So a few days ago I posted a sneak peek of our Family Heritage guest bedroom/office. (If you missed it you can find it here.) I finally got off my lazy rear end around to doing a little cleaning in there so I can finally take you on a tour. This is truly one of my most favorite rooms in our house!
This pic was taken from the door looking across the bed. In this room the headboard, dressing table and chest of drawers belonged to my grandmother on my mother’s side. I bought the night stand at a little antique store about a year ago and while it is not exactly the same it is the same style and I think works well in the room. The plaid blanket is from my father-in-law’s childhood days and he was willing to contribute it to the room.
On the other side of the bed I have this old typewriter table from my grandmother on my daddy’s side. When she passed away it was being used in her kitchen as extra counter space. Don’t you just love the aged look to it? I hate to admit it but I really have not ever cleaned it up much. I like it just like it is! I love, love, love the little red metal chair! It was a bargain at $29 at Marshalls!
Underneath the typing table I keep this great coloring book from Anthropologie and some crayons. I like my guest of all ages to have fun and I admit I have colored a few of the cool pages myself! (Seriously, it is NOT your average coloring book – check it out!).
My mother and daddy made the shadow box on the bottom to display some of my baby things. I love the fact that they used fabric from one of my old prom dresses for the backdrop! Can’t believe I was ever that small! The shadow box on the top I bought at Hobby Lobby and put in a few of my husband’s baby things. I love the way they look together, even though they really don’t match.
Next to the chest is a photograph display spindle purchased from Pottery Barn several years ago. I love to change out the pics!
The cubby hanging over the chest hold all kinds of family treasures – an old fishing reel that belonged to my hubby’s grandfather, his daddy’s fishing license from 1950, a little clay bird on a nest with eggs my husband made when he was a child, old letters from his granddaddy to his grandmother before they wed, photographs and even a baseball signed by his great uncle Rip Sewell who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
I found these cool postcard racks at Pottery Barn a few years ago and think they are just perfect to hold old family letters! The silhouettes are from the 60’s and were given to me by my mother-in-law – there is one of my husband and each of his three brothers.
My husband’s grandfather was a dentist and the chair in the corner was from his waiting room. There is old chewing gum stuck under the seat which I find hilarious! (Can’t you just imagine waiting to see the dentist and sticking your gum under your chair when your name is called!). The doll was given to me by my husband’s great aunt Elaine, who passed away at 88 yrs old in June of this year. She loved to play dolls as a child and this was her favorite one.
When I was a little girl I loved to sit at my grandmother’s dressing table and put on her powder. Now I can sit at it anytime I want! Her powder box is still front and center! The stool is an old singer sewing stool that I recovered in my most favorite color – red!
And last but not least here is my home office – built right into the closet. I took one of the red pillows from the bed (well, really from Pottery Barn) to the paint store and had them match the paint for the closet. (Did i mention that red is my most favorite color yet?). The closet is not a big one but it functions well as my office. My dad helped me with the desk top. He found an old pocket door at the Habitat re-store and attached it to some wood cleats he screwed into the studs. In this office I have my computer, my ink jet printer, my laser printer, a scanner (stored underneath the desk top) and lots of storage boxes on shelves. Best part is I can shut the door and no one can see my mess!
You can see the desk and shelves a little better in this pic.
Below are just a few extra pics of the details in the room:
So that is our family heritage guest bedroom/office. I hope you liked the tour and feel inspired to gather your family treasures and create your own special space for them!
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>This is truly a wonderful idea. I love everything here!
>What a GREAT idea! I love it and it's absolutely beautiful!
>My grandmother used to have a wall of baby pictures in her room from everyone in the family. I loved to just look and look and look at the pictures of my family members as babies 🙂
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>WOW!! I absolutely love your family heritage room! What a great idea!! You have definitely inspired me! I love the postcard rack with the letters!! So wonderful!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
>Such a beautifully, well put together room!
love every single item there..
am sure your guests love being in this room..
i certainly would!
perhaps there should be a guest book on the bedside table for comments..
and your small but efficient office!..
perfect in every detail!!
>This room is AMAZING! I am going to definitely keep this in mind for whenever I inherit all of our family's heirlooms!
>Just delightful. Thanks for sharing.
>I love the room, it's so pretty! Love the red touches. I also like the old letters, very nice.
>What an absolutely lovely room. I especially like how there's so much going on, but it doesn't feel cluttered. Awesome job.
>What a fun idea! If we had a spare room I'd try something like this. Great idea.
>Oh my goodness – what a WONDERFUL room!!!! I am a sucker for anything so sentimental and meaningful, so I love how the room is just filled with these elements. I think it's awesome how you put so much time and energy into the space, and guests must really enjoy looking at all your family treasures. I imagine it's also a very welcoming place for you to work.