Sunday, August 18, 2013

Color for the Lake Guest Room

Hi Everyone

I have been feeling so DIY of late.  As I have mentioned before I do not sew and am always in awe of those of you that can.  

I wanted to add some color (yep, the white chippy girl is adding color) to my lake themed guest room.  As some of you know we live in a lake town that years ago was just that a Lake town.  The only thing in this town was the big lake and lake cottage homes  around it.  Now it is built up and suburbia but I still love that I live in a lake town.  So I wanted my guest room to reflect a lake theme.  I always think of red, blues and checks and stripes when I think of a lake cottage.  

I actually am pretty proud of myself I took some table clothes and napkins I bought and made them into curtains and a couple of pillows!!!!!  I pulled out my Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine I have had since I got married 32 years ago and measured and began sewing some straight lines!!! No frills just some straight lines but I was able to accomplish some drapes and a couple of pillows.

Don't be threatened my dear sewing bloggers I've got nothing on any of you that can sew.  I was just proud I could accomplish what I did.


Got these red and white check table clothes and napkins for less than I would have spent on fabric.  Most of the seams already sewn for me!! Yeah!!! Nothing screams summer lake house like red and white checks
I apologize for these grainy pictures but the way the light streams in this room it is hard to get a good shot with my camera without a special lens.  Anyway you can see the drapes and the pillows I sewed!!!!!





I love my new cute checked pillows.


Got this at the flea market last week end and had some extra red and white check fabric left.  Soooooo the hubby painted the legs and then we covered that salmon colored top with the red check fabric left overs.

Much cuter in the red and white check.  That salmon color had to go!!!!



This was my dresser painted with the milk paint that chipped and I hemmed and hawed about painting it red to tie the room together with red.
I am not sure I love it better red but it does tie the room together.  I did like the chippy blue but I think the red pops more in the room.  I can always re paint it.  I am going to live with it for awhile and see how I feel.


While at the flea market I also picked up this vintage Bingo Game everything still inside and in the plastic.  It was never opened.   I added this vintage bingo game with the other vintage lake toys.

This was my most prized find at the flea market.  This little lady was selling this 1960's bikini.  I loved this so much so I purchased it for $5 and hung it in the lake guest room.  It has the cutest white vintage buttons to hook the top.

Another great find was this aqua blue vintage telephone.  I loved the color and it works.  Loved the old princess phones.

Looks like someone else wants to feel like she is on vacation in the lake guest room.
There you have it color added to the Lake Guest Room.  I wish I could get better pictures in this room it really does look nice with the red added.
So now I can say I sewed some drapes and pillows!!!!! This room is a work in progress and I am sure many more changes to come.  For now I am going to live with the red and see if it grows on me.
Have a great week.
Kris
:)


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56 comments:

  1. You know I am a fool for pops of red :-). Luv all the red additions. Oh, what a sweet bikini set!!

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  2. It is fab girl, and the bikini is perfect. You did a wonderful job:)

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  3. Oh I love it, the red check is fabulous and so is the chest painted red. Fabulous phone too. Now the crowining glory is the bikini, how fun. Hugs, Marty

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  4. You did a great job, I'm impressed! I like the coordinating pillows and stool, that looks really good painted white.
    Your dog looks very settled there. Those ears are enormous, in a very good way, of course!

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  5. This room looks great, love the red accents, especially those curtains a footstool. Great job with some wonderful finds!

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  6. Kris
    It looks so bright and cheery.
    What a difference. although I liked the blue too.
    You can never go wrong with red checks.

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  7. You gave the room a nice cheerful boost. Love the red.

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  8. Your sewing projects look great, Kris!! The red checks give your guest room such a cheery and happy feel. I really like the change!
    Mary Alice

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  9. So proud of you, Kris! I always love a pop of red, and this looks great-the bikini is such a cute touch!! :)
    Susan

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  10. I love it! You did a fantastic job. I've already pinned your bed!
    Brenda

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  11. Love the red and white gingham! Is that a Bassett hound on the bed? S adorable.

