Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Be Our Guest

I am busy today getting ready for my sister and her family.  They are coming to escape from winter spend a few days with us in Texas.  They are driving all the way from Minnesota with 2 little ones ~ sound like fun?

Our home has 4 bedrooms, and 2 of them are on the main floor.  At first we thought of using this room for our work out space as the previous owners did.  

This is a picture of the room before, taken after we bought the house, but while the other people still lived here.  The same wall and trim color that was in every single room.

                              Come on in to our guest room.

This is the room at the end of the long hall.  I've posted pictures of the library and guest bath that are along this hall.

 {The reverse of this sign says Room Service.  That doesn't happen much in my house!}
 This is the sampler that hangs just in front of you as you open the door.  I made this in 1988 when we built the house that looks just like the one in the sampler.  This house was in Springfield, Missouri and we sold it in 1989.  In 1990 it was flattened by a tornado.  Not a stick was left.  No one died, thank goodness in our house, but a man was killed in the neighborhood.  It was a terrible storm and I was always thankful that we didn't live there anymore.  I loved that house though.  We had a female builder and she had great attention to detail.

This sampler hung in the entry of that house, and I love the blessing on it.
 Here is the room ~ same butter yellow as most of my house.

The teddy bear on the chair is mink, made from my aunt's mink stole I believe.  Almost all of the accessories in this room are family pieces.

I framed the pictures of the brides in our family for my daughters' weddings.  They were married 51 weeks apart.  The prayer book is the one I carried in my wedding, with the ribbons still in it.  They are a little yellow after almost 34 years.

 The bedding on the bed I've had forever.  It was in our room when this was our bed.  I did have the plaid pillows, bedskirt, and tablecloth made when we moved into this house.
 Bedside necessities.  There is chocolate in that box with the violets on it!  I guess my clock needs replacing ~ this one is a CD player, but I guess I need one with an IPod dock for my guests these days.
 The other side, with the pocket door open to the guest bath.  On either side of the bed are samplers I made for my girls when they were born.  I used to do a lot of cross stitch and had it all over my house.  Now all that remains is located in this room.  I still love it and it goes well in here.
 No room for a dresser in here, but my little secretary fits nicely.  
 It holds all of my Brambly Hedge dishes.  Love these cute little plates and cups.  I did a tablescape here with them.
 The closet wall holds some needlework that my mother did, on the right, and some old pieces from my family on the right.

Sorry for the crooked picture, but I wanted to show a close up of one of these that my mother did.  Both pictures are of 2 girls, blond, sharing a book.  These could be my girls!  My mother stitched them when they were about this age, and their very favorite thing to do has always been reading.  One of my girls always wore pink and the other lavender, so these really are so sweet.  Love these, and I am so glad that they go so well in here.
It is a gloomy day in Texas and cold, so the lighting in these pictures is terrible, but I wanted to join in some parties this week.

 I am linking to:

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow us Wednesdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her Open House party
Robin at All Things Heart and Home for All Things Inspired party


Lori said...

Just lovely, so now where will you workout?

Deneen said...

very sweet and such memories!

Pat said...

Gorgeous guest room, Sue!

What an interesting story about your beautiful sampler!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

The room is just beautiful, and very welcoming at the same time. Love the color.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I love everything in your room.. I can almost FEEL how peaceful it is..

your newest follower

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a beautiful room. Love that bed. We used to have one just like it. Thanks for joining WUW.

Magpies and Magnolias said...

I love all of the special things that remind you of your loved ones. And a mink teddy bear? Too cute!

Shelia said...

Oh, I love love your guest room! It's just so lovely. You have beautiful furniture and your secretary looks so pretty with all your little dishes. I'd love to be a guest in your room.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your room is lovely and I just love all the personal touches. Beautiful!

Martina said...

Sue I would LOVE to be a guest in this beautiful room!! I LOVE IT! Just became your newest follower! Martina

Debbie said...

This is so much my taste. You might not know that immediately upon visiting my house, but it's the taste I'm trying to cultivate. This is such a beautiful room to me.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your MN sister. She will love the Texas weather for sure.

And I'm sad about your home being destroyed, even though you weren't living there at the time.

All That Glitters said...

Very pretty room!!!! I really need some of those tablecloths made!

Diane Writes said...

The room is so pretty, posh yet still looks comfortable. My mother used to do a lot of cross stitching too. I love your blog and you being very close to your family. I hope to know you better. I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blogs. Wishing you a happy Wednesday!

xinex said...

Your guestroom is very pretty. Your guest will love it. Your cross stitches are fabulous....Christine

Mary said...

It's lovely. You did a great job!

Kim said...

You certainly have a knack for decorating Sue, that's for sure. it's hard to believe that's the same room!

Jima said...

Wow! Beautiful!! I would love to be a guest in this room anytime! I know your guests hate to leave. You are very talented! Hugs!

Rettabug said...

Oh my goodness, Sue...what a lovely & inviting room! So classic & elegant!

I have fallen in love with your little secretary & all of its beautiful china inside. I'll go take a peek at that tablescape in a minute.

Gorgeous furnishings, especially the bed linens. Who wouldn't want to come & stay a week in there?

BTW, my sister & her DH are arriving next wk. from AZ. LOL She's gonna freeze!!!!

Becca said...

Truly a beautiful and inviting room! Love your secretary filled with gorgeous china, too! Are you accepting reservations? :) *Becca*


Judy said...

Your room is really beautiful. I love that secretary. Gorgeous! I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sue! What a beautiful bedroom. I love the bedding with the mix of floral and plaid. The secretary is wonderful too. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely room at my party.


Thanks for your comment today on my Susan Branch/Gladys Taber post. We must like a lot of things the same. I have several Brambley Hedge plates (two hanging in my kitchen now). I have never known anyone else who had them.

Your guest room turned out beautifully. What a lovely spot for your sisters visit.