There was a time when I used to have 10+ people staying in my home overnight for Christmas. Back when the kids were small and their cousins would all sleep over....there were makeshift beds everywhere!
But kids grow up and have their own lives and families get busier and traditions change.
I still host my family for Christmas dinner but don't have as many overnight guests any more.
Mom and Dad don't come back from Florida for the holidays.
My sister and her family, with her grown kids, tend to travel back home after dinner.
My other sister may or may not stay for Christmas night with her two boys. We'll see.
Either way, there's room for everyone in my new house. We can have a big old fashioned sleepover if the cards fall that way.
I never did share my guest room with you. Do you wonder why?
Because it's naked.
Who wants to see a naked guest room?
Well today's the day. Naked or not. Here it is.
See what I mean? There is NOTHING hanging on the walls. At all. Completely naked.
I wasn't going to show it to you at all except the sun was shining so beautifully through the windows this morning and I had to grab the camera and start snapping.
Also, my all time favorite EVER piece of furniture is in the guest room.
And about a billion plants that I moved out of the living room to make room for Christmas decorations.
Did I mention I love plants? They make me happy.
This piece of furniture has been in my last 4 homes.
It was in my yoga room when I was married. It held my yoga DVD's and workout equipment.
It had a spot of honor in my living room when I got separated - it held dishes since my itty bitty kitchen had no storage.
And it was in my kitchen in my last rental. It held dishes and glasses.
When I bought my house I stressed and stressed over where this piece was going to live.
Because no matter what, I had to find a home for this baby.
Do you have a piece like that? I call this one the Big Green Monster.
I hoped I could use it in my dining room but it just didn't work. Too huge.
I thought I could use it in my lower level but it didn't work. Too tall.
But you know what? It works perfectly in my guest room.
It stores my guest towels and sheets perfectly behind the glass doors.
Lavender sachets make it smell so lovely when you open the doors to take out a set of clean sheets!
The lower doors hold some other bulkier bedding as well as a few misc items that don't have a home yet.
It fit just perfectly on this wall next to the window. Don't you just love it?
And you know what? I get more comments on this piece than any other piece of furniture I own.
Do you know how much I paid for it?
Nothing. It was free. Someone was throwing it out.
Can you believe that?
I really need to find something to hang on the walls in here, though.
Nothing has jumped out at me.
It will happen in time....you can't rush these things. The layers take time.
Meanwhile, it's a sunny, happy room and I love having a dedicated guest room.
When you look out the window you have a view of the horses in their paddock and their little barn. What's better than that?
When you come out of the guest room you meet my little happy fiber optic snowman (thanks, Mom!) and a couple of other little holiday items.
And the guest bath is right across the hall.
It's a sunny, happy room also with that skylight above the shower.
I didn't have to do a thing but paint in this room - the previous homeowners had already renovated it fairly recently.
Wait, I lied - I changed out the sink and toilet.
Even the guest bath has some artwork on the wall yet there are many walls in my house that are just crying out for artwork.
What's wrong with me? I have a hard time committing to hammering that nail into the wall!
So....welcome to my guest space.
Let me know when you're coming and I'll turn the bed down for you.