I decided to play around with the look of the guest bedroom today. We decorated it quickly last year so we could start having guests, but it’s been a little bit extremely blue and like it came straight out of a Target bag (which is pretty much did!). Blue and more blue. It’s like when somebody finds out that you like cats, say, and suddenly every gift is a cat calendar, cat socks, or a cat teapot. The same thing happened with purple in the guest bathroom, but I’ve been tweaking that for months.
When I look at my bedroom or the baby’s room, I really like what I see, and I think that’s because they’re filled with a lot of stuff from the Minneapolis house — furniture and other items that I spent several years accumulating and that have already gone through a weeding-out process. So I thought I might see if I could make the guestroom a little more unique and comfortable just by going around and finding bits to use here and there (ie, using only what I had). If Rob makes a face when he sees it, it can all go back to its previous state, and not a dollar will have been spent.
Obviously, I’d choose a different wall color if I were going all in. The pale blue is a little too bright (not greyed out enough for me), but it actually goes better with the forest green details than I might have expected. I wanted to bring in a few more colors, so the room didn’t go from all blue to all blue and green, hence the quilt on the end of the bed, but I think it would look better with the blue/purple back showing instead of the front side.
The guestroom has one of the best views in the house — the back yard and pond — so the blue (sky) and green (foliage) make sense. Someday I would like to try setting the bed at an angle (in the corner to the left of where it is now), which might make room for a little chair near the window. I imagine guests would like a nice place to sit and read in the morning, if we ever have a guest who wakes up before I do.
My spider plants have to live in the guestroom because it’s the only place with both light and a door that stays closed. Everywhere else I’ve put them, the cats suddenly become master gardeners with a very different idea of what a healthy spider plant should look like. I brought up this cute folding table that didn’t ‘work’ anywhere else in the house (I used to have it in my bedroom in Minneapolis), and it looks great.
I used to keep yarn in the baskets I put on the shelves of the nightstand, but it was hard to keep the cats from getting into it (they ruin everything!). So the baskets have been empty for years. I haven’t thought of anything useful to put in them, but at least they warm up the mostly-black furniture. The little sparkly mat that the lamp and candles are sitting on actually came from Rob a while back! Therefore he should like the entire room.
Lastly, there’s the dresser, which hasn’t changed much. I just took away a couple of decorative items and replaced them with the little wicker hamper that used to live on my Minneapolis porch. There are two Maira Kalman books on the little shelf — they’re so beautiful and fun for people to flip through if they’ve forgotten to bring their own evening reading material.
What do you think? It’s not perfect, but I love the chenille bedspread, and the little changes really make a difference in the quality of light that bounces around the room. It was just something fun to do — if I were going to permanently change things up, I’d choose a new wall color for sure. But that’s something I’d definitely Rob’s opinion about, since he has guests, too! (Amusingly, I just realized that I am going to be sleeping in this room next, once the real work on my bathroom begins next week. Can’t go all night without a useable bathroom just down the hall!)