I know that headline exists in a newspaper somewhere. Guys, you can SEE the tissue wads up there in that before photo. I'm chuckling so hard right now because I'm not sure if that tissue-wadded thing looks more like my ruffled socks in first grade, or my big bangs in second grade. You know.. curl up, then down, brush 'em out, then spray them so a small bird could nestle in there and no one would know? These curtains fit the era they were installed in, but it's time to GO. Homestead 1 had the nuttiest window treatments (much more custom and expensive, albeit none were pretty or compelling enough to just leave up as a conversation piece).
Natural light should pour through windows, not be hidden by heavy darkening things, so let's talk about how we made that happen in the sweet guest bedroom. As I mentioned in the post about about the guest bathroom, guest rooms should feel like a retreat for folks when they're staying. Consider light colors, minimal furniture, and comfy bedding. As a guest, nothing is more frustrating than not having space to drop your stuff and spread out a little. If something isn't doing its job in the space, donate it or move it to a place where it will be used. Getting rid of excessive things can be a real game changer.
Tissue curtains aside, the most impactful update was a fresh coat of paint and new carpet. It was our first experience purchasing new carpet since the last house was full of hardwood (sniff, I miss those floors). The carpet doesn't look too bad in the before photo, but it was definitely stained and something about used carpet turns me off. I'll save my real feelings about carpet for another post, but we're happy with what was installed. Since the room gets tons of morning sunlight, we installed white blinds and light linen curtains.
To the left of the bed, my old desk and refurbished antique chair (details on that here) is a place for guests to have a seat and drop their keys. When I lived in my old studio apartment, all of the windows were replaced and I dumpster-dove to snag an original one, which you see here. I would have taken all of them, but they are SO heavy. I added some chalkboard paint to the glass panes for writing some fun messages to guests. I don't typically follow uber-trendy trends like painting things to look like a chalkboard, but here it seemed appropriate and fun to leave notes for guests.
Grandma's old sewing desk serves as a night stand. One of their wedding photos hangs out on top, along with my orchid. The N was on our gift table at our wedding, and the lamp was a $7 find at the local Habitat shop. The L bracket it hangs from was uncovered in our old home's backyardjungle. I went the anti-headboard route and hung this large canvas, painted with a favorite verse by yours truly.
To the right of the windows, I hung a full-length mirror and a hook for purses, bags, or a vintage umbrella.
As we go from room to room, we're making a conscious effort to add ceiling fans (with lights) to all of the bedrooms as there were only small lights. I'm really loving this modern take on a ceiling fan by Harbor Breeze (link below). The plan is to add this same model to our master bedroom when we get there. I'm keeping all fans within the same style throughout the house, close to the ceiling fan Danny installed in my studio.
Last but not least, a detailed shot of our new carpet (link below). I chose a slightly textured, low-pile carpet. You'll notice a faint paisley pattern. It's ever so subtle, but so far it seems to detract from the normal 'flattening' that comes along with foot traffic.
White Comforter: Ralph Lauren | Lavender Topper: Vera Wang by Kohl's | Green Pillows: Crate & Barrel | White Pillows: Nicole Miller for TJMaxx | White Pintuck Bedskirt: Mainstays for Walmart | 2" Faux Wood White Blinds: JustBlinds.com | Tan Linen Curtains: TJMaxx | Mosaic Curtain Valence: Better Homes & Gardens for Walmart | Ceiling Fan: Harbor Breeze for Lowe's | Paint: "Rice Grain" by Sherwin Williams | Carpet: Millenia Stainmaster for Lowe's
That's all for the guest bedroom! Can I tell you what I'm even more excited about? Two fixtures came down and it was reason for not one, but two cartwheels. You have no idea how good it feels to say goodbye to this amount of faux-brass. Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween everybody!