Real Room: Cape House Guest Room



Time for another Real Room...and while I'm at it, thought I'd try linking something up to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch for the first time:) Go check it out for lots of before and after posts.

Here's another look at a room in my parent's summer house on Cape Cod. Read all about its recent renovation here or check out other real rooms from the house like the "Porch" and the Girls' Room. Before they redid the whole place, this room was my mom and dad's master bedroom. Now that they have a new master suite at the back of the house, this has become a guest room. Square footage didn't change in here, but to keep up to speed with the rest of the redone house, the builders took down the wallpaper, painted, installed new windows and refinished the hardwood floors.

Here are a couple of before/during reno shots (after paint but before restained floors).

Now for the in progress and some wall art:)

My favorite thing about this room is that my mom included several heirloom family pieces which really make it extra special. Check out these twin headboard and footboards! They are antique pineapple beds from the early 1900s (mom had to order custom mattresses for them since they weren't standard size back then). My grandpa slept in one when he was a kid (and then they were used in the house my mom grew up in as well)!! I love the intricate carving. Their dark, almost espresso, stain keeps them contemporary so I don't think they feel out of place in this light and airy redone room. My grandpa has been gone for awhile now, but my grandmother comes and stays with my mom alot in the summer, so isn't it sweet that she can sleep in a bed her husband used to have when he was a child?! The even cooler thing is that I've told my mom I really like the beds, so when she is done with them, I get them (and they will stay in the family)!!

{paint color is Iceberg by Benjamin Moore}

Mom already had this twin set of blue and yellow bedding. I like the mix of pattern...floral with plaid and windowpane. I think the yellow is light and subtle enough to not scream french country and I like how there's not much contrast between it and the pale blue walls...the dark bed frames really pop.

The other heirlooms my mom included in the room were 3 watercolor paintings done by my great-grand uncle (or grand-grand uncle, something of that sort) in 1954. They are all sea-side landscapes of scenes around the Cape. She had them still in their original mats, which were all yellow and crusty from wear and tear over the years. Last weekend I helped her extract them carefully from the old mats, reframe and hang them (we made sure to keep the part where he had signed and dated them in cool!). We chose thick white molding and fresh white mats. Not having a lot of contrast between the frames and the wall helps your eye go right to the art. Plus white helps bring a bit more of cottage/beach feel to the room.

This chair was a find of my mom's at the Christmas Tree Shop a lot of years ago. It's new home is sitting in the corner next to the closet. I like the rush seat and the idea of a hand-painted pattern but I'm not crazy about this particular combo...maybe she'll let me repaint it? (Maybe I should prove to her first that I'm actually going to paint the 6 other things I said I would at the beginning of the summer....oops).

So, there's the in progress Cape house's new/old guest room! What do you think? Any ideas or suggestions? I think it's a pretty good start for working with what we had. I love that is has an eclectic feel...a bit traditional, a bit cottage, a bit contemporary. After all, no 2 guests are alike!!! (PS. Hopefully this bedding isn't too girly....we realized that 90% of the guests we have are female - my grandmother and aunt, my mom's female friends. Do you guys try to keep your guest rooms gender neutral?)

Baby Room Browsing



Hi! How is everyone? Posts are going to be a bit scarce around here for the next week or so...major project at work going down that is going to require long nights and weekend hours:( Waaaaaaahhhhhhh.

For now, I wanted to share a major source of nursery inspiration with you. First though, have you all heard of the (waving to all the nesties I know/hope that are here, you guys just ignore this brief bit of background info.) If you haven't, you must go there immediately and sign up with a screen name, then go chat on the community boards where you will find a ton of other great real people interested in decorating, cooking, crafts, pets, books, you name it. (I'm nestie "mrspaz", nice to meet ya!)

