Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My New Guest Room/Office

Good morning!!!  I want to begin by saying a huge thank you, to all who commented, and made me feel so much better.  I thank you for taking the time to leave me such kind words.  There has, in fact, been a lot going on in my life, and it has been an adjustment.  But I have been keeping very busy, and things are much better.  I have been painting, cleaning, purging, reorganizing, shopping, decorating, etc.  You get the idea.  We had the two rooms where Erika and Noah were in, recarpeted last week.
I was going to have these rooms painted before I did anything, but that didn't happen.  And actually, the paint is good.  I like the color for both of the rooms.  I will be doing the trim work though.  My original plan for this room was to be Greg's office.  And the other room, a guest room.  But I changed my mind.  This room will be Greg's office.  But I decided to also put a bed in here, so that it can double as a guest room too.  It is a daybed, and has an extra bed underneath, for more sleeping.  I liked the idea of a daybed, so that most of the time, it is more like a couch.  I began with an inspiration piece for decorating this room.  It was a quilt I made about 17 years ago for Drew.  I am "borrowing" it, as he wasn't using it anyway.
I was wanting a sort of Nautical/Americana type thing for this room.
I made up the bed with fresh pad, sheets, and blankets.  Topped it with this quilt, and then began layering it with fun pillows.  Across the back, I put a red body pillow that I had.  I bought two new standard size Eddie Bauer shams in a navy blue patchwork print.  I am using those as bolsters along each side.  Then yesterday, I went on a pillow hunt.  I found the nautical red one, with cord ties at Kohl's.  I also found the navy blue at Kohl's on clearance for 13.00, and the Friends, Family, Freedom one too.  Then I went to Target, and found nothing that worked.  I went to Burlington Coat Factory, and hit the jackpot.  I had never been in there.  It is a hit and miss kind of discount place.  I found the fun loopy red, white and blue big pillow there, as well as the pillow shams.  This is exactly the look I was after, and was very pleased with finished look of the daybed!
I found several other decorative items at Burlington!! 
I found the nautical sign on shelf.  It says, "Drop anchor with the one you love"  I had the iron stars, and just layered those along the back of the shelf.  On the bookcase, I added photos, and a few other nautical pieces.  The lantern with candle in it on left was a gift from my son Drew.  I found the rope ball bookend at Burlington. 
The desk is a beautiful piece that my girlfriend gave me.  She was selling her big house, and moving to a condo, so she got rid of a lot of things.  She also gave me the daybed!  There were a few scratches on it, but I used a furniture pen kit to color them, and you can't even see them now at all.  This is two pieces.  The desk, with the smaller filing cabinet piece on the right.  I MUST find a way to hide the white cable cord that is hanging from ceiling, it is hideous!  This desk is awesome!  It holds all of Greg's computer accessories, and hides the ugly stuff.  The printer is housed in lower left cabinet.  The cables all have a housing in back.  And all of his junk stuff, is hidden inside.  Now to hide the cords from the telly and the cable!
 The pillow in the office chair is one I made last year.  The Telly is on the wall, and can tilt up and down, and side to side for viewing. 
I wanted to put some type of a table next to the bed, but the bed sits up high, so a typical nightstand wouldn't work.  And there isn't enough room for anything very big.  I could not believe my luck yesterday when I was getting ready to check out at Burlington!!  They had a cute display set up in front of store with this navy blue table and chairs.  I looked at the table and realized it would be PERFECT!  It is the right color, and folds up almost flat.  When extended, it is the perfect height for setting a little something on if you are in there watching Telly or need to set water and glasses and such on table at night. 
I laid a red and white ticking fabric tea towel on top.  I set this dish of sand that I brought home from Hawaii, with lots of sea shells in it, on the table.  The dish belonged to my Great Grandma. 
The table is the perfect color.  Because it was used as display, I asked to discount it, and they did.  We will take this with us in the trailer too.  It folds up as flat as a dinner plate!
The "rug" is not a rug at all.  It is a table topper I made out of some Americana fabric scraps I had.
I will find a proper rug to put there.
The navy blue curtain was one I had made for when Noah was here.  It matched his Mario bedding.  It also makes for a perfect match in here now.
I see some dust up there!  I need to take it down and wash it, and rehang.  I think I will add some rope detail at the finials.  In the closet doorway, where there once were doors, I have placed a tension rod with red grommet topped panels.  I found these at a thrift one day, for a song.  They are the heavy duty, room darkening ones too!  If you have priced those lately, you know these were a steal!!  Inside the closet, I have a dresser that belonged to Nana, where I keep toys, and arts and crafts for the grands.
Taped to the rod is the color swatch that I was thinking of painting this room.  But I am going to keep it paper bag brown.
 I had a blast putting this room together!  In our original plans, we were to be putting Greg's exercise equipment in here too.  Don't tell Greg, but that's NOT happening!!!  Shhhhh!!
 Love, love, love the way this room turned out!
I was going to do the sewing room today too, but I will make that for the next time.  Lastly, I will show you the new panels I found for my family room.  Love them.  They are an ecru linen, with a sort of olive green embossed leaf pattern.
Oh they are so, so pretty.  Last weekend when Greg was gone on a camping trip, I bought these panels, and a new curtain rod.  But I couldn't find anyone to help me put it up!!!!  I had to wait for him to get home.  I also painted the table that our Telly sits on.

