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Weekend Guest Room Transformation

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

When we first moved into our NH home, I did not have the time or the money to design beautiful guest rooms like I wanted to right away. While saving up for my dream furniture, I used all of my furnishing from our previous NH condos.

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Although it wasn’t quite the “dream room” that I envisioned, it still looked alright and had all of the necessary functions of a guest room (which was its purpose!).

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And then one day, when I was shopping at Pier 1, I was talking to the salesgirl and she told me about this beautiful screen she had used as a headboard and she had just marked one down to half price because of a little hole. “Would I like to see it?”  Bingo!  Of course it was beautiful and at a great price. My plain guest room was going to be transformed!

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It was just gorgeous! I had just purchased a new comforter on sale from Macy’s that I hoped would bring some color to the room. ( I checked at Macys.com to show you a picture but they are all out.) There was also a tall mirror in the room that I purchased at Bombay years ago which I still love, but I did not care for the finish now.

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After complaining so much about it, I decided why not paint it? Yay!  I love painting projects. I picked a dark blue color to coordinate with the comforter, kensington blue #840:

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I had read somewhere about using wet newspaper to mask windows and mirrors instead of using tape.  Forget about it!!  It would not stick right as it dried, I had ink all over me, and paint went right through it.  But it still did come out nice:

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So I easily finished the room in a weekend.  I still have some more things to do in the room but I like how it is coming out:

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What do you think?  Do you think it looks nicer? Next step is shopping for accessories, but that is my favorite part of the job!

Do you need help updating a room?  Contact me today!

Related topics:

Coordinating the Bed and Bath

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Creating A Cohesive Look

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Obsessing Over Tablescapes

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Okay.  I am going to admit it.  I am just obsessed with tablescapes lately!

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Tablescapes, vignettes, setting a table, decorating a table, centerpieces.  I just can’t seem to get enough!!

Martha Stewart (these are paper flowers!)

Did you know that the word ‘tablescape’ is not even a word in the dictionary? Even Microsoft’s Word says that the word does not exist.  I think that they need to get with the program!

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So this past weekend, I thought why don’t you try to make a pretty table Kelly??  I decided to start with a smaller table in my kitchen nook.  This is what the table has looked like for while now:

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I took out a few of my little accessories to see if I could use any of that first.  What was I thinking dragging all this stuff out!

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Last week for my birthday, I treated myself to a little shopping spree at Pier 1.  I picked up a set of small plates on sale for 1/2 price for $3.50, four placemats @ $4.95 each, napkins @ $2.30 and four napkin rings for $3.95 each. Then I stopped at the Christmas Tree Shop and spent about $12 on a bunch of small accessories! Take a look at all my findings:

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I had white plates already,

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Then I just played with putting accessories in the middle of table until I liked the look.

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I did not want to put silverware out but if you are looking for a guide on how to set a proper table, Solutions , an online and catalog store that sells ‘products that make life easier,’ offers a detailed article here.

I thought it was fun to do!  And I get to smile every time I walk by.  Even my husband, who does not care much about decorating, keeps saying how nice it looks. Yay!

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I can tell this might be a new hobby for me!

Just wanted to show you my favorite Pier 1 purchase the other day:

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Don’t you just love it?  I saw him from across the store- knew I had to have him right now!  I love finding those special items that make me happy.

Comments? Do you like to decorate your tables? I would love you to send pictures of your tablescapes to share!

Inspiring Spring Tablescapes

Beautiful Extraordinary Chandeliers

Bringing Back your Dining Room, Part 1 AND Part 2

Christmas Tablescapes

Even More Christmas Tablescapes Ideas

And if you want to learn how to make your own Tablescape from scratch: Christmas Table Centerpiece 101

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