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  12. you can no longer say that you can't sew, kris:) everything looks lake cottage sweet! such a great change on the stool, and how cute is the bikini?! oh, i love the dresser red. if you sanded a few places, would some of the blue peek through?

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  13. Well, good for you Kris, tackling that sewing machine! Everything turned out beautifully, and what a wonderful pop of color that adds to the room. It definitely looks like summer vacation!!

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  14. what a great room, so fun, and that bikini really is adorable. love those great red checks!!

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  15. Love the Lake look and I love that you want it even though you are not right on the lake.... why not!! I'm almost inspired to get my sewing machine I've never used out.. well almost.. thanks for sharing!

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  16. What a beautiful room! I live in Florida and love to get ideas for nautical decor! Love the cute bikini!

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  17. I spotted that itsy bitsy teeny weeny red polka dot bikini and was going to ask if it was yours but you explained it later on in the post.....this room is just too cute Kris.

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  18. Love all the pops of red and the change you gave to that sweet bench. I really love the ruffles on the bed. Looks like your sweet pup does too.

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  19. It looks so cute! I love the red with the blue - very lake cottage looking.

    Sandy M

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  20. I am not a fan of red--but this does look cute! My Mom would love it The bikini is just the perfect touch! For being a non-sewer as you say I am impressed!

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  21. Adorable...love the red chest and the bench....well, really there is nothing I don't like!

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  22. Of course I love red so this room delights me!! Tablecloths are a great way to go......love the bench and the little red dresser.....good job!!!

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  23. Kris...I love the pops of red in your guest room. That 1960's bikini is just too cute! And I see that your furry guest has given her approval of the room.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  24. Ok, Kris, you can no longer claim you can't sew! You did an amazing job! I noticed that little bikini right off the bat in that first photo - I love that! Isn't it just super fun when all your inspiration comes together in basically one trip fleaing?!

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  25. OMG! Not only did you sew darling curtains, but you are going colorful. L O V E . . . L O V E . . . L O V E it all!

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  26. WELL DONE Kris! Looks like you did a great job with your sewing machine now that it's finally had an airing, lol. Perhaps now you've proved to yourself that you can sew in a straight line, you might try some other sewing projects, you might even grow to like sewing!! Hope you don't mind me saying, but I preferred the chest of drawers when it was blue - just adding my five eggs worth as they say.

    Hugs

    Judi in the UK

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  27. You did a fabulous job on this room! You should send it in to some magazines, seriously, I think it could get published it is so good. Great job on the curtains, and it all just ties together so well without being overdone.

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  28. Ok... you should take full credit for being able to sew as you did a great job. Hey.. and sewing straight lines count!! Everything in that room tickles me especially the bikini and the croquet ball doorstop. A round of applause to you for a job beautifully done!

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  29. Hi Kris,
    The room looks great! We just spent some time at The Abbey on Lake Geneva and we drove through Lake Zurich on the way home! I thought hey this is where Kris lives!!!! You are not kidding about it being built up suburbia! You must have every store known to man there! WOW! I hope you are enjoying your summer!
    Erin from Piers and Chandeliers

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    1. We use to drive from Wheaton up 53 to 12 and take 12 through Lake Zurich to Lake Geneva every summer. I remember nothing being in this town but the Lake and some small lake cottages. Now it is definitely suburbia. Still have a cute lake so that is good. You should have stopped by if you were in my neck of the woods.
      Kris

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  30. You did such a great job! Isn't it fun to try something new and have it work? I love it all - the draped, pillows, footstool and that adorable vintage bikini - how sweet! Fun, fun, fun! xoxo, Leena

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  31. Kris, you did great! Isn't it fun to try something new and it works? I love the pillows and drapes, the cute little footstool and that vintage bikini is adorable! I really like the room both ways!

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  32. Adorable! Kris, you have the knack. :)
    Everything you touch is cozy.
    -Revi

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  33. what a fund room and the bikini is the kicker!!! Christine from Little Brags

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  34. You did a great job on the curtains and pillows. Love the room. It definitely is beachy and lake-looking. What a fun, relaxing guest room. When can I make my reservations? LOL

    Judy

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  35. Kris,

    I love the red side table! It looks so cute. The whole room turned out great!

