Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Spare Bedroom

I finally finished our spare room enough to show you some photos. I say enough because I am sure that over time I will change things around but for now it is done!
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This is what we started with when we first bought the house 18 months ago.
The first thing we did was wash all the surfaces in the room, walls, ceiling, blinds and windows. We replaced the doors and door hardware and light fitting.
This is the smallest bedroom in our house and it doesn't have any built in wardrobes
This bedroom was our study for the first year and then when Nick started his own business and started working from home we eventually realised that he needed more space so we swapped the spare room and the study around
The bed is queen size and fits snugly
I bought the curtains for a rental house I lived in when I first met Nick and they work perfectly in this room.
I bought the drawers from some neighbours of mine years and years ago and painted them white, distressed them and added some new hardware. Sorry no before photos as I did this way before I even new what a blog was.
The artwork is painted by me, also a few years ago
These drawers were from Fantastic Furniture, we originally bought them for our bathroom as they are narrow and we thought they would be perfect for the little gap we had there, they weren't perfect and we need to remember to measure things first!
Both the mirror and lamp were from second hand stores and have received the white paint treatment.
This carafe is perfect for the guest room as it has it's own little glass that acts as a lid as well! I try to make sure that I fill it with fresh water before guests head arrive or head off to bed.
The shelves were put in the room when it was the study but we decided to leave them as they are given that the room is so small and the shelves provide much needed storage space.
A vintage makeup bag contains spare toiletry supplies.
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I bought it from a thrift store years ago
The photo frame and candle holder were gifts from my younger sisters one Christmas
Spare blankets are a must in Orange in winter, actually it's handy to keep them nearby all year round!
Some reading material, not only are they a great read but they look good too
Baskets for extra storage,
I made the tags using my new foam stamps
A pair of slipper/boots to help keep our guests cosy.
Towels, shampoo, conditioner and body wash as well as some lavender bags our Nan made for us using dried lavender from our garden.
The tray was from a thrift store and has some face wash, toner, face cream and some clean face washers for guests to use. The silver sugar jar I bought on ebay and it is full of cotton balls. The glass jar was a thrift store find too.
In the top drawer I have a basket with some more goodies to help make our guests as comfortable as possible!
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I hope you enjoyed the tour of our guest bedroom. I like to try and make our guests feel as comfortable as possible.
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We still need to put some hooks on the wall, probably a coat rack so guests can hang clothes up if they need to, but other than that I am happy with the way the room turned out!
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Thanks again for your encouragement with my weight loss goal. I have just had a two day conference for work and am feeling slightly bloated from poor food choices. I must get back on track tomorrow and get in some exercise too!
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xx

42 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic honey.what a brilliant job you have done..gorgeous colour scheme...very inviting and cosy..I would be a very happy guest if I got to snuggle up in a great bedroom like that :) x

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  2. Ok Nellie...book me in. What a wonderful transformation you've achieved, and with so much care.

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  3. Hi nellie, well, it looks so perfect; I could be very comfortable there! It looks like you have done such a gorgeous job; I am sure your guest wouldnt want to leave! Love your gorgeous artwork too; you are so talented!!
    well, I hope that you enjoy the rest of your week and that you get some exercise when you can. I am not exactly a fan of working out either!!!
    hugs to you,
    Lauraxx

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  4. It looks wonderful! You guests will be so comfy and spoilt they won't want to leave :)

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  5. Wow, can I come stay Nellie? I've never seen such a thoughtfully decorated guest room! Just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing & have a lovely evening.
    Jxx

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  6. The room looks wonderful Nellie and you really have thought of everything. I would love to have a dedicated guest bedroom, what a luxury.
    Hope your week is going well.
    Angex

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  7. I'm so wrapt to see someone else makeover a bedroom as I'm just in the middle of mine. You must be the best host ever - I bet your guests never want to leave. I love the room. The shelves are awesome. I think keeping them was a great idea.
    Kristine
    xxx

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  8. What a gorgeous transformation, you are certainly a wonderful & thoughtful host, I think I will book a stay...not until summer, I know that Orange climate, it can snow in the summer, LOL, your art work is fabulous. Good luck with your fitness & nutrition!!!
    Cheers

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  9. Love it Nellie...the shelves above the bed look great. Love all of the decorative pieces you have added around the room. Anyone would want to stay there and come back time and time again. Well done. Keep up the great work with your fitness/nutrition. Have a lovely week.
    Rebecca x

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  10. You have thought of everything! Your guests must never want to leave! An incredible transformation! I like your choice of wall colour. Much better than the before shot!
    X Briohny.

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  11. Well that puts my guest rooms to shame. Lovely room and lovely bits to fill it up and make it welcoming.

