Sunday, April 5, 2015

Change Happens

Change, constant change, is Steve's major complaint about me!


But, change happens sometimes when you are not expecting it.


Until last week, the guest room looked like this.


Our daughter has been staying with us during the week since October, but KC moved back to the Bay Area and took much of her decor/furniture with her.


I spent the last few days putting together the room because we have a special guest coming this week.


In my old age, I am realizing that I don't need to always be purchasing new items


so my goal for the room was to spend no money and only use things I had on hand.


The checkered shams are an old IKEA purchase and the white quilt was on our bed until last summer.


A favorite quilt adorns the foot of the bed complimented by pillows that have been used on our bed, on the window seat in the dining room, on the living room sofa and even outside on the chaises.


The little stool at the foot of the bed is one of several pieces KC returned to me after stealing it when she moved to town.


Among the things KC left behind were the navy suede headboard on the bed and her IKEA dresser - it's old, but does the trick for now.


My original plan was shelves and baskets on this wall, but I decided that "less is more" and I asked my resident artist for paintings.


The chair was a cheap Tuesday Morning purchase that I love tucking into empty corners.


While KC was with us, this little table served as a night stand, but I had other ideas for next to the bed so the table fills a space between the windows - Steve added one of my favorite truck paintings.


I have always wanted to use a ladder for shelves and finally I have the perfect spot.


Originally we hung a painting over the bed, but it was overwhelming


so an old screen hangs above the bed and a little bag for candy (empty for now or Lulu would try to get it) awaits our guest who will arrive on Friday.


 Steve's most recent painting hangs above a table I moved into the bedroom from the living room.


I am eagerly awaiting my cousin Vicki's arrival


as is Lulu - although she might be waiting for KC to come home.


I am happy with the room and pleased with myself that I didn't buy anything except flowers


and fresh flowers are a change that Steve can handle!

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Head on over to My Salvaged Treasures for the Vintage Inspiration Party

79 comments:

Sarah said...

Change is often good! I admire you for doing the room without any additional shopping. I recently styled the shelves in a new bookcase with things I already had here in the house. It was fun to search through my things for those special items that I wanted to include.
Hope you are doing better.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very pretty, Carol, I like all the changes. Love the trucks he paints. Over the years, I've found some really cute linens at Ikea. I don't purchase many new items for my home either, because I have too much, despite donating, or giving it to siblings.

Kay said...

It looks beautiful. I adore your home it's so lovely.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love what you have done with this room. It's great to read you spent no extra money, except for flowers. It all looks lovely, homey and comforting. Vicki will love it.

Enjoy her visit.

FlowerLady

Monica T. said...

Loving what you did! Every square inch!

podso said...

It looks lovely and I like that vase of flowers almost suspending from air, or so it looks. I always enjoy seeing how you use your creativity in your home.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

A beautiful guest room! I love how you styled the ladder and the screen above the bed with the little bag of candy is the perfect touch. I always love seeing what you're up to! Have a great week and enjoy your cousins visit. I'll be cleaning out our attic... much needed!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I sure love coming to visit you. I am also glad that though I stopped blogging that I have NOT stopped visiting my favorites, and coming here is like coming home. Like you dear Carol, in my more mature years now, I realize I don't need certain things (then there are OTHER things that I don't mind purchasing!!!!!) but that rearrangement (like in a poem) is an art. Change is always occurring in our home with a change-out of pillows for spring, beach shells for summer, and certain but simple elements for the holidays. Keeping the changes manageable are what makes it fun and low-cost!

I love the idea of the chalkboard in the guest room so you can change out names that grace your home. And of course Miss THANG there, waiting for her walk on the beach with that look just charms my heart. I hope you are well and getting better every day. Hugs to you dear Carol! Anita

Deb said...

What a lovely room! It is welcoming and cozy, Hope you had a wonderful Easter!
Hugs,
Deb

Susan Clayton said...

