more organic to this organic, restful bedroom.

 

 

And this organic, restful cottage bedroom lived happily ever after ……….with or without a decorating redo in it’s future. (wink, wink)

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04/4/17

Soldiers, FireTrucks, and a Yellow Car

Soldiers, Fire Trucks and a Yellow Car, oh my!

Spring …………love it!

Spring Festivals……………….love, love, love them.

The loveliness of spring is all around town and the Cottage on Greene, 

despite the sad faces of the Azaleas damaged by the last punch of winter.

The prettiest little town in Dixie came alive this past weekend with visitors attending the Spring Festival.

My first ever  

Antique Fire Truck parade…

 

 

As the fire trucks rolled out of town, gunfire erupted downtown.

It was the beginning of a reenactment of the 1865 invasion of General William Sherman and his troops.

 

 

The battles continued down to the river where soldiers had set up camp.

 

 

 

Yes! Women fought, on both sides, in the war.

 

 

Smoke from the just fired Cannon

Old St David’s Church built in 1770, was used as a hospital in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

 

Our time at the festival ended with a tour of the classic and antique car show and a chance to sit behind the wheel of this restored 1950 Ford.

Sigh…………I love Spring Festivals!