So when my husband's younger sister, who has experience owning a VRBO house, said that it might be fun to have theme guest rooms--complete with signs on the doors--at Oyster Haven, I knew right away that one of the bedrooms was going to be called "the Norman Rockwell Room."
A quick aside: If you haven't been here before, Oyster Haven is the name we've given to the updated circa 1830 Colonial on the lake in upstate NY that we bought last fall, hoping to be able to list it on VRBO for a spring 2016 opening. My hubby and I have made many trips to NY from our home in NH and stayed at the house (so we can attest that the first floor master bedroom is mighty comfortable! Really, it is!). We've been working our fingers to the bone--deep cleaning, painting walls, overseeing repairs, hanging curtains, refinishing furniture, clearing brush down by the beach, and completing a host of other projects.
Okay, then, back to the Norman Rockwell Room!
The biggest of the three upstairs bedrooms in the house had lots of potential, but was painted a rather hideous bright yellow (actually, it just might be the same shade I chose for my boys' nursery back in the early 80's). It didn't look too bad in the real estate listing photos we saw online, but in person, the color was a bit garish and the walls weren't in the best shape. However, the room itself was charming, with wood floors and lots of natural light flooding in through four windows.
We went minimalist for the furnishings: new metal platform beds with new mattresses, and pristine all-white bedding, except for "pops of color" (as they say on HGTV) from the bed scarves and throw pillows. Lucky for us, the previous owners left the curtain rods, along with simple sheer white curtain panels that suit this room perfectly. The rug is one that had been in our basement at home but wasn't needed there anymore. The bedside tables were bought for a song at a secondhand shop here in NH. (This house came together with hand-me-downs galore, I tell you!) And we splurged on nice luggage racks for our guests.
So, are you ready for the big reveal? I give you the Norman Rockwell Room! Ta da!
I made the bed scarf with fabric from my mother-in-law's attic. I wish you
could see how pretty it is--the photo doesn't do it justice. It's velvety black
corduroy with a golden, green, and brown paisley pattern on it.
|As you can see, it's a big room!|
This room sleeps four comfortably. It's got a queen and two twins in it.
We could have added a third twin bed without even crowding the room,
but decided against it.
I wanted a Norman Rockwell pillow. So I went to my favorite online site:
Etsy! There I found this tapestry panel, perfect for pillow-making, with the iconic
NR image on it.No matter what you're looking for, you can always count on Etsy!
that story?), this will be one of the endearing quirks about Oyster Haven that will keep people coming back, year after year. And if so, I will consider those brass plaques to be money well spent.
I hope you've enjoyed the tour! There's more where this came from, so stay tuned.