I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Roy. G. Biv. He is one colorful personality, this guest room.
Because I am sometimes a people pleaser, I’m gonna try to make everyone happy today. First, for those of you who want pics and not words, shazam, just scroll down. Then, for those of you who like to read, you get pics with commentary. I also have pics with lights on and lights off. And all of them are scratch-n-sniff.
Here is the guest room at one stage of its boring past, before I got all Bozo on it.
Then I guzzled a big glass of crazy and decided to finally makeover the guest room within two weeks of Thanksgiving guests. Big glass o crazy.
Okay, now, lights on and words.
There were a few things I wanted to accomplish in finishing this room in two weeks.
- Use what I already had–big commitment items like custom drapery, pillows, and shower curtain in black buffalo check and black toile.
- Listen to my traditional 1950s ranch house and marry good traditional elements like symmetry and toile with a cheerful contemporary spin.
- Use existing artwork, accessories, and bedding–buy only the essentials.
I’ve been collecting pieces here and there for a while, like this $12 mother of pearl stool and the settee I found in August. (Some Whitman, too, just in case it’s been awhile since you’ve read I Sing Body Electric.)
Others I’ve had for years like the burl wood side table.
Interesting faux bois lamps that I found in a junk shop inside a gas station have been in our kitchen for a few years, boring and under appreciated with white shades against a white wall. With new black silk shades and polished stone finials, you would never know that I originally paid $24 for the lamps. (For you retrophiles out there, the lamps had original yellowed JCPenney tags and tiered, whipstitched fiberglass shades–which I sold at Scott Antique Market a year ago.)
I spotted the bedside tables at a sidewalk sale in front of At the Collective in Inman Park. I wanted a pair and these intrigued me, but with one week in which to paint them, I felt rushed to make a paint color decision. First they started out turquoise and black, but I kept feeling like they should be orange. Not all was lost since I thinly applied two coats of semi-gloss orange on top with the turquoise underneath adding a nice depth and texture to the finish. Whew. I rubbed on some gold and glazed and pearlized the white with thin gold paint to kick the brightness down a bit.
I had the ivory canvas chair upholstered over 8 years and just recently drizzled some black paint all over. The pastel drawing, inspired from the Blue Willow china pattern, is from my college days–my drawing teacher hated it, funny. I rediscovered it packed in my old school portfolio and had it framed this spring.
Yes, there they are–those yellow roses, all washed out and faded and tinted green. But, unless you saw the glorious original in person, you would never know.
For our Thanksgiving guests, I hung up this unfinished painting by the kids. I asked them to choose a painting they liked at the High Museum’s Picasso to Warhol exhibit from which to appropriate. They chose Piet Mondrian’s Trafalgar Square, eh. They didn’t finish it in time, but I put it up anyway.
But now I’m trying this painting here.
I painted the dresser in the summer and went with a two-toned striae and a little black with rubbed gold on the bottom. You can see befores of the furniture here.
Knot mirror: Kirklands
Gold grid pillow: Dwell Studio
Red dog pillow: West Elm
Ivory chevron quilt: Marshalls
All lamp shades and finials: Lamp Arts in Atlanta
Chandelier: JCPenney, 6 years ago, painted aqua by me
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore, Vine Green, 2034-20, with two extra shots of red oxide
Bedside table paint: hand mixed
Art: by me or my children
Everything else is either custom, vintage, or I’ve had for a really, really, long time.
You know I had to have a clown in here, right? My friend Cheryl gave this to me as a birthday gift when we were in 7th grade. He feels quite at home here.