Sunday, March 29, 2009

Finishing the "guest room"

Today I finally finished my office/guest room. All I was waiting for was to find the finishing touches, and they are finally in place. Yay!

This room used to be Justin's. He never appreciated the view and kept it . . . well . . . not very tidy. It was pretty beat up after having a teenager in it for 4 1/2 years. Well, when he moved out last year I did what any normal empty nester would do - I took his room and moved my office into it. I mean, it has the best view in the house. So . . .  doesn't that sound logical? Paint, carpet, furniture, linens - you name it, I replaced it! It was turned into a wonderful new guest room/office. But when Justin moved back home, I thought to myself "Now why would I put a 20 year old guy/slob into my brand new room?" Hello? So I put him into his brother's room, (which was the next project on my list - but now it's on hold). I KNOW Brandon will not be moving back home. (But if he ever does need to spend the night, like on Christmas Eve and Easter Eve, he has a really nice room to stay in. With a view!) 

So anyway! Got to rambling there . . . here's the room!

This is the SW corner where I placed my desk. Obviously, I love the view! It's foggy over in the valley today though, so it's kinda hard to see.

Behind me is a little sitting area by the closet.

This is the other side of the room. I just hung the plates this morning. I've had that picture for about 20 years now. It used to be pale, pale blue, I just painted it black when I decided to hang it in this room. I wanted a creme and black toile comforter, but I couldn't find one for a reasonable price at the time I was looking. So finally selected this one instead. Because I wanted the boys to be comfortable in here, I wanted it somewhat masculine. And they both approved of it all when I finished it up. 

The nightstand . . . just waiting for an overnight guest.

You know how I am longing for a cabin of our own in Colorado? Well, on our vacation last summer Mark found this artist who did small miniature watercolors of cabins. 
He surprised me by purchasing one for me! Unbeknownst to me, 
here is what it says on the back. 

Now I can "honestly" say Mark bought me my very own cabin in Colorado. 
(Isn't he just a clever guy? He knew exactly how to get out of that one!)

Below is my "Sister Angel" I got for Christmas 
from my Sister-in-Law Christie whom I LOVE!!!! 
I knew exactly where I wanted her when I opened her up.

I could not snatch these guys up fast enough when I saw them at Home Goods. 
I knew I'd find a good home for them.

When I found this shell plague, I thought it finished things off nicely.

So that's the room. Home you enjoyed the little tour!

Have a good week ahead everyone! Be safe!


Ginger said...

Hi Karen:
I did the same thing when my kids moved out one by one. The only thing is they kept coming back home, until they got married.
I like how your room turned out. I love your desk!! Everything looks nice, and not real girly girly, for your guys.
Like that picture of the cabin your hubby bought for you too.

Shellmo said...

The room looks beautiful!! That desk is great and I love how you positioned it. And that watercolor of the cabin is a sweet gift!!

Connie said...

I love a room with a view. Looks like a room that a guest would really enjoy! How are you doing with Justin home?? Dustin is on Spring Break with friends at the beach and we are watching the grandpuppy. Dwight's enjoying having a little puppy around. Connie

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow Karen, I love the room re-do! Very nice. Yes, I don't know why kids are such slobs. Our 21 year old is home and finishing up college (decided to come back home to finish up too - probably needed me to cook and do her laundry truth be told LOL!) You did a wonderful job and I also think you should keep it for yourself - only!



April said...

What a fabulous looks so relaxing.....can I come for a visit?

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Karen,

What a great room! Having those two windows by your desk must be so great! Love the comforter you chose - I think it's perfect for any gender. Good Job!


Melissa Miller said...
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Melissa Miller said...

Hi Karen,
I love your guest room!

You did a beautiful job in here with every detail.
The bedding and wall color are fabulous.

I just purchased the same sign that says "Relax" today at Marshalls.

Have a great evening.
~Melissa :)

A Hint of Home said...

I did enjoy the tour! Your room turned out so pretty, comfy and functional. You may not be able to get rid of a guest it's so nice. lol

Cynthia said...

Hey Karen,
Your room looks great, I love all the little touches. How smart of Hubby to get you the Colorado Cabin pic, maybe next the real thing? I just got done cleaning and arranging my 18 year old step-sons bedroom so I know just how you feel. I would like to turn it into a more girly place but I better wait awhile. Cindy

Carrie said...

I want to thank you for your prayers and thoughts for my family.

I love the room redo it looks great.

Cynthia said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your nice comments. I hope you have a wonderful day my friend! Cindy

~CC Catherine said...

Hey K! Super room redo! I love it! Everything about it says Rest, Rest, Rest... I love the view...and all the beach type items! The picture over the bed looks great with the black frame. I'm getting ready to paint one black tomorrow too! ;) Miss ya! ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

kel said...

Very nice room!

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