Taking the “Frat House” out of the Guest Bedroom
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” –Proverbs 14:1
Yikes, right? So until we makeover this room to a more permanent state, something needed to be done (if you saw any knickers laying around, please ignore). The problem areas of this small room are the two doorways (one leads to a powder room), two windows, and a full size closet that absorb most of the wall space. There is really only one wall to put the bed to avoid obstructing the walkway. And there is a vintage chaise lounge opposite the bed that doesn’t fit in this house; I need to sell it. Also, this is the room where I keep my clothes and get dressed in the morning (if I forget to close the blinds, the neighbors can see me perfectly as they get into their cars at 5:30am). I need to have a place for my jewelry and all of my clothes while avoiding needing a dresser (there just isn’t room until I chuck the chaise).
You should be informed that my husband and I like old things. Not necessarily antiques in the “collectors” sense. But we like the quality of old things, and appreciate timeless design. We tend to lean toward more of a 50s-60s rustic feel which you will see as we get more into the interior of the house.
I always loved a couple of blankets given to us by Nate’s Aunt Barb. In Slater, we put one on the end of our bed in the loft. And the other I threw over a chair, so you could see a little bit of a pattern. They both have a kind of Native American/Aztec look about them and are pretty saturated. I was curious to see how they would look in this room, but I would have to decorate everything else around them.
I took out the leftover nails from the walls, then focused on the bed. The fact that all of our decorating is eclectic is just a given. I grab from here and there and see what works. After I got the blankets just right, I hung up a mirror with a black frame (I painted this years ago, originally from Goodwill) that helped the black in the blanket to pop out next to the sienna and brown. I hung it horizontally to imitate the headboard.
Then I put in the side table (a set of 3 given to me by my MIL’s old neighbor), as a nightstand that would fit between the bed and the window. I placed a wooden book holder on the floor under it that was previously my grandmother’s. I then went through the two boxes of books sitting in the center of the room (Nate had told me to organize two weeks ago). I recycled some of my old bible study books, decided to let go of some of the old cookbooks, and kept some of the old study books I cherish that were my dad’s and ESV bibles that I might be able to gift to someone in the future, Lord willing.
I moved the black wire shelf to the corner at the end of the bed; this will be used to hold my boxes of jewelry, baskets of socks, and of course create the perfect home for my cactus (sticking to the southwest theme) by the window. I placed another plant on the side table with a beloved copper horse bookend from my mom.