Friday, January 17, 2014

The Guest Bedroom So Far

From Door

When you move from one house to another, sometimes the furnishings you bring with you work really well in your new rooms, and sometimes they don't.   We were pretty lucky because most of what we had in our old house fit pretty well in our new house without too much trouble.  In this post, I'm sharing how our Guest Bedroom looks pretty much straight after setting it up after moving in.

The furniture in this room used to be in our master bedroom until about 7 years ago when we bought a king sized bed and new dressers to match.  I still really like this set, though.  It's a modern take on a Shaker style, and is a beautiful clear blond maple wood.  There's a headboard and a footboard, though the room is too small to use the footboard so it's stored in the attic for now. And there's a suite of matching nightstands, dresser and chest of drawers. I know the trend these days is to have unmatched furniture, but I guess I'm old fashioned at heart, I still like these suites of matching bedroom furniture.  The dresser has a nice big mirror which we've just leaned against the wall rather than hang it.


The bed is covered in a floral shabby-chic duvet cover which covers a down comforter.  I love the soft white with blue, green and gold colors in the fabric.  I found these bed linens at Target, gosh, maybe 11 years ago now?


The bedskirt is a blue and white all-over scroll pattern that blends nicely with the colors.


I sewed the two yellow and blue pillows a long time ago, using a fabric that I picked up at JoAnn's. I love the blue hydrangea motif in this fabric.


On the dresser, I have a simple arrangement of juniper sprigs which have tiny blue berries on them. In the spring and summer time, I use blue hydrangeas as decorations here, but for winter, I like this look.


The blue porcelain jars are souvenirs from when I made several trips to the Netherlands back in the mid 1990's. I visited the town of Delft three or four times, where the "Delft Blue" pottery is made, and brought home several pieces.  As I've mentioned before, I love using travel souvenirs to decorate our home.



The wall between the windows is just wide enough for the tall chest of drawers.


On the wall, hiding behind the hats, there are some vinyl decals and some torn paint and drywall where I tried unsuccessfully to remove the decals. The previous owner's small boys were in this room with a football theme. I haven't repainted since we moved in yet, so I used these straw hats to hide the damaged walls and remnants of decals. If the wall had been clean, I would have taken down the hats for the winter, but nope, the wall is a mess. The two larger hats are also souvenirs from a trip that we made to Williamsburg, VA about 10 years ago.

chest top

Here I have another souvenir Delft Blue jar...


... and two small counted cross-stitch pieces that I made years and years ago. I like the wintry scenes in these pieces and I like to use them in this room because it's the only room in the house with soft blue colors.


Because this is a guest bedroom, I've got a basket of extra toiletries under the side table near the bed, just in case. These have come in handy when family members or friends have spent the night and forgotten one thing or another.



I've shown this gallery wall of souvenir watercolors in a previous post.


All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how easily the room came together, just bringing in the same things I used in our previous home. I still want to find something pretty for the wall above the bed, and I'd like to soften the windows with some sort of curtain panels. I may update the bedding, and will eventually paint the walls a new color. But for now, our guests are comfortable in a nice, bright and cheery room.

From Door 

How about you? Have you been successful putting existing furniture into a new house? What are your tips for making your things work in a new space? I'd love to hear! Please do leave a comment to let me know what you think.


I'd like to invite you to come back next Tuesday to my weekly "Happy Tuesday" Link Party.  Each week we're sharing anything and everything that makes us happy!  That's easy enough, right?   The party starts on Monday nights at 9pm Eastern, and lasts all day Tuesday.   Please come and join in! You can read more about the party by clicking on the image below.

Happy Tuesday

Linking To:

Common Ground - Be Inspired
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
The Dedicated House - Anything Blue Friday
Jennifer Rizzo's Fabulously Creative Friday
The Tablescaper's Oh The Places I've Been
Between Naps On The Back Porch - Metamorphosis Monday


  1. I've always been a fan of blue and yellow color schemes. The bedding is lovely, so soft and comfy looking. I love that you have a basket of toiletries for your guests beside the bed!

    1. Thanks Jane. That basket has come in handy a number of times as folks visiting us have forgotten a toothbrush or whatever. It makes for fewer emergency runs to the drugstore. :-)

  2. Your guest room looks wonderful. It is so bright and cheery. I have always loved blue and white and yellow together and they work wonderfully together in your guest room. I like the use of the straw hats on the wall. I have never seen them used in a trio before and it is a very unique and lovely look.

    1. Thanks Cindy. :-) Appreciate you stopping by to leave your kind comments.