This entry is the first of what will likely be a long series of entries related to each room of the B&B. Over time, you will get a full tour of the house. I loved this house from the moment I walked in it. It was a turn-key purchase so I didn’t have to furnish or paint or redecorate at all. It has so much charm just the way it is. But, through the years I have collected my own antiques and I get great joy out of interior painting and redecorating. So, as time goes by and breaks in reservations happen, I will slowly redo each guest room incorporating my own furniture and art.
The winters are slow for business, so December was the perfect time to start on a room that could be closed down for a week or so. The first room that I tackled was the Garden Room. It is a lovely and sunny room on the southwest corner of the house. The windows look out onto idyllic farms and fields.
The sunsets are amazing. It is the smallest room in the house, but interestingly is the only room that has two closets. Because it is somewhat isolated from the rest of the rooms, I am guessing that the historic inhabitant was household help or a boarder that would require more closet space for long term storage of their personal belongings. A small bathroom was carved out in a corner when the house was first converted into a B&B. The “European-style” bathroom (translation: “small”) is rather charming just because of the configuration. A corner toilet and corner shower make the most of the available space.
When I bought the house the bathroom had original hard-wood floors. I wanted to prevent long-term water damage to the floors so I had the floor tiled. Since the room was going to be unusable during the bathroom work, I took the opportunity to completely redo the room.
The original wall color was sort of a golden chartreuse. It was a nice color but it could get a bit harsh when the sun was at a low angle heading toward sunset. I started by choosing a cooler color that would be peaceful and serene but also soften in the sun light. What I chose is called “misty morn” and it is a muted shade of robins egg blue. I painted the ornate radiator in a metallic bronze, back to what the original radiators may have been at the turn of the last century.
While the bed and frame came with the house, the rest of the furnishings are new to the room. The dresser was one of my yard sale-salvaged pieces that I refinished a few years back. I kept the name “Garden Room” so I wanted to bring in art and textiles that fit into the theme. The quilt on the bed is one that I made. It is a kaleidoscope quilt made with an Asian floral-scene fabric, but when pieced in the kaleidoscope pattern, it transforms into a more traditional look reminiscent of a crocheted granny square afghan. The art on the walls brings a modern touch to garden theme.
For now, this is my favorite room in the house. It most matches my personal style and is the start of my long-term redecorating plans for the B&B. I love the old charm of the house and I want to pair that with modern touches that bring the house into a “farmhouse chic” style. Come to Walnut Lawn B&B and enjoy a relaxing night in the Garden Room
Keep checking back for an introduction to each room that I redo.