Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ready for guests

Roughly seven months ago, I had a decor conundrum regarding our guest bedroom, and I opened it up for suggestions from you, the reading public. The results were mixed, and overall we ended up no closer to a solution than when we started (I don't blame you, I blame myself for presenting you with five equally terrible options.). So I returned everything I bought, and just forgot about it for a while. And it turns out that is exactly what I needed to do. Once I stopped looking, I ended up finding the perfect taupe coverlet (that right there is one of the dumbest sentences I think I've ever typed, and probably at least 1/8th of what is wrong with America as a whole). For those of you interested (i.e. no one, but I press on....) I stumbled upon it at T.J. Maxx. I also picked up a white bed skirt and we were done.

Wait. No. It's never that easy! (not with me anyway). Now of course we had to find pillows! I will spare you the drawn out version of that story- let's just say it went about as well as the comforter search. But finally, finally the room started to come together. It is by no means finished, but that day might never come, so I'll present it to you now. Drumroll.....................

Ta-da! You can see in addition to bedding we also added a rug and a headboard, but no- I still haven't removed the plastic from the lampshade. We'll get there.... Here's a close up of all the lovely details:

The headboard was made out of an inexpensive single panel hollow door. Dustin cut it down to fit, applied veneer to the end, and then sanded and stained it to match the floors. This was a painstaking process (because why wouldn't it be?) but he did such a great job. It looks beautiful with the floors and I love how it lightens up the dark paint, and brings a natural element to the room.

Pretty right?

In addition to all that fun, we also built a console table. We used old props from a work project I did last summer (gotta love that!) and had a thick piece of plexiglass cut for the top. Eventually we'll deck it out- get a lamp, maybe some books, and hang some stuff on the walls, but it's slowly coming together.

After all that, I really love how it turned out. I sort of wish it was our room....maybe we'll switch!


  1. LOVE the wall color and great job on the headboard D. I felt emasculated just reading what you had to do. I had to have my father-in-law drive over to screw in hooks to hang our bikes from the ceiling in our garage. (don't judge me)

    And Court, glad you found the taupe comforter. I didn't think that sentence was lame at all. And provides the perfect contrast for the rest of the room.

  2. I like the choice of colors. Especially the pink and yellow pillows.

  3. Thanks guys! There's still always more to do....but for now I'm happy.