1.06.2011

The Unexpected

I ran across this beautiful blog the other day and am excited to be taking part in her linky party called "Feathered Nest" Friday. Goes right along with The Vintage Nest and what we are all about  here....feathering your nest with beauty and charm, new and old, warmth and character, priceless and cheap chic, found and purchased and a lot accomplished with inspiration from our blogging friends. Thank you Courtney of French Country Charm for allowing me to be a part of this fun day. And to Liz at Brambleberry Cottage who is a G.R.I.T.S girl married to a New Englander.  Together they combined Yankee ingenuity with Southern charm to create a warm and charming home.  Visit her blog for more on decor with creativity.  She has a linky party too....on Thursday.  It's called Time Travel Thursdays.


I have a guest room that I like to refer to as British Colonial or the Hemingway room.  Getting away from the shabby and chic and cottage and elegant a little bit, I thought you might enjoy seeing a room incorporating, sand, black, white and taupes with a touch of worn and faded color here and there.  British Colonial, among other things, features bamboo, sisal, dark wicker, plantation shutters, light and airy cotton window coverings, globes, flora and fauna, all with a tropical flair.  It is a melding of Indian, African, Asian and British style and decor and combining my love of OLD and NEW and Bobby G's talent.......with a touch of the unexpected.


The "unexpected" here being the curtain rods made from old weathered tiki torches.  The torches were by the pool when we first moved into this house.  Not caring for them there, I hit upon the idea of making them into curtain rods.  Secured with roping and black wrought iron brackets, they hold simple cream muslin tabbed curtains.  A pair of binoculars hanging from them, provides our guest with a fun way to spy on the animals at the lake.


One of my favorite pieces, fun and very useful, is this old wooden banana box I found at an auction this past summer.  I totally fell in love with the graphics on the old box and it's iron handles and metal details.

It stores magazines for my guest to read and a warm vintage quilt for chilly nights.  The quilt was a lucky yard sale find. 
 

 Bobby G. painted the tromp l'oeil  banana leaves on the wall and I can't tell you how many people,  on seeing them, thought they were real.  It's been a fun conversation piece.



I found a  dark wicker desk, chair and chest of drawers one day at an antique shop.  Although not antique or even vintage, I loved the look.  They were worn and beat up but in excellent shape.  They came home with me the next day and work perfectly in this room, with the desk doing double duty as a bedside table.


The bed is an antique Jenny Lind bed that we inherited.  It almost has the feel of bamboo I think and works great in this room.  Other found pieces from my treasure hunts include elephants (new), black seashells, black books,  an antique stained glass window, and some very large iron old clock hands I was lucky enough to find.  They add a lot of architectural appeal to the room.


I loved showing you this room and I hope you got a little bit of inspiration. Keep on decorating!  See you for Pink Saturday!    xoxo

27 comments :

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Very cute idea! Love the bannana box! judy

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for visiting me and my vintage tray post.
Thank you for the beautiful comment you left for me, I love that it inspired a peaceful emotion to it.

I too go crazy over boxes, I cannot get enough inspiration from them.

Blessings into the new year.
xx
Dore

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love your room, Lynn! Is this where I get to stay when I come see you some day???

And you won't believe this... oh, maybe you will... but I have a banana box, too! I have had it for over thirty years, and I used to keep it in the kitchen. Then I tripped over it so much that I put it in storage, but I've been wanting to pull it out and hang it like a planter outside. This is a good idea, too, the way you're using yours.

It's grey and rainy here today, and I can't believe it's Florida. Who kidnapped Florida's sunshine, and where did they take it???

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, I love all the unique touches you have added to this room. You didn't tell me Gary was an artist...I thought the leaves were real. Don't be surprised if you find the clock hands missing after I visit. Love them!
xo,
Sherry

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the room and using the tikki torches for a curtain rod is certainly unique! Love the banana box.

luluslovlies said...

