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Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Home Tour - The Guest Room

After teasing you for over a week, I am finally giving you the tour of our guest room. These are the before pictures.

 Not a bad color, but just not what I had in mind. 
There were several holes that needed patching in the walls. 
That gave me another reason to re-paint.

What was I thinking?! That little ikea dresser just does not fit!

Before I show you the after pictures, I have to explain. As the mother of two boys (and the only female in our home), I am careful to keep my decorating from being too flowery, frilly, and – well – girlie. But, after a week of sleeping in the guest room because everyone had the flu except me (you know Mom's can't afford to be sick!), I decided to throw my femininity into just this one room. I told Pretty Handsome Guy that it was the one room that I needed to be girlie! He knew better than to protest. I guess he figured it was better if I got it out of my system in just this one space.

So, here she is, all gloriously girlified:

Fresh roses, I wish you had smell-o-vision. Freshly cut roses, displayed in a recycled jelly jar.

 Better view of the nightstand. The lamp is from Goodwill.

 The center pillow was a sack of birdseed that I ordered from here
Then I washed it and stuffed it with stuffing and just re-tied the top.
The patchwork rose pillow was purchased in a gift shop during our visit here.

 The painting over the bed was painted by the very talented, Shari MacFarlane
(who also happens to be my Mom)

The bed frame was rescued from the curb when we lived in Charlottesville, VA. The side rails were broken, but I found sturdy new ones at a rummage sale the very next week! 
I sanded the rails down and stained them to match the headboard and footboard.

You can just barely see this piece of art from the previous picture. I purchased this little painting from a gallery in Asheville, NC on my first getaway weekend after having kids. The artist signed it Cap Man 2005. It is painted on a salvage floor board. 
I just love it and the Jimi Hendrix quote.

Spray painted floral vases and a peek at my birthday gift from a dear friend. 
It was her grandmother's hand towel! 
She was the recipient of this present for her birthday a few years ago.

Daisy, the rescued chair and an adorable kidney shaped desk. I think it fell off a pick up truck because it was busted up and upside down on the side of the road.
The desk matched the style of my bed perfectly! 
I glued the broken pieces, and re-stained it. Then added a ribbon and bead pull.

Salvage windows. The larger one was a gift from a friend and fellow blogger. I cut mat board to fit in each individual pane and then used double stick tape to mount family photos on the boards. Then pressed the boards in the back of the window and hot glued around the edges.

 Close up of chipped salvage window. I painted one coat of flat white paint on top of the window and then used packing tape to peel off some of the paint.

Sweet smelling soaps in a bowl. Pitcher and silver tray from Goodwill.
Top view of the upholstered bench.

Can you believe it? The bench was also a curbside find!
This concludes my guest room tour. Stay tuned in the coming weeks. I will be posting more before and after rooms on my home tour. Thanks for visiting.

You can also view some other blogger's amazing Before and After renovations at the CSI Project competition:

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At August 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Faith Like Potatoes said...

that room is gorgeous!!!

At August 12, 2010 at 10:47 AM , Blogger Nancy said...

I love that room. Being a Mom of two boys also, I think it is important we find a space somewhere to express that romantic feminine side. I think decorating is most successful when there are stories to go with many of the elements to a room. That is one of the things I enjoyed most about your tour.

At August 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wish I could get you and Caitlin out to Luray sometime because I need a lot of your talents to suggest improvements to my house there. I don't need a "girly room" but I do need some of your creativity! Congrats on another very nice project, nonetheless! —Gary

At August 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Oh, seriously -- where do I start!?! It's absolutely beautiful (like everything you do!)! I love your new wall color -- and I can't even tell you how much I adore all your girly details -- they are just perfect. My bags are packed -- can I come and stay!?! :) Haha! Brittany you are amazing!!

At August 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love it!!! You did so well with the pillows and the bench!


At August 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Miranda said...

It looks fantastic. What a restful retreat for your guests. There are so many touches that I love, but I'll just focus on 2 of my favorites:

The door nightstand (FABULOUS!)
and the birdseed accent pillow. Love that.

At August 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous Sara Mac said...

"It's really girly" - Danny

"It's so cute and I just love it!" - Sara, bats eyelashes

I wish I could get a room to be girly in :)

At August 12, 2010 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Momma Rhyne said...

Great room. Looks nice and cozy!

At August 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Kim said...

So lovely and girly. I'm glad you got a spot with all of those guys. You certainly have a knack for repurposing orphaned pieces. Thanks for linking with Fabric Fun Thurs. :).

At August 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you so rock!

At August 12, 2010 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

wow. I love this - so much attention to detail, so much quiet style and grace. It's great! My favorite part is the door/fence nightstand... but I love those vases too...

At August 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM , Anonymous Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful! It could be a great Mom's getaway.

At August 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Pam said...

What a great room. I like what you did with the photos in the window pane. I might have to borrow that idea if I can ever find a window I love.

At August 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM , Blogger {jami @ i m a g i n e} said...

Beautiful! Very shabby chic! Love those vases! I love your blog and I found you through NFF! I have a design blog too and would love for you to come see what I've been designing too!

xo - jami
i m a g i n e

At August 13, 2010 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Roo@nicegirlnotes said...

Well done, Brittany!! Love those salvage windows -iiincredible!

At August 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

LOVE IT... the colours are gorgeous! Nice repurposing also.
Visiting from NFF today!

At August 13, 2010 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE what you did with this room! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

At August 14, 2010 at 1:42 AM , Blogger Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

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At August 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Terri said...

It's fabulous! I love all the details that just pull the room together!

At August 14, 2010 at 9:12 PM , Blogger decdiva1 said...

very pretty, i love that you finally got a space to girlify! i love curbside junk and turning it into treasure! you did a fantastic job!

At August 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous Cheryl said...

Wow! Great job. Love your blog, will visit again.

At August 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Terri said...

What a great job transforming this room into something so very lovely. If it is a guest room they will never want to leave! Thank you for so many great ideas!

At August 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

I think that it turned out beautifully!

At August 16, 2010 at 2:05 PM , Blogger Sue at Beach Bungalow said...

Nice! Love your quilt!


At August 16, 2010 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Sanja said...

Sve je tako lijepo...odiše romantikom...prekrasne boje...puno odličnih novih ideja...hvala na ovim fotografijama :)))

At August 16, 2010 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my ... so many cool touches! The door hardware had me gasping. Your quilt, pillows.. the colours just pop in the most pleasant of ways. Lovely room!


At August 17, 2010 at 4:34 AM , Blogger Becky said...

You have done a fabulous job taking trash to treasure!

At August 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a delightful room! You did an amazing job! I would love to be a guest in this is so pretty!

At August 23, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Blogger Rene said...

The room is very pretty, but I am crazy for the bench.


At October 2, 2010 at 1:04 AM , Blogger Els Manning said...

just bounced from blog to blog, and came on yours... love it! You have such great ideas. Love it!

At October 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Lei said...

Love the door, the sack of birdseed, and that upholstered bench!!!

At October 27, 2010 at 7:00 AM , Blogger Lori said...

Wonderful room, great details. Visiting from CSI

At October 27, 2010 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Rene said...

The room looks so inviting now. I love all of your nice touches of white.



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