Our Guest Room--Grandfather Inspired

Since both of my step-daughters have left for college, by husband and I have been sprucing up the guest rooms (formerly L & P's rooms).  Well, I think that the first (L's) guest room is finally complete, thanks to mine and my husband's grandfathers as inspiration.  

I had originally painted this room Benjamin Moore's  Guacamole for the main walls and Friar's Brown for the accent walls.  The trim remained the same Linen White.  I really liked the colors in the room  and decided to keep the same colors and make the room a blend of traditional, antique, and masculine.

The primary feature for the room is the antique Victorian bed from the early 19th century.  The headboard is almost 7 feet tall.  I think it is fabulous!  Next we added a fabric wall made of a simple silk from floor to ceiling to highlight the bed.

I used a reversible comforter in chocolate and gold and a multi colored quilt for the bottom of the bed.  I made several pillows to tie the fabrics together.  I really wanted to incorporate some of the other color from the quilt into the room, such as burnt orange, red, cream, and sandalwood.

The window treatments are gold with a chocolate banding with a fabulous tassel added as the tie back.  I used a 2" rod with round finials and applied an antique gold paint for the finish.   

The bedside table is another antique--a secretary from my husband's family.  I used an antique copper tray to hold the delicate water decanter.  

The chest, which I use to hold extra kitchen and dining linen, was painted black, but is now beautifully distressed and is home to a small humidor with some of my husband's prized cigars.  An antique cut-glass lamp, brass pulls, and a carving of an Indian made by my grandfather finish out the details. 

The art work in room really keeps with the masculine scheme.  I used wildlife prints and a limited edition Pelican print by Christina Smith .  Some of the other items on the walls are a photo of my husband and his grandfather fishing (one of his favorite memories), his grandfather's boat paddle (with initials carved into it), antique rods and reels, and a collection of antique duck calls. 

Some of the other elements in the room bring in natural wooden elements and antique gold.

I am really happy about how this room turned out.  My husband is even happier.  I think that the main reason that he is so happy---I did not buy one thing for this room---can you believe it??  It's true.   I feel kind of frugal!! (first time in my life)

It's funny, I am really a girly girl, but found it very easy to take the "manly" scheme and run with it.  I guess having all of the gorgeous antiques made it a little bit easier, but I couldn't be any happier with the finished product.

Coming soon--a feminine guest bedroom  (P's) is on it's way .

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  1. We've been working on a play room for weeks now. We just ordered carpet today. So much work, but I love seeing the final result. Love the room, especially the wall color.

  2. Very nice! You certainly have the touch. Congrats doing it for free, and I love that you added a fuchsia orchid in with so much weighty beauty. Beautiful!