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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Storybook Cottage - A Truly Tiny Guest Room

Welcome to the Wintermint Guest Room at Storybook Cottage!

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom049-001_zps2d703bd1.jpg Let’s start from the beginning. Back in October when we moved into our home this room, like the rest of the house, was yet another shade of brown. (Please, quit coveting the yellow and brown glass light shades! :)

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So I painted the walls a lovely shade of wintermint.

Then the room became a dumping ground for everything that was not being used in other areas of the house.

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I think most of us are guilty of having such a space filled with…stuff….things.

 photo DecorToAdoreFireplacemantle161_zps1fcaace1.jpg Things that we cling to because we think they are happy memories. But they’re not. Memories are stored treasures in our hearts. Not the stuff.

The problem begins when we let the stuff interfere with making new memories with those we love and cherish. More than once I have heard of people not having guests over because there is no room. Yet, they live in a 2000 (or fill in the number) square foot home. It’s not that they don’t have the room, it’s because they have too much stuff.

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 I had three sets of wonderful guests wanting to visit in the very near future. Yet I had no room. Or did I?

It seemed a shame to let stuff interfere with a potentially great memory making opportunity.

So, I did something really hard. I let some of the stuff go.

The 1980’s wedding dress? Gone. The Fashionista for the 800th and final time said she was NOT interested.

The heirloom piece of furniture I have never liked? Gone to someone who LOVED it.

You know what made it easy?

Keeping my focus on that special people are more important than average things.

In just two days the room was transformed.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom015_zpsd8c6fbce.jpg The room is pretty tiny, but comfortable.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom028-001_zpse1d9ef4c.jpg How tiny you might wonder?

Well, after placing a nice and fluffy double bed in the room there was no way a nightstand was going to fit on the right side.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom055-001_zps76cafcdc.jpg So Mr. Décor built a wee shelf that comes THISCLOSE to the closet door.

But, the tray on top can hold a lovely winter rose, a set of keys, your phone and maybe a ring or two.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom063_zps8f1ad729.jpg On the opposite side I used a bookcase that serves several purposes. It contains classic reading material for guests of course. But it also offers fresh towels, a clock, a water glass and a lovely bar of soap.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom072_zps2645e6e9.jpg I got the idea from Tiny House Nation. Do you watch the show? Sweet Guy and I are totally hooked! We’ve been snuggling up each evening to view episodes online. We can’t wait for Season 2 to start on Monday, December 22nd at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT on FYI Network. The host, renovation expert John Weisbarth, often says that furniture should serve more than one purpose in a tiny home (or room in this case). The master builder and tiny house expert on the show, Zach Giffin, has some really ingenious ideas. You can also follow the show and the journey of “going tiny” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It sure feels good to pare down and offer a few lovely touches for guests.

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The bed is dressed in soft comfortable linens. But, you had better believe that I have some storage bins hiding underneath the dust ruffle.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom107_zps2856e2a7.jpg There’s a nice chair to sit on. I think every guest room should have one so that guests can comfortably remove their shoes or lay out the next days outfit.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom082_zpsd34de61c.jpg Right above the chair hangs some meaningful artwork of people, places and things we love.

You can always take a photo or create a painting of something special and adorn your walls with an image instead of a thing.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom066_zpse0b8822f.jpg There is also a luggage rack placed beneath some needlework Grandma Jingles did as a young girl and a painting my mother, Karen, created at age 13.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom046_zps651eb376.jpg Not wanting the room to feel too serious the boy and girl sculpture busts are adorned with festive New Years Eve party hats.

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom074_zps648fd1a5.jpg With such a deep windowsill I set up a small flocked Charlie Brown tree to provide a bit of festive cheer for our guests. I am looking forward to changing the space up as I have so many ideas!

 photo DTAStorybookCottageGuestBedroom049_zps0b9bbae7.jpg The tree also doubles as a happy nightlight.

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Are you ready to make a reservation in this quaint tiny space? I will have all the sourcing details listed in tomorrow’s post.

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Shabby Creek Cottage, Classy ClutterTatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Dedicated House

A Christmas Bar Cart for Teetotalers

I absolutely adore the bar cart trend with it’s darling drink stirrers, gorgeous glasses and super cute straws. But I am not much of a drinker.

So here’s a bar cart for all the teetotalers and children, plus an easy way to make festive stirrers.

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So, Anthro sells four tinsel pom-pom cocktails stirrers for $18.00. They’re cute, but NO!

You can get a bag of bamboo skewers and pom-poms at the dollar store and create like a zillion stirrers for $2.

Just grab your glue gun and wire clippers.

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Snip the pointed end of the skewer off with the wire clippers. (Yes, they can be used for more than just wire. :)

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Because we don’t want anyone poking their eye out!

