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.

 

 

12/28/16

It’s a wrap……almost..Part 1

Two days away is New Year’s Eve, the day before 2017  begins. A brand new shiny year to unwrap.

Like it or not, ready or not , it’s here.

As in the previous year, there will be ups and downs, highs and lows. good and bad times. Life as it happens

As my way of closure for the year,  I’m sharing a recap of each of the twelve months of 2016.

I will refrain from the obvious “where did the time go?”

January 2016, I chose the word “hope” as my go to word for the year.

Hope served me well this year. As we experienced most of the year embroiled in political turmoil and an election outcome continuing to divide our country……..Hope

As we face daily challenges…..Hope

As we face unknown fears…….Hope

In February, a move to a small town for a job opportunity for the hubby, brought excitement, apprehensions and a bit of work to find our home away from home.

We settled into a small, unfurnished apartment near his workplace. 

It was shoestring decorating. But it was Home Sweet Home.

In March, we celebrated Easter with friends and family back home. It was a bitter sweet time, as we enjoyed hiding eggs with the little ones and reminisced of better times with loved ones who are spending Easter with the Lord and Savior.

 

In April, I continued furnishing the apartment by bringing small pieces of furniture from our main house, 3 1/2 hours away.

We went back there for the weekend and travelled back to the apartment on Sunday afternoons, bringing a load of “stuff” with us.

We are accumulating quite a bit in the apartment. Strange , nothing seems to be missing from the main house yet.

 

In May, decorating the apartment is done and mostly I’m sitting around reading. I do enjoy reading, but it’s so not me to sit for long.

Hubby and I have come to the conclusion, apartment living is not for us.

We explored nearby towns with plans to find a little cottage to buy.

We celebrated Memorial day at the main house and went back to the apartment. 

In June we were in house hunting mode when hubby got home from work everyday.

In the historical district of a town with homes like these….

 

 

We find this.

A “just the right size” cottage with a few projects..

…… not too many.

Guess I won’t be going to the library for a while.

To be continued.

 

12/18/16

Twas the week before Christmas

Twas the week before Christmas………….. and all about the house

The hustle and bustle now quieted,……….  inside and out

The house now adorned ……….with festive decor

Greenery, lights and………..  bright ribbon galore.

 

 

Nutcrackers and snowmen…………are out once again

Joining the reindeer……………… and gingerbread men.

 

 

 

Christmas tree china ………….on  plates of gold.

Soon to be filled……………. with goodies untold.

 

 Joyful songs of Noel………………the carolers sing.

Then perhaps a verse of ……..when sleigh bells ring.

 

 

 

 

 

Wrapped colorful packages……..under the tree.

Soon will be opened ……..with plenty of glee.

The festive  tree………proudly stands in the hall.

Then the babe in the manager…….the reason for it all!