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Sunday, April 18, 2010


We were so delighted and full of thankfulness when TWO sets of out-of-town cousins came
for our 50th anniversary party.
They came in on Friday and left on Sunday....
and it was total FUN the whole entire time...
One of the guest bedrooms was all ready and waiting
for our company....
I just love this little tiny cheerful and welcoming for our guests.
O...there's that adorable HOME and HEART handmade pillow from
She sure has some lovely things in her ETSY you could find something wonderful
for your cottage...or a gift maybe.

but the other bedroom was *UNDER CONSTRUCTION
and not anywhere NEARLY ready.....
I only have a FEW pieces of the items I need to make this room
into a GUEST WORTHY haven....

THIS IS THE ROOM I AM WORKING ON ...and I am so excited and anxious to get it all together...*SIGH

Just the PICTURE of it makes me SWOON and get DIZZY....wonder how I will ever be able to stand it when I do FINALLY get it and walk into it each morning...Probably have a DIZZY SWOON !!

I knew about what I wanted for this room but was just floundering around, looking looking...then, GOLLUM came to my rescue. She saw THIS room and emailed the link to me and....I FELL HEAD OVER HILLS in love with it. THANK YOU, MIZZ GOLLUM....! It will take me awhile to "get it all together" one piece at a time, but, I'll get it !!

I already have the VINTAGE IRON BED that I will paint BLACK...and I have the WHITE COVERLET and the BLACK and WHITE CHECKED BED SKIRT...Oh, honey....Looking at this photo...I am LOVIN' the creamy off-white walls and those beautiful, billowy white SHEERS...Oh, yes...I'm buying white sheers as soon as I can.. and I'm getting more excited by the minute.

It's so so much fun to get excited over something.

But there was NO TIME to do much before our sweeties arrived....SOOO...I threw it in gear and, since I have VINTAGE furniture in there....I just made a tiny BED and BREAKFAST feel to this poor, pitiful, forlorn little room...

I quickly added an olden shelf and a WELCOME sign...
beautiful little painting done by my friend, ERIN...
her ETSY shop holds all kinds of beautiful paintings that
you might find for your cottage...
OOO, and that's my "little boy" with me in the photo...he is now 45.. *sigh
and STILL my little boy !!

and I hang a CROSS in all our bedrooms.... don't you always feel warm and fuzzy when you see a pretty cross ?

I do....
(SALLY...this is a BLUE cross :))*

Magazines and candy (in my mother's cut glass dish)

I love my rooms smelling fresh...

I had just repainted the walls of this tiny room a few weeks least it was clean and fresh....

A comfy chair and a vase of flowers...
these are my FAVORITE time for fresh ones before THE COMPANY would be here.

(see, this BLACK wicker chair and table are gonna look sooo good with the BLACK bed)

Clean sheets and fluffy pillows in IRONED, LAVENDER SENTED pillow cases..
The room was comfortable if not the prettiest one...but
the COUSINS seemed to love it. They said they SLEPT SO GOOD....and that is the most IMPORTANT thing!!
One morning, we had fresh, warm APPLE NUT THAT was a hit...:))


MOSTLY..we just had FUN !!

linking with

My thanks to all who host these fun days..!!


Bobbi Ann said...

Wonderful photos and a great mosaic! Thank you for sharing all of these! I hope that you have a great new week!

Carol said...

Congrats on your 50th! Enjoyed your mosaics! very pretty room!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am so in love with your guest rooms! You have done a fabulous job and I bet your guests were just as pleased as punch! Congrats on 50, that is amazing! Your baby is 45? They are always are babies aren't they! That bedding pic is like over the top gorgeous, I can see why you might be swooning! Have a great week!

Rettabug said...

Awww, BJ...your rooms are full of LOVE & that's the most important decorating accessory needed. I think you did a wonderful job on both guest rooms & anyone would be thrilled to be invited to share your special home with you.
Great mosaics!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear BJness! Oh, I love this! Your guest bedroom is gorgeous! Love the black and whiteness. Now your next little bedroom looks great to me now! How nice of Gollum to find the room you need! It's lovely! I know you'll make yours even prettier!
Now I'm drooling over that adorable Rooster napkin ring!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love, love, love the room with Kathy's sweet pillow....and I love the direction you are going with the other room, but I think the way it is right now looks VERY welcoming! I would be honored to stay in either of those rooms BJ!

