We have a pretty big house, much too big for us right now. There are actually rooms that can go weeks without ever having a single person step foot in them. Come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time either of us used the upstairs guest bathroom. The last people to stay in our guest bedroom were Micah’s parents in April when I was in Malawi. Well, we need to change that. This year, instead of traveling to see Micah’s family, his parents are coming to us. On top of that, my sister and brother-in-law are back from Italy (and Afghanistan) and will be visiting often now that they are posted in the Southwest for awhile.
We have a problem though. Our guest rooms are in need of major decorating and we don’t know what we want or where to start. The guestrooms are the places where everything else in the house lives. It’s filled with random furniture, spare linens, all the luggage, lots of posters and all our Christmas decorations. See for yourself.
So this is Guestroom A where guests have actually stayed. This is the room with all the random stuff. Even Izzy isn’t sure what to make of it. Here’s some of the random pieces of furniture we have to work with in the room now.
Guestroom A probably needs the most attention as it will get used the soonest and the most. In the beginning, we thought this would be the room that housed a lot of our travel mementos. It seemed like a good idea at the time but for some reason it never happened. Now I think I’d rather it not be the “travel room” but a room with few travel pieces here and there. One of the great things about this room is that it’s really light. I’d love to keep it that way but that’s all I have so far.
So this is Guestroom B. It’s a little more put together but looks more like a living room than guestroom. The couch is a futon so we’d have room for more guests. Right now, the room’s color scheme consists of navy, grey and white. I’m thinking a bright splash of color like tangerine, lime green or hot pink might be nice. I think this room just needs some curtains, a rug and few other accessories. But then I can’t help but wonder if it’s weird to have “sitting room” upstairs. We already have a living room, office, craft room and family room. Is it overkill? Should I lay the futon out and make the room look more like a bedroom?
I don’t know what we are asking here. I guess we’re looking for inspiration. If you could decorate either or both of these rooms, how would you go about it? We’d love to see links to your inspirations for these rooms in the comments below. We’re hoping not to spend too much more on furniture but we’re open to painting what we have and investing in accessories like rugs or lamps.