I was about to go upstairs and work for a while on the little sitting area project.
But before I did...
I wanted to share a bit on the upstairs guest bedroom as promised.
What I thought was a spur of the moment decision to redo the guest room...
actually began many months ago...
about the time I first shared some pics of the room with you .
When I thought about it...I think I have been planning it since I first did it 5 years ago.
At the time...it was just a room for my family and friends to stay...nothing special.
But then...I started to realize that it needed to be special.
After all...it is a reflection of me...my style...and how I wish for my guests to feel when they are here.
Isn't this one of the first things I tell my very own clients?
First bump in my road.
As I have said before...
Between designing spaces for my clients...
and building vignettes at the store...
I have lost who I am.
What I personally like... and love.
For years...it has been about what others want, need and love.
What will sell.
The one and only thing I know for sure about myself right now is...
How I wanted my family and friends to feel in my home.
Yet timeless and elegant
Life moves on.
And I got busy getting things ready for the events that were going on at the store...
to the bottom
of my "to do"list.
And then my friend Rebecca came to stay.
Bringing with her an amazing gift.
For some time I had seen the girl in alot of Rebecca's photos...
Admired her when I went to the shop and saw her...
And listened intently as Rebecca gave me a little of her history.
She is truly a French Lady...brought back with 'Becca on one of her European Buying trips.
Used at the turn of the last century in a Parisian dressmakers shop.
She is old but graceful.
Her figure is quite shapely...
She is simply elegant!
After hugs...are you sure? And I can't believe it!
I accepted my new friend and welcomed her to our home.
Our home is topsy-turvy...in the middle of a renovation...And currently not a good place for such a lady!
She needed a fabulous home.
Really needed a new guest room.
Still no ideas...so I went about my routine and again
Forgot about the dilemma.
|The new girl...her bustier is being repaired!|
Until I had to spend the day...
rotating our wardrobes for the season change and saw the paint tarps sitting there in one of my many plastic storage tubs.
It hit me quickly and quite hard....Tent the room!
Fabricate the walls with the dropcloths I used at the last French Flea Market!
Create a turn of the last century...right out of Africa safari tent.
But not just any tent...I wanted the total glamping package...on a budget. Two phrases that don't often go together.
But I had to try!
After deciding I really didn't want to spend alot. And even set a budget.
I got busy.
That very afternoon!
After washing the dropcloths and hanging them on the line to dry. I measured out my space and went to pickup a few supplies...More staples
upholsterer's tape and one additional drop cloth and a few other odds and ends.
Because our upstairs is already tucked into the rafters and under the eaves...it could not be more perfect!
The next morning...it rained!
Which means work inside...not on Tinker House!
This was going to add up if I wasn't careful!
So to the fabric store I went and returned with 2 yards of this faux leather stuff that feels like suede.
And it worked!
Not only did I make the little belts to hold back my flaps but I am also upholstering the little nightstand and dresser I re inherited from one of my sons! (More on these projects tomorrow)
So what do you think so far?
It is going to be a good home for my new girl?
Do you think it will be the perfect retreat for my guests?
A cocoon of comfort!
Cocoon...The next phase of my inspiration!
Isn't it funny how one thing leads to another....