Be our guest, Be our guest, Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie
And we provide the rest…
Were you singing that as you read it?!
Sorry, I used to work at Walt Disney World and couldn’t resist, hahaha!
Anyhoo, our first guest room is coming along. Two and half years later but, hey, they tell me Rome wasn’t built in a day (wink!)
We have company coming this weekend and the next so I’ve been working on it bit by bit over the past two months. First up are my nephew and his lovely wife stopping by for a few days then CountryBoy’s folks are heading this way. It will good to see and spend time with all of them!
So, let me show you what this room looked when we moved in…
It certainly was bright with glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to and hanging from the ceiling!
While I do like yellow walls I usually go for more of a buttery yellow so we painted, added some wood panels to the lower part of the wall and painted the floor since I couldn’t get it to look clean and I couldn’t get the paint off.
Here’s what the room looks like today…
We switched the fan out with the one that was in my sewing room. Since there is no central heat or air we put a box fan in the window to bring in the cool night air during the spring, summer and fall and there’s an electric fireplace for the winter nights.
We brought the white cabinet with us and I’m using it to store extra quilts and afghans as well as a few baby quilts that are for sale when the opportunity arises to set up a table somewhere since I no longer have my Etsy store. Which, by the way, is a long story but basically Etsy was asking their sellers to do something I was not comfortable with and since they issued an ultimatum to either comply or be suspended I chose to close my store. Someday, somehow, I’ll have a venue to sell some stuff. Meanwhile, they sit in this cabinet and in a plastic tote.
There’s a luggage rack for ease of getting into one’s luggage and the military trunk I refinished stores old work shirts and miscellaneous stuff.
As I was editing the photos I noticed my printer cover draped over the quilt frame. I promptly went up there and removed it and put it on my printer which has been relocated downstairs.
The quilt top was made by my great–great-grandma on my mother’s side. My Mom had it finished years later after it was handed down to her. I’m using it, even though it doesn’t quite fit the bed, because I have yet to finish hand-quilting the quilt I made for this room. sigh. Maybe this winter I can work on it. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I thought hand-quilting a queen-size quilt was a good idea. Phfft!
I’m still looking for just the right thing to go over the bed. I’ll know it when I see it!
There’s a chair in the corner that can be used to either sit down and read or put shoes on and be used as a night stand. In the other corner is an antique wash stand with basin and pitcher. Since there’s no bathroom upstairs I’ve got half a mind to fill it!
We’ve had many guests come visit over the last two and a half years and this is one of the things I’ve learned… that having their own refrigerator would be handy.
Many travel with snacks and medication that need to be refrigerated. When we know company is coming we stock up the kitchen fridge to the gills since we live so far from town which doesn’t leave very much room for anything extra. My solution? a mini-fridge in their room! There’s a container of water in there for them and plenty of room to keep whatever they brought that needs to stay chilled.
We found this awesome handmade tea-cart at one of our favorite venues in town – the Peddlers Mall. I thought it was perfect to set the fridge on to make it easy to access.
I also thought it might be nice for our guests to have access to a bit of coffee or tea whenever they like. Maybe they want to do some reading early in the morning before heading downstairs or after everyone’s in bed and sip a cuppa java or hot tea.
And, maybe they will want a little snack with it…
Fresh banana bread with some soft butter! I got this idea from my B&B employer (wink!) I made three mini loaves this afternoon and, of course, I had to sample it and man, was it good! There’s another loaf in the freezer for next weekend’s company.
There are some hooks to hang a few articles of clothing as well as another convenience for our guests… a charging station for all those devices we have now-a-days!
One too many phone cords have been left behind. Maybe now they won’t be!
And, of course, a few books to choose from while eating banana bread and sipping something hot!
I also made a sign that welcomes our guests to the farmhouse and has our internet access information on it…
Tomorrow I will put a couple of fresh flowers in the bottle, put some half & half in the creamer and put it in the fridge and fill the canister with coffee grounds.
We LOVE to entertain so my desire is to make our guests feel welcomed and comfortable during their stay while enjoying the beauty of the farm. We’ll see if I’ve succeeded in doing so!