05/28/17

A quietly observed Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day observances come in many different packages. There are parades with bands playing patriotic songs. Some will visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of veterans.

 There are swimming pool parties and backyard BBQ’s as Memorial day usually marks the beginning of summer.. Any holiday comes with  traditional  food.

 In the south, hash seems to be the choice for all patriotic holidays; Around Memorial Day and Fourth of July, it’s not uncommon for lodges, churches etc. to prepare hash and sell it as a fundraiser. You know you’re patriotic when hash eating is part of the holiday festivities.

 

It is a quiet observation for us this year. We solemnly say thank you to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We will be travelling on Memorial  day, back to the cottage, after an appreciated extra day at the main house.

 

The mister got in a few hours of golfing and I got to do some shopping. We both enjoyed our Saturday. And later on in the evening, we had a relaxing dinner with friends.

Its was a wonderful home cooked meal of Pot Roast, potatoes, and carrots. Desert was Chocolate cake. And I wasn’t doing the cooking. Thanks, Linda! 

Sunday while the hubby was watching the little race  ( Indy 500) I caught up on a few chores.

 

Every day we enjoy the blessings of living in

our great country. Those blessings came to us at a high cost.

Today we stop and spend some quality time in solemn remembrance

for the men and women who gave everything so that we could be free.

 

Amen

 

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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