We made it, sort of. After a series of hiccups that wouldn’t quit, here it is. The completed guest room makeover. If you want to see where it all began, check here, (week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5).
As with all projects of this sort, it was truly a labor of love. But I don’t want to bore y’all with chatter when I know you just want to see pics. So here ya go!
Ok, can I jump back in for a sec? One of my favorite things about this room is that it’s sort of like our guests will get to play a game of I Spy. There’s all sorts of fun and interesting collected knick-knacks, found doo-dads and souvenirs from trips all around the world. Some that we’ve found and some that are from family members. Wanna play?
Can you find:
A Horse Shoe from Mackinac Island?
A 150 year old Railroad Spike from Alaska?
A Nantucket Basket?
An Amethyst Druzy?
An Antique Prayer Chair?
Antique Chinese Calligraphy Brushes?
A Buffalo Horn?
An 1890s Property Survey from near our home?
Cotton Bolls from Georgia?
An Antique Silver Trophy?
An Antique Painted Italian Box?
Currency from Puerto Rico, Honduras, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Barbados?
A Horse Show Ribbon from Colombia?
You get the idea.
Another thing that makes this room special to us are all of the objects of sentimental value. It’s a veritable treasure trove of heirlooms and prized possessions. Did you catch the gallery wall of family photos? Love that. I love old photos and ancestry/genealogy, so, this was a natural choice. Most are portraits, but all are special. There are even some tinted photos that coordinate nicely with the room! It’s all about details, people!
After refinishing the vintage dresser, I lined the drawers with this pretty scallop print in a pale aqua.
Here’s the Italian box. It was purchased on my grandparents’ first trip to Italy in the 60s, but it’s much older.
Mom had this brass plate added to the prayer chair. It has my monogram and baptismal date engraved on it. Just another special item!
The Reader’s Digest books, (that you see used as props all the time), belonged to my husband’s grandfather. This is just a small part of the collection he owned.
I will keep that Baies candle forever and ever. It’s one of the last Christmas gifts my Gram gave me. It also happens to be my most favorite scent! Favorite books, including a tattered copy of a 1950s novel The Late Bride, that I have read at least 5 times, (For the same reason I love of old movies, I find the early-mid 1900s vernacular and culture fascinating). My late aunt purchased it on the day of my wedding, at a sale, and wrote a sweet inscription.
Here you can see the steel bases my husband cut and brother in law welded for me and a collection of wine corks from special events, celebrations, and trips.
The antique German hand-embroidered Euro pillow shams were a wedding gift from my Dad’s cousin and his wife, who are expats in Germany. Aren’t they pretty??
Thank you for stopping by to see and for your sweet comments and encouragement! I hope that you’ve enjoyed following along and think our new guest room is as pretty as I do!
Please check out the other participants, there are some truly jaw-dropping transformations!! You can find them all here.
Thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for hosting! I can only hope that one day I get to participate as an invited guest! So much fun!!