House Tour: Twin Guest Bed Room

Detail of quilt

Time for another house tour!  I’ve recently made some progress on this room, and want to share it.  I still have a long list of to-dos in this space.  In particular, I need to paint the closet doors and trim, bring in the curtains from the master bedroom, and turn them into black-out curtains, finish making the upholstered bench (part one seen here), bring up an old secretary from downstairs, and continue to add and rearrange accessories and art.  First, to get to the bedroom, you have to go up the stairs which are guarded by a ferocious troll:

Guardian of the Stairs

Guardian of the Stairs

Okay, he’s not ferocious, or a troll.  He’s a gigantic orange cat with a tiny pipsqueek meow.  The stairs are one of his favorite places to play/lounge/sleep/attack.

Back to the bedroom.  The twin bed room is so called because of the one twin sized bed in it.  Also known as the sleeping room, where my husband goes to for naps during the day because it’s so dark, or where he goes to get some sleep when one of us is restless at night.

Twin Bed Room

Twin Bed Room

The walls are painted gray, I believe in “Elephant Skin” by Behr premium ultra plus.  That paint is awesome.  My parents recently brought the bed to me, it was my childhood bed, and was my grandfather’s childhood bed as well.  The quilt was made by a great-grand aunt (or some distant relation) and was given to my grandmother.  I feel so lucky to have it.  I think it’s absolutely beautiful.  It’s actually for a full sized bed, but seeing as I don’t have a bed that size, I think it’ll do just fine here for now.  I love the designer Sarah Richardson, and love watching all her shows.  In her series, Sarah’s House, where she buys a country house and renovates it, she finds a large, antique bed quilt that has a beautiful, bright and bold design on it.  When I my quilt, it reminded me of what she did and gave me a spark and direction to go in this room.

Detail of quilt

Detail of quilt

I know I’ve got a ways to go, but this is a great jumping off point.  From this, I knew I had to paint an old bookcase bright yellow to match the sunniness of the quilt.  You can see the whole project here.

Bookshelf and Bed

Bookshelf next to bed

The yellow color really pops against the gray wall, and looks great with the bed and spread.  Just a few of my favorite details from the shelf:

Vase with Adams print

Vase with Ansel Adams print

Buttons, recipe box, and antique candy tin

Brass buttons, recipe box, and antique candy tin

On the other side of the bed, I have an Ikea table (left from my post-college-graduation-poor-trying-to-furnish-an-apartment-days), with a little frame I found at Target a couple years ago.  The lamp is OK, but again just something cheap we picked up to make do. And by cheap I mean, my husband paid $150 for this lamp, another just like it, a full sized brass bed and mattress, floor lamp, kitchen table, six chairs, a computer desk, and a chest of drawers.  He had found a listing in the paper of a couple who were combining two mature households into one, and moving to Florida.  Score!

Lamp and frame

Lamp and frame

On the walls, so far, I have a few framed photographs I took.  One of the Washington monument in D.C., and one of a neat rock formation in southern California.

Framed photos

Framed photos

Across from the bed, I still need to bring up some furniture, but I do have “Unfinished Virginia” on the wall.

Unfinished Virginia

"Unfinished Virginia" painting

I started on this painting nearly four years ago, and never finished it.  At some point, Mr. Lucky said he had grown to like it just as it is, and wanted me to hang it up.  Okay then.  :)

And lastly, but not completely finished is the painted closet.

Painted Closet

Painted Closet

Sooooooo exciting, I know.  But hey, it was a project, and it’s finished now.  One day, I will paint the doors in gloss white to match the rest of the trim in the room.  I painted the interior a light shade of cream- leftover paint from the other guest room next door.

And that’s the twin bed room.  A work in progress, but hey, what’s not a work in progress?

Twin Bed Room

Twin Bed Room