Monday, November 22, 2010

Company's Coming!

Bring on the Air Mattresses!
Oh wait, this time one less person has to wake up in the middle of the night to find themselves slowly sinking into the center of their bed only to try and re-inflate it without waking up the entire house.
Because this year, we made our office just a little bit more multi-functional.
Come on in!

Let me show you some of the details of this space where I pour my heart and soul into this little ol' blog!

If the desk wasn't covered in papers and coloring books you would be seeing a lot more of it!

I can never quite put my finger on why I love bird prints so much, but I just know that I do!

These plates came in a box set from Ross for $4.99.
I love me some cheap wall decor!

Even the office needs a little bit of Christmas love! The lemon topiary sits next to one of my favorite pics of my sweet boy doing the "itsy-bitsy spider". Look at those chubby little hands!

Oh, and what's this? Ummm...something seems slightly off in this space...can't quite put my finger on it...

Oh yeah! It is this big empty space.
Well, folks, it is empty no more! I saved and scrimped and scrimped and saved and finally got what I have been wanting...
A Sleeper Chair!

I found it online at JC Penney and when it folds out it will be a twin bed. I was so excited the day it was delivered and it came in the nick of time! We always offer our rooms/beds to our guests, but my parents, in particular, get up at an unGodly hour bright and early so they like to be close to the coffee maker! 
This will make things just a bit easier for one of them.
 But, there seemed to be something missing above my new lovely chair. The mirror was had been left in another room by the previous owner and we relocated it to this little corner. But now it looked kind of lonely.
Then I remembered something(s) I had stuck in a closet somewhere.

Wowee! Is that brass blinding you? Well, I got out my ORB spray paint and sprayed their little heart's out! Then they made their way to their new home.

Once again, here is the space Before.

And, here it is now! much better!
Here is a close-up of the fabric on the pillows.

I think it ties in beautifully with the chair we are currently using at the desk...I'm even sitting in it while I type this!

This chair is another Ross find. I've had it for almost 10 years and I vividly remember sticking it in my tiny cart and wheeling it right up to the counter!

So, who is coming, you ask? Well, they aren't really company!
They are my parents, a.k.a. "Nonna and Poppa" and they will be spending Thanksgiving with us. We will also be celebrating Christmas with them this weekend, since they will be spending that Holiday with my sister and her family.

This is us with my folks last year at Thanksgiving. It was the last time my entire family was all together at the same place at the same time!

We can't wait to see them! And with Poppa being newly retired, they get to stay and really make the most out of their time with us.
Oh, and who get's the new twin bed?
Well, I think they might just have to wrestle for it!

Blessings to you from this
Southern Girl at Heart,

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Beautiful that new sleeper handy!!! Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving holiday with your family:)


Danielle said...

I love everything about that chair. I need one so badly for guests! The pillows are delicious!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great use of space, Vanessa. Your mom is attractive. Enjoy your family and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kristen White said...

Gorgeous the new sleeper chair!! It looks great in the room and is so practical too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Val said...

Gorgeous!!! I can't wait for my invite. hehe

Melanie said...

It looks really good. I love those chairs that turn into a bed. Functional furniture is the best.

I love that picture of you. You look so good in it:) I emailed you so check your email.

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Nonna & Poppa are going to be very comfortable! The room looks gorgeous. Enjoy your visit!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh everything looks so comfortable and inviting. I know your family/guests will love it.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

It looks wonderful!!! Perfect match with the fabric on everything! Too bad it didn't come as a full size! I hate to see the parents have to wrestle for it!!!! Cute picture of all of you!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Plump up those pillows, I'm coming over!!!

It looks GORGEOUS, Vanessa.

I really like your two wreaths coming into the room. All the ones I've seen here like that look a bit cheap and nasty but they look reeeeeally nice.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Vanessa~ I love your guest room / office area~ What a wonderful inviting space! The sleeper hair is a great idea and the sconces look fantastic painted. Well done! Have a fantastic visit with the grandparents and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Geez... I meant 'chair' not 'hair'!! Lol!!! :)

Sue said...

Vanessa, What a comfy room to put a guest! I like your new "sleeper" and I'm sure someone will be cozy in it this week. Ya gotta love ORB- I am so fond of that spray- nothing is safe! *grin* Hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration this week. I celebrate my b-day with Mr. S's family that day, even though it's not officially til Friday. My one SIL always makes me a mini cake.I keep hoping that one day she'll make me my favorite pie- pecan! ♥ Sue

Sheri said...

it looks so wonderful and warm - i want to stay!! You've made your house so inviting - it really really looks great Vanessa!!

Kim said...

WHAT a beautiful family!!! Love the new chair and how you decorated your walls. Our tastes are so similar it's scary! I think maybe we were separated at birth~

NanaDiana said...

