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!

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.