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Monday, January 5, 2015

A Truly Tiny Guest Room

Welcome to the Wintermint Guest Room at Storybook Cottage!

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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.

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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.

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The room is pretty tiny, but comfortable.

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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.

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So Mr. Décor helped me build 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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With such a deep windowsill I set up a small flocked Charlie Brown 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!

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The tree also doubles as a happy nightlight.

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UPDATE: All the sourcing details are listed HERE.

This post originally was published HERE on December 18, 2014.

Are you ready to make a reservation in this quaint tiny space?


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Lorrie said...

It's just as gorgeous now as the first time it posted. Lucky guests!

Terri Steffes said...


Linda said...

Yes, it's a beautiful room. Our guest room is a light coffee (brown, lol) shade, and it also serves as Jim's office and it must be about 9' x 9' - yes, it's that small, it's probably even smaller than that because a 6' person could easily lay between two of the walls touching them. So, yes, as one with a truly tiny home of 1200 square feet, all of those things that people say about not having room for guests, get-togethers, etc., are simply excuses. We've hosted gatherings here, the latest my 50th Bday in November, of 80+ guests (daughter's graduation party), and yet it all works. Just have to be ingenious about it. ; )

Katie Mansfield said...

I'm wild about that chair. So pretty.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Parfait - the colours, furniture, fittings, placing of accessories. This is a poignant post as I'm having to go through the same process here. Too much sentimentality here, but as you said, it's the memories in one's heart that are truly important. You have spurred me on to move away from the computer and back to sorting. XXX

Maureen Wyatt said...

Wow, amazing transformation in such a short time! It's lovely and anyone would feel honoured to stay in that lovely guest room. You are absolutely right about people, and the time we spend with them, being more important that the things we clutter up our lives with.

Vel Criste said...

Looks absolutely perfect Laura! It's so relaxing and well-collected!