Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Guest Bedroom




This is the guest bedroom 
where you will stay 
when you come to visit.






The antique four poster rope bed
was mine from my childhood bedroom.
When I got married, my mother and dad
brought it to me and my new groom.






 

 At the time, 
we were living in our very first home,
a small Victorian outside of Chicago.
I was going through my
"Victorian/chintz/cabbage rose" phase of decorating
and the house fit the part perfectly. 

My sweet husband said,
"I will live in a pink room, 
I will sleep under ruffled sheets 
with a bedspread covered with roses, 
but I will not sleep under a canopy!"
(Couldn't blame him for that.)
So, we didn't and never have 
put the canopy back on...
not even sure where it is!?




We found the new tapestry pillow on a trip to Paris.



The French peasant figural lamps came from an auction.
Little vintage marble box full of intaglio tokens.



His mother gave me the beautiful
heirloom cotton crocheted coverlet 
that her mother had made.



My husband bought this for me for our anniversary one year while antiquing and I framed it.

My mother-in-law gave me this gorgeous French porcelain tray! I love it!

This little bisque couple sat on my grandfather's dresser when I was little.

I forgot to mention the red color on the walls.
I think everyone should have a red room somewhere
Though I love almost every color on a wall, 
there is something about a cozy red room 
that invites you in and begs you to stay.

That's why the guest room is red. 
It sets a perfect mood for guests, 
don't you think?



(You may have to brush a kitty off your bed before you lay down!)


Thanks for stopping by.
You are always welcome 
to come and stay!







133 comments:

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Alison, Your guestroom is beautiful! When I saw the box of Intaglios my heart skipped a beat. Love them.
Hugs,
Sherry

Our Country Bungalow said...

This is a beautiful room! I am partial to red. The framed piece of lace is lovely.
~cathy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just another Beautiful room in your beautiful home my friend..I love that you have family pieces in there..Love this post..Have a GREAT Sunday..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Beautiful just like the rest of your home Alison.

A Hint of Home said...

What a beautiful guestroom! I have a lot of red in my house. love it! Be careful of your invitation...I and others may just take you up on it and come for a visit to stay in that gorgeous room. lol
Your home is beautiful! I loved looking at your master bedroom redo. Beautifully done.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful and cozy. I love red rooms, too. My sister's dining room is red and my master bath potty room used to be a red wallpaper. I will let you know when I'm coming to stay.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

You should have joined my Do Yo Toile? Party! Oh well, maybe next time! Our living room is red ~ and your room is gorgeous.

Kathy

Cindy said...

Beautiful room and I love the red walls. Red is my fav color!!!

Babs said...

Alison, Your guest room is beautiful. I love red rooms but never have had a red room in my house. You have so many intresting things to look at. I like that in a guest room... or any room for that matter.
Your alabaster lamp caught my eye, too.. very pretty. Have a great Sunday.
Oh, and thanks for letting me know the paint color in your master bath.
Hugs,
Babs

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Alison, your room is gorgeous. You do have such lovely heirlooms and treasures. I so agree, I love a red room. Nothing in this house, but my last one had a lot of red. I always enjoy seeing your home. Thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty

Beverly said...

Alison your guestroom is lovely.. I do love a red room. Very inviting and warm. Love the bed.

SavannahGranny said...

Alison, My bag is packed and I am on my way. BTW don't tell kitty to move. We can snuggle.
This room is so lovely. Every detail is perfection. My favorites are the coverlet, the lace piece and the french pillow.
This room is a guest's dream.
Ginger

Okie Chic said...

Soo pretty and looks so comfortable! I love red rooms but today I just painted mine. My husbands den was red and he went out of town so out came the paint. It's a soft creamy color know thanks to Sherwin Williams.

Sarah said...

Alison, what an inviting guest room. Each detail of this space offers your guest a very special experience. Love the red! ~ Sarah

d e l i g h t said...

Love your decorating style and the beautiful deep colors. Glad to have found your blog! I'm a new follower. I invite you to visit my blog.
Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a beautiful room, Alison. Anyone would be so happy to stay here! I love that it's red...you are right. there should be one red room in a home. for me it's my powder room. I just love everything!

XO,
Janie

Suzanne said...

Oh yes! Every house should absolutely have at least one red room. Ours is the library. I love your guest room, filled with objects that hold memeories.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison you guest room is beautiful just like the rest of your home!! How nice that you have your childhood bed, the furniture in my son's room is my childhood furniture too. I'll be making my reservations soon:) Martina

High Street Cottage said...

