Monday, May 14, 2012

Grand *Guest Room*

I found the perfect place to put the turquoise Tonka truck
 that I bought at the Kane County Flea Market!
The guest room in our house was the original inspiration for the aqua color scheme 
which then became the color scheme for our little cottage by the lake.
(Shameless self promotion alert!)
It looks so cute up in the guest room that I thought I would show it to you.

The guest room was added on a few years ago when we needed a room for the computers 
and an upstairs (not in the basement) laundry room.  
Mr. Grand calls that addition "the three story closet", 
because basically all we do is store mountains of stuff in the new basement, 
in the first floor closets and in the guest room closets.  
I have no idea where we used to store these things, 
or where all this extra stuff came from.

Anyway, here's the window seat
 between the two, stuffed-to-the-gills closets we have in the guest room.  
Hey, this just became a before and after post! 
Here is the before picture of the window seat:

And after the addition of the Tonka truck!

Here's a picture of the room I took while standing in one of the aforementioned closets.

As usual, it took me a few tries to get the right paint color.  
Have you ever seen the movie "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House"? 
 Let's just say Mrs. Blandings and I both have strong feelings about the correct color.
I wanted aqua, not turquoise. I wanted it to be soft and soothing and spa like.
 It had to be pale, not minty, not too gray, not too green.
The third time was the charm.

We have some wonderful art work on the walls. 
The following three prints are from the Chicago World's Fair in 1893- The Columbian Exposition.
This was a fascinating event in the history of Chicago 
and I like to have some hometown things for our out of town guests to ponder.

This was "the Mining Building".

This is a view of the South End Wooded Island from the "Transportation Terrace".

The West Terrace from the "Court of the Obelisk".

Aren't these Grand?
They were truly architectural marvels at the time,
made from temporary materials like plaster and jute.

They hang over the piano, which we happen to "store" in the guest room
because it's on loan from friends until they can reclaim it.
Darling daughter practices her piano lessons up here...

The window treatments were made by my talented friend Patti,
out of matelasse bedspreads.
They already had the scallopy edges
and you know how much I like things to be scallopy!
(Also click here for more scallopy things.)
(And more shameless self promotion...)

This needlepoint pillow is a treasured heirloom,
stitched entirely by hand, by my sweet mother in law, Dottie.

I have always admired it and I was so honored when she offered it to me.

This little rocker also belonged to Miss Dottie when she was a child.
I recently had the rush seat restored, for another generation.

The painting on the wall hung in Mr. Grand's family home for many years.

It's very ethereal and mysterious and I love the colors.
Miss Dottie and I both love the aquas and greens and blues.

I tried the Tonka truck up on the dresser but it didn't really work
with the Wallace Nutting print, or the walnut dresser, both family heirlooms.

The dresser belonged to my Mom, and I love the color and the design.
Especially the smaller drawers and that little door to a cubby hole.
 Details like that remind me that I am not the first person to obsess about design.
Me and Steve Jobs. And probably you, too, since you read blogs!
I am in good company!

I fell for this bed at first sight.

It's from Ethan Allen, back in the days before they went modern.
 Here's a close up of the headboard cutout detail:

And the finials on the four poster bed:

I do love antiques, but I think beds and mattresses ought to be on the newer side!

This bed works so well with the family pieces
we have been blessed to receive.

Thanks for coming on the Grand Guest Room tour!

Linking to
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesdays Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Primp Your Stuff Wednesdays at Michele Raven Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Home Sweet Home Party at The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
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  1. This Tonka truck probably says MADE IN THE USA underneath like all quality toys that are still around today and can make it into a beautiful guest room as a focal point!

  2. I love your blue truck! It adds such a nice touch to the room!

  3. Gorgeous room and view! Love the truck, thanks for linking up.

  4. What guest wouldn't love to stay in that beautiful room? Of course, they would not be able to hang their clothes up but small price to pay for all that loveliness! ~ Maureen

  5. This is such a restful room with so many special touches! Any guest will be cocooned in peace. When can I make a reservation?

  6. Oh, for the love of trucks! I am jealous of your new Tonka truck, even though I have a rusty red one and a BIG turquoise truck of my own to hold t.p. in the loo. One can never have too many toy trucks!

    Your guest room is lovely and you have many beautiful pieces of furniture.

  7. Love the color of your walls, so soft & pretty...
    Your newest follower...
    I invite you over to my blog as well...
    Blessings Lori

  8. Such a beautiful room! Every detail is perfect. And, that truck is fabulous!!!

  9. Love the wall color you chose for this room, Erin! The white window treatments look great against it. I love them, too. I noticed them at the windowseat and I'm glad you mentioned them in your post. I wondered if they might be quilts or something like that. Love the scallops!

  10. I just found and joined your blog. And I have already ordered the candles that you told us about. I love the little tonka truck. I hope yoou will join my blog to read about my life as a Missouri Farm Girl and lots more.

  11. Your guest room is very pretty and has lovely details. The walls and truck are my favourite colours too. Your heirloom pieces are great treasures and the wood pieces have such lovely character. Thanks for taking us on the grand tour.

  12. What a gorgeous and inviting guest room. The Tonka truck is perfect and I just love the color.

  13. Too bad I don't live further away...I would love to stay in that guest bedroom. That truck is the PERFECT accessory. Pure love!

    amy @

  14. You are so right! That is the perfect place for your turquoise truck. I love the pop of color.

    Thanks for all the inspiration.


  15. Erin - you have styled your bedroom just beautifully! I love all of the sweet memories that you've filled it with. :) I also adore the color you chose. It IS the perfect aqua. What color is it?

    xoxo laurie

  16. Oh, my goodness, that paint color is perfection! I just love it. It really is the perfect shade of aqua. I am sure this is such a restful room for your guests. Just love that truck! Oh, what stories it could tell!

  17. Love that Tonka truck! what a great color it is!

  18. Ack - so jealous - your truck is blue!!!!! So, so so love and what pretty room!


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