Warm, inviting, just the right amount of visual stimulation. Pinning, sharing! I am with you when it comes to shopping what you already own first. I have seldom decided just go buy all new, and honestly, I have always been happier collecting things I love and then using them as the opportunity presents itself. The flowers are gorgeous and the perfect last touch. Hope you all enjoy your company.

Sally Somervill said...

So pretty! I love how you mixed the patterns and colors in your bedding.
xo Sally

September Violets said...

Such a welcoming room for a weary traveller! I love the ladder shelf, and wonder do you secure the ladder to the wall or is just leaning there. Steve's paintings are wonderful, and I love them all! They really "make" the room :) Your cousin won't want to leave! Have a great visit. Wendy

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Add me to the list of those who love what you've done to the room! Always look forward to your posts to see what you've been up to!

Melanie said...

Isn't it nice to "shop the house" and rearrange things in a new way? I love your guest room. It is comfortable, welcoming, and cheerful. So cool that you can just ask the resident artist in your house for a painting for the walls. Tim and I keep talking about framing our photographs (mostly his) and doing a gallery wall...we need to stop being talkers and start being doers! I hope that your hand is feeling better and that it didn't take you an entire day to write this post.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The room is so welcoming and warm! I love the additions and the screen above the bed is really sweet. I've been trying to shop my home as I downsize and only keep what I love. I bet Lulu isn't the only one who misses KC!
hugs,
Linda

Luanne @ Our Cozy Creative Life said...

I just love the room. I just proves we don't always need to buy new things. By moving things around and shopping the house, it can create a fresh new look. You have created a warm and inviting space.

ANNE said...

It's beautiful! and good for you shopping within your home to fix it up. Happy Monday!

Stacey said...

What a wonderful room! The clock collection is so cute on the ladder. You are always inspiring!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Carol, you did a wonderful job creating a welcoming spot for Vicki to stay. A charming room full of lovely things!

chateau chic said...

Carol, I adore everything you've done in this room!! The ladder looks fabulous next to the bed. Steve's paintings are perfect in this room...can I come and stay for, oh let's say, about a month??
Mary Alice

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French bread & family said...

Hello, Carol!
I have the same issue with Mr D. It does not help that I have a 20 year background in fashion merchandising. He will come home from work on a Saturday and say, "I see that you have been re -merchandising again!" The beauty of re-merchandising is making the "older stock" look fresh again! You, my friend are fabulous at this feat of art!

Tell Steve that I love the rotating art gallery in your home. It is what make visiting you so special and different in blog land.

Vicki will feel will feel welcome, honored and warm while wrapped in your charming new guest room.
~Lynne
w/L

bobbie said...

Lucky Vicki! But me thinks the resident designer may have been doing a bit too much with a certain hand!! ;)
I really like the smaller display above the bed.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French bread & family said...

I apologize for all of my typos...my laptop is running slow. Sometimes it is difficult to leave comments because
I type faster that the words go into the comment field. ( what make "s" )
... words typed twice because they had not appeared...(will feel...will feel!) eeeeek!
w/L

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Ok, Carol and Steve, I just visited Jen's COTM and have to say WOWZERS!!!!! Magical, creative, happy, bright and just plain awesome is your cottage!!!! I love looking at the vignettes of collections, Steve's art and every bit of interesting things in every room, on every wall, up down and all around joyful!!!

Connie said...

Your dear cousin Vicki is in for a lovely welcome. Carol, you are an artist of entertaining. I can not imagine anyone visiting your home and not leaving with warm memories tuck away in their hearts. I love the red and white gingham mixed into your bedding and all the other special touches you put out for the comfort and welcoming of your guest . . . including the special chalk board greeting. I do hope that your hand is healing well.
Best wishes for a lovely week and a sweet visit with your cousin.
Connie :)

CatieAn said...