Why, thank you for inviting me, Red's my favorite color ;)
Alison, this room is amazing, and yes, one Red Room is a good idea in any decor. What I love is all the beautiful accents, and eye candy.
The Lorgnette in the bowl of pearls, I have one which was my Mom's and it's in my office.
Incidentally I had to Google Inaglio, and this very post was second on the Google list. You've hit the bigtime!
Love the tokens, so much to see for any welcomed Guest. And the Bed, well the story behind it too. The perfect room. xxx tami

Karen said...

Alison, it's all so beautiful. I have become more partial to red in recent years, and you have done an outstanding job here... Love the different pieces of interest too...

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your guest room is beautiful Alison! I love every little detail.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Gorgeous red room, I have a similar coverlet that my mil made for me years ago. Love your bed and tapestry pillows! xo Debra

Karen said...

So cozy and inviting! Thank you!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

What a cozy, inviting room. I love all the stories behind the pieces you have! They really make the room special. As expected your guest room is gorgeous - just like the rest of your house! Enjoy the rest of your weekend...and expect lots of guests in the future, now that you have showed us this room!

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Alison, Your guestroom is beautiful. I love all the pretty antique treasures and especially your antique rope bed. Beautiful. Blessings, Pamela

Michelle said...

Oh so pretty. Love the toile with the red walls. Very cozy. Your husband's quote made me laugh out loud! Thanks so much.

Michelle
New England Style

Upscale Downhome said...

Thanks for sharing your guest room. Love the figural lamps. It definitely looks cozy and I would love to stay anytime!

Olive Cooper said...

I love the red walls ans the pillows. So inviting♥

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Alison, I love your guestroom. The shade of red on the walls is delectable. The pillow you found in Paris is wonderful and I love the striped table skirt.

Ann-Marie

waveney said...

Ooooh,..Sleep sound as bird and flower.....ahhh yes I can definetly picture Waveney and Doug tucked under the eiderdown, snug as two bugs in a rug. Our guest room has simular abusson pillows.... how about a swap??? and I do love red more with every passing year!

Cindy said...

What a lovely room to stay in, I'll be there very soon! How nice to have a room so full of history, it's really beautiful, probably the prettiest red room I have ever seen.
Hugs, cindy

Sue said...

Hi Alison,
First of all, love your guest room. You have such beautiful things, and I love the fact that they all have such special meaning to you and your family.
And, I have to comment on your master bath redo. WOW is all I can say. Every thing is perfect ~ really perfect!! Can't wait to see your bedroom. You are setting the bar pretty high! ;-)
Have a great day.
Sue

Town and Country Gals said...

Alison,
Red is such a warm, cozy color, your guest room is so inviting! Would be a wonderful retreat for any guest! So special to have meaningful things in your home that remind you of family and special times in your life! I have a lot of red in my house, it makes me happy.
Rebecca

lvroftiques said...

Oh Alison what a pretty guestroom! I bet your guests don't want to leave *winks* The little bisque figure of a girl with her dog is precious! And love the box of intaglios! So many lovely things to look at. Can I come and stay? I promise I'll go home....eventually *winks* Vanna

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Alison,
I love your guestroom..me too, I love red its so warm and inviting. I think my favorite thing in your room is the crochet coverlet made by your husbands grandma, its beautiful and so full of love. I have two of them made by my great grandma.
Its funny you said your husband would sleep in pink and chintz but not under a canopy..because Gary my husband says the same thing, he lets me have the bedroom anyway I like, but no canopy..he says it makes him fill closed in.
Your bathroom is lovely and just my style too! So are you taking reservations..LOL.
I have enjoyed catching up with you today.
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi Alison...what an incredible room. I love red and have quite a bit in my house. My entry is red wallpaper...I've been thinking about taking it down but after seeing this room I think I'll leave it up for a while! Any guest would feel so comfortable in your home...Happy Easter! ~Ann

AntiqueChase said...

Beyond charming !!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Alison, your guest room is so beautiful and inviting! I love it. My red room is our dining room. I was warned that I would tire of it, but it hasn't happened and it has been almost 13 yrs.! You are so fortunate to have your childhood bed! Love all the sweet vignettes you have created. The French tray on the dresser with the sweet little dog figurine on it is just out of this world!


Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

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