Hi Lynn, Love the Bannana box, thanks for being my Facebook friend, I'm trying to learn how to do all this techie stuff, You are the best, Hugs my friend! Marilou

Sharon Wengel said...

Love the bananna leaves ! Very realistic ! Great guest room .

Blondie's Journal said...

This is just the neatest room, Lynne...it ruly reminds me of a room in Hemingways home in Key West! Love the tiki rods and the banana box is fabulous. Bobby G is quite the artist! Love this!

XO,
Jane

Shirley said...

Lynn,
Fluff up the pillows, I'm on my way!!! (haha) lovely room. I adore, simple adore that banana box..How useful too! You have so many goodies...

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- What a great room! Love it...and the hubster did a great job on the leaves...they DO look real. I have always liked a Tommy Bahama sort of room. Hugs- Diana

Tete said...

I want a banana box- that is just too fun- I could see using it for many different things throughout the year- love the torch curtain rods, too@

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I thought those banana leaves were real also, my hubby has some talent, I would love the bedding box!

Carol

BittersweetPunkin said...

LOVE the tiki torch idea!! I thought I was being clever by using a tree branch as a curtain rod, that idea is GREAT...I may have to borrow it sometime:)

Hugs,
Robin

Fiona said...

Wow!! This is a gorgeous guest room!!! I love the banana box!!

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Hope you entered 2011 in great shape!! Hemingway sounds better... Always!! ;)

Blogtrotter Two is visiting the third largest artificial lake in the world (by volume). Enjoy and have a superb weekend!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Fantastic idea. But I really love the rustic old banana box, that is super and looks great at the foot of the bed...you are so good! Have a great weekend.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Lynn~ Thanks so much for the shout out! So sweet of you~ and thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hello. This is such a great room~ I am loving that banana box- such a fantastic find and the palm fronds are amazing~ I think the curtain rod is a really neat idea too. Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday!! :) New Follower here!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I love everything about the room, Lynn. You have captured British Colonial style beautifully. I used BC style in my son's room when he was a teenager. It was one of my favorite rooms in that house.

I would love to have you link to my party, as well: http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2011/01/time-travel-thursday-26-ones-that-got.html

Blessings and Happy New Year!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Vintage is for Lovers said...

I am in Love with your banana box! It is amazing! Thank you for visiting my blog! I Love your's as well! So nice to have a fellow Virginian to connect with! xo Samantha

Susan said...

Hello Lynn,
Thanks for such a sweet comment during your visit to my blog. I'm glad we connected via Feathered Nest Friday. You've got a great blog. I can't get over those faux banana leaves! What a lucky guest to stay in that room.
Happy New Year!
- Susan

abitosunshine said...

All things lovely, Lynn!

Stopping by to say Hi! and to present you with the Stylish Blogger Award! You can pick it up here: Me Stylish?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, can you please email me? I've fallen in love with something on your blog. I have to have it! LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Margaret Cloud said...

My oh my, you sure did wonders to this room. Everything is so nice and the banana leaves are perfect, Bobby G did an outstanding job. I like everything especially that little elephant. You always do an outstanding job presenting your post and you did it again. Have a nice Sunday and a nice week coming up.

Honey at 2805 said...

This is a really great style. You have considered every detail!

gpc said...

What a lovely room, I keep checking in, hoping some of your cleverness will rub off on me!

Sue said...

Lynn, I love how you've decorated this room. The dark wicker desk and the spindle bed add such contrast to the other features. And the banana box is such a whimsical object to use at the foot of the bed! As are the tiki torches.... Up late watching the snow come down and the wind blow it even higher! It's cold, too. brrrr hugs, Sue

La Vie Quotidienne said...

All very nice and completely unique, this is such a wonderful look and we don't see it very often. I love the use of the Jenny Linn bed, I still have the one that I had as a child...maybe I could use it this way. Thanks for all the great ideas.!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
f