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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03/21/17

Three ideas to decorate rich

 

 

Decorating can be expensive.

No matter your style; paint, rugs, lamps, mirrors, furniture and all that goes into making a home beautiful and/or comfortable,  doesn’t come cheap.

And if you’re going for a magazine worthy room, the budget can be blown before you get started.

While my budget is not high end, my tastes sure are.

I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to get a high end look without breaking the bank.

 These ideas will work for most decorating styles.

 

The first is Display Something Antique ist. 

In our contemporary world, antiques may be old school. But …..

if you want a give a room a sense of history and a rich feel, you need something that can’t be bought at a big box store.

You don’t need to fill a room with antiques to create that feeling of  richness. This can be achieved with small accessories.

A metal engraved box,  I recently found,  is a wonderful addition to the living room at the cottage.  I  love

the greenish patina. I don’t know the age of the box. It may or not be an antique. It doesn’t really matter.

It’s the rich look without paying big bucks that makes this work for me.

 

 

Next include Curvy Shapes

Using a variety of shapes in a room adds interest and depth.

If you want the room to look more expensive, add some curvy items.

This can be in the accessories….mirrors, clocks,  lamps etc.

The globe on the desk, the curve of the mirror, the round clock…all give the room interest.

The curves balance out the straight lines in the room.

 The next ides is to add Fresh Flowers to the room.

Fresh flowers can change and lift the mood of a room. Go big if possible.

A big bouquet of flowers on the coffee table. mantle or side table adds instant class.

 

 

 

This artichoke statue adds curves to a bookcase balancing the straight lines of the shelves and books.

 

The recently painted (again) bookcase in the hallway at the cottage.

Have fun with these ideas and see the difference a few changes can make in the mood of the room.