Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Guest Room Before and After

I was talking with an interior design friend of mine about how some people seem to have a knack for decorating.  She said, "You either have it or you don't."

I want to preface this post by saying that I don't have it.  Inner design sense, that is.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed the challenge of sprucing up the guest room using mostly things I had on hand.

Guest room before:

And...the reveal.  
Guest room after:


This painting is my favorite thing in the whole room.  My grandfather painted this in 1958 and it's a treasure of mine.  Mitch's father made the frame out of wood from Mitch's maternal grandfather's old barn.  

These doilies are also treasured heirlooms.  They were made by Mitch's maternal grandmother.  I decided to pull them out of our storage chest, starch them, and display them.  I love them on the wall at the head of the bed.

I sewed the white pillow from a cotton t-shirt.

My sister gave me this darling white canister, and my in-laws found the beautiful antique table at a garage sale.

This frame is made from more of the barn wood and the singing mushrooms were a gift from a childhood friend.

My father-in-law built this bench out of an old twin headboard and footboard.  The rug was made by my mother-in-law.  Another of my grandfather's paintings hangs on the wall.  

My goal was to create a soothing, comfortable room for my friends and loved ones to stay in.  And I loved being able to showcase things that have meaning for my family and me.


Alicia Dabney said...

You did an amazing job, Anna! I'm so impressed!

Priscilla said...

"You done good!" (as my mother-in-law used to say...)
I really enjoy reading your blog...I hope you don't mind...
It's fun to watch how your family is growing and what you are up to...very inspiring...especially the running...

Shaun and April Payne said...

You "don't have it".....I very much disagree. You do have it! I really like your blog and of course your family :)