Sunday, May 20, 2018

When A Guest Needs An Office - Summer Guest Bedroom Redo

I really love to spoil a guest when I have them and that means to switch things up to make it easy for them to function and enjoy their stay.  We have a guest that needs to have an office set up so they can work from our home when they are here.  So I am eager to accommodate if at all possible.  I set out to add a desk area to this small guest room and do it for free.


Our tiny little guest bedroom has gone through so many changes in the last year since we moved in.  It was the junk room for a while that had all the stuff that I didn't know what to do with.  Such a mess.  Then I decided to put some of those odd ball things together and create a guest room.  So we cleaned it out and created the 


A file cabinet for a night stand. It was at least clean and the bed was comfortable and had fabulous linens.

My buffet worked great for a dresser too.

Then I found a headboard that I could makeover at Hotel Liquidators for $29.50 so that prompted the start of a makeover.
Thrifty Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal.

I did some more thrift shopping and came up with a small chest for a nightstand and a fabulous dresser from my favorite 2nd hand store.




HOWEVER
You know how things go, then I removed the chest and added a nice chair.  I thought our guest would like a nice place to sit.
That was the final switch I made.

That brings us up to now - New linens and a small office for the Guest Bedroom.  Laura @ Duke Manor Farms had a giveaway of a set of sheets and I won.  I love them and they are such beautiful soft sheets too.  Plus the pink plaid is so perfect for my room.  Getting these was the perfect time to redo the bed and lighten things up for summer.  Adding the splash of pink to the room totally changed the look and now I think it is so much more inviting.  Love the pink.  Thanks again Laura, these sheets were the push I needed to make some changes.


The pink is so pretty with my grays and it adds a cheery and inviting punch of color.  I did away with the blankets and just kept the lightweight gray quilt.  The comforter at the foot of the bed can be pulled up if they get cold.  I added a pink throw to use as a cover for a nap.

A makeshift desk was next on the list.  I removed the chair and added in a 4ft. folding table from the garage.  This is large enough to hold papers,  the keyboard and mouse and still have some work space.

An extra office chair makes it a really comfortable place to work for several hours.


The dresser at the foot of the bed has a couple of empty drawers for our guests to use too.

Not the prettiest office, but one that will handle all of our guests needs.  All in all I think it looks comfy and inviting too.  (Maybe I need to look for a small desk as a permanent piece.  A really cute office chair would be great too.)  Guests could use them as a desk or a dressing table.  Ok, the hunt is on for something fabulous and economical.

How do you switch up things to make your guests comfortable?


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Friday DIY's & Finds

Welcome to Friday DIY's & Finds where I share a few things that caught my eye this week.

My #1- favorite makeover this week was the Master Bedroom that Monica Wants It Created.


#2 - I love this fabulous bedroom makeover by Jenna Sue Design.  So petty in pink - an amazing makeover.

#3 - This absolutely precious nursery created by Raising A Farmhouse.

This fabulous basement makeover tour.

This Ottoman Tutorial has been pinned thousands of times.


Here are a few more things that I loved this week.

These Outdoor Patio Lights

This gorgeous bathroom.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Art Of The Throw - How To Use Them

I think we all know how important a decorating accessory throw pillows are.  They add color, texture and softness to our rooms.  Throws can do the same thing and also become an important part of your decor too.


You can find them in all the stores and they can range in price from reasonable to really outrageous.  It just depends on the fabric and design, whether they are embellished or plain.  Having something with a little embellishment is fun sometimes.  I have one with some sequins and one with ribbons.  I also love the ones with pretty fringe and tassels.

I dressed up an inexpensive Ikea throw with some pom poms for a more custom look too.



 I found a great tutorial for you if you would like to customize one of your throws with some tassels.
This Giant Tassel Throw is gorgeous and Bre Purposed shares a great tutorial.


Once you have a few throws then the question is how do you decorate with them so they add to the character of your room.  Here are a few ideas for you.

Need to fill up space and add interest to a room.  A ladder is a fabulous way to add interest and to showcase your trows.



Love this sofa styled with two throws from Elle.


Tucking a throw under a cushion, this is a different way to add color to a chair.

I love a pretty fur throw and they definitely add some elegance to any decor.


 They're also wonderful thrown across the foot of the bed ready to grab for nap time.


I used this throw to cover up some stains on a well worn sofa.  I just folded it in half and placed it down the middle to cover up the worn back and seats.  Throw pillows further camouflage how worn the sofa is.


 When the weather is warm you still want some cover for a nap, so that same throw works beautifully on the bed.  Just throw it casually across the foot of the bed.


That same throw can transition into the living room for a totally different look.  Again it is just casually thrown across the back and seat of the sofa.  You can rearrange the folds so they create a casual look.

No matter how you casually throw them across a bed, they always look so pretty and so inviting.  I think every bedroom needs one.


Chilly nights on the patio also calls for a throw.  I love this one that Room For Tuesday added to her patio.



Even though the weather is getting warmer, a throw is wonderful when the AC kicks on and you get a little chill.  I use them all year round.

What is your favorite way to use a throw?




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