Anyhoo, nestie "tobewheeler" put together this awesome site, the Baby Room Bio, with a ton of nursery inspiration photos divided up by category (click on any of the subtitles at the top). I found these pics in about 5 minutes of looking through just a few of the categories. Something or other in each of these rooms speaks to me. Now I have to go back and look through the rest:)

Blue and Brown Baby Shower



I meant to blog for the Show Us Your Life series over at Kelly's Korner on Friday, but it turned out to be a busier day than I thought and then the weekend was here...and I was at the beach:) Then I figured posting about Baby Showers today would be better than never, hope you don't mind. And in case any of you are looking for baby shower ideas, head over Show Us Your Life: Baby Showers to see hundreds of participants!

I have a bunch of friends with children, but only have ever been involved in the planning of one baby shower...the one for my amazing friend Kia (her sweet little guy is now 9 months old)! I was in charge of decorations, while other friends and Kia's mom handled the food, games, favors, etc., so for this I'll just talk about what I did for "decor".

The mom-to-be didn't want the shower to be a surprise, nor did she want it to be too "themey". However as you know, when you are having any sort of occasion or party, there always tends to be something that connects the various parts of the event, so for this we went with the color palette of blue and brown, which was the same that Kia was using to decorate the nursery with. We also decided to very subtly include a baby bird/nest vibe without hopefully hitting anyone over the head with it.

My first thought, as it often is with entertaining, was fresh flowers. I mean, you really can't go wrong with floral centerpieces or accents for any sort of occasion. Plus they are a great way to bring in more of your color palette. Blue and white flowers were the obvious choice. To make things a bit more fun, I used the same treatment for the containers that I did for our wedding reception...I collected various sized and patterned ribbons in blue, brown and white and hot glued them around the middle of the clear glass vases. The hydrangeas that we used made a quite a trek to attend this special baby shower...a friend I work with brought them in on public transportation to our office from her backyard! Then I drove 6 hours with them in my car (stems in a bucket of water) back to my parents' where I was staying for the weekend for the shower (Kia is one of my best friends from growing up in Pa). They were definitely worth it though:)

My second thought, again a no-brainer for entertaining, was candles. We put small glass votives with white candles everywhere. Even the shower was during the daytime, they lent a nice intimate and classy glow to the party!

For the baby bird part of the non-themed theme, I bought a bunch of small nests at Michaels. I already had these solid painted eggs (an Easter gift from my Mom), but took a couple of the ones I didn't like all that much (they were purple) and repainted them to look like speckly blue-jay eggs. Then just placed the nests with eggs randomly around for a cute and woodsy feel.

Another idea I had was to use paper (something I had a lot of lying around) and pattern to help tie everything together and further enhance our color scheme. I made this "Congratulations" banner out of round pieces of blue and brown scrapbook paper glued onto chocolate satin ribbon. (I sprung for one of the circle die-cut things at Michaels - it was an investment! - to use for the larger patterned circles. The chocolate brown letters were printed on white paper and cut out by hand.)

I can not take credit for this fabulous circle banner idea...I "borrowed" it from my friend Katie of Good Things Catered (this girl is queen of entertaining, if you haven't checked out her blog, you must), although I can't find the shot of her banner that was my original inspiration. But seriously, you can use this idea for fact, now that I own the circle cutter, I plan to make a lot of banners! Check out the one I made last year for Thanksgiving that says "Give thanks" (Happy Thanksgiving was way too many letters!):

And back to mesh the baby bird thing with the patterned paper idea, I made 2 strings of "paper birds". Sort of like paper dolls but instead of all connected by the arms, I made them individually and hung them from jute twine with mini wood clothespins. I found 3 or 4 different birds online (clip art or google images), sized them appropriately and then printed them out on heavy cardstock to form templates/stencils. Then used these to cut out a bunch of bird silhouettes from more of the blue and brown scrapbook paper. The one thing I was unhappy with was that I had no idea where in Kia's mom's house we would use these "paper birds" when I made them. As it turns out, we hung them on either side of a door frame that connected 2 of the rooms we were having the shower in. So you were able to see the backside of each bird which was white from the back of the scrapbook paper...I wish they were patterned on both sides:(

