One way I’d like to grow Wednesday & Wine this year is by sharing the updates we’ve done to our home. Mr. E and I rent a townhouse that we absolutely love, and plan on staying here for a few more years. It has more than enough space for the two of us and the cats, and if we decide to start a family it will still meet our needs (we hope). Since we rent, we can’t make too many cosmetic changes, which can limit how rooms look. As much as I hate the way my kitchen looks, I can’t change it, and so I’m stuck with it for now. But that’s okay.
Our townhouse has two bedrooms, and since we aren’t planning on having kids for a while we decided to convert our second bedroom to a guestroom. We often have friends or family staying with us, and they needed a space to sleep where Jack and Wednesday wouldn’t bother them. The room is small compared to our overly large master bedroom, but there’s plenty of space for a bed, night table, and dresser.
Of course, Mr. E and I moved into our townhouse in late August, and planned to be married in mid-May of the next year. During that time period, the guest room was less of a guest room and more of a place to stash wedding stuff out of the way of Wednesday and Jack. In fact, up until this past summer, the room looked like this:
Yep, that’s a mishmash of wedding planning stuff and gifts galore that we hadn’t yet gone through. And Wednesday, who wasn’t supposed to be in there. So welcoming, right?
When Mr. E and I decided to upgrade our bed, we realized we needed to go through the stuff in our “guest room” to make it more inviting for guests (and so that we could fit our old queen bed in there!) It didn’t take long to go through what was leftover from wedding planning and we had already started opening (and using) our wedding gifts. What we weren’t using or didn’t have storage for went into the closet. Our new bed was delivered and Mr. E moved our old one into the guest room, and suddenly we felt much more established!
Here’s how our guestroom looks right now:
Obviously, the pictures I hung up are a bit too small for the wall space, but they’ll have to do for now. I need to order blinds and curtains; in the spring and summer our backyard is private, but when the leaves come off the trees you can see straight into the factory warehouse right behind us. The window also faces east, which means guests can be woken up fairly early depending on what time sunrise is that morning. The good news is that the lack of furniture in the room means that we can slide the bed towards the window and fit a queen sized air mattress on the ground. My friends stayed over in October and they all miraculously fit in this room!
I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on my inspiration for this room. While I love a lot of color in the rest of my house, I want my guest room to feel calm and relaxing. It also needs to accommodate various types of guests, from my mother in law to my best friends from college, to possibly even a little baby girl. While perusing Pinterest I was drawn to the rooms which looked like this:
I am in love with those window shades and that wrought iron bed. Obviously the bedframe is a bit out of my budget right now, but those shades shouldn’t be. I also love the white on white bedding with small pops of color. I want to curl right up and take a nap!
This room is plain, but I am a sucker for a 1920s Craftsman home. I actually love this entire house!
The timing of this post is…timely, as the One Room Challenge has recently started up again. My social media feeds are filled with photos of already beautiful spaces ready to be redone. Realistically, it would be impossible for me to complete this room in 6 weeks as the challenge rules dictate. It’s still the busy season at work, and Mr. E and I are on a serious budget. I’m hopeful that perhaps this summer I can devote some more time to this room. For now, I’ll continue to dream of what this room could one day become. Who knows, maybe I’ll link up for the ORC when it comes back this fall!
What do you want to do in your home?