Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Going to the Dogs (A Guest Room Color Story)

 I have been planning to do a mini re-vamp of our guest room and after months of indecision (and unwillingness to spend a lot of $$$), I have finally begun the process.  First, let me tell you a little about the room.

It is small.  It also seems to have become a catch all for furniture without a home, decor that no longer is being used elsewhere, etc., etc.  About a year and a half ago, I did spruce it up with a new desk and a Pottery Barn duvet, which you can see here.

As you can see, it's just a little tired looking - and not at all inviting to guests. To me, it seems very, very dated - and not in a good, vintagey kind of way!

Now on to the good stuff!  I have wanted to do some sort of black, gray, and yellow color scheme in this room, as I have some vintage dog pictures that I want to use and I think they will be just perfect with those colors.




Aren't they cute?  I've had them f-o-r-e-v-e-r and haven't really used them much in the last ten years or so.  Time to bring them back out and give them their due!!

I've looked high and low for fabrics, bedding, etc. and nothing really jumped out at me.  I kept coming up with something either too contemporary or too country.....what I really wanted was something traditional, with maybe a small dose of contemporary.

Today, while at Target, I came across a gorgeous gray, black, yellow, & white tablecloth which would be perfect to make drapery panels out of. (no sew, I might add).  So in the cart it went, and I was off to find some other things that might work with that as my jumping off point.

Have you seen Targets new Threshold Line? Oh my goodness, and danger Will Robinson! They have some really fabulous stuff.  All of the items, except for the pillow, came from that line.

Ta da!  I found nearly everything I need, in terms of fabric items!  Later in the day, I picked up a deco pillow at WalMart of all places and that my friends, is my guest room color story. For under $100! Woo hoo!


I love all the textures! The pillow and tablecloth-soon-to-be-curtains are of a linen type fabric, the gold blanket is has a nubby, woven texture, and beneath everything is a nubby rug. Inspiraton city!

I have some things to work on before I can put it all together - an annual clean out of the closet, clearing out some clutter and unnecessary furnishings.  I am also looking for a lamp or two.  But at least it is a start! Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping in! Have yopu been looking for inspiration lately?

Wishing you happiness,
Jane


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27 comments:

  1. I love your color scheme and those darling dog prints! You are going to have a lovely guest room!

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  2. Great colors! I can tell this is going to be good!

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  3. I think those dog pictures are lovely, those colours all go together, good choice.
    Merle.....

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Merle! I just stopped over at your awesome blog - I will definitely be back, it's wonderful.

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  4. How cute...those dog pictures are just so dear. You did a nice job pulling the colors together- xo Diana

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  5. Hi Jane! This is great. I LOVE these colors! I am going to be re-doing our master bedroom and this gives me some great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! Love the pictures too! :)

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  6. Oh my goodness, Jane! Those dog pictures are to die for - so cute! I love the linens you found. I too, have used tablecloths for curtains ( from Target too!) and they are just the perfect length and width and no sew! Can't wait to see the finished room. I know it will be fantastic!
    Cecilia

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    1. I've used tablecloths before also - the fabric usually is quite nice and you can find some beautiful prints.

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  7. Loving the contrast in the colors and the textures. I am in deep envy over the dog prints. You will have to throw your guests out the door!

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    1. Ha ha!!!! I have to admit the dog prints are pretty neat!

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  8. Well, you had me at the dog prints. But that yellow blanket is pretty amazing. I must get to Target!

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  9. Guest rooms are fun to redo cause there is not that huge rush cause you have to sleep in there or use the room, you can just close the door and do some more the next day...can't wait to see the new room, love love the new colors you have selected...I do the same as you, sometimes,you find the coolest patterns and designs in shower curtains...(not the plastic liners) the pretty outside you find at marshals or ross...

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    1. You are so right Phyllis - I often look at the shower curtains and wonder why they aren't in the window treatment section!

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  10. love those doggie pictures! and love your choices. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  11. LOVE those dog prints!! The style of the first one reminds me of the Little House illustrators style, is it Garth Williams I think?
    So cute!

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    1. I loved the illlustrations in Little House.

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  12. I just purchased those same tablecloths to make curtains for my art studio! Great minds, think alike. :) I love the rug you have underneath your collection...wherever did you find it?

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    1. Ooh! I hope you show your art studio and how the tablecloths turn out for you! The rug is also from Target.

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  13. I love what you've selected for the guestroom! It's going to be gorgeous. Love how that looks with the antique dog pictures too. I love dog pictures.

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    1. Thanks Kelly - I am looking forward to putting it together!

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  14. I love the dog prints! The fabrics and pillows you chose are going to look great! I can't wait to see the finished room!

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  15. I just redecorated my bedroom with Threshold items in yellow and gray too!

    http://www.thefashionablehousewife.com/03/2013/dress-up-the-season-spring-bedroom-makeover/

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