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  36. Love the pop of red color in the room and the curtains are beautiful and nicely made :)

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  37. Hey Kris, you are truly amazing. I just adore this room and it does remind me of lake living. I really like the red and white check but the sign over the bed and that basket weave as the headboard, fantastic!! The bikini hanging on the door is a perfect touch, what a great find.

    Cynthia

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  38. Good for you, Kris for taking on the sewing projects. It is not so easy to do the things we feel less comfortable with. High Five!
    *Smiles*

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  39. You go girl look at you sewing! I am researching sewing machines! I took a sewing class in high school.And although it was many years ago I think I could still sew a straight line.Love that pop of color!That bathing suit is way cool!Love the phone too.Your dog is so sweet <3 love that photo!
    xx
    Anne

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  40. Oh my goodness! I love your little red white and turquoise bedroom! It's so sweet and it has my favourite colours in it and it has large checks! Very sweet!!! I hope it's alright that I'm going to pin it.

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  41. This red lover is loving it! The bench is absolutely darling. My upstairs guest room is decorated Nautical. I have been going to make curtains since we moved here 4 years ago. Still only have blinds. Great idea to use the tablecloths. I love the dresser both red and blue. Too cute to choose one over the other. The bikini is a fabulous find, and I love the headboard!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  42. Your room re-do is beautiful. I love the red accents and how smart of you to use tablecloths and napkins. That's why I love to blog. Blogging is where creative women from all over the world get together and share their ideas and talents. I ask you, what's not to love about that? Thank you for sharing . . . you are expanding my creative horizons.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  43. I am just loving all of it! I don't even own a sewing machine, so you are doing really good! :)

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  44. I think your sweet dog thinks this is his/her guest room! It has turned out so lovely and I like the red and white curtains and pillows and stool that you remade! Nancy

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  45. Such a cute room. I love all of your little touches. The bikini is the best!
    Adina

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  46. Oh, Kris- I just LOVE it- I am so late visiting but wanted you to know that it is adorable. AND for being a non-sewer you did a GREAT job. What a perfect fix up for that little bench, too. I think that is just the right amount of red and it doesn't overpower the room at all. Perfect! xo Diana

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  47. I am not usually a fan of the red and white check, but it is sooooo cute in your guest room! It always reminds me of Italian restaurants of my childhood, but not how you used it. Love the shutters and sign, too. Oh, and the phone. We used to call that a princess phone and I wanted one so badly as a kid, but never managed to get one. Sad face. Great room and I would gladly spend a night there!

    Jenny

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  48. How cute is this room!!! Love the red and blue together...always have! You never cease to amaze me!

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  49. I love this bedroom! The red and white check really makes a statement here! My favorite is the shutters and sign as a headboard!

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  50. I am so glad I found you on Amaze Me Monday. I too can't sew, so you give me inspiration and courage. I so dearly love what you did. I also love the bikini and princess phone; brings back memories.

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  51. Where did you get the tablecloth and napkins? I'm looking for them in tan or blue!

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    1. I got them at a store called Stein Mart. THey did have them in a navy blue not sure about tan. Hope you have one of these stores near you. They were pretty inexpensive too. Hope that helps.
      Kris

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  52. hi there oh my goodness, taking a blog break from my cleaning frenzy today! rain, flash flood expected, computer on and off etc, lol anyway, love love the room , the teal and even though that bikini is not yellow polka dot, sew cute along with the curtains! i hear ya, trying to get back to sewing myself, need glasses lol, ok back to it, joining if i havent already, i forget! so many blogs so much inspiration! thank you! love that magazine article, going to order myself i think! have a good week! kat =^.^= over at boulder dam cottage in boulder city nevada :)

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  53. The room is absolutely beautiful! Great job on the curtains, pillows and ottoman. The red pops are so fun!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  54. Oh how I love it! I really LOVED the bench! removing the salmon material, painting it white and the red/white checks! gorgeous! I will share with you ... I had white hard wood floors put down - love them! I have a round white amish table and chair dining room set ... put a red round rug down, the furniture on it and wa la! gorgeous!
    Pink Hugs,
    Dee

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