Colonial Farmhouse Guest Room Reveal

Thursday, November 5, 2015

It's been fun pulling the guest room together and it's finally finished!

I wanted this room to feel warm and cozy with colonial farmhouse touches.  I also wanted to furnish it by shopping the house; spending as little as possible by using what I already have and hoping it comes together well.

I didn't paint the room or purchase curtains.  The walls were already a pale yellow with red drapes hanging, so that was my starting point; bright walls and curtains in my favorite!

Antique Iron Bed in the Colonial Farmhouse Guest Room

First thing to do was asking the mister to fetch the antique iron bed being stored in the garage.  Painted gold, this bed was passed down from my aunt, to my mother and then to me.  I've had it for many years but had nowhere in the house to use it until now.  With no mattress and box spring mother came to the rescue by giving me a set she no longer needed.

Colonial Farmhouse Style Guest Room

The white matelasse coverlet, pillow shams and sampler pillow were gathered from the linen closet and work perfectly with the red patchwork quilt previously purchased at auction.
I really like the reds in the quilt, pillow and curtains and the warmth it adds to the room.

Sampler pillow and red antique quilt in the guest room

I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of Bella as she settles in this new spot for a cat nap.

Bella, our Himalayan kitty and sampler pillow

Bella kitty taking a cat nap.

There were a couple of new things purchased.
Two bed skirts, one ruffled and one eyelet.  I was planning on taking one of them back to the store after deciding which I liked best, but the fabric on both was almost see-through, so I decided to layer the ruffled skirt beneath the eyelet.

Two bed skirts ~ $50 from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Layered bed skirts; ruffled and eyelette

While strolling through an antique mall I found a few things to use in a grouping above the bed.
Two ironstone platters, two ironstone plates and a vintage wrought iron piece to go in the middle.

Ironstone platters plates ~ $23
Vintage Wrought Iron ~ $15

Ironstone and vintage wrought iron above the antique iron bed

Over 18 years ago I found this dresser on the side of the road.  The drawer fronts were not attached to the drawers and it was in horrible shape.  The mister fixed the drawers and for a while we used it on the screened porch.  After a good cleaning, scraping off the peeling veneer, painting with Louis Blue AS chalk paint, a couple coats of wax and a set of $6.99 glass knobs from Marshall's...this little dresser has a new home.

Colonial Farmhouse Style Guest Room Reveal

I gathered some dried hydrangea and a few mahogany pods to fill this tree bark basket.  Wrapping some sheer ribbon around the handle, I tied a bow at the top to hang the basket in front of this antique gold mirror that I painted blue.

Bark basket and hydrangea on chalk painted antique mirror

This side table used to be in the keeping room.  In the guest room, I am using it as a bedside table, just beneath this wall mount hurricane lamp that has been stored in the garage.  I've been waiting for the perfect spot to use it and I think this is it.  The swing arm is nice so when reading in bed it can be moved closer to the bed or farther away depending on how much light you need.

Vintage Swing Arm Wall Lamp

The handmade Scherenschnitte was a birthday present from a dear friend; "Friendship is the rarest of all gifts."  I shared about how the side table candle holder came together here.

Silver dish turned candle holder in the guest room

Beneath the window is a small wooden settee done in red and white checks, with a cat pillow handmade by using striped ticking fabric and button eyes.

Settee with read and white checks

The cupboard turned out great after removing lots of spattered paint and giving it a good waxing.
The painting above the cupboard was done by a friend of my father's and is of his childhood home place.  The three Flower Ladies watercolors just to the left were done by Charleston SC artist Gaye Sanders Fisher.

In the chair is another sampler pillow and folk art cat with three babies in her pockets.

Flower Ladies ~ Watercolors by Gaye Sanders Fisher

When I saw this secretary for sale at a consignment shop, it was love at first sight.  The shelving was so pretty and I liked the thought that guests could have a place for their computers while visiting as well as drawer space for clothing.   My hope was that it would still be at the shop when the lowest price was reached and lucky was!
The secretary started out at $325 and I brought her home for the lowest price ~ $165.

