Nest Tour: Guest Room
Yesterday I got an email from WordPress saying that my blog entry had been picked to be featured on the Freshly Pressed section of the Wordpress homepage. See? Right next to Elephants and Regis.
In the past 24 hours, my hits have gone crazy! 3000 people looked at my humble luggage stand. So, hi to all the new readers—I’m thrilled to have you!
So, in the vein of “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it,” we’re staying in the guest room (also known as Sadie’s room) for a little tour. So, pack your toothbrush (of course we have extras if you forget it) and come along.
When you walk into the room, this is what you see.
This pic was taken pre-luggage stand renovation, so keep that in mind. (Because that change alone makes everything TOTALLY DIFFERENT. The sky is brighter. The birds are happier…) The walls were painted this color when we moved in. Actually, EVERY wall and ceiling was this color. Great in small doses, rather jaundice-inducing when it’s all over the dang place. There is a double closet with sliding doors between the doorknob and the luggage stand. Now you have all the information.
The dresser (like 90% of the things in my house) is from my grandparents. It’s strikingly similar to this one Jenny from Little Green Notebook just refurbed for her front hall. I’ve been planning on rehabbing mine for ages, but haven’t quite figured out what I want to do with it, so in the meantime, it is what it is. The mirror collage (from the grandparents–we’ll just use the initials GP from now on…) I have always loved. I am a wee bit obsessed with mirrors. You probably think this blog is about me. Also, you see a framed photo of the Eiffel Tower there in the wire picture holder? I like to slip in a snapshot of the people who are visiting me when they stay in the room. Kind of fun. Possibly creepy?
Taylor’s amp and acoustic guitar (ironic, eh?) live here and he comes in to play them frequently. The rug (GP) has a twin that, at the moment, has no home and is chillin’ in the basement. Ooh and the trash can! Love the trash can. It’s a cheapie from IKEA, but in my opinion it looks tres swank. For the record, I hate the lamp (World Market lamp, Target shade circa 1995 dorm room) and the mini blinds.
Taylor had a few cigar boxes and we used them in this room. I like the clubby feel they have and the gold and red accents. The dish is a souvenir from a cruise I took with my Mom and grandmother in 1992.
As we pan to the left, we see the etagere (GP). It’s metal with glass shelves and is supposed to look like bamboo, I suppose. Those clever Pandas. My grandmother had it in a bedroom that was covered in a pretty spectacular yellow Asian toile pattern. I wish I had swiped a sample of the wallpaper to frame. Alas, hindsight.
The artwork above the luggage stand is a collage by Taylor. I wish the photograph did not have a glare. He layers the most ordinary items in such a unique way. The TV, for those who were wondering, is perched on the metal part of the stand, not the glass. The plant was a gift from the neighbors I have managed not to kill. And the bottom shelf is filled with some of my favorite books from childhood, including 2 copies of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (one was Sadie’s) and a WAY overdue library book about Rachel Jackson. Sorry, Lookout Mountain Elementary School library. The bookends were a gift and are from Pottery Barn.
This framed lithograph was an impulse buy while I lived in Tampa. One Saturday morning on the way to Publix, I drove past a cute little boutique (whose name I forgot) that was having a sidewalk sale. Being a traveler myself, I fell for this and snatched it up. I’m so glad I did.
Above the bed are two paint-by-numbers done by my great-grandfather. My Mom had them in our house growing up and gave them to me when I moved to my first apartment. They have always cheered me up. No headboard, yet. I’m hoping to DIY one sooner or later.
The Elephant art is another one of Taylor’s pieces. It is a favorite of Sadie’s too. The bedding is simple. A duvet, shams and throw pillows from the famed Memphis Williams-Sonoma/Pottery Barn/West Elm outlet.
The lone nightstand (I’m breaking my own rule that everyone must have a nightstand.) is a barber’s cabinet and was a piece of Taylor’s. The Monkey is a silly little nightlight, but I thought he was a sweet surprise in the cabinet as you come around the corner of the bed. The lamp is IKEA and is a bit awkward in a Roxanne-you-don’t-have-to-sell-your-body-to-the-night kind of way. The TJ Maxx-acquired clock was originally a cherry wood which I spray painted white.
So that is the second bedroom! I hope to do more house tour stuff soon. I was waiting until I thought things were “done,” but they never truly are. And isn’t that the best part?