Hello ladies, my sister is flying the last stretch as I type this and in a few hours I will have to get up in the middle of the night to go and pick her up! I guess it is safe to say that she won’t be reading this post before she gets here (she did however leave me several comments on past posts as she was killing time reading my blog in Singapore).
So here is the long awaited guest room reveal.
When you look into the guest room from the upstairs landing this is what you see.
Move a little and you can see the right wall too.
The room is so light and fresh I am in love! As you can see it really is a small room, I didn’t exaggerate about that, now did I. But I think I really managed to make it feel like a proper room anyway, instead of just a big closet with a bed.
I am so proud at myself for this project! Everything in here I did/made/created myself (with a couple of extra hands provided by My Love if I needed them of course).
You have already seen the striped walls, the revamped lamp and my ‘ Dare to Dream’ sign, and my suns on the left wall.
But you have not seen the right wall yet. Here it is:
I built a shelf and finally found a place for an old letterbox I found thrifting months ago.
It was of course an ugly brown when I found it, but I think it really has come to live in white. I had great fun rummaging through my vintage trinkets to find the perfect things to display.
I used some wallpaper and a page from an atlas to cover a few cubicles and just took it from there.
Ordinary keys, jewelry and sewing notions become treasures when displayed like this.
An old clock face and a shiny stone (that actually belonged to my sister a reaaaaaaally long time ago, I wonder if she will recognize it), each have there own little spot.
And I even provided my guests with a bell to call ‘room service’ (well they can try, I don’t guarantee anyone will come running).
On top of the shelf are some frames and books.
I framed up an old page from a book depicting a funny alphabet made out of drawings of people. Since this will be my reading room as well I thought that was fitting. The old picture is the picture of me and my siblings I love the most. I am the little baby in the middle and the girl on my left with the long braid is my sister who will be the first guest here. I did a quick revamp on the frame. Originally the frame was wood and the matting white. But I didn’t like how yellow the wood had become and the matting wasn’t white anymore. So I took it apart to spray paint, but when I realized that the back of the matting was bare wood I decided to just turn that around. Of course the glass is on the outside now but a bit of glue prevents it from falling out.
Next to these frames you’ll find a pile of books.
I took the cover off of some old dictionaries and was so happy to see that the old Dutch dictionary had actually been bound using old pages from a newspaper. Doesn’t that just look so good!
On the right side of the shelf stands another frame.
Too bad only a single bed will fit in here because this vintage piece of sheet music is called Amour Discret, and I don’t think I need to translate that….
I love how the color of the aged papers coordinate with my striped walls.
And then there is my bookcase of course.
I really struggled coming up with a way to decorate and use the bookcase, because I thought my Billy Built-in deserved a bit more than to simply stow some books in there. I took a ton of pictures of the bookcase too, but I will save those for another post, because this one is already becoming a bit picture heavy.
Next to the bed stands my suitcase-bedside table.
Fresh towels in my vintage basket underneath and a few treats for my guest on top.
Of course some fresh flowers and some nicely scented toiletries.
And the keys to our house with a little card saying ‘ Welcome and please make yourself at home here’ . Oh and of course some yummy chocolates.
I am so pleased with how this room has turned out! Of course there are still a lot of bigger and smaller projects I would like to do here (it is amazing how many projects one can cram into such a tiny space), but for now it is finished. And I am so in love that every time I go upstairs I just have to step into this room for a moment and sigh, sigh deeply with pleasure.
But I have to say this:
None of this would have been possible without the amazing inspiration Layla gave me when she designed and decorated her little reading room. If you go over to the Lettered Cottage and look at her reading room you can clearly see where my inspiration came from. I never would have thought a small space like this could become a real room with a personality if I hadn’t seen what Layla and Kevin did. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart!!
Ok the room is ready, let the guest arrive…..
If you want to see more guest room posts: I show you how to make a Built-in from an Ikea bookcase here; the suitcase bedside table is introduced here; I share some do and don’t about painting striped walls here; I tell the story behind my sign here;.
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.