Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Guest Room

Growing up, the extra bedroom was always known as "The Spare Room" -- never "The Guest Room"!

But at Linderhof, we choose our "spare room" to be our "guest room"!

Linderhof, alas, has but two bedrooms. Which created some problems when Daughter Sarah was still at home and still in school but actually, now I'm grateful that we only have one "guest room" -- rather than several.

Our guests are usually Daughter Sarah and her Andy and we're always glad to have them back at Linderhof and in her old room!

We did change the room after she left for college --

We papered the room in a yellow paper with white roses and hung a real chandelier!

The bookcases were built for her -- to hold her things and to add a focal point to a room without one.

The window seat was one of those "always wanteds" by me and although I like to dream about rainy (or snowy) days curled up among the pillows on the window seat with a good mystery, alas, that really doesn't happen.

There is a large armoire in the room -- to hold guests clothes and this small chest which alas, holds husband Jim's collection of postcards (top drawer), my out of season nightgowns (middle drawer), and husband Jim's swimsuits (bottom drawer).

Someday, perhaps, someday, I will find other places for those things and our guests can really use the chest!
And in the middle of the ceiling surrounding the chandelier is one of my paintings. It adds color and interest to an otherwise white ceiling.

We do have a basket of towels and toiletries for our guests, we always have a vase of fresh flowers on the nightstand and we have another basket with water, chocolates, and nuts.

And besides the books on the shelves that our guests can read, there is always a pile of magazines that they can peruse.

A comfy chair and a couple of extra chairs are available to use as well.

It's Friday and there is a Guest Room party at The Lettered Cottage. Please stop by and see all of the wonderful guests rooms. So many are so much cleverer and welcoming than Daughter Sarah's former room at Linderhof!

And Friday is also Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home. What better to show and tell than the Guest Room!


Allie and Pattie said...

So pretty Martha. A window seat is one of my always wanteds too!
xoxo Pattie

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"I want to stay in your guest room", It is SO warm and cozy and YES that's a great window seat. Your daughter MUST love what you did with her room... I remember "The SPARE room"... It just doesn't sound right, a guy(sorry guys) must have come up with that, meaning a place to put all his old tires(hehe)
Hugs, Donna

Keetha Broyles said...

Lovely room, and I totally am envious of the window seat.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

What a lovely space. My daughter started calling my in-laws spare room the "guest room" when she was very small. They got such a kick out of it... and they started calling it the guest room.


Anonymous said...

Oh, it is a lovely room. I absolutely love that chest. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Lorrie said...

This is a lovely place for guests. I've always wanted a window seat, too, but wonder how much it would actually get used.

Pondside said...

It's so nice to have a room that's always ready for guests. Ours has a crib in it as well as twin beds - ready for a visiting grandson.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What an inviting guest room. Every detail is wonderful.

Denise Marie said...

What a room!! Anyone would adore that gorgeous beauty!!

lindaraxa said...

Just don't make them too comfy, or they'll stay forever! lovely room, Martha...

Kelly said...

What a beautiful room. It is the kind of room I dreamed of having when I was a teenager. I would definitely find time to curl up with a good book on that window seat.

From the Kitchen said...

I love the guest room! I had a window seat in my bedroom as a child and spent many an hour there reading. I loved watching the rain and the snow from that spot. We now have three guest rooms!! We had one. As each boy left, we gained another and then another. One has a window seat which our dog, Oliver, has claimed as his special place from which he surveys his "realm" and does a good job keeping warfaring marauders at bay!


Abramyan Avenue said...

oh my goodness!! it is so beautiful! i could get lost in the guest room's prettiness for hours! everything is so well thought out and planned and looks so amazing together. you really did a fantastic job! i'm right there with donna...i want to stay in your guest room too!!!

Southerncook said...

Your guest bedroom is so warm and inviting. Oh how I wish I could be a guest at Linderhof and your ceiling painting is so very beautiful.