musings, mutterings, and creative muddle. . .

Friday, February 17, 2017

Guestly - Nestly Retreat

A little more than a year ago, Hubster and I went on a grand adventure and landed ourselves in Northwest Arkansas in a beautiful house complete with an acre of forest for a backyard. And a few months ago I shared one of my two guest rooms with you. Soft neutral, bits of robin egg blue and lake / seashore touches (see it all here:  Still in the decorating mode - I think it's about time to reveal the other guest room!

It starts with a wreath that inspired the guest room decor in my previous home (and continues the inspiration in this one),

and finishes with a  'perfect for blankets' vintage basket tucked under the bed.

(need a 'refresher' peek at my previous guest room? Click here:

I was also excited to mix in some pieces that had been an idea of mine for awhile, but never had the opportunity to do it. . . such as using my former china hutch as a quilt and memorabilia display cabinet. So thrilled with how it came out!!

And, let me tell you, getting all those quilts folded *just right* so they fit. . . whew! That was a fun challenge! There are 6 quilts in there and each had to be folded in such a way to show off their best 'side' as well as fit in the spot I had allotted for them. The bottom two and the top two were made by beloved grand and great-grandmas while the middle two are modern (and store bought - but beautiful nonetheless!) I especially loved adding in special trinkets and interesting tid bits that are normally tucked away - such as my parents' class rings. . .

Grandma Blanche's tea cup and saucer (on top of Great-Grandma Emma's quilt). . .

And so many other bits, parts, and interesting pieces.

You see the wooden birdcages on top of the display cabinet? One has been painted a soft robin egg blue (used to sort of an antique-y gold-yellow) and is stuffed with seashells. The other was left in it's discovered state of distressed white which looked so perfect with the distressed white of the over-sized star fish sculpture inside.

Keeping with the overall neutral color scheme and nature-inspired feel of the rest of the house (and other guest bedroom!) everything just seemed to come together. It was amazing all the treasures I discovered in my stash that lent themselves so perfectly here. . . something I am finding over and over as I decorate the rest of the house.

A few repainted bits (the frame of the bird print, and the door knob plaques) to match the color scheme interspersed with soft white. . .

and something extra-special was happening! I added this old window a bit later and have special washable markers to change the sayings as the mood moves me (and my guests)

Then there's the iron daybed. My beautiful, amazing Paula Deene daybed. . . Loved it so much that when we had the opportunity to up-size our bed, I got the matching bed in King size!! The bedding I dug out of storeage seemed to be made for my vision for this room with it's khaki, gray, robin egg blue, and denim stripes. . . Found a mix of pillow shams to complement at a local store and TA DA!!!!

For side tables - a vintage wood garden nursery flat from a friend (thank you!) that I attached to a rod iron base found at a garage sale many years ago. Of course, the base had to be painted robin egg blue first:-)

A vintage ladder from a flea market (and sealed with clear coat) makes the perfect place for Guest to set his or her glass of water, reading glasses and cell phone at night, don't you think?

Aaaaah. . . you've noticed the books, haven't you? Take a closer look a the titles.

Notice a bit of a theme? ;-)

Every guest room needs a mirror (I'm pretty sure it's *A Rule*). And this one was a rescue from an old bureau that was re-homed. The little 'table' you see there was my Great-Grandma D's sewing cabinet. I've toyed with the idea of refinishing or painting (or both) it many times over the years. . . but kind of like it just the way it is. I added a wood and glass tray on top just because. Yes. Just because.

A couple extra-interesting touches below the sewing cabinet - I especially like the vintage oil jar (not sure the exact name) filled with authentic Florida sand (my son has some pretty cool buddies) and some random seashells. Then again - the turquoise big-mouthed fish is pretty awesome with the glass beaded garland too.

Boring ol' carpet (while a great color) gets an extra pop from an indoor-outdoor rug, found on clearance and bought with a coupon, also helps pull the whole room together - from the floor up!

