Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CREATING A GUEST ROOM RETREAT!


Nearly every spring, I get the bug to recreate or upgrade my home. Being empty Nester's leaves us with 3 extra bedrooms. So given that, we have plenty of room for company. I love to have guests and make those areas of stay, inviting, comfortable and accommodating. Starting with a first floor guestroom, I want to share what makes this room the retreat my family and friends love to stay in. Walking in the room, I have on the entry wall, a long hanging cross stitch called the four seasons made by my mother. It is 4 trees designed for all four seasons giving my guests the feeling that they are welcome all through the year!



Receiving lots of sunshine in this room, I started off with a color made from several blends of blue, making a coastal color soft and relaxing. After several coats of color, I dressed the large double window with soft white sheer fabrics that hang very long to the floor and a full 91 inches. Over the top I draped a long length of sheers to soften and added 3 white scroll iron designs for interest. Light white blinds were added for privacy for quests, and are softened by the sheers. Right to the left of the window I have a white wicker chair padded for comfort, a table filled with hydrangeas making it a sweet little spot to relax. The double mirror wall opens to a large closet that I topped with three metal ceiling tiles for interest.

Moving on to the rest of the room, starting with the furniture set, which is vintage and originally a maple finish. I hand painted each piece in a light ivory and distressed all around. I dressed the bed with a mattlasse in white and layered with lacey pillows, vintage embroidery pillow cases handmade by my talented mother, a wedding ring quilt in blues and light coral and an eyelet bed skirt in crisp white. Above the bed I have hand painted a large canvas with one large coral rose. It is the focal point of the room and adds to the style and color. To the long dresser I have layered a vintage runner doily made by my grandma and pitcher and bowl made by my mother. A small white TV sits on the end for viewing and relaxing if my company choose. On the night table, I keep on the lower shelf, a cookie jar made by Claire Murray filled with goodies for a little snack.




Looking on to the chest of drawers, also hand painted and distressed, I added a small lamp, hanky keeper holding vintage hankies for something unique to look at, standing mirror, and topped with a berry wreath filled with gorgeous hang tags made by some of my dear blog friends. In the center of the wreath is a ceramic sign that reads DREAM. Just what I hope my guests will do while visiting. Comforts, full of dreams. Painting I did on canvas to the side of the dresser. Beach scene with blue waters and pretty blue sky.

Now on to a very special spot in this room and that is to the very old desk found at an antique market. It fit the wall exactly and the perfect place for a guest to sit and write a note, or organize postcards. Above the desk is my newest addition hand painted by KAREN HARVEY COX called Cottage of Abundance. Isn't is gorgeous in this spot? The colors are perfect for the room and capture the feeling in this cottage room. I found the frame at a sale already in the soft ivory/white and it fit nicely giving Karen's gorgeous work the framing it deserved! Now when you open the desk you see a few hand painted note cards that Karen also designed, ready for those special correspondence.

Designed from a piece of an old quilt is this darling little heart gift from a friend. I cherish this piece and is perfect in this guestroom.

Sunny and bright with room to relax and attached with a hall bathroom designed to coordinate with the guest room. Again I have hand painted all the main pieces in the room the light ivory with distress. The wall mirror above the sink is a framed mirror given to me by my grandma. I needed a cabinet to hold essentials so my dear hubby boxed the back, added shelf's, hinged the mirror to form the door and in the end it made the perfect wall cabinet to finish the room. Over the commode area I also added a country style cabinet painted out inside and out to tie into the room. Behind the door I have a soft full length robe ready for use by a quest if they need. On the lapel I have a vintage pin for accent. To soften the hard edge of the shower doors I added a long white embroidery shower panel that puddles on the floor just a bit. On the back of the commode is a vintage sewing machine drawer to hold hand towels. On the wall between the cabinets is two darling framed prints that greet with a Good Morning and Rise and Shine. Showers for 5 cents is a print above the towel bar, along with three oval etched hanging mirrors for added interest.
Towels in corals, blues and white complete the style linking it to the guest bedroom.



To view Karen Harvey Cox Designs go to her blog on my favorites and click on her etsy shop! You will love her wonderful work!

This completes my little tour of this guest bedroom retreat. I have two more rooms to share, completely different, and will show those in the days ahead. It was fun to design this room in coastal blue giving it a feeling of a beach cottage with fresh light appeal. I hope you enjoyed seeing this room and I thank you for stopping by. Now let's see, what can I redecorate next?

Happy Spring! Celestina

33 comments:

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Gorgeous Celeste!! Can I stay in this room when I come to visit?

Love you!
Amy

celestina marie said...

You sure can Amy! Anytime!
Love ya too!
Celestina
La Rea Rose

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh my WHAT A ROOM! If anyone came to stay, they wouldn't want to leave. That blue is so stunning and all of the wonderful touches. You made my day by your lovely comments and gorgeous images. That is my favorite frame that you have chosen. Oh, and it looks so lovely above your gorgeous desk. I think if I came for a visit I wouldn't want to go home. Blessings, Karen

Holly (Nickname) said...

wow...your guests must feel so loved and pampered. You have done a beautiful job in creating such a warm and inviting space. The only problem is, is that no one would ever want to leave!!!
xxxooo Ruth

Cathy said...

Celestina,

May I come and stay in your guest room. It is absolutely fabulous. I just noticed Amy asked if she could come too.

It looks like we could have a wonderful girls weekend.

So beautiful girlfriend.

xoxo
cath

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Celeste, that is such a gorgeous room. The blue and white is so refreshing and relaxing.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Is the last week of April available? :) And then I see others want to visit too. We could have a wonderful slumber party. Beautiful room Celestina. ~ Lynn

Jen r. said...

These rooms lok great, adn to have 3 extra rooms! Ours are just filled with toys! ;)
Jen R

bee'nme said...

