The Gorgeous Guest Room!

The Guest Bedroom

The Guest Bedroom

Straight Through the Door

Straight Through the Door

Yayyy!  We’re ready for guests!  And just in time….  we’re having some company on their way in the next few weeks, and I can’t wait!  I bet my friend Brecca is going to be completely shocked when she enters the room this time around…  She slept in it in the blank slate-state, so this will be a fun change for her and her family.  It looks very different!

(*Remember that on my blog, you can click any picture twice to see it large and on a black background.*)

To see the *before* pictures of what I was working with, go here–
www.lovenestdesign.com/before-pics-get-yer-guest-room-before-pics-here/
I have been picking away at this room for a ridiculously long time, it was supposed to be done ages ago, at the end of May at the latest.  Sometimes life gets in the way, yo.  It’s still not as 100% as I would like for it to have been before I showed it to you, but let’s get real.  Me holding all of this project back just because I don’t have guest towels is kinda silly.  When we get guest towels, I’ll show ’em to ya.  Until then, my guests will dry off with the (new) towels in the main bath, and everything will be okay.

In case you didn’t catch my (waaaaaay) earlier post, I have created a list of what I consider to be the contents of the ideal guest space for our home–
www.lovenestdesign.com/the-gracious-guest-room-list/
And for a loooong time now I’ve been working on it.  Some things I’ve bought cheaply at ‘real’ stores, some things have popped up under my thrift store watch, a few items have been handmade by me for the space, and like I said– some of the things I still don’t have… but hey, that’s the thing about being a thrifty shopper, you can’t just order what you need like it’s a catalog, sometimes you have to wait.  Me missing a few things on my list isn’t going to stop me from hosting my family and friends, so I decided that it shouldn’t stop me from showing it to you, either.

Bed Reflected In the Vanity Mirror

Bed Reflected In the Vanity Mirror

As I am trying to evoke a feel of the 1950s in here– all the while using mostly Victorian and Art Nouveau furniture– I have been playing up the more obviously fifties details that I could use in the space.   The feel I want *has* emerged, but it is mostly due to these fashiony elements, which does make it rather feminine.  For instance, there is a very-era, wide-brimmed straw hat on a stand on the vanity; an assortment of little perfume bottles; hatboxes and old luggage lining the area under the bed; as well as my glamorous 1950s lady doll; these are little things.  I was going to also set up the vanity as sort of a display with all of my dainty gloves, vintage cosmetics and rhinestone jewelry, but then I realized it may be best to edit these accessories so that the room doesn’t feel overwhelmingly girlie.  The few things I left should overall help evoke the feel of the space as well as reflect my chosen decade, and allow me to display things that shouldn’t be in the usual fray of the household.

To start, I painted entire guest room with Benjamin Moore’s “Wales Green,” a very, light, fresh, limey green with a lot of white and yellow content.  To balance and curb the brightness of this color a little– and again add another fifties-looking element– I taped off floor-to-ceiling harlequin diamonds on two of the walls and applied a hand-mixed color that contained more green and grey, very very similar to Ben Moore’s “Shimmering Lime.”  This did exactly as I needed it to, and neutralized any of the sickly-sweet feeling that the initial color had left in me when coloring the whole room.  I only opted to do the two walls you see opposite of you when you enter the space in these large diamonds, knowing that a large mirror would be reflecting this pattern (like the pic to the left), as well as all of the doors permanently breaking up the adjacent wallspace.   Anyway, I love the look now, it feels fun and fresh while you’re in there during the day, and soft and soothing at night.

Sleep Beddy-Bed

Sleep Beddy-Bed

The following list includes all of the ingredients I could think of for my ideal guest room, followed by all the solutions that I have found for our space (so far, I have just a couple-few left):

*a comfortable bed (or air mattress, or hide-a-bed, or futon)    ***mine is a Victorian, full-sized, iron and brass bedframe– that I have had since I was a young girl– topped with a very soft, but extremely high (to my waist!) pillow-top mattress.  We also have an air mattress stashed in case we have a family and/or multiples come and visit at the same time.  (So if that’s been your hesitation, bring it!)

Extra Bedding in the Chest

Extra Bedding in the Chest

*two sets of high thread count cotton sheets, one set may be warmer for colder climates or times of year   ***I have cobbled together several sets from thrift store pieces, all are very crisp vintage cotton linens.  I have one complete thrifted set– $3.50 from my local AmVets– that is the most gorgeous conch shell pinky color.  It’s very mystifying and delicate with my deeper coral linens.   Before I found that set, I broke down and spent about fifteen dollars on a really really nice, thick fitted sheet at Target.  It’s creepy how exactly the same color it is as the bedspread (not even *close* to the same brand!) , and the weight of it is very sturdy but soft.  It will go very easily into use for colder months in this house. 

