Thursday, April 07, 2011
I am pleased to announce that Casa Robertson at last sports an honest-to-goodness guest room! It was a long time in coming, but when we go, we go all out. A fan and a gumball machine are among the many amenities you'll find. There's an Ace Hotel robe hanging on the back of the door, and I've even ordered one of those folding luggage racks.
This project began when a friend of mine happened to mention that she had an heirloom wooden double bed she needed to store. I have two nieces who visit not infrequently, who were fast outgrowing the single daybed they slept on head to toe. I'd also been meaning to re-do this room for a while now. It's still primarily my office and dressing room, but since I don't work at home much anymore, I didn't really need as much work space. It was also high time something was done about the furniture, which consisted of two dressers I had been using since seventh grade, and two white folding tables for a desk.
My friend gave me the bed to store for at least two years, and the rest just grew from there. I wanted the room to be fun and kid appropriate - since my nieces will undoubtedly stay in it most often - but stylish and comfortable enough for adults too. Luckily the bed fit right in with what I was going for. I covered it with Ikea linens and hung a vintage wool blanket over the footboard.
I still liked the robins egg blue, so we just repainted the walls the same color. The bookshelf and desk chair came from West Elm and I picked up the bedside table at a vintage store in Riverside. I could not believe how lucky I was to find the dresser on Craigslist. It was only $250. and the seller lived less than a mile away. The mirror is from the original 7th grade Ethan Allen furniture set.
I already had this linen bulletin board and when we had our first houseguests a couple of weeks ago I wanted to get it covered. I pulled out a box of thumb tacks and a box of art and travel postcards and mementos I've collected *going back almost 30 years* and went to work. It was sort of strange handling things that are vintage because *I* bought them when I was 12. (For a closer look, click here.)
I trolled Craigslist for a couple of months looking for a wood bookshelf until I finally caved and bought this one from West Elm. It was a little pricey, but it works perfectly and I needed to get something in there.
So there you have it - reserve now for best availability! We have Traders chocolate croissants in the freezer, and we always have plenty of coffee on hand!