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  12. Wow Nellie - this room looks gorgeous. I love it - can I come and stay please?
    I love the drawers and you've given me an idea with the mirror on top as I have a mirror I want to move but don't want to part with - over Lily's drawers now perhaps?
    Great job - I am so impressed. Your guests are very lucky!
    ~Sam

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  13. Nellie it looks fantastic and all the lovely little touches for your guests really make it! You've given me a few more ideas to finish off my guest room!! Well done! Christine xx

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  14. Nellie, I need a break ..... !! It looks sooo inviting. I love the arrangement on the shelf - it makes it look very cozy. Michelle
    p.s thanks for blogging about my giveaway and for all your lovely comments on my blog.

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  15. Oh my gosh... I am so glad you got rid of that green.... You did a great job, looks like you are ready for company!

    Northern Light

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  16. Nellie, what a beautiful room. That looks so welcoming and cozy. You may never get guests to leave.
    I love the baskets and labels you made and your choice of colors.
    Brooke

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  17. Nellie! The rooms turned out great and I love all the personal touches you added. I think you may have some permanent guests after they stay in that room! I cannot stand work travel as I always feel gross when eating on the road.

    :) Katie

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  18. A gorgeous transformation.
    Happy day!
    xojanis

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  19. Looks wonderful! Relaxing and cozy. I love the dresser with the mirror.

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  20. Wow, Nellie! I love it! If I was staying in a guest room like that, I would be one happy camper.

    You've definitely inspired me, because the guest room is the next "redo" on my list at home.

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  21. Nellie,
    The room has a beautiful make over. perfect in every way, its a room to love...SWEET DREAMS!!
    xx
    Blessings
    Dore

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  22. Nellie, just wanted to let you know that I did a post over at my blog about this post. Hope you don't mind! :) x

    http://honeyandthemoondesign.blogspot.com/2010/07/cozy-stay.html

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  23. The room looks fabulous Nellie! I think your guests will feel right at home :)

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  24. Hi Nellie, what a beautiful room. Can I come and stay? It looks so inviting and you have thought of every little detail to make sure your guests have everything they could possibly want right down to warm toes. Such nice little extra's such as your tags on the baskets etc.. I love how you have decorated your shelves too. Much nicer to stay at your house than a hotel. Great job!

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  25. You are a thoughtful hostess! How welcoming is that room. You've made it into a cosy retreat. Lovely. xx

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  26. When can I book a stay in your lovely room? :) You have done a great job at creating a warm, welcoming and stylish room for guests Nellie - I love the shelving, the bedding and your artwork and all the little homely touches you have added around the room to make it more comfortable for those who are staying with you. You have definitely inspired me to get started on our guest room now that I've taken all those boxes out of there and it's a blank canvas so to speak. I will be bookmarking this post to refer to for when I get started! Have a lovely day xx

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  27. I really love that sugar pot...it is GORGEOUS! I want to jump through the page and steal it! Michelle PS Just finally got around to thanking you for your recent award. It was lovely. Made my day!

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  28. I love this room, the shelving especially. Great job!

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  29. Love the green accents but glad you got rid of the lime green walls! And I really like the mirror - where did you find it? Jane :)

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  30. Looks great Nellie...really terrific. Your guests must love visiting
    Lesley

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  31. Can I be your guest? What a great room! The dresser is my favorite!

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  32. Wow, what a cosy, welcoming room. You have got to be the world's perfect hostess!
    When can I book in?

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  33. Nellie I love your spare room, you have done a great job of making it very inviting for your guests. When can I come over & stay? Sandy x

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  34. what a huge transformation well done its look amazing...loving the shelves above and all the personal things you have added to make it feel so cosy...well done sweetie ...so when shall you have us over?? XX

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  35. Love it! Love the shelves! Beautiful!

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  36. Nellie, what a fantastically well thought out beautiful guest room. Love the thrift finds, especially that glass jar - bargain!

    Loving the shelving above the bed and all the little details and your painting is brilliant, you talented young lady and it add such a personal touch for when guests stay.

    Job well done that's for sure! Thanks for sharing :-)
    xx

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  37. Such a wonderful comfy room, i would never leave! Thanks for the tour!
    XO
    Kristin

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  38. Love your painting and what an inviting room!

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  39. Look really beautiful!
    It's very warm and look so comfortable!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Gaia

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  40. This is such a lovely room. Just divine. It is so thoughtful and kind of you to have such a beautiful set up for your guests.
    Donnaxx

    I love all of the little touches!

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  41. Nellie
    Everything looks so amazing Great job. I love stopping by and seeing your work, it truly inspires me.

    Love Kate

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  42. wow you could charge people too stay in that room......looks so cosy lisa xox

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