I had some nice pillowcases already– due to a ridiculous obsession with soft colorful pillowcases– but opted to make a few more sets from fabric scraps so that I could layer all four of the bed’s standard pillows with at least two cases each.  For these pillows I stitched,  I used a French seaming method that worked so delightfully and beautifully, I went on a bit of a pillowcase bender!  The exact tutorial I used (found on Pinterest) can be located here–
www.quiltinglodgeblog.com/2011/02/easy-pillowcase-pattern.html
This is the pattern I used to make the peachy case duo, below.

Pillowcase Love

Pillowcase Love

I would still like to eventually find a flannel set of sheets, as well as a pretty dust ruffle.  It seems that even though I searched and searched, the dust ruffle was not to happen.  I eventually decided to put a green gingham fitted sheet over the box springs until I find something fuller and fancier, which does leave the ouchie bar exposed (you can really bang a shin on that baby in the middle of the night if you’re not careful), but at least nobody is looking at a gross old box springs, so there’s that.

I’ve stashed my extra linens for the room– including the blankets mentioned below– in one of the larger drawers in the chest in that room.  I *hope* I will remember to mention that they are there to guests.  I’d hate for someone to be too cold to rest, or worse– that there be some sort of accident in the night where not only they felt ill, but they had to make the call to wake us up about it….  It’s my hope that something like that never happens, of course, but just in case, they should have all the tools to regroup and hopefully get some shuteye.

*a variety of layerable blankets in different weights and materials  ***I managed to score a really nice fuzzy blankie, the old-school kind with the satiny edges, and for less than four dollars at my favorite AmVets.  It was one of those things that arrived juuuust when I needed it to, as I was getting afraid that I would have to go shopping and buy something full-priced before fall came.  I also have a vintage chenille bedspread that has been too abused over the years to be in another room getting regular use, but it was one of the things that I really wanted to see in this room– in fact, it’s a big reason I chose peach for this space.  Now I can enjoy it at the foot of the bed, it’s not really getting the same kind of wear-and-tear, but if it’s actually chilly, it’s a lovely fuzzy layer to cuddle up with.

Theo And The Mysteriously Matching Bedding

Theo And The Mysteriously Matching Bedding

*one or two coverlets or bedspreads: I suggest one lighter weight and brighter colored for Spring/ Summer and second that is heavier and darker for Fall/ Winter.  Or another version of this idea is only one spread that is lightweight and flippable, with contrasting looks on either side  ***I have a matelasse coverlet in the most compelling coral color.  I bought it new, can you believe that?  I never do that.  I got it for $22 at Stein Mart.  It was pretty low priced to begin with, and I had a coupon.  Interestingly, the package says the color is ‘red,’ but the person that labeled it lacked imagination.  It isn’t red.  That is sooo low on the list for names for this color!  It is to red as I am to Animal.  Technically correct, but not right at all.  This color is “persimmon.”  It’s “creamy adobo,” “antique cameo” or “holiday cinnamon.”  SO much more complex than “red!”  Anyway, I don’t usually go for new stuff really, but decided to get it because I felt the room needed that punch of warmth, and I was finding nothing else that felt right.  I like the classic scalloped-edged shape to the mattelasse-type quilt, it has a very traditional feel.  My love for bright, vivid color may be hard for visitors, I’m trying so hard to create a space that fits within the scope of our home, but also feels safe and comfortable for our loved ones.  The weight of this type coverlet is extremely nice, the color is comforting, and the style is familiar.  It will work as a light layer in the Summer, but hold up to layering in the winter.  I’m not going to rule out getting another bedspread to switch out with this one, but as of right now I feel no real push to come up with another different one at this time… so I broke my own rules on this one, I guess.

End Table

End Table

*bedside table(s)  ***I’m using that shabby chic Spring green one with two levels.  I’d love something small, maybe just like a plant stand or a stool– seriously the mattress on this thing is tall enough I could do that– for the other side of the bed, just so I could maybe have a real plant in the room.  Right now I have a teensy wee house plant rooting in a glass in the window, but there’s no where to put my ivy so that it gets enough daily natural light but in that spot by the bed.  I’ll know the thing when I see it, until then, my room still functions otherwise.

