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.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Less Fussy

Sometimes change is in order and we felt that change was needed in the guest room. A bit "fussy" with layers of curtains, mini blinds, and stacks and stacks of pillows.

This is the before --the drapes are really green but they've faded to a gold!!!

And the window seat -- filled with pillows -- so many that there isn't much room to sit and enjoy the window seat!

And today, the Sunday before Christmas -- was spent on a ladder, taking down all of the "holders" (for mini blinds, blinds, drapes, and roller shades) and then putting up the two inch Venetian blinds that we bought for the room.

And then I moved things and cleaned really really well! For Daughter Sarah and her Andy are coming home for Christmas!

The after . . . . less pillows on the bed, less curtains at the window . . . a cleaner look (and an easier to clean look!)

The light in the room is amazing with the four windows covered only in blinds which are open -- sunlight steams in so it is a "light and happy" room rather than a "dark and dreary" room.
The window seat is cleared of almost all of the pillows -- except for the one long one -- it's much easier to find a place to sit! (But, of course, who has time to sit?)

I am happy with the small changes -- putting the pillows away and taking down the heavy window coverings. I hope Daughter Sarah and her Andy will like the changes as well!

It's Monday and so it's time for Met Monday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. With Christmas activities taking up so much time, I was surprised that I had time for a metamorphosis this week. Let's see what else everyone has been up to!


Living the life in The Little City said...

Huge change! It looks wonderful and I'm sure it will be very much enjoyed.

On Crooked Creek said...

Light, bright and room to put your suitcases and stay awhile. Sure Sarah will be happy to be home for Christmas and will love the change!
Have a Merry Christmas, dear!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely makeover and I think the blinds are a great change. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Looks nice! Without the drapes, one notices the wallpaper pattern more.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

It looks wonderful. I am so ready for paring down also and just making everything seem a little less cluttered and more streamlined. I think all the extra Christmas decor does that to me every year. Love your guest room, it is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

bj said...

Oh, what a delightful and beautiful room this is. I LOVE the blinds...I am not a curtain person and I know you will enjoy this room. Bet daughter loves it, too.:)
Merry Christmas.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Amazing how you squeezed in this minor makeover in the middle of the holiday rush! Family coming home, though, is certainly reason enough. Enjoy Christmas...and the new, sunnier room!

Lottie said...

Martha, the room looks beautiful. The old saying "Less is More", really works here. I know you will be glad to see your daughter. Merry Christmas!

Allison Shops said...

I like the single pillow much better. More room to relax. Dropping by from Met Monday.

Pondside said...

What a lovely, bright guest room you have now, Martha. I like it very much. I'm sure your daughter and son-in-law will love it too!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Great change but it still looks cozy and inviting. That window seat looks good enough for a cup of tea and a good book.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I had an art teacher that always said 'less is more'. Great words put to work beautifully here!

Entertaining Women said...

Way to go....Your 'new' room looks wonderful! I know that you're happy for family to arrive for Christmas. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

we three dogs and me said...

I really like the change . I love the window bench and chandy in bedroom.

Sevenbeads said...

Your special guests will feel so welcome! No one will be in a hurry to leave. I love the change!

Amy Chalmers said...

I'm glad I found your blog, following you now. I am doing a bedroom makeover too! I love the venetian blinds. YOur iron bed is gorgeous and how about the built in bookcases, what a great guest room.

Hill House Ramblings said...

What a lovely room! Such a beautiful bed and I love the light coming in. I bet your guests will never want to leave!


Dan said...

That looks beautiful Martha. It certainly does look a lot more light and airy. I love the blinds!

Unknown said...

I love the new room! I love it that you left the wallpaper - suddenly it is not overwhelming anymore with the very tired curtains removed! Your daughter will love the changes! I do lots of window seats and I usually just recommend two sturdy, square, down/feather (5/95 or 10/90 blend) pillows approx 20-22" for the window seat. One in each corner so that someone can use it for a back rest when reading and leaning on the hard bookcases behind you. I found you via BNOTP - Met Monday and am going to follow you. It's a busy time of year but maybe you can find a minute to visit my blog and consider following me back ;)

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Marlis said...

Love your changes... I've been paring down myself a bit here and there. Let the light shine in! Merry Christmas!

Cass @ That Old House said...

It looks fabulous! Of course, it's a lovely room to begin with -- but I do like the new look -- very chic!

I had to smile; our yellow guest room also had a bombe chest, and similar built-in shelves where we also keep books and towels! Martha, we just might have been separated at birth, you and I.

Have a wonderful visit with your daughter. My older is home, the younger coming in for the holidays tomorrow. It's just grand to be together.


So pretty! Merry Christmas!
~ Julie