House Tour–Guest Bedroom

Creating a sewing room upstairs required moving some furniture from the current sewing room to the guest bedroom.  Luckily it all fit and I actually like the room better now that it has more furniture in it.  This room is definitely a hodge-podge and not much matches.  To me it feels like a room at my grandmother’s house, cozy and comfortable.  I hope any guests that we may have will feel that way, too.

Come on in and look around.
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The washstand was purchased with my first teacher paycheck.  The dressing table and rocking chair are family pieces given to me by my mom.  Mr. SP and I bought the trunk at the end of the bed in the Shenandoah long ago.

I purchased the square oak table at a local antique store a few years ago.  The suitcase was my grandmother’s.  Look carefully on the table and you can see one of her gorgeous pressed flower pictures.

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The bed, armoire, rocking chair, and two dressers that match this bird’s eye maple dressing table are in our master bedroom.  This furniture was purchased by my great-aunt in Norfolk in the late 1920’s.  I spent countless hours at this dressing table as a teen!
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Mr. SP had this “This End Up” bed before we were married.  It is sturdy, but I prefer antiques.  The dresser beside it is a cheap piece from an unfinished furniture store.  After an exhausting shopping day, I finally found a lampshade for the naked lamp on the dresser.
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I was able to nestle my desk into the window alcove.  I did all of my high school and college work at this tiny desk.  The only time I sit at it now is to write letters.
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The standing mirror was my grandmother’s.  If you look behind the door you can see Granny’s childhood play table.  It folds for storage, but I keep it out as a display area for photographs.
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Here’s another shot of my desk.  The small lamp on my desk now has a new shade.  (No photo)
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I grew up as a horse loving girl.  The old saying, “Where you born in a barn?” pretty much applies to me.  I wasn’t born in a barn, but I grew up in one.

I hung a few photos of my beloved Brandy beside my desk.  The photo on the left was taken at the Virginia State 4-H horse show held each fall in Richmond at the state fair.  The one on the right was taken when I was in the 7th grade at Rodes Farm.  I loved that horse more than anything.
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Now you can see the lamp with its new shade.  Mama picked this up at a yard sale long ago.  The print is P. Buckley Moss.  It is a painting from the state fair, so it was perfect for me.  The only difference between my photo and this print is that it is a different arena on the state fair grounds.
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I had a bit of an equestrian theme going in the room so I added my dad’s 1952 paint by number to the mix.
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The curtain style and fabric are a bit dated.  One of these days I’ll get motivated to update them but for now I am content to keep them.

The room is ready.  Who wants to come for a visit?

11 Comments

  1. I think any guest would love to nestle up in that room. How wonderful that you have so many pieces of furniture that have a “story” and mean so much to you. Great job!

  2. I love how you have the desk tucked away, Paula. 🙂 SO cool that you have those photos of yourself on Brandy. What neat keepsakes. 🙂

  3. i think this entire room is stunning, the feeling I got thru the photos was of peace and tranquility and an awful lot of love.

  4. What a charming guest room. I would love to stay in one just like that. It reminds me of my great aunts home. I would stay with her when I was a little girl. Thank you so much.

  5. I’m ready to visit. I can imagine spending hours sitting in that rocking reading. This room reminds me of my childhood. I guess is it a grandmothers house kinda room. I love the dressing table!

    It’s wonderful that you treasure items like your grandmothers pressed flower picture and frame and the paint by number your dad did.

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