Spring Fresh: Updating the Bedrooms
The guest room last fall
I was so excited to finally pull the guest room together last autumn. Though it is not finished, it is still a far sight better than it was last year. I wanted a fresh look for Spring but I've searched endlessly for bedding with nothing affordable or really lovely being found. I really wanted to change from the red.
Last week I had a call from the flea market and I was told I'd made a fairly good sale, one that will more than cover rent this next month. That made me feel I could be free to spend my allowance this month without holding it for the booth.
I'd tried all sorts of things here at home but at present, I don't really have a lot of extras, having weeded out all the worn/torn/beyond tired things, I was pretty much left with nothing. I'd no idea I'd have such a hard time replacing them! I'd already changed out the blue spread in our room for the madras quilt that John has come to like so this late winter/early spring. I'd tried every option that might possibly work for curtains in that room and nothing felt right.
On Friday, I went to the Dollar General in the next town. Out of habit more than anything, I checked the curtain and shower curtain sections and was pleased to find a blue blackout panel that was the exact shade I'd wanted for the master bedroom. I bought the four panels at a great price and when I brought them home found they were indeed the best match.
Saturday I walked into the guest room and as I glanced at the bed, I 'saw' it fully dressed...in the blue spread we'd used over winter. I had to wait until Sunday to put it together, but I think it looks just lovely and it's a good blend with the touches of red and red and white toile, as well as the cream sheers and lace panel used at the window.
The quilt is really the key to this working so well.
I used the sewing machine cover I'd made from a vintage pillowcase as a slip for a throw pillow I had in the closet. I'm not totally satisfied with this room yet. The pictures over the bed are lovely and I want them in the room but not sure that is the best arrangement or place for them. I dislike the straight line of them. I'd like to remove the shams from the pillows in our room and use at the head of the bed to beef it up a bit, too. But for the moment, it's an acceptable change and it cost me nothing.
The way my bedroom looked over the past nine months
I'm so glad I purchased the curtains. For the price and to end up with a fresh look in two rooms, I just couldn't beat it. I'll be doing some minor work over the next week or so in both rooms, shifting accessories about, just to bring the rooms a completely fresh look. It's a nice time filler until the rain quits and I can go to work on the porches and patio.