…guestroom love

I have the cutest room over the garage with high-pitched ceiling lines. I love it so much that I wish all our rooms had the little window alcoves and cosiness that comes with the slants & corners.

David Sedaris recently wrote an aritcle in The New Yorker stating that he had really “made it” because now had a guest room. I kinda hear what he is saying. I recently changed over this room from a sitting space to a guestroom maybe because I wanted a project or maybe because it would be a great place to hide out and finish a book!

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Yes, I moved my blue shutters up here to match the Duck Egg dresser that you will see.

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I’ve had this bed for about 2 years now and no one ever purchased it. So I re-painted it in Old White and it’s just perfect. I’ve always loved the curves and casters. How special!

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Ahhh, distressed Duck Egg. Nothing better.

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Love my antique rocking horse from Sophia’s.

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Not the perfect lighting for a great shot, but you get the idea of the full room.

What do you think Mr. Sedaris?

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…favorite things friday: solid colored throw

Why is a throw important? Fashion & function.

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Yes, you may get a bit chilly laying on the couch on a Monday night watching the Bachelorette with your DH (sorry to throw you under the bus, My Love) and need a cozy blanket. But, a throw is also a inexpensive way for some continuity in your color choices in your space. You could pull a color from your pillows or upholstry to tie it all in.

I’ve had a few people ask where I found my duck egg cable knit throw and it seems they are back in stock at PB. You know the summer season is halfway over when retailers start showing off their fall collection.

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Cozy Cable Knit Throw

The Blue Smoke is probably the closest color to my own. Incidentally Blue Smoke is also the color of my dupliani curtain panels in my living room & dining room.

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If you have a color in your space that you want to highlight add a SOLID COLORED throw over a couch or chair. You eye will be drawn to it. Make it a color that you love to see every morning and before bed. You can see my favorite duck egg all over my house & work.

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Happy weekend! xoxo

…5 Days to Organized – Mudroom

I realize that not everyone has or can have a mudroom. They truly are a luxury, especially when you have kids. Especially in winter with the coats, mittens, hats, scarves, boots, socks and hoodies. Even if you do not have a dedicated “room” for “mud” and such, you can still find a space to create order for you coats, shoes, bags. It may be a foyer or a closet or a back room or even a hallway.

Maybe you have the space in your foyer for an actual piece of furniture that would help, complete with seating, hooks and cubbies. This looks tall and cumbersome, but would actually really work in a narrow space near the front door.

 

This piece was made from an actual old door! Love that.

I love the idea of turning a cool, painted amoire into a storage space for coats and shoes.

This is actually a cool piece that Blue Egg has for sale that would be really neat (don’t mean to sound sales-pitchy, but think it would fit as a neat mudroom)

 

Maybe your mudroom is in a sunroom or breezeway. Is that seriously a church pew? A picture after my own heart. If you have room for a little bench or even a chair it would be really useful to get those rain boots on. How about a tiny, vintage step stool even?

It could even be a space towards the back of the house if need be.

Maybe you still don’t have the space for a piece of furniture because you open the door and there you are in the family room. How about a rack of hooks on the wall, a shelf for hats or baskets and a bench? I think the clever thing to do is to go up. Shelving, hooks, baskets UP the wall.

Don’t underestimate the usefulness of a row of hooks behind a door.

Find some interesting hooks that define your home style. You can fine vintage or even check out the cool ones at Anthropologie for some fun. Again, go up the wall with some shelving or even wall decor to make the space feel like it’s own “room”.

I’d show you pictures of my own mudroom, but, alas, it’s pretty muddy right now.

Tomorrow: Laundry Room!