09 November 2010

Statuesday: The Guest Room (Part 1, Feeling Guesty)

Statusday? Sta-tues-day? Forgive me for being three days late with this post? (Two if you accept that it's pretty much always going to slide to Sunday.)

We had some work to do before we could show off the status of the guest room...for anyone who's planning to be a guest in the near future. It's got some work to do, but as far as these things go, I'd say it's pretty inviting:


We definitely need some art over the bed, and the left (non-pear) lamp is pretty lackluster, but it's a good start.

By the way, I don't think I ever did an "inspiration" post on the guest room. The inspiration for the guest room was...our old guest room:


You can't tell from these pictures, but it's the same paint color. (In the afternoon during the summer, the new guest room looks brrriiiight yellow, but now that the light is softer, it's looking more buttery.) I loved our old guest room. The curtains are from Pottery Barn, and my grandmother cut them down to the right length. They were one of the things I told our buyers that I'd love to have back if they ever didn't want...but they're so perfect in there, I don't expect that will ever happen.

Anyway, back to the present. Here's the guest room sitting area:


These pictures really drive home how much we need to start making decisions about art.

Here's the wall between the closet and bathroom doors.


The tall unit is a wooden shelf from Hold Everything (a chain that I don't think exists anymore) with a canvas slipcover that conceals my sewing things. The bins on top are from L.L. Bean and hold more sewing things. The luggage rack is a $5 garage sale find from a few weeks ago (I've started stopping by some garage sales on my way home from my long runs. In my car, I mean). It has a lovely yellow needlepoint flower pattern on it, and with a guest coming from across the pond next week, the timing couldn't be better.

But lest you think that the luggage rack is my best garage sale find in the guest room, I present this:


Currently hidden away in a drawer, this spare clock set me back just ONE DOLLAR! (The thing I've discovered about garage sales is that some people just don't know when they're sitting on a gold mine.)

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