Oh how wonderful Celeste! It's as charming and lovely as any Bed 'n Breakfast I've ever stayed at. Oh can I come and stay please, please, please??!!Anyone would be pampered and blessed to stay in such a sweet suite! You've done a masterful job of making it cozy and wonderful. I love the secretary desk (beautiful!!)...and I have a thing for morning glories and vintage dresser scarves, so the combination that you have is GREAT! LOVE it all!!!

Can't wait to see the other rooms too!

Thanks for the well wishes and prayers for my hubby - I really appreciate it. His surgery went very well and he is home resting and on the mend...

Hugs and blessings,
Becky S.

Katie said...

Extra guest rooms eh? Ok, we'll be there next weekend! DH and I will take this one, and then, let's see the goats and cats could stay in room 2, then, the chickens and doves in three..... wait, the Pea Hen wants her own room wouldn't you know? Lovely as always!

Just Between Us Girls said...

OOOh my gosh. Everything is so lovely and inviting and perfect and then the bath co ordinates. What a dream. I want to work on my guest rooms and you have inspried me. Sorry I have not gotten back to you sooner. Down with the flu but feeling better now.

joan said...

I love your guest room Celeste. I bet your guests never want to leave. The painting of the beach is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

shirl said...

What a beautiful guest room Celeste! So much to look at, I love the needlework of course, and the wreath is so pretty. I love it all, can't wait to see your future posts.
Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Celeste!
Oh this room is so dreamy and every little detail is so special! Of course you know I have a special fondess for blue since my master suite is that color!

I have missed you dear friend and just got back from a lovely visit w/sis in Florida...I am dreaming of a day when I can visit you in Texas! Maybe soon, if the snow keeps coming!

Love ya sweetie...thanks for sharing your room!
Lorena

randi K design said...

Hi my dear friend... You know where my room is...the yellow room..
Now with the kids moving to Witchita Falls, I will probably come through town more often. Check wedding pictures on my blog..
Love and big hugs!...oh, and to Larry also!

vickie said...

Celeste, you can come to my house and redecorate any room you chose!
Are you opening a B&B? lol
I love it!

Miss Rhea said...

As usual, everything you touch comes out beautiful. But the nicest thing I am sure that the guests love about the room, is the people who own it. :)

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi Celeste~

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog..Also, the ribbons are hand painted by me. I do decorative painting as well as decorating. It is just a God given gift and one that I always find myself being drawn to.
By the way, I love the paintings you did. They are gorgeous and evoke a feeling of such beauty and peace. You are very talented, as experienced by everything you share with all of us.
God bless you too, dear blogging friend!
xxxooo Ruth

Ronda said...

Hi, Celestina, and thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! How wonderful and refreshing it was to come in and see your beautiful photos, and especially your new room -- just gorgeous. I've added you to my Favorite Places to Visit and will visit often! Warmest regards, Ronda

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I have to say again how much I love this Celeste! All of the details are just stunning!!!

And I will take you up on it, I really will!

I emailed you from my comment this morning. Did you get it? I loved the story idea you had! That was great, why didnt I think of that??

Love ya,
Amy

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a lovely escape...now they will always want to stay longer...so cozy and welcome! love the cool shades and all the special details!

blesisngs,
kari & kijsa

Stephanie said...

Beautiful guest room, Celeste! Blue is one of my favorite colors, so very soothing. That wedding ring quilt is just beautiful! Love the candlewick pillow, too! Your mother's pieces are so special. I love bits of heritage in every room. Adorable desk. Everything is just dreamy. Can't wait to see more! Thanks so much for sharing!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Scooterblu's Whimsey said...

Hi! I'm a new blogger and I just found your site!...and I LOVE it! You have beautiful, fresh home and are a wonderful artist! I checked out your site on Ebay too, and will keep checking back...love Ebay! :) I love your toile trays...my weakness! :) Rhonda

Kari & Kijsa said...

btoWhat a sweet getaway...your visitors will be blessed...

Have a wonderful day,

smiles, kari & kijsa

Lori said...

Celeste, what a wonderful room. It seemed so peaceful and calmimg, gosh I could just tuck myself away in there!! Take care,Lori P.S. Love the desk to bits!!!

PAINT MINE PINK said...

Oh my gosh Celeste what a gorgeous room. So cosy and warm, i love your colour scheme...i could just pop over for a little visit and relax in there i think (oh no i'd have to shove my sweet fried Amy outta the way first..LOL)
I really love the four seasons cross stitch too.

Hugs,
Shann

Secondhandrose said...

I love the color of this room! Nice job Celeste, thanks for the tour.
Karen

Sharon said...

Celeste this is the most dreamy guest room, it's better than a first class B & B. I love all the little details you have put in there. Anyone would feel so very pampered when they stayed there.

Marilyn said...

Your Guest Room is Beautiful! I too have an abundance of my Mother's & Grandmother's needlework to display. What can I say?? Your art work is Museum quality!! I Love it all!!!
Hugs to You !!
Marilyn

Connie said...

I love the color of that room, honey. Just a perfect room for a guest. Who wouldn't love to stay in that??!?!
Smoochies,
Connie

Sabii Wabii said...

Celeste,
Your home is decorated so cute. What an honor for someone to be one of your guests! I admire your hospitality. As my kids have moved out all I did was take over bedrooms for studio space. I now have my "sewing room" my "cool creative collectible stuff (junk) room" and one more fledging is still in the nest....hummmm.What should her room be?
Have a blessed day!
Terisa

Lynne Laura said...

Hi Celeste,

I love the cookie jar in the guest bedroom idea. Fabulous. I usually put things in buckets or baskets but this cookie jar idea is a great option!

Lynne Laura

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..