Becky’s Guestroom

PS… I also updated the photos on the House Tour Page, so be sure and check them out!


I showed y’all a bunch of posts this spring from my brother’s wedding (if you missed them go here, herehere, and here).  Well they have been busy over at their house turning his house into their house.  Which by the way is a pretty tricky transition (or at least has been for the several couples I know who have done it!).  But they are doing an awesome job, and I’ll show you their new bathroom renovation once it is complete!

But on to the topic at hand.  The guest bedroom.  When AJ was ‘decorating’ (and I use that term loosely) the guest bedroom was perfectly functional but not very pretty.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it, but picture a bed on a metal frame, extra sheets and blankets and you’re pretty much there. When Becky moved in, she had her old bedroom set that they decided to use in the guest room. And it is beautiful!!!


Since my college rival’s color is purple, its never been a color I go to, but I love this beautiful gray with lavender!


The monogram in the picture below was on the mantle at their wedding, so it has even more significance.



This awesome wall decor  was made by the ever talented Judy (Becky’s mom) for her old bedroom.  and is made out of scrapbook paper, but it makes an awesome wall decoration (and can be perfectly customized to any room!!).  This would be an excellent dorm decor idea!



It is such a beautiful room and a lovely place for people to stay! (Which means now I have to share my parents with them when they come to stay!)


Want to see more of AJ’s house? Click here, here and here!

Upstairs Switcheroo

One of the mostly untouched rooms left in the house is/was our upstairs guest room.  We have two bedrooms upstairs, one that has been functioning as my office/craft room and the other which we used as a guest bedroom.  There were two major issues with this: 1. The guest bedroom was directly over the garage door (which is outrageously loud and our main entry/exit out of the house) and 2. The husband had no area for himself.  Up until now, this second thing hadn’t been much of an issue (I mean… not for me at least 🙂 ) But my husband and I are strongly considering him going back to graduate school in the spring and to do so, he’ll need his own space to study, work, etc.  So we decided to do a little switcheroo upstairs.  We moved the guest bed into the office and the single bed into what will be his study.

So the room that looked like this:




Now looks like this:


Obviously we are going to do a lot more to this room, I’ve ordered a desk for his birthday present (don’t worry he already knows about it, so no secrets spoiled here) but unfortunately it is backordered until August!! We will probably paint, get a new comforter for the twin bed, and maybe paint the red dressers again? Still trying to nail down my mental picture for how I want this room to look, but it will be more male oriented and definitely a nice calm place for him to study and write.


I love this bed, it came from my grandmother’s basement and needed a little TLC to get it back up and going, but it is such a gorgeous piece of woodwork. And makes a perfect second guest bed to have (in case my grandmother and my parents come to stay or a guest has a child with them.)

We are also going to hang more of our diplomas in here and a few things that are meaningful to the husband, but I’ll keep y’all updated every step of the way!



Stay tuned tomorrow for the update on the office.

Be My Guest

So Wednesday I showed you the dressers I refinished for my guest room nightstands and it reminded me that I haven’t shown my guest room here on the ole blog. When I was moving in I put all the things that I loved but didn’t really fit into other spaces into my guest room. When I got them all in there, I realized most of them were college memorabilia.  I’m a Jayhawk through and through, and loved my time at KU.  But since I’m an “adult” now, I probably shouldn’t decorate my whole house in my alma mater’s colors (although I did try that out for a while… people tend to think I am very patriotic).  But the guest room is the perfect place to display some of my love for my school.   guest-room-after The two top prints in the photo below were cheap drawings I picked up in the market in China when I went to visit.  Both of the pictures on the bottom shelf were graduation gifts, one is of the landscape in Lawrence and one is several renditions of the old mascot, which I lovingly refer to as Angry Jay. The gold thing on the right is a blanket rack, which has blankets on it during the winter. guestroom4 The view below is right as you walk in the door. See my KU diploma on the wall? I should probably hang up my husbands A&M diploma and my MBA diploma, but it seems a little sacrilegious with so much KU love going on in the room.   guestroom5 In Kansas they only require a back license plate, so the front I used to display my school spirit, but since I returned to Texas it makes a good wall decoration (after it was cleaned up of course).   guestroom3 guestroom2 One of my favorite parts of this room are the two old wooden storage crates from my grandmother’s basement.  Stacked on top of each other they make the perfect corner piece and a great place to store my old photo albums.   guestroom6 guestroom-flowers The picture frame below hung in my office in college and I haven’t changed a single picture since then, which has now been a few years! The older I get (and the further away those years get) the more I want to keep it just like it is now. Its definitely not high fashion, or magazine worthy decor, but it always reminds me of wonderful memories.  Plus guests tend to get a kick out of how young my brothers and I look in the pictures.  The bookshelf below it is an old cheap Bed Bath and Beyond bookshelf that I plan to spray-paint very soon. Any votes on color? Colonial red to match the dressers? Black to match the bed? Some other color?  guestroom-bookshelf

And last but certainly not least (and literally the first thing you see when you come in the room) is this little sign hanging on the wall:  guestroomsign My best friend made that for me many many years ago WAYYYYY before these modern crafty days of Pinterest. I think she made it for me when I was going back to school one year… but it hung in almost all of my rooms in college and has made it onto the walls in all of the apartments and houses I’ve lived in post college. If you don’t recognize the quote you need to put down whatever it is that you are doing RIGHT NOW and go rent A League of Their Own.  Its an excellent, excellent movie and you get to see a bunch of fun stars before they were as famous as they are now. My best friend and I would say this to each other all the time in high school and college as we were navigating the pitfalls of being teenage/college girls.  It always broke the ice and made us remember that life is to be enjoyed.