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Saturday, May 1, 2010

And Now For The Pink Guest Room!

On Saturday I blogged about our Yellow Room, the "official" guest room for That Old House.
Today, the Pink Room gets the spotlight, as I repeat a post from August 2009.

Please join me for Sunday Favorites, courtesy of Chari of Happy To Design!

(August 2009)

The Pink Bedroom . . . .

Now, for some details. . . .

The Pink Bedroom is in the 1830s part of the house, and has its original wide pine plank floorboards. I love this room. It's big and square and bright, with 4 windows, two closets, and -- like so many rooms in That Old House -- not a lot of wall space.

It was sort-of white when we bought the house:

We were grateful it didn't have old wallpaper, but we never figured out what this was for:

It was a deep counter-height shelf, with a normal depth shelf above it. Any ideas?

The last owners didn't know; it had been there when they bought the house and they just left it in place.

Well, we began our makeover. The odd old shelf area was taken down:

the walls were repaired

and painted.

This room insisted on being pink, so I chose Benjamin Moore's Shell Pink, No. 883 in the Classic Colors group.
It's a pink that just flirts with peach.

The trim is the same white semi-gloss
that we used on the woodwork throughout the house.

The old ceiling fixture was a copper replica of what was supposed to be a lantern, and it was not a success. I wanted a bit of girly sparkle in this room, as my daughter Alida uses it when she is at home, and it is nominally "her room:"

Even though it is really a guest room; Alida lives in California.

I found a 4-poster rice carved mahogany bed on Craigslist, added a new mattress and box spring,
and some white bedding including a matelasse coverlet:

Put my 30-year old Ethan Allen loveseat in the corner, with Annie's dress form looking on:

The mirror is from my Dad -- an old oak frame, much used, and very funky glass.
No one has to age this baby -- it comes by its shabbiness honestly!

A gentleman was selling a Pennsylvania highboy on Ebay; I bid.
$125 and it was mine. And he even met me at a local diner to hand it off to me!

I think it looks a lot better than that oddball shelf thing, don't you?
Even with a plastic bin with odds and ends of Alida's stashed underneath.

I put up bamboo rollup blinds, but the privacy liners fell out. I must remedy that, and I also must get down to business and sew some curtains. I have the fabric (it's in the mosaic), just need the will power. The room also needs a rug to warm up tootsies on chilly mornings, and it's in serious need of thoughtful pretty-ing. Right now, stuff's just sort of there.

You must have rooms like that. Please say yes.

I am hoping that posting this half-finished room will get me moving on this project again!


And an update for Sunday May 2nd ... still no draperies in the Pink Room!
ACK! And guests coming soon; Alida arrives on May 5th for a long visit, and other guests are overnighting the weekend of May 15th, for my Dad's 90th birthday party.

I better get my roller skates on. Wish me luck! -- Cass


  1. Oh this bedroom is so pretty and your furniture is beautiful. Your home is lovely and you always decorate just beautifully. Love your other guest room too. Hugs, Marty

  2. I knew I'd like the pink room best! :)
    they both are very pretty.

  3. This is such a lovely room! I love all the architectural details. No cracker box look!

  4. Oh, I love your room! I can't wait to see the curtains you make from that wonderful fabric. I spotted it immediately! The highboy was a bargain too, and if it makes you feel better, I always manage to get the painting done and then bog down on those finishing touches. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!

  5. I am so glad that you re-posted this beautiful room so that I could have a chance to ooooohhh and aaaaahhh over it! I love it ! The pink is wonderfil and the chandy is to die for! Simply wonderful!


  6. Cass-I came over intending to find the fabric website again and saw that you had posted the pink bedroom. I can't imagine what the counter nook was intended for, but the high boy is perfect in there. I love rice-carved beds! I don't think anyone will be upset if you don't get curtains made :)

  7. Is the fabric "Chinz" I used something that looks alot like it to dress a regency period bed. Looks like a lovely and relaxing room, now get to work and make those curtains.

  8. Hi Cass,
    I love your pink girly guest/daughter's room! Your furniture pieces are so beautiful and what a bargain you got on the highboy! I absolutely love the fabric you chose for this will be the icing on the cake when you finish with those beautiful colors in the fabric!

    Yes I do have some unfinished rooms and projects around my house...if I only didn't work full time as a nurse maybe I get finished!! So in the meantime I try to squeeze in projects here and there... LOL.
    Miss Bloomers

  9. So pretty ! I love that you are in jersey - just a bit further south from me in Bergen County - it makes "blogland" seem so homey !!!!

    Thank you for sharing your home !

    gena in nj

  10. I think the odd shelf might of been a changing table. Since it had a shelf above it to put stuff you need on it. You would have to hold the baby so they would not fall off but it would work. I think it was a work table of some kind. for sure. The room is so pretty in pink.

  11. Love it Cass! Allie's room needs a redo and I'm trying to convince her that a shell pink would be SO much better than dark purple- OY, 16 year olds! Great finds on CL
    xoxo Pattie

  12. Cass,

    Lovely room. The floor is gorgeous and I love the chandelier. Your whole house is amazing.

    Have a great day!


  13. What a beautiful room, Cass. I love all the lovely light and those beautiful wood floors. I have a bedroom I need to redo but keep putting it off. One of these days...

  14. Cass, Can I move into that everything about it. The highboy is on my list of "wants". Is that space perfect for it or what? Yes, yes, get busy with that fabulous chintz for the curtains!! Dream house...sigh.

  15. The color, the furniture, the chandelier and the size of that bedroom are fantastic. You have good taste! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower!

  16. Hi Cass...this is truly lovely!

    Sending good thoughts and hugs to you.

    Barb ♥

  17. Hi Cass,
    Loved seeing your makeover of this pink guest room, it looks so beautiful now. Your highboy certainly makes a better statement than the funny old shelves and what a great price! The chandelier is so elegant, just gorgeous.

  18. Rooms like this? You mean gorgeous rooms full of character and charm? Nope. Not one. It is a beautiful room and it must be hard to get guests to leave.

  19. Cass both of your guest rooms are truly lovely and welcoming! I know your guests feel very pampered in such beautiful rooms. ~Gorgeous job!

    Thank you for entering my blue giveaway sweet friend! ~Melissa :)

  20. I just found your blog today and I'm so happy that I did! I love old houses and yours is special!

  21. That turned out beautiful! So inviting. =D

    off to go check out the rest of your blog.

  22. Just beautiful Cass, I bet your daughter loves staying in this Bed and Breakfast room...Love the gone with the wind lamp WOW!! I hope all is well in your part of the world my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  23. Hi Cass...

    My friend, I remember this fabulous post about your pretty pink room! I remember because this shade of pink that you chose for the walls is one of the prettiest that I've ever seen! I love the's really beautiful!!! Wow...ya'll have done sooo much work at That Old House but it has certainly paid off!!! This bedroom is gorgeous with a capital "G"!!! I know that Alida and your guests must really enjoy their stay!!!

    Girlfriend, it sounds like you are going to get busy this week between your sweet daughter coming home and your visitors and dad's birthday! Have fun and enjoy, Sweetie!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous post with us for Sunday Favorites this week! So sorry that I'm just now getting by for a visit...I was out of town yesterday!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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