Flower Ladies ~ Watercolors by Gaye Sanders Fisher

Above the secretary hangs another Scherenschnitte, "Never forget to be truthful and kind, write them deep within your heart."  On the top shelf is an ironstone dish filled with dried hydrangea and a framed needlepoint.

Scherenschnitte with Ironstone and hydrangea

The sun is going down and the guest room is filling with evening shadows; Bella is still snuggled in her spot.  Night-night!

Sampler pillow and Bella

I am so happy with the way the guest room turned out!

We've had two sets of family in town visiting over the past few weeks and those staying in this room have said it is comfy and cozy...mission accomplished!

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  1. This room is so perfectly dressed for the holidays. What a fabulous space.

  2. Very cute and festive! Your kitty is too cute!

  3. This room is oh-so perfect Cindy! Love all the thought and details that went on every wall and corner! That dresser save is fabulous too!

  4. The guest room turned out beautifully Cindy, the white is so crisp, but the red gives things the cozy factor. Your little Bella is my favorite addition - what a sweetheart. Jane

  5. I think you'll have some happy guests that might not want to leave! Great job!

  6. Cindy- You put a lot of thought and time into making everything just perfect in your guest room...from the hand-me-down bed to the doubled all looks great. Love that secretary, too. What a find that was!!! I have one in the garage I need to get at --but I am going to paint the one I have..not something I would always do.
    The best accessory though is sweet Bella! She is just so cute and looks right at home--like you fixed the room just for her! xo Diana

  7. Beautiful Cindy! I also love your bed warmer.

  8. Hi Cindy! Your guestroom is so lovely! Love your bedding and how clever to layer the bed skirts! The cabinet and secretary are so pretty and you've dressed them up just right! I know I would feel right at home in this pretty room!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Very pretty room and you got lucky with that pretty secretary! Sheila

  10. Cindy, your guests will want to stay longer! Beautiful room.

  11. Oh Cindy, it's BEAUTIFUL!! I love it all! The sampler pillows are charming, and so is the red quilt with flowers. The chest you painted turned out great, and I love the secretary too. I have those same black boxes on the bottom shelf of your cupboard -- not the one in the middle, but the other two. :) Every item you've put in here is just so pretty, and it all adds up to a cozy room. The best part is that you were able to shop the house for everything.

    Have a great week!



  12. It looks so warm and cozy. A very charming room with lots of style and pretty details. Bella is right at home. It certainly got her approval.


  13. How pretty Cindy! I am in love with that swing arm lamp!

  14. Such a pretty guest room Cindy! That iron bed is gorgeous and the dresser is beautiful too. I really like all the red accents you have throughout the room, perfect for the holiday! Take care, Tara

  15. My favorite is still the desk and the old home place painting.

  16. Red is the chosen color to warm up our bedroom for winter, too.
    Your room is adorable...and has so much did a great job

  17. Cindy, everything about this room is beautiful. I love the colors and I love seeing your kitty in there. Mine always chooses the guest room too. :)

  18. Such a sweet room, simply love the vintage furnishings...and the double layer bedskirt is a wonderful solution. Thanks for the tour, Sandi

  19. What a warm and inviting guest room. You thought of every detail and it shows. Lovely!

  20. Cindy,
    Warmth eludes from your Guest Room, dear friend!!!
    I adore the layering of your bedskirts!!!
    Each acquired and found piece adds to the 'comforts of home' within this lovely room!!!
    And, you know it's a winner with Bella's Paw Print of Approval!!!

  21. I really like the simplistic elegance you've accomplished in this room, Cindy. The rescued dresser looks happy in its new coat and jewelry. ;)

  22. Charming, Cindy! Love the bedroom and your sweet kitty! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  23. What a cozy, comfortable place to welcome your guests!!! Lovely job all around!!

  24. This room turned out so sweet, Cindy. I really love the sampler pillows and I would love to curl up right beside your kitty for a nap!


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