Come on up to the quarters to see my room reveal.
That’s right, take the steps up to the second story.
I call it our guest quarters, but I suppose ‘garage apartment’ might be a better term. Come on in. The door is open.
Here is what the bed looks like now. You might have seen the bed redo in No cost Decorating. (Actually I just completely redid this room, so this is what it looked like a week ago.)
I placed the quilt on top of the large basket.
Before it looked like this with leftover lamps, the old bedding, and the blue chest. I think it looks a bit more calm now.
I redid these chairs as seen in the chair make over post, and added them to the room.
The crib turned daybed was also added to the room. The craft storage started out as an Ikea bookcase. (You can see the abandoned house across the street through the window. It’s just part of living in the city.)
Here is what it looked when when we first moved our leftover furniture up to the apartment. The leather chair, the artwork, lamps, and chest were moved out.
I used a basket with a tray on top to make a little side table.
And here is the kitchen end of the guest quarters.
The table is covered in a vintage white linen tablecloth.
The bathroom is tiny.
Decorating is often about evolving a room slowly over time. This room was our leftover, spillover room. This is where we put the stuff that didn’t work any where else. So as I really honed in on what I wanted to do with the room, I slowly moved a lot of things out. I sell those things in a consignment store or give them away. Then I look for bargains at the resale stores that work with my vision for the room. I want this space to go a bit more romantic and French. I was stuck, for awhile, really frustrated with this room. Well stat tuned for massive changes. I think you are going to like the new look. I mean, the newest new look.
Quite a change and much cozier. I never doubt your ability to get things right!
You made the quest room looked very cozy, calm and inviting!
Lory at Designthusiasm says
I love the lightened up look, Anita! What a welcoming place for guests. Can’t wait to see it evolve as you “cedarhill-ize” it… 😉
Love the entire cottage. You made it look so calm and inviting. Where did you find your shower curtain please?
That is from Target.
I love the way you decorate…you have real skill and vision on how to pull it all together! Glad to hear it’s not always easy for you either though…it takes perseverance and patience to keep working on it…there’s hope for me yet!
Oh yes it’s a process Ali!!!
sarah waters says
Can you please tell me where you bought the large basket ? !!! I am in love with it. It looks to be new .ThANKS LOVE YOUR BLOG AND STYLE . mOST ExCELLENT
The basket was from Hobby Lobby 2 years ago. I doubt they have them any more.
The baskets you added in your guest quarters are just the right touch. I love small spaces, so cozy and inviting!
Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
Such a beautiful space! I love that basket too!
Calming colors and decor, very comfy. Love the quilt, where did you find it?
One is vintage, the other was purchase years ago. Not sure it is even available any more.
Chloe Crabtree says
What a cozy and beautiful little apartment! I would love to have guest quarters like these! I can certainly relate to re-purposing things for another house or another room. It looks like you have it all finished and beautifully, I might add! I am sure your guests will love it and feel welcome!
This is delightful. Your bathroom is bigger than the one in my childhood home, shared by Mum, Dad and four daughters!!!!
Wow, thanks Jacky.
Gloria @ glutenfreepoodlehome says
Is this at your city house or country house?
O, I think there ought to be a law that every house built had an upstairs, over the garage guest cottage.
This is sooo adorable and you’ve done amazing things with it. I am crazy about the closet with the adorable curtain…I love love love the tablecloth…I have ALWAYS used one…just like them and the way they make a table look…softer. 🙂
Cynthia at her lovely nest says
what a wonderful room! you’ve made it so cozy and livable for your guests, I’m ready to move in 🙂
I would love to have this in our house, great job!
Aww thanks Cynthia!!
Oh! Anita, I can so relate to your comments to your Mother re the whispering about the chair being painted!!
My daughter and her partner live with us while he’s at University and they’ve gone up the the Great Barrier Reef for a 10 day holiday (We live in Australia) so I have 10 days to Chalk paint a desk, paint the solid wood cupboards in the kitchen white, paint a dresser and move it, etc,
I know I don’t have to wait for them to go away, its just more peaceful if I do! Otherwise its “how could you paint over that beautiful wood”, You’re not going to paint a leather chair are you? Well, yes I am, and it will be all done by the time you get back! I have a nicely shaped leather chair in the study but its a green-grey color, I’m going to use Annie Sloan Chalk paint in old white, then wax it. I Googled and lots of people seem to have success with this.
I really enjoy reading about your decorating and looking at the before and after and all the good advice you give,
Deborah Hopkins says
Everything looks beautiful !!! I love it ! I always enjoy getting to see what you have done with your decorating ideas. 🙂