VAnessa-What a great looking room. Your Mom is going to be so surprised-unless she reads your blog, that is...and Dads? Well, Dads don't care too much about decor, do they?

You have some good looking parents there, Vanessa. I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful. And, I am sorry to tell you this but we don't have a Ross here-I'm assuming it is a discount store? Hugs- Diana

Lori said...

What a great idea! I never thought about a sleeper chair - that's a great option for those of us without a guest room. Your office is decorated beautifully - great job!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Thrifty Decor Mom

Modern Country Lady said...

What a lovely post, I so look foward to your posts! YES, PERFECT, that new chair !!!And lovely with the mirror and wall-sconces!!! And perfect for older people who want to get up at the crack of dawn (why do they do that ?? hahahaha)
much love
ps what a lovely picture of your family.

-Kasey said...

Oooh, that chair looks super comfy. Im sure your guests will love it. Looks great! :)

Thoughts for the day said...

Beautiful room. My den is nice too but also full of ironing and other assorted piles that need to be moved, you motivate me to clean.
That is a good thing.

Sailing Simply said...

Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful holiday! I know your children must be getting so excited! Love the new guest set up and wonderful job on the sconces, they look great! I have some brass ones from our old house that have crackle glass that I have loved forever but not the brass so much! I am going to ORB those babies as soon as I figure out where to put them! LOL! I hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Christmas!

michelle said...

Beautiful room Vanessa and I just love that sleeper chair!! That fabric is really pretty and it does go great with the desk chair! Great find!! The candle holders are perfect by that lonely mirror!! What a cozy little spot you've created!! I hope that you have a wonderful time with your family! Thank you for your sweet comments today! We are going to my brothers this year with his new girlfriend! I am excited to celebrate with a new family and start new traditions! Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friend!! Hugs!!

Alicia said...

i LOVE it!! and i'm kinda coveting your sleeper chair :) did you order it on i've looked at that chair on their website 20 would be perfect for us too :) love your new room!

Kim said...

What a cozy spot you've created. I really like your newly painted candle holders now. What a wonderful photo of the entire family. Have fun!

Judy said...

Beautiful room. I love what you did with those sconces and the sleeper chair is a very clever use of space. Enjoy you Thanksgiving and enjoy your family.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a sweet picture! You and your Mom favor each other quite a bit!
Great job with your office/guest room! I love the idea of a sleeper chair! I want one of those chairs so bad for my living room but I just don't think there's room!
Have a wonderfully Blessed Thanksgiving!

Debbie said...

Looks great Vanessa! What a beautiful family you have too. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I have My Mom and sis here too, that is why I have not been around these days.

Betsy B said...

I am grooving on the idea of the chair. I would like to have some of those. Too cool. The update of the space looks great!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks wonderful Vanessa! That chair looks so cozy! Loved the photo of the family from last year! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for the bed. Love the chair. Maybe they can both sleep there :) and just be really cozy. It's so cold this week that they will probably love the warmth.

Sandra said...

Hi Vanessa! I saw those sconces and I have the same ones too. I have them in a closet and I just may have to give them a good painting with ORB. Love the sleeper chair too.
I just spray painted my chandelier and a light fixture too. ORB spray painting is contagious. Well any kind of painting is contagious. Ha ha!

Janine said...

What a cozy new space. It looks so warm and inviting! Yay for you!!! Well done ... it looks so wonderful.

Lori said...

Perfect room, I have seen those chairs and wondered how I could work one in. I would drink my morning coffee there and then an afternoon nap would be perfect.

Traci said...

Great find on the chair and it works perfectly, so much better than an air mattress that keeps deflating! I love everything about your office...the colors are so close to all the colors I use in my home too. Have a great Thanksgiving with your family.

Pamela said...

Looks lovely Vanessa! Love your office! You always do so good with your accessories!

Traci said...

What a great find! All the fabrics go so well together. The office looks great! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Liz said...

Gorgeous family! Your chair is beautiful, I love it all! Great job!

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! ~Liz

Pamela said...

Don't you love it when you find the perfect piece for the space? It looks like you did just that. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Vanessa, I love your office. It's a multi-function room, which allows your guests a little extra privacy too! In that way, they can get up and not worry about disturbing anyone. I love your new chair, the post-brass candlesticks and your Christmas decor. Everything truly looks beautiful. Thank you for linking up with the boardwalk Bragfest. I hope that you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Nancy said...

Love the room! Enjoy your family and have a great Thanksgiving!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

How did I miss those fabulous doors!
You have a gorgeous family friend!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

How did I miss those fabulous doors!
You have a gorgeous family friend!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Great job with that corner. And I love your drapes! Have a great visit with your family.
Best regards,
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