*bedside reading light or lamp(s)  ***I have a pretty jadeite green lamp with a funky patterned shade that helps tie my room’s colors together.  It’s supposed to be my sister’s if she ever gets a bigger place, but I’m becoming so hooked on it she may be in trouble when she wants it back.  Hey– it’s a really nice lamp!  If you would like to emulate this look for your shades, I have a tutorial on this blog for covering a lampshade in fabric using mod podge.  It’s really easy!  (www.lovenestdesign.com/create-a-custom-lampshade/)

*nightlight  ***I got a cutie at the dollar store.  Now I wish I’d picked up a couple more, as I’m also thinking I’ll be getting one for the kitchen, for midnight runs for drinks of water and whatnot.  (Guests aside, we could use that.)  We already have one in use in the bath across the hall from the guest room.

*mirrors, one full length or bigger-picture, and one small makeup or hand mirror  ***My vanity’s mirror will do well for the large one, and I’m waiting on the perfect vintage (or at least retro) thing for the hand mirror.  I want it to be something I can tuck into the bin with the other amenities, implying that it can be used.  I don’t really want accept something that will stick out like a big, sore thumb, so I’m waiting until I find something good.

My Simple Valance

My Simple Valance

*sliding blackout curtains, roller shade, or adjustable blinds for light control–  Different people have different lighting needs when it comes to sleep.  You may also want to add a layer of sheers for privacy, if it seems likely the window treatments will be opened and your room is in a high-view area from outside  ***I have a set of chocolate brown heavy drapes that had been in our master at the last house, a place with apparently lower windows or something.  I very much wanted to use them in this room, not only because they do the job of light-blocking fantastically (we bought them when our son was an infant and sleep at any hour we could get it became an absolute necessity) but because this is the only bedroom with a lone window, and we only have the singular pair of panels.  It works out great, no?  Well, except that they were freakishly short and looked moronic, the elegant guest room’s equivalent to Steve Urkel pants.  Sooo, months back, I took a vote, and everyone chose the interesting green paisley-floral fabric for me to use to extend them, which looks gorgeous.  So– well done, readers!  You are a tasteful– and gorgeous– bunch!  (Well, maybe not you eating the pb out of the jar in your underpants.  Ugh.  Get it together!  You want to come and *visit* this guest room, right?!)  I also used the same fabric to create a valance that I think has sort of a fifties ‘Frenchy’ feel to it, I was going for the suggestion of formal and vintage, but hopefully not fogey or grandmatastic.  I also managed to get an eighty-nine cent sheer panel at my fave AmVets.  I have it hung inside the casing on the window with a tension rod, so that the window’s heavy curtains can be drawn for dark, but there is always privacy.

Shams and Cases

Shams and Cases On Pillows

*variety of pillows for sleeping, from the foamie block types my husband likes, to the big fluffy, downy ones I prefer.  I’m aiming for two per sleep space, which would be four standard pillows on the guest bed.  ***So four it has!  I went out and bought two new *firmer* pillows, and I’ve laundered two of my older all-down ones.  I’ve also purchased two travel pillows for the bed, they are the smaller ones in front of the standards, and those can be slept with if a guest chooses.  I’m also considering acquiring a body pillow, which when the bed is made, will run along the front of the headboard, behind the other stacked pillows.  It’ll help the bed’s presentation be really full and luxe looking, and for guests that are sleeping alone, be an added bedtime bonusIt’ll happen when it happens.

*heated mattress pad or feather mattress topper  ***These add pure luxuriousness.  The guest bed at my parent’s house has the big, fluffy feather mattress on it, and we all fight for it.  Its like sleeping on a cloud.  I am pricing and pondering the pads right now, we have the heated pad for our master, and I think the feather one would be easier to explain to company!  As of now we have neither, sooo– bring flannel pjs!

