My Home Tour – The Guest Room

Having guests over is such an exciting opportunity to catch up and show off your home. Here’s a tour of our guest room for you to enjoy. Come on in, kick your shoes off and stay overnight if you wish!


The room had humble beginnings. These are the before pictures.

Not a bad color, but just not what I had in mind.
There were several holes that needed patching in the walls.
That gave me another reason to re-paint.

GuestBefore2 What was I thinking?! That little ikea dresser just does not fit!

Before I show you the after pictures, I have to explain. As the mother of two boys (and the only female in our home), I am careful to keep my decorating from being too flowery, frilly, and – well – girlie. But, after a week of sleeping in the guest room because everyone had the flu except me (you know Mom’s can’t afford to be sick!), I decided to throw my femininity into just this one room. I told Pretty Handsome Guy that it was the one room that I needed to be girlie! He knew better than to protest. I guess he figured it was better if I got it out of my system in just this one space.

So, here she is, all gloriously girlified:

Fresh roses, I wish you had smell-o-vision. Freshly cut roses, displayed in a recycled jelly jar.

Detail of doorknob from the nightstand made from a curbside door and picket fence.

Better view of the nightstand. The lamp is from Goodwil

The center pillow was a sack of birdseed that I ordered from here.
Then I washed it and stuffed it with stuffing and just re-tied the top.
The patchwork rose pillow was purchased in a gift shop during our visit here.
The painting over the bed was painted by the very talented, Shari MacFarlane (who also happens to be my Mom.)


The bed frame was rescued from the curb when we lived in Charlottesville, VA. The side rails were broken, but I found sturdy new ones at a rummage sale the very next week!
I sanded the rails down and stained them to match the headboard and footboard.

You can just barely see this piece of art from the previous picture. I purchased this little painting from a gallery in Asheville, NC on my first getaway weekend after having kids. The artist signed it Cap Man 2005. It is painted on a salvage floor board.
I just love it and the Jimi Hendrix quote

Spray painted floral vases and a peek at my birthday gift from a dear friend.
It was her grandmother’s hand towel!
She was the recipient of this present for her birthday a few years ago.


Daisy, the rescued chair and an adorable kidney shaped desk. I think it fell off a pick up truck because it was busted up and upside down on the side of the road.
The desk matched the style of my bed perfectly!

I glued the broken pieces, and re-stained it. Then added a ribbon and bead pull.

Salvage windows. The larger one was a gift from a friend and fellow blogger. I cut mat board to fit in each individual pane and then used double stick tape to mount family photos on the boards. Then pressed the boards in the back of the window and hot glued around the edges.


Close up of chipped salvage window. I painted one coat of flat white paint on top of the window and then used packing tape to peel off some of the paint.


Sweet smelling soaps in a bowl. Pitcher and silver tray from Goodwill. Top view of the upholstered bench.


Can you believe it? The bench was also a curbside find!

This concludes my guest room tour. Did you enjoy? You can view my full home tour here. Thanks for visiting.



  1. Faith Like Potatoes says:

    that room is gorgeous!!!

  2. I love that room. Being a Mom of two boys also, I think it is important we find a space somewhere to express that romantic feminine side. I think decorating is most successful when there are stories to go with many of the elements to a room. That is one of the things I enjoyed most about your tour.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just wish I could get you and Caitlin out to Luray sometime because I need a lot of your talents to suggest improvements to my house there. I don't need a "girly room" but I do need some of your creativity! Congrats on another very nice project, nonetheless! —Gary

  4. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says:

    Oh, seriously — where do I start!?! It's absolutely beautiful (like everything you do!)! I love your new wall color — and I can't even tell you how much I adore all your girly details — they are just perfect. My bags are packed — can I come and stay!?! :) Haha! Brittany you are amazing!!

  5. Something Nice and Pretty says:

    Love it!!! You did so well with everything…love the pillows and the bench!


  6. It looks fantastic. What a restful retreat for your guests. There are so many touches that I love, but I'll just focus on 2 of my favorites:

    The door nightstand (FABULOUS!)
    and the birdseed accent pillow. Love that.

  7. "It's really girly" – Danny

    "It's so cute and I just love it!" – Sara, bats eyelashes

    I wish I could get a room to be girly in :)

  8. Momma Rhyne says:

    Great room. Looks nice and cozy!

  9. So lovely and girly. I'm glad you got a spot with all of those guys. You certainly have a knack for repurposing orphaned pieces. Thanks for linking with Fabric Fun Thurs. :).