{and in this case, one of the scrapbook papers had green on the backside..oops...something to keep in mind for next time}

The last thing I did was collect from Kia's mom photos of Kia and her husband (the dad-to-be) when they were babies/kids and pics of them together as a couple. I scanned these in and then printed them out in black and white. Mounted them on blue card stock and hung them by twine from a huge branch centerpiece I had made. (A gigantic glass hurricane vase filled with stones at the bottom to hold up the branches I had found in my back yard.) It made a nice dramatic statement, was a great ice breaker, and a fun way to try and visualize what the new baby might look like. We even had 2 pictures of Kia's mom's baby shower from when she was pregnant with Kia on there!!

Thus ends the baby shower edition of this blog:) So, if you were going to make a circle banner tomorrow, what would yours say?!

How Embarrassing



Hi! Thanks for all your great comments and suggestions on our guest room. You guys are the best:)

And before I show you some really embarrassing photos, notice anything different around here? It's not much, but I finally figured out how to make outer wrapper of the blog wider so the content area and sidebar are not smooshed together like they use to be. Yay!
Look, negative space ---------- >

Ok, so remember our office/studio? We just started transforming it from the boys bedroom it used to be (previous owners) to a cool, calming work place for P and I. I'll admit, its slow going. Just to remind you what it used to look like and so that I can feel better about myself that I've actually gotten something done, here's the before again. Yikes.

We took down the wallpaper border, primed and painted the walls Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue. Love this color!!

Awesome. Way better. One thing accomplished. We do have a slight problem now though which I think I mentioned before. The sellers were not very good painters. So even thought the red is gone on the walls.....aaaah! Its still everywhere on the trim and baseboards! I mean, seriously, look:

(This is not the embarassing this was not my fault!) So I guess while we are in painting mode and the furniture is still in the middle of the room, we should repaint the trim. Doh! (As you can see its a bit dirty and beat up too, so I'm sure this will help make the room feel fresher and more updated anyways.)

Here's where I need your help. I love to paint but have never tackled trim before (this is, alas, not the embarrassing part shame here, I've never painted trim). First off, we have no idea what "white" color is used throughout the house on the trim, moldings and baseboards. Great. Any ideas? Should I just start over and try and choose a color that best matches what we have? And since I'm going to have to tackle the entire room, hopefully you won't be able to tell if its slightly different than the rest of the house?

Ok, so once we have a color, any tips for how not to get paint on the carpet? Do you suggest a special brush or can I just use the same kind I would use for cutting in/corners on the regular wall? Any advice in general?

The walls have been done since like the beginning of July. It is now the middle of August...oops. I will hopefully start this project soon (uhm, that term is relative and means anytime from next week to the end of September!). In the meantime (ok, well really only last night which is why I decided to blog about it today), I've started to deal with the mess that is the rest of the room. Like cleaning, organizing all my art supplies, paper, finding a work space/table, etc.

Here's where we get to the embarrassing part. As in, I can not believe I'm about to show you this. You might want to cover your eyes (but not until after this next pic). If you noticed in the original office/studio space, I showed alot of up close shots of some of the details in the room. Like this:

Lovely, no?! You're probably thinking "Wow, this girl has good taste. She's so organized. Why does she need that much ribbon?" Well, I didn't show you any far shots of the room because I thought you might run away screaming and never come back. Because if I had stepped back and taken a pic of the whole room it would have looked something like this:

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! Nice new wall color though, huh? Geez, that fresh paint looks great. Too bad there's red paint still showing along the baseboards. And a whole bunch of crap on the floor!!!! OMG, I'm so embarrassed!!! But, I wanted to show you this so that when this room is eventually "done" (you know, like sometime in 2014) you will appreciate how far its come:)

I swear that its really organized chaos. Bwa ha ha ha!! How in the world does P put up with me?!

So, I obviously need to get organzied. And buy some more storage boxes and shelves and other organizing type stuff. Help!!!! How do you sort through all this and figure out a good system? Wow. Painting the trim is sounding so easy compared to this!!!