Oh such a sweet happy room to be welcomed into. You did a great job. I am like you...use what you have and make the rest with supplies on hand.......hope your visit is wonderful

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Your guest room looks very cozy, warm and inviting, sure Vicki will love it. Liked the ladder shelf, very cute.
Hope your hand is back to normal................it must be better since you did all that work in there.
Always fun to have a reason to change things up a bit.........lol

Blessings Hon, Nellie

Laurel Stephens said...

Lucky Vicki!

Cream Linen said...

Change is Action and Action is Life ! So , it is good that you make little changes all the time.
I like changing things a lot, too.
Have a lovely time with your guest !
Tina

Rue said...

Carol, that room turned out absolutely darling. I wouldn't expect anything less from you :)

It looks like your hand is getting much better, which is great news!

xo

Kim said...

So pretty, Carol. I love changing rooms up here and there. Even when I don't sleep in them, I get a thrill just walking by a fresh look!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, I love change too! Your changes are just refreshing and oh so charming!

Katie Mansfield said...

So pretty. I hope you have a fun visit.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Looks great! So pretty and inviting. Your cousin Vicki is going to love it. She may never want to leave! xoxox

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I love the changes in your guest room. Change is good thing, but my hubs feels the same way your does. He says he never knows what to expect when he walks in the door...to me that's a good thing. Congrats on being featured at the Old Painted House! Maybe someday someone will ask me :-{. I've been missing in action, spending a lot of time in my greenhouse where it's warm in side without heat! Is your hand feeling better?

Renee said...

Your cousin is going to feel so welcome in such a lovely room.

Laurie said...

I'm sure your guest will love the room. Who in the world wouldn't? You have talent oozing out of every square inch of your body. And the room screams welcome....come on in and get comfortable.

Lorrie said...

A change is as good as a rest! Love the changes you've made. It's fun to change things up with items you already have, isn't it? I recently made some changes to our guest room, too, and hope to post photos soon. Lucky guests to stay in your sweet room.

cynthia lee designs said...

I love the room...very pretty!! I'm sure your cousin is going to love it. Hope you have an awesome time together.
hugs,
Cindy

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I am sure Vicki will enjoy her stay, the guest redo is very sweet. Blackboard is a welcoming touch. Shopping your house saves money but also by moving items around brings a new appreciation of pieces that may not of been noticed lately. l love Steves truck painting too. Lulu just may be looking for KC!
xoxo,
Vera

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, I love your room and all the special touches without buying a thing. I find myself doing the same as I grow older. I can just shop my house and move things around from one room to another and suddenly things look new again.
Your guest is going to love this room. Have fun!!
Hugs, CM

handmade by amalia said...

I love it! Any guest would be happy in this pretty room. I'm forever moving things around the house, it is so much more satisfying using what you already have or finding new uses for old stuff.
Amalia
xo

Consider It All Joy said...

Everything looks great Carol! I'm sure you'll miss KC but at least she knows she has a place to come back to and still feel welcomed and loved! Enjoy your time with your cousin, that will be a great visit, I'm sure! Love the quilt!! Blessings, Cindy

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Your Room looks so lovely! enjoy your visit with your Cousin

deezie

Barbara Fisher said...

Well done you, the room looks beautiful. I would love to snuggle up there, and Lulu would be a welcome visitor.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

That quilt at the foot of the bed. Perfection! Hope you're still recuperating well. Enjoy your time with your cousin.

Kelly said...

What a beautiful and charming guest room! I love the ladder next to the bed with the jar of fresh flowers hanging off of it. I also like the pretty quilt at the foot of the bed. Hope you have a great time with your guest.

Holly said...

I ♥ all your sweet changes! So cheery and bright! Ü

The Junque Seeker said...

What a lovely and welcoming guest room! Many times the things you've already used and loved are far superior to new. I'm sure your cousin will enjoy her visit and will indeed have sweet dreams in this room.

Cynthia said...

The room is very pretty and the ladder adds so much. I like the pot sitting on the chair. Enjoy

Cindy

My Garden Diaries said...