  10. Anonymous says:

    you so rock!

  11. wow. I love this – so much attention to detail, so much quiet style and grace. It's great! My favorite part is the door/fence nightstand… but I love those vases too…

  12. Absolutely beautiful! It could be a great Mom's getaway.

  13. What a great room. I like what you did with the photos in the window pane. I might have to borrow that idea if I can ever find a window I love.

  14. {jami @ i m a g i n e} says:

    Beautiful! Very shabby chic! Love those vases! I love your blog and I found you through NFF! I have a design blog too and would love for you to come see what I've been designing too!

    xo – jami
    i m a g i n e

  15. Roo@nicegirlnotes says:

    Well done, Brittany!! Love those salvage windows -iiincredible!

  16. LOVE IT… the colours are gorgeous! Nice repurposing also.
    Visiting from NFF today!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE what you did with this room! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

  18. Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas says:

    Hi..I’m Barb….I am from FF. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. I also would love for you to be a new Fan of my Facebook page too & click “LIKE” in the upper right hand corner of my blog & you’ve done it..Thanks so much! I am just starting at Facebook. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  19. It's fabulous! I love all the details that just pull the room together!

  20. very pretty, i love that you finally got a space to girlify! i love curbside junk and turning it into treasure! you did a fantastic job!

  21. Wow! Great job. Love your blog, will visit again.

  22. What a great job transforming this room into something so very lovely. If it is a guest room they will never want to leave! Thank you for so many great ideas!

  23. Megan @ Megity's Handmade says:

    I think that it turned out beautifully!

  24. Sue at Beach Bungalow says:

    Nice! Love your quilt!


  25. Sve je tako lijepo…odiše romantikom…prekrasne boje…puno odličnih novih ideja…hvala na ovim fotografijama :)))

  26. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Oh my … so many cool touches! The door hardware had me gasping. Your quilt, pillows.. the colours just pop in the most pleasant of ways. Lovely room!


  27. You have done a fabulous job taking trash to treasure!

  28. Angie@Echoes of Laughter says:

    What a delightful room! You did an amazing job! I would love to be a guest in this room…it is so pretty!

  29. The room is very pretty, but I am crazy for the bench.


  30. Els Manning says:

    just bounced from blog to blog, and came on yours… love it! You have such great ideas. Love it!

  31. Love the door, the sack of birdseed, and that upholstered bench!!!

  32. Wonderful room, great details. Visiting from CSI

  33. The room looks so inviting now. I love all of your nice touches of white.


  34. Hi there! thanks for commenting on my picket fence shelf.
    One of my local readers loves your door/picket fence night stand. She’s been wanting me to make her one. She reads and likes “junk” but she doesn’t make it.
    I’ve made her a “shelf” from a door, but since she didn’t have any picket fence, we made do with what she had. I’ll be blogging about it this week.

  35. Wow!

    Your taste is so close to how Michelle would have fixed up this house here had she not come down with a bad case of cancer. If I had the money I would try to hire you to fix up this place she loved in her memory. I really like many of your ideas and I thin she would too! If you ever win the Lotto; please remember me? LOL


    Some info about me:

    I am living my life as a single person, content with pets with hopes of making a life long contribution to the world on a broader basis then the one on ones I do at present. I have worked in many fields related to IT/LAN-WAN/Telecom/Data Communications as an installer/help desk problem solver.

    I would like to try and build a video photography business online, working out of the home, God willing. (No Money) At present I am temping here and there, looking for full time work while I strive at doing my own thing. I am average looking ok, seldom drink and never smoke anything and like women on a light friendship, platonic level for now. I do like a diet with water, soy milk, raw juices melons etc. I like to be clean cut and try to dress decent when ever possible. I strive to have a sense of humor which I use to cover up my troubles as they come and go.
    Somewhere In Time:

    I had the most beautiful women in the whole world!! She was always happy and active, into many areas of interest like me. I have never truly loved anyone as much as I loved this woman. We bought a house together with hopes of remodeling and creating a home for a family. She showed me friendship, compassion, love and gave me a new meaning of what a woman could offer a man like me over the mother and all the many others who have been judgmental, pretentious takers expecting stuff from me no matter how upfront I was with them.

    For the first time in my life I was with someone who was just very god natured with out practicing religious private sector activities. How could I help but love her with everything I had. Michelle always seemed so happy and that really helped me to loosen up some from some of the heartache in my past. Anyway, her mother moved down from PA after losing a long term job so best friend Michelle suggested we move her in with us. I was a little worried about that at first, having come from a childhood with a very aggressive, abusive mother but I just decided to go with it and open my heart to the idea and hoped it would work out. It worked out fine.

