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Monday, August 24, 2020

How I make the Most out of a Small Bedroom

How many of you have a small room in your home that serves no other purpose other than to be the "guest bedroom" a few times a year.       Well,   our home is the biggest investment we have ....and I expect every room in our home to "pull their weight" around!

I want our guest bedroom to be cozy and comfy for our guests,   but I also want it to be functional too.

I collect vintage sewing machines and have used them to create a theme for this small bedroom.   I have two non working portable sewing machines that have been converted into lamps    Collectables are pretty to look at,  but sometimes I expect them to be more than just be another pretty!

I have two full size vintage sewing machines that belonged to my Mother and they both still work!   They serve more than one purpose......since they still work I can actually use them for small repairs AND they serve as end tables on each side of the bed.

The other side of the bed carries on with the Sewing room theme.......

I like to select pieces of furniture that are pretty to look at,    but also have room to use as storage.

This cabinet holds my ever growing collection of quilts and vintage bedding.    Some of my quilts belonged to my mother and grandmother......I also have one that belonged to my great great grandmother.   I guess I should add "Memory Room" to the list of things this room is used for.

I have a comfy chair in the room for reading or just relaxing with a cup of tea.     Most of the furnishings in my Sewing/ Guest / Reading / multipurpose room have sentimental value to me.    The red chair really doesn't matchy match the rest of the room,   but it belonged to my Mother so it's a keeper......  The picture over the chair is of my Grandmother and her older brother when they were children.

Isn't she the cutest little thing with her hair parted down the middle!

Have you guys noticed that this room has a lot of natural wood furniture.    Although I love white painted furniture,   the furniture in this room will probably remain natural since most of it belonged to my mother. 
 The small wooden radio in the corner came from H's home has been in his family more than 70 years.    The vintage record player that it's sitting on is one of the 2 Victrola's that H has collected over the years.

As I said before,   I try to use furniture that is beautiful as well as being functional.    The drawers in this piece are great for organizing decor that is not in use . 

The rag garland covers several shelves that have our mess of books!    It's really hard for me to keep all my
 books organized so I just keep them hidden!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my multipurpose room and picked up a few ides's to make the best use of a small room you might have in your home!.


  1. Good morning Penny,
    You do know how to use all the wonderful things of the past. I love the radio and Victrolas Mr H has collected. It brings back wonderful memories for me too as my mother had one. We had a radio at my oldest sister's house that was very large and stood up about 4 feet high. It was filled with big tubes and it ran on electricity created by a wind charger in her yard. Wind power is sure not new. It also ran the lights in the house later on before she was on the rural electric.
    Most of the time we used kerosene lamps for light. Thanks for jarring some old memories out of my bank this morning. Love the quilt armoire. Like how you stashed the books too. We used to use curtains over cupboards all the time when I was growing up. I love how you bring the past in to the present and appreciate the past.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Oh, love that bouquet of flowers on the dresser. Oh, I can just smell them too.

  2. That bed looks so inviting and that wreath is gorgeous, did you make it? Also, spotted those them.

  3. I saw your link on the Party in your PJs link up. You have such a unique and beautiful style! I love all the meaning and memory behind the different pieces in this bedroom. It is so special to own things that have been passed down. I love finding the perfect place for each one.

  4. What an inviting room! I love that stack of quilts and that one door is left open so you can see and enjoy them.

  5. I loved looking at your pretty room! What a beautiful feeling it brings to see the extra perfect little touches!

  6. I enjoyed seeing your guest room and all the precious goodies you filled it with. Such a pleasant and peaceful space.

  7. Thanks for sharing your beautiful decorating tips at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
    CONGRATS - you are one of our Featured Guests this week, Penny! :-)

  8. Your quilts are wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  9. Penny,
    I love that the furniture is not painted white..It provides a nice contrast in the room and I adore the sewing machines too!!

  10. Such a pretty space! You make it adorable! Thank you for linking up at Embracing Home and Family!

  11. What an absolute pleasure to be a guest in this beautiful bedroom Penny. I love all the treasures you have included from your mother and grandmothers too.
    Thank you for sharing how you make the most of a small bedroom at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring this lovely room at tomorrow's party and pinning too.


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