The new (rental) house – The Guest Suite

Come On In

Part of our criteria for our AZ pad was that it have room for guests.  After leaving St. Louis and bringing all our earthly possessions 1500 miles across the desert, we wanted a space our family and friends from back home could stay in to encourage them to come visit.  So while I’ll have a full tour of the whole house, I wanted to start out with the guest spaces to remind our friends and family we want them to get their butts to the Valley of the Sun NOW!

So come on in.

High Overall

I have been hoarding that headboard, just waiting for a guest room for over ten years.  That, my friends, is a furniture hoarding problem that finally worked itself out.  The room itself is not large so we wanted to keep the furnishings simple – a bed and a few accessory items.

We picked up a full size (new) mattress and box spring at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store nearby.  At only $153, it was a great deal.  The best part of the great deal was that we were able to keep it attached to the top of the car on the only windy day we’ve experienced since we moved in and get it home.  Good times.

Bedside Table

On one side of the bed, I set up a little Target table with a little vignette of the Savers artwork, a clock I received on my 13th birthday (hoarder!) and a scented candle.

Other Side of Bed

The other side of the bed got the AZ yard sale lamp that JT just rewired.  The switch is actually a little knob on the top of that ball and the light is on a dimmer.  For $10 (and the $6 spent on a new porcelain socket and light bulb), I’m really starting to like this little lamp.  The magazine rack is stocked with some night-time reading and all the PHX brochures we scammed from the hotel.

Travel Brochures

The doors for the closet were already off and stored in the garage when we moved in and perhaps they may stay that way.

Closet No Doors

We stocked the closet with a few hangers, all our board games and guest towels.

Suitcase Rack

I’ve also been hoarding the luggage rack for over five years . . . . The blanket is a new purchase from a Phoenix shop called “My Sister’s Attic“.

Look Up

One thing I’ve been dealing with in this new house is a lot of beige.  All the walls (and ceilings) are beige.  Each room has its own lovely (and unique) ceiling fan.  This great palm frond one is what our guests will get to enjoy — aren’t they lucky!

Guest Bath

Next door to the guest room is this bowling alley of a hall bathroom.  Coming from our little St. Louis brick bungalow with one tiny bathroom, having two sinks and a separate room for the tub and shower is luxurious.  And this is only the hall bath, there is a master bathroom as well — we’re definitely feeling spoiled with all this space.  Sometimes I can’t even find my husband, this house is so big.

Low Overall

All in all, I still have some work to do to make this room into my ultimate guest room but we have a guest arriving today and so it needed to be ready(-ish) in a hurry.  Book your rooms at Hotel Living Analog now, they’re filling up fast!

6 responses to “The new (rental) house – The Guest Suite

  1. OH BOY – A GUEST ROOM! I totally understand that because we never had one until we moved into our current house. There’s just something so “la tee da” about saying … “yes, please stay in the guest room”. (giggle)
    Of course nobody has actually stayed in ours but the cats LOVE it!
    Glad to see you’re getting settled somewhere. I know how stressful a move can be. LOVE that headboard and LOVE when hoarding pays off big time!

    • Thanks Stacey! The dogs, especially Shenanigan, seem to think the guest room might be a place they want to stay as well. And it’s dangerous that my hoarding worked out so well . . . Cheers – CT

  2. Looks lovely. Can’t wait to guest it up!

  3. Love the headboard and the lamp, and that little Target table is really cute! You’ll be feeling at home right away, and so will your guests.

    • Thanks Dana! The Target table originally had a hot pink base but a little bit of spray paint fixed that right up! We’ve only been in our new place for a week and a half but we most definitely are starting to settle in and enjoy all this space.

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