Hello dollies…welcome to this month’s Where Bloggers Live 12.2020: Company’s Coming. Today we are sharing our guest room spaces. The places where we put up company when there’s no room at the inn!! This year, our guest rooms have gone dark and dusty because no one’s been able to visit. Brennyn was here in the early summer and my sister was here for Thanksgiving. But that’s been it.
Even though these Where Bloggers Live posts are always scheduled for the second Friday of each month, this one snuck up on me again. Was busy writing my latest World Through My Lens and 10 on the 10th posts, with a reminder post about the upcoming winter bucket list link-up falling in between. Completely forgot about Where Bloggers Live. Thankful our fearless leader Bettye always sends out reminders for upcoming posts. Had to scramble to get our downstairs guest room presentable. It was piled high with the fall decor I had taken down earlier in the week.
Oh, and I see a few Christmas gifts in the foreground, too. Shhh, don’t let Cia see this!
So, I got the fall stuff put up and then snapped some pictures so you could see our company accommodations if ever you find yourself in El Paso in need of a place to stay.
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WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE 12.2020
This fun series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! I mean, who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? For last month’s post, we shared our master bedrooms. Or the places where we lay our heads at night. And before that, a look at some of our favorite things. As we wind up the series for this year, we are busy making plans to bring it back in 2021. I look forward to continuing to blog with this creative group of gals.
For now, let’s head inside for a look at…
The Elephant Room
AKA Lauren’s old bedroom. Although, there’s nothing in the room that was Lauren’s. Unless you count a few of her baby toys in the closet that Cady, Cia and Cami play with when they visit. I always have a soft bedside light on when company arrives. The room looks more welcoming in that light.
The colors and the animal theme remind me of Lauren. Her favorite color is orange, a predominant color in the elephant room. Along with elephants. Which one might think would be Lauren’s favorite animal. But one would be wrong.
Bunnies. Bunnies are her favorite animal. And there’s a gigantic stuffed bunny that I had made by a teaching colleague of mine. One for each of the girls when they were young.
My newfound love of pattern mixing has spilled over from my clothes to my decor. Based this room around the drapes I found at Pier One. The Wayfair area rug has the same colors as the curtains in a different print. Picked up the quilts at Steinmart. Have your Pier One and Steinmart stores closed? Ours sure have.
The wicker furniture was a bargain on sale at Hobby Lobby. I wanted some pieces to serve for TV and night stands and these fit the bill. On this little table, I have placed some cloth dolls made in Panama from shrouds. A painted and bejeweled tin elephant. A photo of PC’s mom as a child. And some old books of from my parents’ childhoods. The framed tapestry was made in Guatemala, I think. Purchased it years ago in Panama, too.
The pie rack or book shelf is short on pies and books. I use it for more family photos and a small TV and almost obsolete DVD player.
I have found ‘art’ work for the room in lots of different places including the Texas Library Association annual conference! Even made the little collage of paper elephants over the bed.
Found this little tin mirror at the market in Juarez many years ago when we still traveled across the border to shop and eat. Chances are, if you were visiting us back in those days, we would have taken you across the border bridge for an afternoon in Mexico, too.
And Finally, the Bed
This is probably why you would be staying with us…a place to sleep!! And hopefully to visit with us, too. But what good is a guest room without a bed? This one is queen-sized and pretty comfy!
More pattern mixing on the bed. These pillows continue with the elephant theme. Love the little bolster with the embroidered elefantes.
And finally, a bunny. Lauren was only about 4 when I had these bunnies made so hers was as big as she was at the time. She dragged Daisy Jane (named for the daisy floral print of her dress) all over creation until her limbs started coming detached and the muslin fabric was threadbare. We tried to have her repaired several times but they were only temporary fixes. If I remember correctly, this is actually Brennyn’s bunny who has remained pretty well in tact over the years.
Best Piece of All
This photo is one Lauren took years ago. In high school and college, she was very interested in Buddhist philosophies and Middle Eastern culture. She bought and wore a bindi almost every day. My mother was semi-mortified and told me to make Lauren take off that dot on her forehead. But I thought it was a lovely nod to another culture. In this photo, Lauren was recreating a National Geographic cover she had seen and admired.
I fell in love with the photograph on the cover of the National Geographic when I first saw it. And then with my daughter’s recreation. The girl on the magazine was from Afghanistan. I am proud to say that is where Mustafa and his family immigrated from. Both Lauren and this little girl have hauntingly beautiful green eyes.
We have a second guest room but it is late, I am tired and will be heading over the mountain tomorrow morning early to help with the babies. So I will save that room for another day. Maybe even this weekend. Both guest rooms have their own baths. And wanted to show them off, too. So stay-tuned for part 2!!
Do you have a guest room or spare bedroom where I could stay for a visit? I am very neat, would help with the cooking and cleaning and pick up after myself. Wish you could share the details of your personal B&B in a comment below. Then stop by to visit the other gals opening their homes to you.
Thanks so much for wading through this photo-heavy post. I appreciate the time you spend here with me. And if you ever find yourself in El Paso and need a place to stay, you’ve got it. Until then…we’ll leave the light on.
Hugs and kisses,