Guest House Refresh Because Company Is Coming

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I freak out a little when I  have a house guest coming.

Actually, I freak out a lot.

I know they come to see us, and not our house, but I want our guests to feel welcome, be comfortable, and not wish they had booked a hotel room instead of staying with us. 🙂

My oldest son’s girlfriend is arriving for a visit this weekend.  So in addition to cleaning like a maniac, my biggest concern was that my little guest house doesn’t have any place for guests to keep their clothing and other belongings, other than in their suitcase.


It doesn’t have a closet, and there isn’t much space for a dresser or cabinets, so I needed to come up with a solution fast.

I bought a storage bed with pretty, white beadboard drawer fronts and drawer pulls that I love.  It has two wide drawers to hold clothing, so she won’t need to live out of her suitcase while she’s here.

Remember the military trunk that I made over?  I moved it to the foot of the bed for more storage, and it can be used as an end-of-the-bed table too.

The kerosene heater we made over casts such a pretty glow and works great as a night light.

The weather is getting chillier at night, so I put a pretty plush velvet blanket on the bed that’s super cozy, but we have a space heater to warm up the room, if needed.  She’s from California, so it might seem really cold here to her.

I tucked a charging station and a box of tissues in the cute chicken wire baskets on the nightstand, along with our internet password.


Fresh towels are in the larger basket on the lower shelf, and I got a laundry hamper with handles to make it easier for her to carry her laundry into the house.


My thanks to Big Lots and the store employees for helping me find value-priced items in one-stop shopping.

I have a little less freaking out to do, thanks to them. 

storage baskets and bins Big Lots

I hope she’ll feel right at home and have a wonderful time while she’s here!


And to all those who may be affected by hurricane Matthew, please stay safe!

Vaya con Dios,


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  1. It’s a beautiful space. She’s going to be thrilled.

  2. I know she will love her stay…the room is lovely! Wonderful choices to make the room even more comfortable!

  3. mare williams says

    Personally, I would be TICKLED PINK to stay in your guest house!!! In fact, I would feel so welcomed and cozy, I might not want to leave!! You’re a wonderful person with a heart as big as your collection of super farmhouse ideas!!!

  4. Beautiful…your guest might not want to leave. She is one lucky girl. I love your style of decorating.

  5. Fabulous! Sign me up! HeHe. Hope you have a fun visit!

  6. Just lovely! What a special guest room!

  7. Your guest room looks beautiful and very welcoming, Angie! She’ll be happy to stay in such a great room.

  8. Penny Leslie /DeVries says

    OMG You have thought of everything .Beautiful .

  9. You’ve created such a cozy and welcoming space! She is going to love it! Big Lots is one of my favorite places to shop…so many nice things reasonably priced.

  10. She can’t help but feel at home! Will be interesting to see if she lives out of her suitcase anyway. I know for me that is often what I do – even if space is available. But if she is staying for several weeks – I’m sure then she’ll move from the suitcase! 🙂 What a gracious host you are.. it’s all perfect!

  11. Super cute!! Such great guest room set up!! love it!

  12. Vali Audet says

    Looks inviting and relaxing. Infact perfect. Did your she shed become the guest room for the California girl?

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