Guest Room Overhaul

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(Barrel side tables)

I had the most extraordinary thing happen a few weeks back. The sort of thing that I really didn’t think happened anymore. I got a letter in the mail from the lady who grew up in this house. Her dad built it, and her family is the only one who ever lived in it, before us. She wrote the most charming letter telling me a little history of the house…how there used to be a farm down the road close enough to hear the cows lowing…

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(Painted dresser) (Old window turned mirror)

…How the road out front used to be a dirt road, and originally the house was painted pink so it wouldn’t looks so bad from the dust from the road. (I shudder to think my “pink” problems could have been soooo much worse than I ever knew!) She told me how she remembered helping, as much as  a five year old can “help”, her dad lay the parquet floors. Talk about learning some serious jigsaw solving skills at a young age!

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(Art nook) (Feather print burlap art)

She shared several fun little facts. Things like, that red carpet (think Santa Clause) that used to be in my living room apparently was her mom’s attempt at doing something different than the greens and pinks that were so popular in the 50′s. I had to smile. I have to love the spirit behind that red carpet, even if I’m ever so thrilled it’s gone. After all, I rather like different a bit myself.

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($3 curtain rod)

She had heard from the neighbors that we had been working on the house (uh-oh)…did I have any pictures? (Oooh, I don’t know, I might could find one or two. Ha!) Did I mind sending her and her mom some? (Now I’m getting nervous.) They would love to see how the house was looking now. And then I got really nervous. What if they didn’t like what I had done? Change can be hard, not everyone likes it…especially if it messes with our good memories.

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But, I sent the pictures to them anyway. They had left their home, their stories, their memories in my hands…and I thought that was the least I could do.

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And then I waited, fully expecting no response…or worse yet, a disappointed response. But that wasn’t what I got. That same charming voice responded with, gasp, unmistakable delight! She actually liked all the changes! Then she told me they had been so nervous and sad to sell it. They were so sure someone would come in who wouldn’t see all its character and would’t love it like they had…but she could see now she really hadn’t had anything to worry about after all.

Guest Room remodel by chapter37I guess I really hadn’t had anything to worry about either…I should have known that people who have written their story in a home with hard work and creativity, would be able to appreciate the sequel. Quirky little details…

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(Faux leather table top) (Wall lamps)

…paint, and mismatched imperfections are just the punctuation.

Guest RoomThe story is pretty much the same now as it was 55 years ago. I never expected to know anything more about this place than what my imagination could come up with…but now that I do, I think I’m blessed more than ever with my cozy little home.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s post for all the juicy details of this room re-do! (Updated 1/22/14 THIS post outlines how this room was done on a tight budget)

Proverbs 24:3   Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 

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13 Responses to Guest Room Overhaul

  1. Trisha says:

    Hi Abby:

    I think you did a fantastic job on the house, and I’m glad for your sake that the previous owners feel the same!! Keep up the great work – I just subscribed to your site cause I have missed so many posts thru bloglovin – now I can see what you are up to all the time!! Have a great day, Trisha

  2. Amy F. says:

    It makes me beyond happy to see that painting of Texan bluebonnets hanging in your guest room. It was a favorite painting of Papa’s and it contributes to a lovely, restful space. Love you!

  3. Andrea says:

    Looks great and how sweet that you got a letter and that they love it. Love the guest room, hmm I am wondering if my whole brood will fit in there for a visit ;)

  4. Belynda says:

    What a wonderful surprise to hear from the previous owners! A living history resource! You are doing a beautiful job on the house and it’s inspiring to see the improvements. Also, in regards to your previous post about the sunroom, I think your family will love having that space. We had a screened-in porch built a few years ago and use it constantly, except in winter. Your sunroom will get even more use, I bet. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  5. jamie@kreyv says:

    That is so amazing! I love that you now know so many more stories about your home! Great room, too, btw!

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  7. WOW! What a transformation! I am totally floored. I just love painted paneling. And to be able to show off what you have done to a prior occupant is so special. Visiting from Remodelaholics Anonymous Party :)

  8. Marti says:

    How neat! How sweet of you to send them pictures. I love that you kept the floors. We once had a house (built in the 60′s) with parquet floors and I loved them. I once had the daughter of the original owner come by and ask for a tour, and like you, I was nervous that she wouldn’t like the changes, but she did.

  9. Ann Marie says:

    What a delightful, heartwarming story. You have transformed the guest bedroom into a lovely retreat. I’m glad the daughter and her mother were pleased. Obviously you are an excellent steward of the property. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  10. That’s an awesome story. Love it AND the room – you’ve done such an outstanding job with this house!!!

  11. Karen says:

    What a wonderful story!! This is a rare thing to have happen, thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors!

  12. Jocie@OPC says:

    Looks amazing abby! i love a good before and after. thanks for linking up at Creativity Unleashed. :)

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