Barbara said...

BJ, Love, Love Love the room you are working on.....I know you will make it darling.
Since you are advertising a B&B, we might just travel your way one day and enjoy that beautiful room.


Kammy said...

Wow, it is looking good !
Congrats on your 50th !
I always feel like dancing when I come visit you site...must be that music *wink*
Hugs ~ Kammy

Susan said...

Your home is so beautiful!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are the hostess with the mostest! I love your little guest bedroom, all your wonderful details. And the inspiration bedroom makes me swoon too! Oh, how beautiful. Please post when you are done.
sounds like you just had the best anniversary.

susan said...

Bj-Happy happy anniversary. I can't wait to see the finished bedroom. The first one looks great! I know your guests felt the love you put into them :)

Joanne Kennedy said...

I love the black, white and red room too! Where did you find the black and white dust ruffle?

Also, where did you find those cute napkin rings? I want to steal all your ideas :)


Bob West said...

I enjoyed your blog. Looks like a wonderful place to stay

God Bless, Bob West

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Everything looks cozy, warm and homey. I love all your things and I know they all mean something to you, which is the best part :)

Stacey said...

I'll be there Friday night. :) Just kidding but your rooms are just perfect. I know they totally loved their stay with you.

Beth said...

What lovely guest rooms! I really enjoy your blog, BJ!
Hugs, Beth

p.s. I posted some photos from cruising Glacier Bay Alaska for Blue Monday.

Treasia Stepp said...

What gorgeous rooms they are. Love the mosaics and the colors you've chosen.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Hi BJ! What a fantastic room! LOVE it!! All the detail that you put in it is amazing! I especially like the black wicker and the earrings you wore in that photo!! :)
The photo of you husband and you on your sidebar is too cute! Spunky! :)

The Decorative Dreamer said...

BJ, I am sure your guests were beside themselves. When someone goes to as much trouble as you did it really shows. I cannot wait to see your finished room either, I know how it feels to get excited about a new project. This is going to be a fun one. Heck, I'm getting excited for you too! LOL!

Amanda at 32˙North said...

Hi BJ,

Congrats on your 50th anniversary! Nice to hear you had such a memorable time with friends and family!


SmilingSally said...

You squeaked a teeny bit of blue in, BJ, but it works. A Blue cross? Happy Blue Monday.

Theresa said...

Oh BJ, what a sweet Bed and Breakfast! I would love to stay there... oh maybe FOREVER:) Love all of you gorgeous decorations. I think you should put this is a magazine! Have a blessed day my friend!

Momgen said...

Wow love it pretty place. Happy 50th! Happy blue Monday.

Mine is here

Stacy's Snippets said...

Hi BJ...your blog is gorgeous...I'd love to live even just a day in your world! That bedroom with the XO on the wall? Heavenly!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and being my newest follower! Isn't SITS grand?

Sarah said...

BJ, I should think any guest would feel welcome in either of those rooms. You've done a beautiful job creating a cozy spot for your guests. Love the black and red combo. The breakfast setting would definitely put a smile on my face. When can I book an overnight stay? LOL
Happy Anniversary! Love the idea of a wedding cake to celebrate 50 years! Though you look too young to be celebrating 50 years of marriage!

Pinky said...

When I saw your inspiration photo my heart beat faster!!! It will be GORGEOUS!!! Can't wait til you post the results. I know your guests were happy and content, cause you make everyone feel so special! Have a great week, BJ. Now I have to e-mail Gollum and get her searching for a new bedroom for me!!!!:):) XO, Pinky

Wanda Lee said...



From one 'Bed and Breakfast' person to another;( even if for you folks, only for your oh-so-special occasion); those rooms look fabulous!.., So pretty, cosy and inviting!~ When can I check in?~ Wink!

Take care 'sweet nothings' lady! Have a marvelous week!

Do also pop by for some ' afternoon tea and treats' (tomorrow), even though you are linking with other delightful blogs; I'd love to have you share some 'tea, coffee, sweet tea or lemonade'; whatever you'd like!..,

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

sherry said...

Congratulations on you 50th. Love your blog,your style and your love of family. Your so inspiring, thank you.

Rita said...

WOW! Would love to be a guest at your place; what wonerful photos; everything is PERFECTION!
You have a talent of making your blog so very interesting; thank you so much.