The Guest Room



As promised the other day, the story of our guest bedroom (though it's still definitely a work in progress)!

Here's what it looked like when we first moved in. The previous owners had painted it a bright blue...we love blue, but this was way too bright for us. (Our master bedroom was also blue, but a nice unsaturated old pair of jeans blue...we like that kind of blue so we left it, see the difference here.)

We already had a great queen bed, nightstand and dresser that was P's before we got married (I helped him pick it out though...and when we bought this house we upgraded to a king for us) that fit pretty well in the space. We also had this cream quilted coverlet that seemed like a good neutral base and also meant we didn't have to buy new bedding:)

So, P painted the room Benjamin Moore's Taupetone (when he had off work for a few random days and I didn't. Thanks, luv ya!). Phew, soooo much better...for us (don't worry, you may still read this blog if you liked the before blue paint more!!). It's a bit darker than we usually go for, but the room has 3 windows and I thought the light carpet and light bedding would be enough to make it feel cozy instead of cave-like.

I found these 3 butterfly framed prints at Home Goods. Combined with the fact that I already had these 2 chartreuse green pillows, I decided to go with green and orange for accent colors. See how the copper mirror makes much more sense now? (Read about how this mirror used to be black here.)

Even though the experts always say the bed should be positioned in the room so that it is the first thing you see when you enter (facing you), here's our room from the door. Oops! There wasn't quite enough room for the bed between the 2 windows on that left wall, it wouldn't fit where the dresser is now on the back wall, and the right wall is out because of the closet door and the fact that the door into the room swings onto that wall. So, hopefully no one minds:)

I made some DIY wall art to fill the space in between those 2 windows on the left. I love botanical prints and figured instead of shelling out the money for ones I had seen in the Pottery Barn catalog, I'd just make them myself using clip art. I had the Dover Clip Art series book "Trees and Leaves" and had successfully used it before for invitations like these. I layed out 4 images I liked and printed them on some 8 1/2" x 11" chartreuse paper I had lying around from Paper Source. Hung them in these dark walnut with large white mat frames in a symmetrical grid. Sweet.

Unbeknownest to me, at the same time Kimba from A Soft Place to Land was doing something just like this with the exact same clip art! But printing them in black ink on vellum, then mounting them on brown scrapbook paper and framing them with a more intricate silver molding and wider mat, makes them suddenly a bit more traditional and elegant. I love hers!!!

{just to reiterate...these are NOT part of my guest room, these our Kimba's, she just has really good taste!} the corner between these windows we placed this chair (the Dolce Lounge) from Target for guests to sit on or put their luggage on. I like how its woven tone-on-tone herring bone pattern adds a bit of texture, and its soft oatmealy color picks up the similar color of the throw on the bed.

When you come into the room and turn around, you are presented with this, the most undone part of the room so far. We put this little book shelf we already had on this wall to hold some of our books and give guests a selection to choose from if they'd like to read. But the scale of this is obviously not right for this big wall, so....any ideas? We have a taller/nicer book case that is currently being used in our foyer that we could eventually put here when we get an entryway table. But for now I think this little guy will probably stay, so how could I fill this space in with wall art, ledge shelves, etc.? I supposed I could also center it on the wall and not worry about the socket getting covered. Hmmm...

{I've started collecting the letter Ps...I have 4 now...this one is from Babies-R-Us}

I think the other big thing this room needs to be "finished" (yeah, right, when does that ever happen?!) is window treatments. We currently still have the ugly old-school plastic roller blinds up that came with the house. I definitely need something functional here, for privacy and that blocks the light. Thoughts? At one time I had considered covering the roller shades with some funky patterned fabric (I saw a tutorial online for this somewhere, it involved spray glue), so from outside they would still look white and from inside they would look decorative but still function well. Anyone tried this? Window treatments scare me. They are so expensive and so permanent. What are my other options? Blinds? Help!

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