There are two we've-just-got-to-get-it-done-already projects in our house this year -- our bedroom and the guest room. The bedroom just needs the finishing touches, as I mentioned here. The guest room, however, is a blank state, a true "before", if you will. The guest room now:
Old bedding, no window coverings, white walls, mis-matched furniture. I feel badly for our guests (mostly my parents) who have had to stay in this blah room for so long.
The plan for the guest room is really inspired by our stay in Cape Cod last year. The cottage that we stayed in had a collected and classic feel, but with a clean, seaside vibe. I want simple and fresh but old fashioned at the same time. How is that for a decorating oxymoron? Here is my inspiration:
We are going to put board and batten on the walls to about 2/3 of the way to the ceiling. Above that will be a fresh light yellow paint. The furniture (which I have already found) will be black painted wood, including the cannonball style headboard that is already there. I found a great pair of alabaster lamps in a charity shop last summer, which are going to perfect. I'm going to get a fresh white quilt and shams and those adorable dotted swiss curtains from Country Curtains.
The final, and most beautiful, piece is a cathedral window quilt that Glenn's grandmother hand made, which will be placed at the foot of the bed. Grandma Fleming was a prolific quilter and the cathedral window was her crowing achievement. I am so glad to finally have a spot to display her work.
I'm really excited to get started on the room, as well as the master bedroom. The only hold up, to be quite honest, is that my husband works for a government contracting company and is currently between contracts. Once that whole pesky thing is settled, we can get back to our house projects.