7th House on the Left

I’m currently swimming in emails to return, logo concepts to finish and deliver, a website design to fine tune, files that need to be sent to the printer and new art for Brown & Barkley to post, but I wanted to pop in and give you guys a quick update on the guest room. Yesterday, we talked about the bedding and today, we have side tables!

While on the search for side tables, we had three things on our wish list… 1) rustic/wood tones 2) clean lines and 3) a touch of black to tie in with the dresser. We searched pretty much every possible online resource (Amazon, Overstock, ZGallerie, Home Decorators, Joss & Main, One Kings Lane, Wayfair, etc), and while we were able to find the three things on our wish list, pretty much all of the options were super short – like, 27″ or less. Seeing as how the bed isn’t that low to the ground and the nearby dresser is 38″ tall, we thought a 27″ side table would look kind of dinky and small.

Just when we were about to give up hope of finding “the ones”, we stumbled on these while shopping at Target…

Target Threshold Console Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Greg was actually the one to point them out first, and the first thing I said when he showed them to me was, “Wow, Threshold is killing it…” Seriously, they are. This table is actually considered a “console table”. Over to the right, you can see a glimpse of the side table version. It’s a bit shorter and about half the length. At first, I was worried about it looking too much like a console and not enough like a side table, but I figured it would look a lot better once there was a table lamp and a few kick-knacks on board. So, in the cart they went–well, one went. They only had one in stock, so we took one home, put it in place, and realized it was perfect. We were so happy/anxious about it that Greg immediately took a trip across town to track down a second table at another Target store.

Guest Room Side Table // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We love them. They are the perfect height and large enough to hold everything we wanted. I haven’t accessorized them quite yet, but this is what one looks like after a 5-minute “oh-this-might-look-good-here” session. I’m anxious to find the time to actually style them the way I have in my head, but this setup works for now.

In Guest Room 2.0, we had sconces, but we’ve decided to forego the sconces this time around and bring in nice, big table lamps. They fill up the space more and they’re a great way to bring in some white to tie in with the sheets. I’m using “tie in” a lot these days. Please forgive me! I actually grabbed the table lamps from our bedroom (I bought them from ZGallerie a while back) to make sure I wanted white lamps in here. I have to say, I kind of like them in here! They actually look better in here than they do in our bedroom, so they might be here to stay. The jury is still out, though, because I also have my eye on these. I love them.

So that’s the current state of the guest room. I’m still on the hunt for curtains (I still have NO idea where to begin with those!), wall art to go near the chair in the corner, a side table/stool to go beside the chair in the corner, and accessories for the dresser and second side table. Still a ways to go until we reach the “finish” line, but we’re liking where we’re headed so far.

Now, back to bury my head in my giant to-do list.

Cha-cha-cha-cha Changes

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Yep, we’re back at it with the guest room switch-a-roo. Like we mentioned in this post, we’re basically starting all over again and transforming the once airy, nursery-like room into something more cozy, fun, and modern rustic. To start off, we stripped the room down to the “bones” and painted the pool blue walls a deep, moody gray…

Anonymous by Behr // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Now that the room was painted, the first thing on our to-do list was new bedding. After searching high and low online, I found a few designs on Target’s website that I had to check out in person…

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I stood there in the bedding isle of Target trying to decide between these two for a solid 15 minutes. I’m always a fan of pool blue, but the coral(ish) red along with the geometric pattern kept tugging at my heart strings. Keeping in mind we’re going for a “modern rustic” feel, I was concerned the blue design would look more mid-century modern, so the coral(ish) red it was.

After I got it home and played around with a few combos–mixing and matching with other blankets and pillows we had around the house, this is what I came up with…

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Please excuse the wrinkles in the “wrinkle free” sheets. Even though we love, love the softness of the bamboo sheets, we’re planning on replacing those soon as well because I’m tired of the wrinkles. 

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I added a folded gray quilt (the same one we used in Guest Bedroom 1.0) near the bottom of the bed to break up the pattern, add another layer of texture and tie in the gray walls.

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’m normally not a fan of using shams that come with a comforter (I have no idea why, I’m just not), but I really like the look of them in this pillow scenario. It ties the front in with the back and brings the pattern full circle. In front of them, we have standard pillows (aka “sleeping pillows”) and in front of those are large Euro pillows (from Target). Like the gray quilt, I feel like these ground the bed and compliment the gray walls. The blue pillows are from the old Nate Berkus line at Linens & Things. We used these in Guest Bedroom 1.0 and in our master bedroom in our first apartment. Six years later, I’m still in love with the tweed fabric and perfect blue hue. As for the pillow front and center, I’m going back and forth on this one (here from Anthropologie), but I’ll come back to that in a second.