Throw Pillows I Made

Throw Pillows I Made

*throw pillows.  You gotta have throw pillows!   And if you have an armchair, maybe pillows for it too…  ***Oh yeah, you know I have some!  I made a couple of shams for the front pillows out of a fifties tablecloth that I loved, but was injured and bruisedOkay, it was holey and stained, but I loved it like it was a real boy!  I couldn’t just get rid of it, and it looked *terrible* on a table.  I plotted it out where the cleaner areas would be more exposed, and stained parts would be lower on the pillow, in parts unseen.  I added buttons and frills to disguise spots and snags.  (I also think that the ruffles and buttons will suggest to guests that they should be removed from the pillow before sleeping.)  The shams turned out cute!  I used a few extra remnants from that project, and the paisley-floral (also a vintage damaged tablecloth, incidentally), as well as my pillowcase project leftovers to make a couple of throw pillows.  The biggest is that large white delicate one with the green behind it.  My grandmother crocheted that beautiful huge piece.  I had bought three coral doilies for the room at one tiny thrift shop, and when I found the white piece my Grandmother had made, I just knew I needed to use it in here.  I am the first grandchild on my Dad’s side, and so– after my birth she did this fine panel with my initials on it. It’s gorgeous and really special to me, and it fits in here.  After that, the idea of using the spare doily on one of the other throws just worked brilliantly.  I found the green doily after finishing those two, don’t be surprised if at some point down the line you see it on a pillow in this room, too!  The other throw pillow– the zazzy, peach, gingham, tucked, circular one?  It’s vintage, from the fifties, of course.  A real find!  LOVE IT.

My Fifties Peach Chair

My Fifties Peach Chair

*chair–  You could choose an armchair, an old rocker from a nursery upgrade, or even a small painted wooden chair could be lovely.  This is not only a space to sit down and put on your shoes and socks, but also provides a spot for the bed’s excess pillows, draping clothing, etc.  ***You are not going to believe me, but I’ve actually had this peachy chair for a long time, and it’s always been one of those ho-hum, I-need-this-thing-for-seating-but-I-don’t-love-it situations.  Always in its past with us, it got tucked away in unseen places to be pulled out for parties, and I’d always thought that I would end up painting it, seat and all.  Fast forward to me working on this room, and laaaawdy!  It’s *perfect* in here!  The right size and scale, sturdy and comfy but not visually HUGE; the golden maple of the wood, the peachy sheen to the upholstery;  I didn’t have to do a thing but move it up there!  It gets to stay original for a while longer, and have me happy with it at the same time.  I also love that it actually is from the 1950’s, so it echos that feel I’m trying so hard to refer to.  Yay!

*carpet, rug, or mat at each bedside.  Hard to get out of a warm bed and hit a cold floor, especially if you are not used to it, or trying to be relaxed and on vacation.  Since you can’t have slippers on-hand in every size, you can avoid that problem with a bit of fuzzy flokati or *something.  ****We have carpet in there, and it’s actually nice.  It’s taupe, no stains.  I’ll remember to vacuum it before you come over.

*closet, armoire or at the very least a peg rack and hangers for hanging a few items of clothing  ***Tee hee, all I have to do here is MANAGE TO LEAVE SPACE IN THE GUEST CLOSET.  This is harder than it sounds.  As of right now, there’s room, but everything you have must hang on two hangers.  I’ve also supplied a chromey wall hook outside of the closet.  This kinda helps a little on the hanger situation.

Sprouting Plant In the Window

Sprouting Plant In the Window

*chest of drawers space for unpacked clothing, OR some sort of rack or bench for allowing your guest to ‘serve’ themselves from their bags  ***I want to leave space in the chest of drawers, but at this point, we still haven’t moved up the one we’re using in the master, so I’m still using it for my clothes.  It’ll come together after the master bedroom gets finished.

*flashlight with batteries  ***Now I know that this may seem pointless what with the aforementioned nightlights, but have you ever been staying with someone, and say, you needed to retrieve, oh, your cell phone from your coat pocket in the foyer and you didn’t want to try and find and fiddle with every single light switch along the way?  Add being braless and in a flimsy cotton gown, and you REALLY don’t want to call attention to yourself in a quiet house.  A flashlight is good.  You can chuck it into the basket with the other amenities.  I got a cheap green one at the Target dollar spot a few months back, takes two standard AAA batteries.

*box of tissues, or stack of pressed hankies  ***I very often have to blow my nose in the night, Tennessee is known for its pollen and whatnots.  Plus we have five pets.  It’s possible a sneeze could strike anyone, anytime.  I already have a (oddly green with coral!) box of tissues in there, but I added a hankie as well, I have a small collection of them and it seemed like a sweet (and vintage) touch.

*assortment of guest towels and washcloths  ***Think of how many you typically have staying with you at one time.  Don’t make the three guys who crash in your floor on the way to Bonnaroo every year fight to use the same towel!  I still haven’t managed to find another great deal on towels, but soon after this get-your-dorm-on goes on sale, I’ll be checking again.  I’d like to get about 4-6 towels and maybe three washcloths in a pleasant shade of coral or apple green to stay in the room for just guest use.

