Things most Americans have done this summer:
1. Gone swimming.
2. Gotten sunburned.
3. Stayed in my guest room.
Yes, it’s a statistical probability that you probably stayed at my house this month. (If so, come back! It’s too quiet now.) In the whole month of July, we were home without guests for three days. THREE. And what has two thumbs and loves any excuse to update a room?
Scarily accurate portrayal of how I’d look like right now if I could find the camera to take a picture. Do you like my new earrings?
I feel I should set the right expectations here: these were minor updates to the guest room. Don’t expect your world to be rocked, k? Okay. As a reminder, when we first moved in, the guest room looked like this:
Sorry for the bad lighting, but trust me, it’s better this way.
What I didn’t show you then was the wall opposite the bed, because it would have looked like: A Blank Wall.
I knew I eventually wanted to add a dresser or something opposite the bed, but then I ran into this little friend at a yard sale:
A sweet little faux bamboo dresser in absolutely pristine condition. It was a steal priced at $25, so naturally I… offered $20. (What? I can’t help it!) I may have squealed with delight when the sellers accepted my offer.
Let’s be honest: this thing is getting painted. Maybe a bright yellow? Green? What do you think?
So with the new desk in place, it was time to fancy up the rest of that wall. I dug through my decor closet – you have one, don’t you? – and found this set of prints I bought literally years ago from this etsy seller.
I bought them to hang in the dining room, but as soon as they arrived, my husband pointed out that people probably don’t want to look at birds and power lines while eating – no? – so they went into storage until I could find the right place for them.
Hello, guest room wall! I just needed some frames…
… so I should probably apologize to anyone who tried to buy a white Ribba frame from IKEA Atlanta recently: I bought them all.
However, when I got them home I was
completely furious disappointed to find out Ikea now uses The Worst Frame Hanging Hardware In The Universe: the wire-across-the-back technique. Hanging frames with wires in a gallery style is a nightmare.
Dear Ikea: WHYYY?!
Well guess what? Andy and I put our heads together and came up with an awesome free trick to make hanging them super easy. And free. Did I say free? I’ll tell you about that trick in the next post.
(Seriously. I can’t wait to tell you about that trick!)
I picked up that giant sunburst-ish mirror from a yard sale for $3. Yes, three dollars. It went over the bed, and the pictures and frames that had been above the bed moved to above the nightstands. I swapped the nightstands too.
Easily the most dramatic change in the history of decorating, right? You can’t even believe it’s the same space? (Remember, I said these would be little updates. Miniature.)
Wait, one more thing. Let’s play a little game called:
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!
Can you see a difference between these two pics? I’ll give you a hint: It took me about half an hour to get from the picture on the left to the picture on the right.
If you’re thinking: “It looks like everything has been moved six inches to left, but that can’t be right, because who would do that?!” — then you’ve grossly underestimated me. I would do that. After we swapped the nightstands, the whole world felt off-balance and suddenly you could tell that nothing was centered in the room. So I literally took everything off the wall and moved it six inches to the left. Yep. Too much time on my hands.
I still want:
1. Some cute seating for the desk. Maybe a little garden stool like this?
2. A pop of color and texture for the bed. I’m looking around for the perfect pillow but it continues to evade me!
3. To paint the desk and lamp, but this will come when I find that perfect pop of color.
What have you guys been up to this weekend? Are you entertaining TONS this summer too? Don’t tell anyone, but I secretly love it.