A Christmas Story.

Then simply hot glue a pom-pom or two to the top of the skewer.

Fun AND Festive!

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While this antique wash stand isn’t exactly a bar cart it works. It’s happy. Which is what a bar cart should be. I topped it with a small and large silver tray and added in a bit of faux snow.Decor To Adore~ Christmas Bar Cart 038

I love red roses and pine at Christmastime.

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While most of the drink selections were found at Central Market here in Texas, you can find many of these same drinks at Cost Plus World Market. Beverages were definitely selected for their seasonal flavors or colors.

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For a bit of extra holiday pizzaz place colored sugar (found in the Target $1 bins) in a small glass jar. Simply wet the rim of a glass and twist into the sugar.

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Then add in your favorite drink. In this case I kept the glass small for cordial (both for alcoholic and non alcoholic versions) as it is meant to be an aperitif.

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Remember what happened to Diana Barry when she gulped down a few glasses of alcoholic raspberry cordial? 

"Raspberry cordial!" Anne of Green Gables... Always wanted to try it...just a sip, of course!!!

You can also add a small bowl of fruit, nuts or mini candies to your bar cart. Just have fun!

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What your favorite Christmas drink?

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Shabby Creek Cottage, Classy ClutterTatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Dedicated House

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Decorated My Very First Christmas Banister!

Having grown up in the era of The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family I have often longed for a fabulous staircase. Sliding down the bannister seemed like such fun! Mr. Décor and I had a metal spiral staircase while living in Germany but alas not much in the way of Christmas décor since we were living on an airman's salary.

Of course one would expect Storybook Cottage to have a staircase leading to the tower. Albeit, it is a small one.

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In the coming years I can definitely see this area as my Christmas décor playground.

Real pine garlands…

Pinecone garlands….

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Classic tinsel garland…

Stairway Showcase Garland  Stairway Showcase Garland  For a twist on the traditional garland-dressed banister, try this accent. Wire double swags of green tinsel garland at intervals along the banister rail, and tie ornaments dangling from silver ribbon. To add clusters of greenery and holly, tightly wrap wire around the railing for each cluster and tuck cuttings securely beneath the wire.

Bay leaf garlands….

Why if I ever have enough time on my hands I would love to do a paper garland.

But for now I just used a lit artificial garland I had on hand.

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I just might adore my upside down acorn newel post.

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Gold balls that once hung on Grandma Gunn’s tree, mercury ornaments and mini wreaths purchased on clearance years ago, and my pearl star ornaments add a bit of sparkle and shine.

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The presents in this room are wrapped in basic butcher paper held by washi tape. Shimmering add ons are used year after year. The “Frohe Weihnachten” snowman clothespins were purchased when we lived in Germany 10 years ago! I also use gift bags although it’s somewhat faux pas in blogland.

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The real magic occurs at night. I adore the twinkle of the soft lights.

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Do you have a bannister to decorate?

Laura

Monday, December 15, 2014

Decorating A Ginormous Fireplace and Mantle for Christmas

The elephant in the living room, AKA the fireplace, has gotten its Christmas on.

I still don’t know how it will be decorated for the rest of the year but at least the living room has a bit of cheer because it is basically still empty. (It’s next on my list to decorate.)

My dear friend Missy made me the lovely “Peace” angel winged ornament.

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This fireplace and mantle is a beast I tell you! To give you an idea of its enormity here is an image of me standing right in front of it. I am 5’4” tall and the top of my head reaches midway.

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Everyone helped decorate. It’s a bit over the top, but isn’t Christmas décor supposed to be?

Mr. Décor says the mirror looks like a big Santa smile with braces. :)

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Paper chains, an Anthro garland, and wood candlesticks from T J Maxx all provide various shades of neutral texture.

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An silver star ornament from Miss Sandy, pinecones, and antique jingle bells act as filler.

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The antique mantle cover I purchased from my good friend Jenny. Once the orange oak mantle underneath is replaced it might get used for kitchen curtains.

I did do one Before & After DIY for this area.

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The fireplace screen was basic black. Since this room struggles for natural light I thought a brighter color might work better. Most hardware stores sell high heat spray paint.

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I think it’s an improvement. What say you?

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To the left of the fireplace I placed an antique sled we purchased many years ago while living in Germany. The faux sheepskin rug is from Ikea.

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Since the fireplace is gas there really is no need to fill up the large opening on the bottom with wood. I found a basket at Ross, added a few birch logs and greenery leftover from our Christmas tree, tossed in a string of lights and a few scented pinecones.

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It’s gives a bit of happy sparkle and shine to the space.

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Hopefully I will find the time to get some stockings sewn and hung.

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Shabby Creek Cottage, Classy ClutterTatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Dedicated House