    We started a lot of projects on the house such as Foundation repair by removing all the trees that were plated to close to the house, replacing many of the inside doors, electrical, phone, cable, ceiling fans, adding crown molding with hopes of making this old house into a home for a family. Wow, a family, maybe have children, everything seemed to be going so well. The first Xmas in the home was the best one I have ever experienced in all the years I have lived on this earth. I also had a great stable job working 3 – 4 days a week making close to $50,000 a year so between Michelle’s mother, Michelle and myself we had a great Xmas and funds to do a great job on the house.

    Then came a big surprise, Michelle discovered she had breast cancer. small cell neuro-endocrine carcinoma in the mammary gland It scared me to death! Now I was terrified of losing the best woman friend I had ever known so I began to research all over the world, running up thousands in phone bills only to find out she had a slim chance at best. At some point within a year she was labeled terminal. I found one last hope on a web site called IPTQ or Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) – Alternative Cancer Chemotherapy that is Gentle, without major side effects.

    This treatment offered the hope of more time as well as a management tool that would allow Michelle to live a normal life or at least a chance to live to fight another day. It was working for Michelle however; the guy treating her grossly over dosed her with the chemo drug called methotrexate.

    She passed on Xmas day some time ago. It was horrible and has changed me more then any other past experience I have gone threw. I have always thought about the term true love, soul mate; I have dreams of what I thought love was or was not from my past but after Michelle I know the difference. How I wish she could have lived.

    I look for her friendship in my dreams still. How does one really love again after going through that plus all the other loss I have known, time maybe? I am no spring chicken now and my chances seem slim at best. I guess for now I can only try to reach out for light platonic friendship and go from there.

    I really don’t know beyond that right now. I sometimes wish I could find another best friend for life, long term. I would hope for someone who is smart and very compassionate with out pretentious judgments if that’s possible? A nice smile would be a big plus. How ever Michelle is a pretty tough act to follow. No woman has ever been so nice to me as she was.

    I am a God seeker, I do not attend anywhere at present. Man made, private sector, right wing; shallow religion holds little interest for me and leaves me empty and dead inside. I have just got so burn out on the formalities of hearing how to better my fallen soul that I think needs to be replaced daily by walking close to the Lord in prayer.

    At present;

    I have and love my little dogs and hope to re-build and learn to manage what’s left of my life while I wait for my day to come, where I’m taken over to the other side to be with Michelle and everyone else I have loved and lost to cancer or some other horrible ordeal. I have never been able to reconcile with my mother to this day however, Michelle’s mother helps me with that loss still.

    She has adopted me and I her. She is also a breast cancer survivor for over 25 years now. I would like to fix up the house in to a home still; maybe find a way to pay it off with hopes of taking care of the mother for the rest of her life if that’s possible? We are hanging by a thread right now. There are 1-2 weeks when eating is very hard but the bills on the house are paid and I am happy with that for now. I miss Michelle, her friendship and smile still.

    What else can I say? Michelle was so full of life and love compared to anyone I ever knew in the past. The women in the past always seem so self absorbed and pretentious. They always seem to have a long list of conditions they came with expectations I could never keep up with.

    Michelle was very smart but laid back and so easy to love and her love inspired me to want do anything I could do to make her happy. For the first time in my life I felt I could truly try and forgive the past I feel has wronged me from being happy even though it was short lived and hard to continue after her death that Xmas day. I never had a reason to yell or be negative to her. It was so hard to watch someone so special suffer and pass away like that. I just wish I could have done more for her.

    I now wish to do what ever I can to make the mother’s remaining years as happy as possible. I wish the house was in better shape and I wish Michele and I had gotten the insurance that would have paid the house off if something happen to one of us. Who could know how soon sickness and death could creep up on her or I. What a twist in fate.

    Allen – 972.234.0019

    “If I could be where you are” by Enya

  36. Just over two years best bbs young beauty i dont know about her being Anetta Keys. I see a lot of posts saying it is her but i don’t see. I dont think its her. She’s hot, amazingly hot !! and most of all, that’s not her first time doin anal. Not a chance in hell.

  37. I love all your beautiful work! I was looking for inspiration and your blog has helped me. I often wonder what holds me back. Thank you. Gorgeous work! ~ Carla


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