My Old Alarm Clock

That’s My Ring.  I’m Not Trying To Allude To Infidelity, Merely Suggesting A Space For Guest’s Removed Jewelry.

*clock with an alarm  ***I don’t want to assume people want to bring their cell phones on vacation.  I know that when I am staying with my parents, I rather like being cut off from the usual technology.  This can’t just be me!  As for the guest room, while thrifting I found a vintage fifties wind-up clock that is very cute and still works.  It ticks rather loudly, something that could be a plus or a minus, depending on the guest.  I don’t have to wind/set it unless they need it.  I also have a plastic battery-op wall clock that looks like hobnail milk glass and tells great time, hung opposite of the bed.

*fan for warmer months  ***Sometimes people just need the air moving.  If your room doesn’t have a mounted ceiling fan, consider getting a small desktop oscillating one.  I would like to get a small one and maybe customize it with spray paint for the space, if it already isn’t cute.  I consider this to be on the thrift store list (plus, *I’m* one of those people that likes the air moving, and I still don’t have a fan for my bedside), so it’ll happen and be a bonus when it happens.

From the Bedside

From the Bedside

Hotel Touches

Hotel Touches

*trash can  ***It doesn’t need to be big.  I just don’t want to make my guests hunt for one.  I got a cute little pail that was shell pink at the Our Ladies of Charity for 89 cents and hit the outside of it with some coral spray paint.  Cute and easy!

*reading materials  ***These should probably be sourced from what you have in the house, selected based on the guest.  I intend to do a mix of magazines, humor and a novel or two, along with a children’s storybook collection.

*several sizes of non-sex comfy bathrobes  ***Since you’re not actually a hotel, they don’t have to match or be embroidered or anything.  I’m not crazy.  I’d just aim for what might make your favorite people most comfortable.  (My Mom travels with her little white dog, and pup needs to make frequent trips outside, even at night.  Having a robe near the door should be a relief for her.)    I want two of very different sizes, trying to get the most likely size scenarios covered.  I already have one cream-colored quilted robe that is roomy, and I’m going to keep my eye open while thrifting for a second that will also work in this department.

*several of the same type of scented candles and a matchbook or lighter  ***Think in terms of some scent posted at points in the room.  You could try aiming for something with a lid, so that if the smell is unappealing to the guest, they can quiet it by closing the jar or tin.  I usually choose fruity or vanilla scents, they seem warm and homey and still fun to me.  I would say avoid heavy perfumes.  I actually customized a set just for this space, you can see how here-  www.lovenestdesign.com/gussied-up-candle-tutorial/ I even went so crazy as to put a decal on the room’s lighter!

The Beginnings Of My Amenities Basket

The Beginnings Of My Amenities Basket

*‘room service’ toiletry basket  ***This can be anything, ranging from sample packs of shampoo and conditioner to hand-milled organic soy lavender soap.  It also doesn’t have to be a basket, you can use a large bowl, a metal bin, whatever works for your place.  I haven’t found my perfect thing yet, I’m looking for something on my thrifty trips, I’d like a sturdy hatbox or something of that ilk.  My basket will eventually contain spare toothbrushes, little shortie tubes of toothpaste, some little lotion bottles from my derma RN sister, individual packs of pain killer, a sleep mask, and earplugs.  My husband snores, and we have a train that goes through the back yard.  Someone will be thankful for that inclusion, I’m sure.  I already have a roll of Tums, a wooden foot massager, a bookmark, some tubes of bubbles and a clean hankie.

*calendar  ***Unless you find something that is utterly perfect for your decor, think small.  It’s for just-in-case, for reference.  I have a tiny kitten one that I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen, but its cute and it will sure work.

Little Memo Area

Little Memo Area

*message board of some kind with magnets, pins, whatever attachments necessary  ***I made this small message board from a shabby old tray and a snippet of ribbon, and the magnets are topped with vintage buttons.  Easy to do with a hot glue gun.  I’ve posted it near the door so that if I have a message for my guest, it will be easily found.

