Investing in Guesting

I’ve been making some progress on the guest room, and I’m hoping that despite being temporarily derailed by my odd color choice, I can still finish up with the space by the end of April.  I have somewhat dealt with the paint issue, but I am trying to wait a bit, and decide if I’m done.  I could stop now, but I’m not sure if I should.  (We’ll wait to reveal what I’ve done until after I’ve made the call.)

As for the rest of it, I’ve been going through my “Gracious Guest Room” list (www.lovenestdesign.com/the-gracious-guest-room-list/) to decide if there are any more details I need to hammer down before the end of the month, and boy howdy, there are.  I feel like Mrs Claus over here, making my list and checking it twice.  I have a lot of sewing projects to finish up for this room, and if I could get done with those I’d certainly feel like I was closer to finishing on schedule.

Peachy Keen Tablecloth

Peachy Keen Tablecloth

Part of my problem is that I’m using a gorgeous vintage tablecloth to make some pillow shams.  Not pillowcases, SHAMS.  Which kinda illustrates my issue, I don’t really want my guests to sleep directly on them.  That’s a lot of laundering and wear and tear– plus there’s the issue of makeup smudges, or hair products, or whatnot.  I just don’t want to worry about it.  I’d kinda like to find a way to attach them without them being full-on cases, like maybe the way they look should indicate that maybe they shouldn’t be slept on?  Does that mean they need ruffles or something?  How would you deal with that?  I’m still not sure how to proceed there.

And speaking of ruffles, I’m having issues with finding a dust ruffle.  I would just like something full, gathered, and pretty….  I’m afraid that it will mean breaking down and making something.  Ugh.  I don’t know if I have the patience for that, or the money in the budget for all that fabric.  I would maybe think about it if I could find a thrifty sheet I wouldn’t mind cutting, but right now I would have to acquire something…  and I simply cannot leave it as-is.  The bed is a Victorian iron and brass thing, extremely tall, and the mattress is a pillowtop– stacked altogether it is waist-high.  Now imagine the bottom two-thirds of that as ugly, beige, box springs and worn metal, and whatever’s stuffed underneath the bed, and it ain’t pretty vision.  At the very least I must find a fitted sheet to go over the box springs to cover it up.  Its the ugliest.

So, yeah, plenty of stitching to do for the bed, but I finally finished up the curtains, and they look swell.  I’m actually quite excited about how they turned out, you’d never know that they began their life here as too-short Target curtains.  I still don’t have any sheers for underneath them…  I actually had a pair of vintage peach panels in-hand yesterday at Goodwill, and I didn’t get them.  They were eight dollars, and floor-length, and to tell the truth, I was a little afraid that peachy light filtered on green walls would look sick.  And not in that “Yo, them walls be lookin’ SICK!” kinda way.  I just had to believe in the moment that I would find something better for the situation, despite it appearing as if I had found my answer.  Sometimes these things happen.

Second Scene For the Space

Second Scene For the Space

I have been working on the art and amenities categories, trying to make the room more cohesive and comfortable.  I told you in an earlier post how I’d fixed up my great-grandmother Anne’s “Sunny South” print, so I’ve been anticipating all along that it would be going in there.  When I found this (fifties?) print in my stash in the garage, I thought that they both have a similar relaxed feel.  Sort of like a Tennessee vacation, this one– although it *could* also be somewhere in France, if you’d like to imagine those things.

Corner Closeup

Corner Closeup

It was reeeeally dirty, and unfortunately, there was very little I could do about it.  You can see here how when I shifted it in the frame, it revealed some of its original (lighter, brighter) coloration.  I took it out of the frame and spray painted the wood, and while the hard-card print– you know the kind, the ones that have been printed on wavy-textured cardboard so they look like they were “painted”– was out of the frame, I tried in vain to clean it up.  I was working in small areas, and it started lifting the color of the print up onto my rag.  NO GOOD.  In the end, I got all of the dust and ick that was important to get, and left its “golden” wear on the print.  Its fine, I probably shouldn’t have even had said anything about it, ’cause its not like when you look at this your brain thinks, “eww, faded and dirty.”  I’m just saying it to illustrate the point of– sometimes you need to know to leave stuff alone.  So it got a nice, bright new frame, and now I am desperately craving some sort of wacky third pastoral print that I can customize and prettify and hang with this duo.  You know, ’cause three’s a collection?

The Cleaned Scene

The Cleaned Scene

 


 


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