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Oh, and the new wall art above the bed. We got these wood bus tickets on sale at Pottery Barn a few months ago (sadly, they aren’t available anymore). When we got them, we weren’t quite sure where they’d go, but we knew they would look good somewhere. I love how the red letters and numbers are a nod to the main color in the bedding without being too overpowering. The raw wood really helps bring in the “rustic” part of “modern rustic” and will go really well with the soon-to-be-here side tables.

Back to the pillows. I keep thinking the front pillow may be too busy, making the bed look too “circus”. I love the colors and the pattern, but when I take it away, I’m like, “Ahhh…”

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

…Then on the other hand, the bed still needs another pillow. Even though I don’t love it, I haven’t been able to find one that works as well as the Anthropologie pillow.

Guest Room in Progress //  7thhouseontheleft.com

If we decide to get rid of the pillow on the bed, its home will be the chair in the corner of the room. I hate this chair. I hated it even more when the walls were blue. I loved it when it was in my first apartment in college, and I like the shape, size and sturdiness of it. The fabric/color is all wrong for us now, though. That said, with the new wall color, I hate it a little less, and I don’t mind it hanging out until we find something better. Oh, and the floor lamp, even though you can’t see the whole thing in this photo, was a find from Home Goods for $30. Gotta love Home Goods.

Guest Bedding // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, for now, this is what we’re working with. The next step is adding side tables (which should be here any day), lamps (I’m thinking white large lamps), changing out the hardware on the dresser, curtains (I have NO idea what kind of curtains to do in here) then on to more wall art to go next to the chair in the corner and, lastly, accessories.

We’re hoping to have this room wrapped up in time for family to stay with us over the holidays. If I was a betting gal, I’d bet the curtains will be what slows me down. Why do curtains have to be so hard?!

I’m hijacking the blog by replacing Ash’s original giveaway post to wish her a happy birthday! Having a birthday on a Monday is totally not fair, so we basically took the entire weekend to relax, watch movies, eat cupcakes and do whatever her heart desired. Within reason, of course. They’re weren’t any last minute 13-hour drives to Disney World, however cool that might have been. And how did she want to spend her birthday weekend? Organizing the guest room closet. Yeah, that’s my wife, ladies and gentlemen. She’s a teensy bit crazy, but I love her even more because of it.

Happy birthday, sweetheart. I can’t imagine life without you. You put up with my idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. You keep me organized, even when I want to be messy. You give me new, interesting problems to solve every single day (and I love you for every one of them). You’re the best friend I never thought I would find. Today, I hope to make this birthday you’re best yet.

Now for the giveaway part! Today’s giveaway is from Snickety Snacks, a mother-daughter team who offer up deliciously decorated treats. When they contacted us to see about doing a giveaway, we thought Ash’s birthday would be a perfect time to spread the sugary goodness.

Snickety Snacks // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Snickety Snacks has a great menu of tasty treats but they’re probably best-known for their amazing custom cookie creations. Each cookie is seriously like a work of art! They also made the custom dragon cookies for Clara’s dragon birthday party over at Young House Love. Oh, and you must check out their Concert Cookies. They’ve made custom cookies for bands such as Plain White T’s, Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy.

The ladies of Snickety Snacks are giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card! The winner can choose to use it all at one time or divide it up into smaller orders. Their custom sugar cookies can be shipped anywhere (yay!), but if the winner is local to the Northern Virginia area, the whole menu is up for grabs.

Here’s how to enter… Scroll down to the giveaway widget below and log in with your Facebook account. If you’d rather not use your Facebook account, or don’t have one, just enter your email address (registering with a password, etc is not required). As always, your information is kept private! Once you’ve done that, you’ll be shown the entry requirements set by yours truly. Click the “Do it!” button, type the phrase in the blank in the widget, then click “Enter!”. Now that you’ve entered, you’ll see some optional entry options. To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them. If you already follow Snickety Snacks or 7th House, go ahead and enter your Facebook or Twitter info, and you’ll be automatically given the extra entries. This giveaway is open to those in the US only and as usual, the winner will be chosen using Random.org. Good luck everyone!
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