Somewhere between the St. Regis and Motel 6 lies a nice little place to spend the night. It's a cozy spot I affectionately refer to as "our guestroom."
Our guestroom has recently undergone a makeover, turning it from a mishmashed catchall into a proper bedroom fit for guests.
Come on in...
I acquired a beautiful French Provincial armoire and headboard when my Nana downsized to an apartment. Those pieces were the inspiration for the room's new look.
Nana is still using the other headboard, so I only have one. Guests will have to draw straws for the bed on the right :)
I'm still loving the needlepoint pillows that came from a blog reader. The nightstand was a garage sale purchase from years ago. You can read about how I transformed it here. The bedding is from the Simply Shabby Chic line.
The mantel was taken out of our living room which is currently undergoing a makeover of its own. I put two corbels underneath it for visual interest.
On one side of the mantel, I have a framed baby photo of my Dad (isn't he cute?) and two jars filled with lavender.
I have a portrait of my Nana that I found while "shopping" in my parent's attic. The two silver bowls are trophies that my Nana and PopPop won in ballroom dancing competitions. The little basket has no sentimental value :) It's from World Market, and I will fill it with essentials for guests.
From this view you can see a few of the accessories I purchased for the room. The mirror came from an antique store, and the clock is the closest thing to a Mora that I could afford.
The rug came from my parent's attic. (I should shop there more often.) I love the raw silk woven drapery panel. It has great texture, but let's the light shine in. Very important, as this room only has one window!
A tole tray and candlesticks that I was no longer using found a new home on top of the armoire. (Yes, I know I need new candles!)
In the entry alcove, I hung a tole chandelier which I purchased on ebay years ago. I hung a large, heavy mirror that I recently updated with chalk paint. I'll do a post on that soon, so you can see how the mirror started out.
The bench came from Home Goods, and is a great spot for guests to put their luggage.
Isn't this a great chair? I need to find the business card of the guy who refurbished it. I think his name was Marcus. Anyway, he has some incredible pieces that he sells all over the country. I know he has space at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago.
I know every before and after should include a "before." I'm embarrassed to show you this picture, as the room didn't really look this bad before. I had already started pulling it apart at this point. However, it was the only picture I could find. Here it goes...
Quick! Let's look at the "after" again...
So there you have it! Of course, I haven't painted the walls as I had planned to do, and I still need some art over the beds, but the sheets are clean and we're ready for visitors.
Come see us. We'll leave the light on.
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