It is stunning Carol!! I love all of the changes you made to the space and I always admire the fact that you use what you have! You have created a real retreat here! And it feels so fresh and pretty! Wishing you an awesome visit with your cousin...and my husband says the same thing to me! The creative mind never rests does it!!!??!! Happy week you!! Nicole xoxo

Daytona Damsel said...

Great job. That room looks so welcoming and cozy.

Debbie said...

i love both the before and after. that room is so inviting, if i were your guest, i would never leave!!!

Carla from The River said...

Well done! I love the ladder. The room is very cozy and I think your guest will love it. I also love how you decorate with Steve's amazing paintings. :-))

Thank you for sharing.
Carla

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful and cozy space you've created. I'm so impressed that you did all of this with items you already had in your home. You've created a perfect "bed and breakfast" oasis; your cousin may just settle in for good! Love the ladder and all your special touches. Thanks Carol for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

lynn said...

it looks cozy and sweet, carol! vicki will enjoy it when visiting:)

Patty Antle said...

Carol, your room is lovely. I'm so glad that your hand is better! Enjoy Vicki's visit. I know she will appreciate the special touches to the room.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The room is very welcoming. Your cousin Vicki is lucky!

fiona anderson said...

It's such an inviting room and I love your ladder shelves.

Lowcarb team member said...

Your cousin Vicky is going to love this room.

I love the flowers you've used.

All the best Jan

Ana said...

Hi Carol,
Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Your guest room looks amazing. So inviting. I'm absolutely certain that your cousin will feel comfy and right at home. And the fresh flowers and candy are such a sweet touch.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Jann Olson said...

Carol, it looks lovely! I love the blue chair and the ladder! I have a chippy white one folded up out on the porch. Been needing to bring her in for a new look. May do that soon. My hubby is so use to me always changing, but I'm sure it annoys him a bit as well. But I have to tell you a funny story. One of my friends came to our front door and hubby answered. I heard her say, "I swear her porch is different every time I come here". He laughed and said, 'That's her job". Glad to know that he thinks it's a job. lol! Now back to the room. The bedding is perfect and I love the screen.
hugs,
Jann

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks beautiful...my favorite is what you did with the ladder! LOVE! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks beautiful...my favorite is what you did with the ladder! LOVE! :)

Julia said...

Your guest room is beautiful and so inviting...I love the ladder shelf! I have an old wooden ladder and needed inspiration and now I shall try it in my room!

I found your blog from the Painted Cottage of the Month!

Down by the sea said...

I always enjoy seeing the changes you make to your lovely home. I'm sure Vicki will enjoy her stay with you in such a pretty room. Sarah x

Jen Kershner said...

Beautifully done Carol! I love that you didn't buy anything. I'm trying to master that myself.

Sue said...

Awe, sad that your daughter left now. I like the Ikea dresser and all the little changes. Your cousin will adore staying in this bedroom, I know I would. Love the flowers too.

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming photos.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow what a beautiful guest room! I know your cousin will love it! Have fun with her and have a lovely weekend!
Julie xo

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a gorgeous space for a guest Carol - and that ladder is perfection ( love how you decorated it )
Have a great week with your cousin !
xox

Michele said...

All of your changes and decorating make for wonderfully inviting spaces. The room looks great. It's even more impressive you did it by shopping your house!

BeachGypsy said...

It all looks so pretty!! How is your hand doing?

HWIT BLOGG said...

Your home and decoration is just lovely...it´s a pleasure visiting your blog!
Have a nice evening and take care!
Warm hug,
Titti

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Your room decorations out of everything you had looks amazing. Great job. Please visit me at my blog as I am still trying to grow it.. I am your newest follower..
Loved your blog.
Hugs,
Cindy

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

This was a busy week, and somehow I missed this post. I like the changes in your house and change in general. Douglas always complains that I am constantly moving things around as well.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Carol, I love, love, love this room. It's perfect and your cousin may stay forever! Lulu obviously loves it, too.

Little Farmstead said...

Sweet and welcoming! ~julie

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