Sweet Dreams

You can finally come in here now.

You can finally come in here now.

Finally.

FINALLY, after three years, we’re decorating our guest bedroom at 3675.

Fi. Nal. Ly.

If you’ve been to our house – maybe even slept on the futon that was in this tiny oddball closet from an attic from a dollhouse of a room – then you know why this has taken us so long. You know why we had to de-prioritize it on the 3675 task list and make do with a less than comfortable palette of furniture hand-me-downs from apartment life in San Francisco.

I HATE HAND-ME-DOWNS! (unless, of course, they’re really awesome, stylish antiques… then gimme)

It sure wasn’t pleasant or pretty, but this is what 100-year-old house life is all about.

Patience.

And perseverance.

After three years, having now successfully torn open all the guest room’s walls and added shear paneling and continuity clips for seismic stability, having closed one closet so we have at least a SOMEWHAT continuous patch of wall against which to put a bed, having replaced all the doors so we have sufficient quiet and warmth to warrant sleeping in there, having added new period-appropriate trim and repainted, having moved ALL THE EXISTING HAND-ME-DOWN CRAP in there up to the SECOND HOME we bought in the middle of all this (the second home that can house ten times as many guests as would ever fit in this silly little relic of hospitality gone by, but that’s neither here nor there)…

We are NOW ready to decorate.

I’ve known for a while what I wanted to do with “Sam’s Room” (yes, it’s juuust about the perfect size for a 23-pound dog), and Trent has let me have my fun. My mission has been to brighten the whole space up and make it feel and actually BE big enough for a full bed, while still expressing my eclectic yet fairly period-appropriate taste.

I think I’m succeeding.

So far, the bed is all I’ve got in there…

Bed...

Bed…

Beeed...

Beeed…

MORE BED!

MORE BED!

…but this week the rug comes…

Excited for the color potential in this pattern.

Excited for the color potential in this pattern.

…and my custom framing should be done soon for the anchor piece in the room, which is going to stretch the color a LOT farther…

This artist is a friend of mine; scored a limited edition of this special piece he made for the window of our pop-up shop in San Francisco when I worked for Art.com and have been saving it to crown the guest room.

This artist is a friend of mine; scored a limited edition of this special piece he made for the window of our pop-up shop in San Francisco when I worked for Art.com and have been saving it to crown the guest room. I know it seems wacky, but I promise the frame I picked is gonna pull it all together.

Accents will include a delicate open shelving system to maintain the room’s storage benefits both for us and for guests WITHOUT sacrificing the sense of space I worked so hard (literally, three years hard) to achieve.

The walls will also be home to some interesting relics from the house itself, like a little art project Trent made out of our old front door, uncovered in the backyard…

Remember when we found this little bit of treasure?

Remember when we stumbled upon this little bit of treasure?

… and some trippy vintage ads for plastic and sugar I picked up in a print shop in Seattle:

No life. No life at all until sugar.

No life. No life at all until sugar.

Sort of a play on the period-appropriateness we’ve worked so hard to maintain in the house.

And I’m super excited to have just landed on this perfect find for a dressing chair:

Chair! Pink!

Chair! Pink!

(which is an investment almost equal to the bed, but when you find the perfect pink chair for pop, you find the perfect pink chair for pop, people)

Within a couple weeks it should all be in place, and we can finally close the door on the guest room.

Because it actually closes now (opens, too)! Get it?

We’ll be sure to get some testimonials from the long list of out-of-towners booked to christen it in the month of November, starting with Munga and Char.

Mints will be on the pillow, but plastic and sugar not included.

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2 thoughts on “Sweet Dreams

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    The way you describe your house, with patience and perseverance, is the way that your grandmother describes her marriage. Patience and perseverance will accomplish a wonderful end result, regardless of the project. Wisdom from your ancestors. Enjoy!

  2. […] It’s kinda pathetic that almost one year to the day that I documented we were FINALLY starting to decorate our remodeled guest room… […]

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