September 28, 2015

The Great Escape


This past July when my nieces came to visit we temporarily rearranged our guest room which had originally been set up with a daybed and trundle. We brought in our old iron bed to give each girl their own separate space for the week. We ended up liking it so much that we didn't want to go back to the way it had been.


I have always wanted a room with two twin beds. I remember visiting my sister-in-law many years ago and she had a guest room set up that way and  I was a tiny bit jealous that Maddie got to sleep in there! I had always assumed that our guestroom was too small to accommodate this set up but it actually works great.


Maybe it isn't quite large enough but we love it and we think it's cozy which is, of course, a word we owners of small homes use a lot to make small seem more charming. 


We, meaning my very talented guy, turned our old iron bed into two headboards. You can see what the iron bed looked like before here. If you look closely you will notice that the headboard on the left is shorter than the one on the right because it is actually the footboard! That adds quirkiness which is, of course, a word we owners of old homes use a lot to to make things that don't match or make sense seem more charming.


I enjoyed paying attention to the details in this room and thinking about what I would want as a guest.


I like to spoil my guests. I love to take care of people. I tend to refer to our home as the Kershner B & B but without the awkward, forced social interaction. Ok, actually there are no guarantees that you will avoid that.


I found this little yellow cabinet at Target and it fit perfectly and the color was perfect in that spot. I've recently noticed that quite by accident, yellow seems to be popping up in my house quite a bit. It seems sometimes only yellow will do.


A little extra storage is always nice. It's also good to be prepared for middle of the night idea jotting and candle burning.


The most important information a guest might need, aside from what time breakfast is served!


I did this project on a budget. Really the money I got for selling the daybed pretty much paid for everything that happened in here. Low budget/high reward. I can hardly walk by this room without wanting to fall onto that bed. The one on the left. Emma has already claimed the one on the right. She calls this room her vacation cottage. She moves in here most afternoons and weekends. It's her go to spot for watching movies, reading, doing homework, writing, eating popcorn, dreaming, playing games and hanging out. It's good to be Emma! It's nice for her because she is doing her own thing in her own space and it's nice for us because she is close by and not holed up in her room a floor away. I really truly love living in a smaller home.


**Thank you for all of your kindness in my last post. I'm so happy we could have such an in depth conversation about our underthings! ;) I really appreciate all of the good wishes you sent my way. I plan to continue my slow and steady improvement and am celebrating the fact that we went two Sundays in a row without a hospital stay!! I'm gonna keep that streak going.  

21 comments:

  1. I love the "coziness" of it. I have always wanted a room with two twin beds as well and now you have me wondering how I can do that here. (But unless we want to go all Lucy and Ricky in the master, I don't think it will happen for a while yet.) I also love the idea of having a vacation room within your home. Great post and good to have you back. Patty

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  2. Ha! Well, I think it is all very charming and cozy. And I love all the special little personal touches. The beds look great and I like quirky. I don't like things to match at all. Have a great week.

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  3. I have always wanted to do twin beds in a guest room too. Yours looks very inviting!

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  4. This room really does look cozy and beautiful, I would be thrilled to offer my guests such a lovely place to stay. Everything is perfect!

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  5. That is the most adorable guest room ever!! That Emma is sweet -- we have a guest room that my girl, Maddy, often goes into instead of her own room too!

    Hope you are feeling better every day!

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  6. Such a lovely space. This room brings me back to my childhood and my grandmothers home...
    Happy you are starting to feel better.

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  7. ^^^^ When can we all come to visit?? Seriously though this room is so cosy and what a wonderful hostess you are!!
    Good to hear you are feeling better.
    Keep resting and enjoy your sweet village life.

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  8. Been praying for you everyday!!! hoping you are feeling better. Your guest room is so cozy and the yellow cabinet, well that is perfect for the spot. Love how you made the frames with the info someone might need and the book one. So creative. Love it all. Love the twin beds so much. Enjoy your new space!!!
    deezie

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  9. Oh Jen. What an inviting room…such thoughtful and perfect details! I imagine that none of your guests would mine Kershner B&B interactions with your sweet family!

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  10. What a cozy space - what guest wouldn't feel completely pampered staying there? I'm going to adopt some of those cute details in my guest room - thanks, Jen!

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  11. I love it. I would have never noticed the two different heights of the headboards. Very cute.

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  12. I adore what you have done…and enjoy that you created such a beautiful space on a budget!

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  13. Love it!!! So great that your daughter uses the room too. I moved from a large house into an apartment a few years ago....love the downsize!

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  14. So nice! I would love to be your guest in that room!

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  15. Oh I just love your guest room.

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  16. The room looks very inviting. I can see why Emma likes to hang out there.

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  17. Your guest room is just beautiful! I love how light and airy it looks - and yes, comfortable and cozy, too. I don't blame Emma for wanting to curl up in that room to hang out. I'm sure any guest would feel pampered and at home there. I think you should curl up in the other bed once in awhile, too. Much better than a hospital bed, that's for sure! Stay well. {{hugs}}

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  18. It all looks so lovely! What a great idea for the beds and I love that yellow cupboard and want to run right out and find one. Nice job. Kit

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  19. I love a small home, and I think your spare bedroom is beautiful! I love how you made one bed into two and I honestly didn't even notice that one was a footboard (shorter)...and now that I do know I love them even more for their vintage uniqueness.
    Homes are too big now, I still cannot figure out why we need so much space? Our home is a medium sized home and it is still too big for us! I long for a smaller home. I love the pop of yellow and all the accessories you used are perfect!
    Kimberley

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  20. The room is gorgeous, those beds look so inviting and I think you have made it extra special in fact I am arriving next Tuesday for a week!!

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