It always amazes me how long it takes to do pretty much any task that I set myself. Do you do that too? Assume that something is going to take a quarter of the time that it really will, write a huge to do list and then feel a little deflated that you've only acheived a few things. Getting our guest room ready has definitely been one of those tasks, a real labour of love. But I'm so pleased that it's finally ready to share it with you here! It has taken a lot of scrubbing, painting, clearing junk, sourcing furniture and adding little touches here and there that I think guests will like. And actually since I took these photos we've since added two stools either side of the bed that we found in Crystal Palace antiques market to serve as bedside tables.
Anyway, I do hope you enjoy this little tour of our guest room. We've just started renting it out on Airbnb too, so if you're planning a trip to London here's the link if you'd like to stay with us. We'd love to have you. Obviously we're kid friendly!
The instruments are Gav's, isn't that double bass beautiful? I love the way they look in the room, and Rory loves to sneak in and twang the strings or pat the guitar. I've been slowly adding plants over the last few months as well, because that's my favourite way to decorate. I plan to add some more hanging baskets at some point too, and maybe a really large cheeseplant or fiddle leaf. The bedspread is Indian, but from my favourite local shop Circus, in Brixton Village.
The fibre art wall hanging above the bed is my favourite thing about the room. I made it using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess, and it requires absolutely no skill whatsoever. Just a whole lot of time and yarn! I started making it when Rory was really little, and have so many memories of using her nap times to make fringes or thread yarn through a latch hook mat. The tutorial is here if you want to make one for yourself. It's still not quite finished actually, I need to order another skein to finish the last row of fringes.
The desk is from an antique shop in Brixton Village, they sell mostly midcentury modern stuff and it's fairly reasonably priced. A lot of the furniture in our flat is from this store, they deliver to your home if you're local which makes it really easy. I love this room so much now, I regularly joke to Gav that I'm going to move in and have a room all to myself. I've neglected our own bedroom upstairs while I've been styling this one, so it's a lot more homely.
Well, I hope you enjoyed having a tour of my guest room. Do check out the Airbnb listing, I would so love to have some readers and online pals come and stay with us. I do hope you will!