Unknown said...

Love your guest room, so pretty and cozy place.
All your photos are great!!!


CIELO said...

Lovely display; love all your colors, BJ! And thanks for taking the time to play and show your cottage at "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"....



Kim, USA said...

Congratulations on your 50th, more to come! Happy weekdays ahead!

BlueMonday~Blue Jars

Kissed by an Angel said...

I love your guest room and your work in progress!!! I love the look of the apple nut cake too!!!

Needles Everywhere said...

I really enjoy your posts. You are so talented and have a great way with words. It always brightens my day. I like what you have done in both your rooms and the table setting is just adorable. Don't you just love having visitors for a special occassion!Thanks for sharing yourself.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi BJ,
Wow, the room is amazing, its so pretty and comforting! The colors are wonderful! Its just perfect.
Are you taking reservations?.
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

I love the little peeks we get, in blog photos... Like the picture of you and your son, on a shelf. Sweet!

Btw, I'm gonna' show a floor plan of downstairs [our house] tomorrow. Feel free to do the same.<--Very lightly veiled hint, hu? -giggles-


Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Hi BJ...LOVE the bedroom you're working on (the finished one too!)..I love black and white but have never done a room in it before. Maybe I'll get inspired as you work on yours?! Love the picture of you and your hubby...looks like you had a lot of fun. Have a wonderful afternoon and evening! Hugs...Maura

Anonymous said...

Always feels like I was there. Love your finished room and think the to-be-finished room will be awesome too. The "Unfinished" wasn't so bad though, if you ask me. Happy Blue Monday! :) Jenn

Betty said...

BJ I can't imagine someone not just loving to come to your home. You have such pretty touches and a welcoming spirit. I love the room you are planning to put together as well and look forward to seeing you post it some day soon.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I can't wait to see your finished room, but you provided all the things they needed for a very comfy stay. If they slept good then you did your part.

Romina said...

oh what a beautiful celebration, happy 50th golden anniversary. The photos we awesome and the bedrooms too.


PAT said...

We are home from vacation and the first thing we did was get started on a yard project!! I am slowly getting around to visiting!

I love your finished guest room and the new one is going to be gorgeous. I've seen that photo before and love it! Looking forward to seeing your "new" guest room

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi BJ,
No matter how you decorate your home is feels so warm and inviting.
You have a way of making everyone feel welcome and their comfort is your priority.
I would love to be company at your home and sleep in one of those comfy beds. I might never leave.



nannykim said...

Wow congrats!! oh and I love the beding that is your inspiration pic for the room.

Jeanne said...

Hello BJ, I want to come to your B&B and sleep in either room. Smile. The black and white is darling in the finished room. The new room not yet done looks fab. However, I know you will be soooo happy when it it finished. I love the incentive photo.

L laughed when I saw your hubby feeding you cake. He is a cut up isn't he? They are the most fun to live with. I love a man who can laugh at life! I am that way too. I KNOW you have the best sense of fun ever. Your blogs tell on you. smile.

Love and hugs,

Lynda Howells said...

So many beautiful tones of red for Ruby tuesdayxlynda

Leslie said...

very pretty bedrooms.
Happy 50th!!!!!

Unknown said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! That is the neatest. My hubs and I will be 92 when we finally hit our 50th. :)

Your room is darling! Anyone one would feel welcome there. :)


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love every room and want to come and spend the night....Amazing rooms...

I have not had enough blog time lately...So glad that I stopped by tonight..Be sure and stop by main blog
and witness a miracle.

Hootin' Anni said...

Such lovely, lovely decor!! And a belated happy 50th! What a milestone. The two of us this year will celebrate our 42nd, of which I'm proud.

My Ruby Tuesday? I've Got Crabs Do stop by if you get a chance. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary! That's fabulous, wonderful, glorious :D I think I'm the 50th commenter - how cool is that?
Loved your pictures of your guest bedrooms. I'm sure you all had a wonderful time making more happy memories. Oh, I almost forgot...I love your and your honey's sidebar picture!

Marice said...

congrats on the Golden Anniversary BJ! those rooms look really inviting :) great job!

u may view mine too here

Atticmag said...

The decorating is great but the 50th anniversary is a true thing of beauty. Heartiest congratulations and cent'anni as the Italians say. -- Jane F.