Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ta Da! The Final Installment: 5 1/2 Months Later

Remember? Remember the guest room project? I won't be hurt if you don't. Starting in March, we set in motion the process of redecorating our guestroom. So, "set in motion" doesn't necessarily convey "motion of a herd of turtles." We got busy with other stuff, what can I say. Rather than make you look back at the old blog post, I'll repost some of the pictures here. This room was the former owner's teenage son's room, then it was Elaine's room when she was a baby. Suffice it to say, it got a lot of wear and tear. It was dark brown and green and overcrowded with furniture and general clutter.

Now. After intermittent months of planning (by me) and actual work (by Darren and my dad)....

(We'll open the door all together now)

Behold! Our Wedgwood room!

Look how light and airy! No wallpaper! No excess mismatching furniture! No need for lights in the middle of a sunny day! Toile!

For this new room, I had to get a copy of one of my favorite paintings in the whole world, "On the Terrace" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The original normally resides at the Art Institute of Chicago, and I've loved it ever since I was a little girl. When Elaine saw it she said, "Dat liddle girl is ME, Mom!" I asked, "Oh, and is the lady with her me?" "No," she answered (a little scornfully). "Dat's Mary Poppins."

You can't see it that well, but on the bookshelf reside classic mysteries, the Miss Read books (Thrush Green series), and some Alexander McCall Smith books--along with blue and white teacups.

We still have a few more things to hang on the walls. A friend gave me some cards with beautiful etchings and quotes from Jane Austen's novels and diaries, which I put in silver frames. Then we have a number of Jasperware plates to hang as well, especially since they're the inspiration for the room.

But I figure we have a good six more months to get that done, right?


Alysa said...

i love, love, LOVE it .... well done, little friend! =) can't wait to see it in person. now that i just have jackson, i'm free-er than a jay bird, so do you have days that work for me to come out by you? i would need to leave by 1:15pm or so, in order to get back to pick up maddie, but could probably be out by you by 10am - let's get it on the calendar! =)

Alice said...

Sounds great! I'm around Wednesday and Thursday--Lucy's in school from 8 to 11:15...but that won't effect things much either way. Whenever works for you!

Melanie said...

Oh, it's gorgeous! Well done, lady!

Jill said...

I love the doors, especially -- the whole room, but I love the doors :)congrats on the completion!

Ann-Marie said...

Okay, so here's my expertise on decorating. I thought, "Wow! That rooms looks GREAT!" Then, I scrolled down and realized I had been thoughfully admiring and awestruck at the "Before" photos.

The "After" photos just took my breath away. It's lovely Alice, and I'm going to insist you submit it a magazine! I love, love, love it. (And I've always loved that painting, too!)

Juliet said...


Your ideas and the two great men in your life who worked it out.

What a real transformation. If your like me when a new room is done, you just keep going in it and enjoy it all over again.