I also tried to paint the little ottoman that sits there next to table, to hide all of the cords for the electronics.  EPIC fail!  I wound up covering it in a remnant I had, but I didn't have enough to do it without piecing the top. I will find another remnant that I like, and recover it.  I also painted the guest bathroom while Greg was away too.  That will be another post.  I haven't finished the décor in there yet.
I found this darling table side lamp at Hobby Lobby.
The burlap two toned flower is actually a magnetic piece that I bought to add to it.  They have all sorts of these lamp adornments, you put onto the shade and it stays with a strong magnet!  Who knew?!!
Yes, I have been a busy bee.  And my body is screaming at me for a rest.  Today I will be meeting my friend Jae for lunch and later this week, I plan a trip to Glen Ivy Spa for some R & R. 
Tomorrow...stay tuned to see what I did with my new sewing room!
 Tootle Loo....
XO  Kris

12 comments:

Hag said...

So glad you are feeling more like blogging. I enjoy all the things you make and grow.

Bethany said...

I love when you walk us through your room re-dos! Everything looks bright and cheery and just so, down to the smallest detail!

Angela said...

Your room turned out adorable! So glad you are feeling a bit better. Where did you find the gorgeous curtains in your family room? Can't wait to see your other projects!

Betsy said...

WowKris! You should be an interior designer. I would never think of he little touches you always add to a room. I wish I had the imagination you do. Your new office/guest room is wonderful. I can imagine sitting there watching tv and knitting. Your new curtains in the living room are so pretty too. Now rest. Everything else will be waiting for you.
Blessings,
Betsy

Debbie said...

Well goodness, busy bee is putting it mildly..You have been super busy!
And it ALL looks soo good. I am loving the office/guest room. The quilt is so pretty and you found the perfect pillows etc. The little folding table is perfect too. I am quite anxious to see what you've done with your sewing room. Hope the rest of your day was a good one and you had a nice lunch with your friend!

Teresa Kasner said...

You really are a hard working woman. You have made such a nice happy room, I am sure your husband will feel right at home in there with the patriotic and nautical decor. What a good wife you are! He can put exercise stuff in the garage! LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Deb~in~Denver said...

I love your new room! You did a great job, I bet you smile, every time you see it! Everything in your home shows how much you love your family and your home! Rest up and enjoy your spa time!!

xo Deb

Mereknits said...

Well done Kris, you decorating and boundless energy amaze me.
Hugs,
Meredith

handmade by amalia said...

Such a lovely, welcoming room. Your guests will feel so very welcome.
Amalia
xo

Gracie Saylor said...

Hi Kris! Thanks for letting us in on your decorating process. It is always interesting to see how you gather and arrange the things around you for practical use and pleasing viewing. I was just fiddling with a cord I have draped over a bookcase...the cord is black and if I drape it over the black bookcase just right I can't "see" it :) The current group of pillows I have on my daybed have been gathered from near and far. This year I made a seasonal change from winter reds and greens to spring summer blues and greens. The mattress I have on the bed makes it too high to easily sit on it during the day...so one day I may invest in a different set of mattresses. I'm looking forward to your sewing room tour. Wishing you good days...including your R & R at the spa! xxxxxx

podso said...


The new room looks good with all your special touches. We have the exact same day bed but right now keep the trundle up so it's like two twins..

Jeanna said...

Wow, Kris! I would say you NAILED the room redo. I look forward to seeing the sewing room...on the big screen, that is. I've caught glimpses on IG.

Wish I was going to the spa with you...I could use some RxR.