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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

‘Twas the Night Before Graduation…

Today I am expecting houseguests. They are here to attend the Fashionista’s college graduation which is tomorrow morning. (Sniff! Boo Hoo! Where did time go?)

I’ve readied the guestroom.

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The guest room is at the very end of a long hall. As you enter the room you can see the cross stitch that Grandma Ingalls sewed as a young girl.

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To the immediate left are pictures of places we have been and a sweet little boys silhouette.

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For me the bed is the most important element in a good guest room. Although the ballerina painting my mother, Karen, did at age 13 is also a treasure.

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I am a firm believer in sleeping in your own guest room from time to time.  I want to make sure my guests have a pleasant experience. 

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I’ll admit it, I am a linen snob. I like crisp cotton sheets. Monograms make it all the better. Great Grandma’s quilt peeks through the luscious lace.

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This is topped by a white cotton Matelassé cover, the lavender floral and checked bedding is Pine Cone Hill I found on Ebay and the pillowcases were embroidered by Grandma Jingles.

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It was a joint effort as my great grandma Becker (Grandma Jingles’ mother) crocheted the edges.

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To the left of the bed are the shelves Mr. Décor built. There is a working alarm clock and other treasures.

If you have a wee one don’t worry, they can sleep in the same wicker bassinet that Grandma Mary, mother Karen, myself and my children all slept in.

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I like Grandma Jingles’ tiny tea set that tops books given to me by Mr. Décor’s mother.

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There is a small antique Harvey girl figurine cousin Sweet T gave me after we rode a Harvey train to the Grand Canyon.

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At the foot of the bed is generally a place to put your luggage.

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But I moved it next to the chair to bring in a bit of Christmas cheer.

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Santa always remembers to fill the guests stockings.

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If you need a seat, have one.

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The lamp on the side table received a bit of pearlized garland for the holiday. The crystal base shines on its own the whole year through. My bedside carafe broke so one of Grandma Mary’s violet teacups will have to suffice. Fresh flowers are always a sweet touch don’t you think?

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It’s also nice to provide a bit of reading material.

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These elegant ladies long ago once topped silk pin cushions. You’ll have to come stay to see what surprise is hiding under the center lady’s pink skirt.  

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There is an attached guest bathroom as well.

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I’ve left out a few necessities one might need.

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Fresh towels are so nice after a hot bubble bath.

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I couldn’t resist adding a bit of bling to the painting above.

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Of course as darkness falls a good nightlight is always appreciated.

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I’ve shared this German schwibbogen before, but it deserves a second look.

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“But I heard her exclaim ere she typed out of sight, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”



Auntie Em said...

Your room is beautiful!!! There is only one problem... It's so cozy and gracious that your guests may never want to leave! :)
Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation! Enjoy the ceremony and celebrations. :)

sissie said...

Hello Laura,
Your guest bedroom is so lovely and very special. Congrats to your daughter.


Maple Lane said...

Congratulations to your daughter. Your guest room/bath are lovely and so welcoming. The addition of family heirlooms make it so special.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Congratulations to your daughter. I know she will love spending time in a room so full of pretties and memories.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Congrats to the Fashionista!!!!! I loveeeeeeeeee the room!! It looks amazing!! I think I need to read that Laura Ingalls Wilder book though!! :)

Susan said...

Your guest room is so beautiful. I love the soft colors you used. The bassinet is so cute. Anyone that slept in your guest room would feel they were at a really nice bed and breakfast.

Hi, I'm MarySue said...

Lovely and as usual inspiring. Merry Christmas.

Jen said...

What a beautiful and welcoming guest room! I love all of your personal touches, the color and especially the welcoming feel you have created.

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation! What a proud mom you must be!

Teresa said...

The perfect room to rest after what will, certainly, be a very emotional and thankful day in your Family Life.

Wishing you All the Best!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Congratulations to The Fashionista, and all of you! It's one of the greatest days of pride and a huge exhale...(financially speaking).

Your guest room is a dream! Like floating on a perfect lavender cloud!
Every detail is beautiful and so welcoming.

You have been a busy little elf!

Ms. Redo said...

Gorgeousness! Are you related to the original Laura Ingalls?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Congrats to the Fashionista, she has worked so hard and I know she is super excited. YOur guest room is gorgeous, such a wonderful place for anyone to stay. Hugs, marty

chris mckinley said...

Congratulations to your daughter!! Your room looks so inviting...may I come visit?


Maureen Wyatt said...

That beautiful guest room would be a delight to any visitor! It's so like you to mix luxurious comfort with family memorabilia and other objects of interest. I don't think that room could ever be improved upon!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation! I'm sure you are all so proud of her! The guest room is stunning and inviting--I would expect no less from you! Enjoy!

Christine said...

Great idea of sleeping in the guest room, once in awhile. But from the looks of this beautiful room, there isn't anything to change!

Karen Albert said...

Laura anyone would be thrilled to be a guest in your home. There is so much love and memories in just that one room!

Love and Hugs
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Debbie said...

It must be wonderful to be a guest in that room, Laura. I love crisp linens too, and I love all the touches in the room, especially that china used for the necessities. Love that!

openid said...

I love all the added details you've included in your "guest sweet" :)
especially the embroidered pillow cases, monogrammed sheets and the Christmas stockings {Did you make those?} Your guests will always feel welcome and special!
Your Friend,

The Boston Lady said...

Such a lovely guest room, Laura. Hmmmmmm, I say to myself as I sit with an outstretched futon behind our "guest suite". I love everything you have done with it, the colors, all the personal touches.

Best of all The Fashionista is graduating!!!! A happy/tearful time! Best wishes to all of you. Ann