Friday, August 31, 2012

My Suitcase Ate My Housework

At the beginning of the summer I set a clear and attainable goal: finish decorating the guest room/office space where I spent much of my time when I'm at home.  The room was a disaster area but I had great plans for a travel-themed room that would allow me to surround myself with reminders of my favorite places without being overwhelming for guests when they stayed with me.

The good news: the room no longer looks like this:

The bad news: I definitely didn't finish the project as I'd pledged to do by the end of August.  I have really, really good excuses, however, since I was distracted by my travel decor by actual travel.  Amazing opportunities for life-changing trips fell into my lap (you can read about them here) so for once, this perfectionist is comfortable getting an almost-failing grade on a project.  I didn't work hard enough to get an "A" but I am proud of the progress that I made so far, including:

The beginnings of a gallery wall where I can hang that ticket art I love

A side table made from old suitcases, which also provide valuable storage for items that aren't used frequently

There are only a few more projects before I reach guest room perfection:

My super-secret plan to make this routine white dresser into an awesome, unique storage spot

Organization for my messy desk

Either a new ceiling fan or - more likely - a fun light, and a nice new cover for that old evaporative fan vent.

I guess this post serves as both an "almost completed" summary and a challenge to myself for the next couple of months!

I'm sharing my partway-there project with Thrifty Decor Chick's September Before and After Party!

TDC Before and After


  1. Wow Beth, you've made TONS of progress!! I love what you've done so far….the map to mark your travels is so great and meaningful, and I love your ticket art idea!! Thanks for linking up this room to the summer B&A party, and I look forward to seeing what else you do in here!!!

  2. What a fun guest room, Beth! I love your clever ideas for using sentimental items, the map, tickets and suitcases bring it all together perfectly!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Pam! It is fun to have a place that reflects such special times.

  3. Oh boy, my room looks great! :-)
    I love the picture hanging way up high above the desk- Have I seen it before? Great progress for so little available time~ bon voyage!