*wall art  ***That sounds obvious, but something to look at while trying to fall asleep in a strange place may be good.  Art evokes the host, and can make a room more comforting.  I wouldn’t do personal photos, the only exception to that being long lost beloved family members or a small pic of the people who live in the house.  I made a trio of collages for over the chest of drawers, all featuring green paper doll outfits from the 1950s. They are easy mod podge on board, but I still feel they turned out great.  I have some framed vintage landscapes that I’ve dressed up the frames a little.  They’re serene and soothing– and very, very green.  (I had another landscape for that– I feel– awkward space on top, but it solved a gaping problem for me in the den, so it ain’t goin’ nowherez.  I’ll just have to look for another!)  I also scored that awesome embroidered rose duo in the oval frames, for some reason I felt compelled to hang them like that with the chalky poodle heads, and I love it.  Its oddball and off kilter, but hopefully in a kitschy and fun way. 

*guest book or log and pen  ***Obviously I’m going through some effort to make this one deeevine sleeping arrangement, I’d like to know who stayed here!  I purchased a tiny little blank book with a green spine for a dollar from the craft store, and I’ve collaged some cute stuff on the cover with scrap paper.  It even came with a matching pen banded to the side with a little stretchy loop– guest book taken care of for a buck!

The Guest Book

The Guest Book

*pet bed or pallet if you allow fuzzy friends  ***We obviously do.  In fact, we have a couple of dogs we see a few times of year, and I have a green gingham pad set aside for just this purposeThis thing was upcycled from a play mat that was Fox’s when he was a baby, it was soft and thicker than an average blankie.  At some point after he outgrew it, I folded it over and stitched it to half its size (doubling the thickness) to use as a *perfect* porch swing cushion.  Now we’re here with no porch swing, and it’s been folded over again to become a great, thick spot for a possibly stressed-from-travel-pooch.  It works great in the room, yaaaay for me having really consistent taste…  I’ve managed to re-invent this thing twice and keep it 5 years longer than I would have otherwise.

*pack’n’play or other collapsible infant accomodations, if you have baby visitors  ***I want to get one of these to store in the closet, we are at that age where many of our friends and family are having little ones, and we don’t want that to be a hindrance for them coming to visit.  Life goes on after babies, amirite?  I haven’t managed to get one of these yet, but I’m watching craigslist and yard sales for one.  I *do* currently have an air mattress, in case of kid visitors that outnumber Fox’s open bunks.  This, and its electric air pump, is stored in the top of the guest room closet.

There's A Guest Pet Bed, Too

There’s A Guest Pet Bed, Too

I'll Make You A Fresh Drink, Too.

I’ll Make You A Fresh Drink, Too.  I’ll Even Put Alcohol In It!

*fresh flowers (and a vase meant for the room) or live plant–  A live plant wouldn’t need replacing with each visitor, but you would need to remember to water and maintain it.  ***Flowers can be a little hard for me to obtain, as this home is still relatively new to me, and nothing that grows outside is my doing.  (Allright, that’s untrue.  I bet if I take pics of this room this time next year, it will have some creeping Jenny in the vase, as I love that stuff and I planted some.   But it’s so tiny and *new* right now, I will not cut it.)  In the meantime, I’d love to get a wee potted something from Trader Joe’s and put it in one of my little milk glass vessels.  Herbs like rosemary could be really nice, especially when you brush against them, they release a nice scent, and sometimes they have these adorable little evergreens that remind me of topiaries.  That would look fantastic with my 20″ fashion doll!

*carafe of water and glasses or bottled water  ***This is another of those in-case-they-need-a-drink-in-the-midde-of-the-night things.  Its just nice to have something on hand.  I’ve gone the bottled water route for the moment, as of right now the carafes are still designated to the man cave bar I’m trying to build.  They are currently just hidden near the bedside, but I’ll tuck them into whatever hatbox thingy I get for all of the amenities.

*stationary, envelopes, stamps, a pen  ***Hotels do it!  I’ll likely get a box of blank France note cards when I spot the right ones on sale at Micheal’s or something.  Into the amenities box!

*simplified map of the area, as well as a list of favorite local restaurants, sights, and shops  ***I know my town has a lot of fun stuff to see!  We’ll probably modify the one from our wedding, as soon as we find that master copy on one of these computers…  I reeeeally don’t want to type all of that out again!

That's Me In the Corner

That’s Me In the Corner

So!  I know that was a lot to read, but then I did a lot!  Do you feel like the room is reminiscent of a tiny fifties hotel room?  Is there a Parisian flair to it at all?  Does my combo of *our usual bright thing* and all my antiques work together in the end?  Lemme know what you think!  I think, “Thanks for visiting, and if I know ya– take it as open season to set up some visits.  I’ll make ya biscuits!”


 


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