The large window is dressed to look even larger with beautiful gray curtains with a soft metallic silver over-sized leaf pattern. For privacy (that still allows nature and sun to come in), I took a sheer white window scarf and ran twine through the SIDE seam then attached the twine knots to each side of the window.

Add a basic chair (left over from our former dining room set - and may be replaced with something more nap-worthy in the near future.) tossed with a color-coordinated throw and. . .

it's a Guestly-Nestly Retreat!!!

Have a Retreat kind of day ~

Robin Z

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Bit on Butterflies

I was feeling pretty low the other day. Just burdened with day to day worries of life, country and the world. Not even decorating a room or creating a new bracelet could touch the funk. In fact, the funk left me rather uninspired.

Looking for distraction, I gazed out the window. And there, on the patio, on the back of a chair was this:

And suddenly, for a moment. Everything was okay

and the creativity soared.

Best teeny-weeny little itty-bitty mini-mini vacay in quite a very long time.

Things getting 'heavy'? Take a moment and really look around you.

Take pleasure in the small things - and the bad things won't seem so big.

And remember -

It's Okay.

It really is OKAY.

Have an Okay-Kind-Of-Day

Robin Z

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gussying It Up For Guests

Guest rooms. We've all got some kind of experience with them. I've stayed in a few in my lifetime and I've had a few.

Moving to our new home (a veritable vacation spot with lake, museums, shopping, restaurants. . . ) , my goal was to have clean, cozy and comfortable guest rooms. I used to run a B & B, for pete's sake. . . I know how to gussy up a room for guests. I got this.  And I did. Sort of. . .


Friday, May 27, 2016

Getting Hooked on a Mirror. . .

of a different color. . .

I have this mirror. A pretty mirror. I like it a lot. It has a little shelf and hooks and is just perfect for catching my random jewelry bling. But it just didn't match my decor. Not at all. A distressed off-white with a brown-red-black iron scroll on top and brassy looking hooks below the shelf. . . nope. It just didn't make the cut.

Then. . . lightbulb!

With the help of my trusty drill (and a variety of bits), I removed the iron scroll (setting it aside to be painted), and took off the brassy hooks (saving them for another project - I had something different in mind). I taped the mirror securely so the spray paint wouldn't find it, did some light sanding and started the transformation.

First I painted it a deep gray-blue, just as the base. Then I topped it with a medium jade in satin - not too heavily done. And on top of that I sprayed (my favorite color, as you know) matte robin egg blue in an even, but not quite heavy coat. And I allowed a few splatters. And I didn't try very hard to get every angle and every nook and cranny. The idea was to allow the colors to meld, blend, reflect on each other and give it all some depth.  I thought about doing some light sanding in critical spots (like along the shelf edge) to really give it a warm, worn look. But I liked it too much the way it was.

The wrought iron scroll (after a good brushing to remove in loose paint) got a base coat of heavy-black. Nice and thorough, not missing even a crease. Then a layer of bronze was lightly coated over the top. And over that (just to bring the metallic of the bronze paint down a couple notches) I
misted a deep walnut brown-black over that. Excellent.

Now, for the knobs. . . How about some porcelain painted metal number tags for fun? Yes. I think so. Then some vintage-look glass drawer knobs in the (couldn't have been any closer if it had been planned) same color as the shelf with bronze screw covers just to keep things neat looking.  Some good ol' E-6000 to secure the tags, back to the trust drill for the perfect sized holes for the knobs.

Then. . . reattach the iron piece and remove the tape from the mirror.

Oh! Bam! Perfect!!!!

This project was a rather impromptu one - thus the lack of 'before' and 'during' photos. I was too excited and in-the-moment to slow down long enough to grab the camera. The important thing is, there are some cool 'after' shots, right?

Have a Through-the-Looking-Glass kind of day ~

Robin Z

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Dog and His Turtle

While I continue to make our new house a home and set up my new studio, Jaz the wonder Vizsla-boy-dog inspired a little rhyme - complete with a few fun photos. Spring's in the air and, in my opinion, there's nothing like enjoying it in my very own backyard right here in the Ozarks.