Friday, August 27, 2010

Guest Bedroom Tour

So a few days ago I posted a sneak peek of our Family Heritage guest bedroom/office.  (If you missed it you can find it here.) I finally got off my lazy rear end around to doing a little cleaning in there so I can finally take you on a tour.   This is truly one of my most favorite rooms in our house!

This pic was taken from the door looking across the bed.  In this room the headboard, dressing table and chest of drawers belonged to my grandmother on my mother's side.  I bought the night stand at a little antique store about a year ago and while it is not exactly the same it is the same style and I think works well in the room. The plaid blanket is from my father-in-law's childhood days and he was willing to contribute it to the room.

On the other side of the bed I have this old typewriter table from my grandmother on my daddy's side.  When she passed away it was being used in her kitchen as extra counter space.  Don't you just love the aged look to it?  I hate to admit it but I really have not ever cleaned it up much.  I like it just like it is!  I love, love, love the little red metal chair!  It was a bargain at $29 at Marshalls!

Underneath the typing table I keep this great coloring book from Anthropologie and some crayons.  I like my guest of all ages to have fun and I admit I have colored a few of the cool pages myself!  (Seriously, it is NOT your average coloring book - check it out!).

My mother and daddy made the shadow box on the bottom to display some of my baby things.  I love the fact that they used fabric from one of my old prom dresses for the backdrop!  Can't believe I was ever that small!  The shadow box on the top I bought at Hobby Lobby and put in a few of my husband's baby things.  I love the way they look together, even though they really don't match.

Next to the chest is a photograph display spindle purchased from Pottery Barn several years ago.  I love to change out the pics!

The cubby hanging over the chest hold all kinds of family treasures - an old fishing reel that belonged to my hubby's grandfather, his daddy's fishing license from 1950, a little clay bird on a nest with eggs my husband made when he was a child, old letters from his granddaddy to his grandmother before they wed,  photographs and even a baseball signed by his great uncle Rip Sewell who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  

I found these cool postcard racks at Pottery Barn a few years ago and think they are just perfect to hold old family letters!  The silhouettes are from the 60's and were given to me by my mother-in-law - there is one of my husband and each of his three brothers.

My husband's grandfather was a dentist and the chair in the corner was from his waiting room.  There is old chewing gum stuck under the seat which I find hilarious! (Can't you just imagine waiting to see the dentist and sticking your gum under your chair when your name is called!).  The doll was given to me by my husband's great aunt Elaine, who passed away at 88 yrs old in June of this year. She loved to play dolls as a child and this was her favorite one.

When I was a little girl I loved to sit at my grandmother's dressing table and put on her powder.  Now I can sit at it anytime I want!  Her powder box is still front and center! The stool is an old singer sewing stool that I recovered in my most favorite color - red!

And last but not least here is my home office - built right into the closet. I took one of the red pillows from the bed (well, really from Pottery Barn) to the paint store and had them match the paint for the closet.  (Did i mention that red is my most favorite color yet?). The closet is not a big one but it functions well as my office.  My dad helped me with the desk top. He found an old pocket door at the Habitat re-store and attached it to some wood cleats he screwed into the studs.  In this office I have my computer, my ink jet printer, my laser printer, a scanner (stored underneath the desk top) and lots of storage boxes on shelves.  Best part is I can shut the door and no one can see my mess!

You can see the desk and shelves a little better in this pic.

Below are just a few extra pics of the details in the room:

So that is our family heritage guest bedroom/office.  I hope you liked the tour and feel inspired to gather your family treasures and create your own special space for them!


derb63 said...

I looks wonderful, Jen!! I love they way everything turned out.

Anonymous said...

Just absolutely beautiful. They say in this economy that a nice way to spend a "staycation", if you have a nicely appointed guest bedroom, is to pack a small bag, close off your bedroom, and literally live only in your guest bedroom for a couple of days. This room is made for that. It's like a quaint, exclusive yet cozy B&B that the proprietor has filled with all of her most treasured things. Just stunning.

Day Dreaming And Decorating said...

Jennifer, I think its wonderful the way you love all these old cherished memories. Your in-laws have been very nice by sharing so much with you.