Be Our Guest

The guest room/office was the room of the house to come together most quickly once we moved in. The large window and unfortunate placement of electric outlets are two factors that really limit the furniture arrangement, which (and also for security’s sake) is why we chose the back room for our bedroom.

I love the mix and match of all the pieces together, yes, even the cheap birch veneer bookshelf from target which looked better in our old loft with its lighter color palette. The light “wood” does help keep the room from being too heavy with the gray walls (paint color name unknown), the dark floors, and the dark-ish desk. Gotta have somewhere to put books (and this isn’t all of them!)

The above shot is what you see when you step into the room. On the right is a tall-ish 5 drawer dresser, and past that is another window (with a tablecloth hung as a temporary curtain. oh the shame) and a closet large enough to house Mosey’s crate. I love that my pup is crate-trained; it sets my mind at ease that he’s not destroying my books, shoes, rugs, etc while I’m away. He’s not prone to this kind of behavior in general, but who knows what the mischievous little guy could get into all day with no supervision. Anyway, I’m glad the eyesore crate is hidden in the closet, which we affectionately call “Mosey’s room.” Anyway, no photos of that corner of the room. (Edit: Okay, fine, here’s a glimpse into Mosey’s World).

To add a little interest, I covered the dresser that holds some CDs, some books, and most of my sewing supplies, with a beautiful scarf I picked up while in Morocco. I love the way the blue and rich red play with the wood tones of the dresser and the wall color. The water bottle filled with sand is from Morocco–the fascinating red sand from the Sahara desert. My goal is to have one drawer in this chest of drawers empty for guests to use. I am creeping closer to that goal becoming a reality.

Unfortunately, we only have a twin bed and neither of our couches really lend themselves to being slept upon. Let’s take up a collection for an aerobed! Then more people can come visit!

I love being in this room in the afternoon when the light pours in. And so does someone else: this is how he waits for “dad” to come home from work while I work on the ole blog :)


  • Bed, hand me down from Angela‘s family (mattress mine from high school– well renowned to be the most comfortable ever, by the way)
  • Comforter, from Target (“pebble” design)
  • Vanity-turned-desk, free from the re-use shed at the landfill
  • Light-colored bookcase, the cheapest one Target offered ;)
  • Foot locker, hand-me-down from my mother’s college days
  • Dresser (not pictured–to the right of the door leading into the guest room), Salvation Army
  • Chair, hand-me-down from mother-in-law. Its match lives in the kitchen.
  • Curtains, IKEA. Should have picked up two packages so I’d have something to put on the window I didn’t show you.
  • Zebra Rug, Urban Outfitters on clearance (yay!)

Here’s an off-topic bonus shot: our front walk-up.

Luckily, in the few short weeks that have passed since I took this photo, the tiny plant at the base of the bricks shot up and bore beautiful purple flowers. The grass has filled in, as well, and we’ve done some work on the flower bed.

I have big ideas to make this space a little more inviting, which I plan on doing this spring/summer, including:

  • A bench
  • Flowers
  • Lights?
  • Possible outdoor rug?

I’ll continue doing more detailed posts about each room of the house, and with any luck you should be seeing more of the front walk-up. I really do want to transform it! 

PS: I love comments! Just a hint ;) 


To-Do List Revisited

With only 8 days until my parents’ arrival, and this weekend approaching, it’s time to re-visit that ole to do list. Picking out the most important items and conquering this weekend will make me a happy little clam. Wait, I don’t think they have clams in Kansas….

Well, I crossed off the “done” and made the 5 most important items bold, for some self-guidance.

  • Put up the Christmas tree (did it this weekend!)
  • Do “something else” with the fireplace (paint or replace items inside)
  • Purchase a rug pad for diamond jute rug in living room
  • Purchase a rug pad for zebra rug in guest room
  • Clean off the guest bed so it’s sleep-able
  • Generally make guest room ready for guests
  • Do a little more festive Christmas decorating
  • Decide yes or no on outdoor Christmas lights (we have no outdoor plug so improvisation will be necessary)
  • Get a shower curtain (right now we just have a liner)
  • Curtain clips for the dining room (so the curtains won’t look so much like high-waters)
  • Hang higher curtain rod in guest room
  • Do a little kitchen re-organizing
  • Buy groceries (so they don’t starve while they’re here! Our fridge is usually a big cold empty box…)
  • Liven up the white wasteland that is the hallway (halfway there!)
  • Hang pictures in guest room and master bedroom
  • Frost window on kitchen door and in bathroom (I want to try this)
  • Paint front-door dresser and move cold-weather accessories into its drawers

It looks like I’m about one-third one. Breaking the list into thirds is not a bad strategy, I guess. Some of these will probably not happen, but the guest room MUST be prepared. I’m trying to avoid the cop-out solution of “stick everything in a box and move it to the basement,” which is an option but I’d rather go through, organize, and put stuff away in appropriate places instead of hiding it downstairs where it won’t be seen for the next 5 years.

What I wish I could do is get a proper curtain bar for the guest room. Proper fixtures really can transform a room! Currently the curtain rod is a flimsy light metal that sags in the middle and does not cooperate with the fabric of the curtains. I don’t think they’ve been opened since I put them up. It’s a shame because I love the way the guest room’s color pallet is coming along–much more than the master bedroom! I may have to move down the hall!

Improvised Guest Room

Last winter, my mom came to visit me! That’s right, she came to stay in my cold, one-bedroom apartment on purpose. That’s how much she loves me. In order to reciprocate and make her as comfortable as possible, I rearranged my dining room into a makeshift guest room for her. After the photo, there’s a description of my dilemma. Any words of encouragement or ideas will be welcomed with open virtual arms!

Warm and welcoming. You too, can stay here if you don't mind a twin mattress on the floor :) Truthfully, it is an extremely comfortable bed.

I folded down the leaves of my dining room table and shoved it against the wall, covering it with an “attractive” tablecloth and stashing paint cans and storage boxes underneath it. This left most of the room available for the current arrangement.


Now for the long story. The dining room has been, ever since the wedding, where stuff crawls in, gets “stored” behind the piano and won’t be seen until we move into a larger place with more storage. That said, it’s kind of a catchall room and while I try to make it usable for dining every once in a while (it’s in the name of the room after all), it’s the room we don’t talk about and hope our guests ignore.

This is unfortunate because we have a piano in there, a sweet dining table my aunt brought up from Texas for me, and a useful hutch that came with the apartment (it has been filled to capacity). If I could get rid of all the “extra” stuff it would be a great room.