The Guest Quarters and Making Guests Feel Welcome

Today, I am sharing with you the “guest quarters” and my tips on making guests feel welcome.

Our guest quarters – which really just consist of the guest room and the guest bathroom – are tucked away in the basement. We don’t get overnight guests too often so I kept the decor fairly inexpensive. I prefer to spend money in spaces that we use more.

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The bed and the desk are from my single days. The bedside tables were a great find on Kijiji and the buffet was my grandparents. My husband spent many painstaking hours refinishing it. I wish I had some before pictures, but he did it a few years ago before the thought of blogging ever crossed my mind!

 Most of the decor is from Winners and Homesense. I would eventually like to paint over the “Builder’s Beige” walls and add more artwork.


The guest bathroom is simple, but functional.

 Here are my tips on making your overnight guests feel at home:

TIP #1: Choose the right space

Pick a room that offers the most privacy to your guests and, if possible, dedicate one bathroom just to your guests.

TIP #2: Create an inviting space with decor

As you can see from my guest room, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to do this – the window treatments were a cheap DIY project, the furniture is re-used, and the décor is from inexpensive home stores.  If you are planning on re-decorating another room in your home, you could “transfer” the old décor into your guest room. Be creative!

TIP #3: Provide storage space

Place at least one piece of furniture in the room that guests can use to unpack their clothes. Don’t forget to leave hangers in the closet. And, for goodness sake, do not use wire hangers  (shudder) – splurge a little on wooden or fabric hangers!

TIP #4: Prep the space

Thoroughly dust and vacuum the room prior to you guests arriving. Put freshly laundered sheets on the bed and provide extra pillows and blankets. Make sure that the bathroom that your guests are using is clean and sparkling. Put out 1 bath towel, 1 hand towel, and 1 face cloth per guest.

Tip #5:Stock your guest room

I’ve stocked the guest quarters with the following items:

  • An alarm clock
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash and body lotion
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • His and Hers Toiletries Baskets
  • Hairdryer
  • Magazines and books

You can go crazy and stock the room with whatever you think your guests would enjoy – a full-length mirror, bottles of water, a TV, One Direction posters, etc.

TIP #6: Finishing Touches

Make your guests’ stay even more memorable by adding chocolates on the pillows or fresh flowers on the nightstand. I stocked the bathroom with yummy smelling body wash/lotion – even if your guests remembered theirs, they may want to use yours as a treat!

I hope you enjoyed this long-winded post! October is still a few weeks away, but just to build up some anticipation, I am dedicating my posts in the month of October to ideas for fall décor, cooking, and baking – its gonna be a good time!

Thanks for reading!

Shabby Chic TV unit makeover

I am pleased to introduce to you today my older sister, Karissa, who did a really cool DIY project recently and agreed to do a guest post about it.  Karissa is a wife, mother of two darling boys, and a teacher. Like me, she decorates and DIYs in her free time. Her and her family recently moved into a home built in the 80’s which has charged her reno-ing and decorating genes into overdrive. Enjoy!


I am honoured to be a guest today at chez sharah. Projects have been in our blood since our Mom began making projects in the 80’s and 90’s involving ribbon roses, glue guns, and needlepoint.

Some years ago we purchased this corner tv unit. My husband finished it with a polyurethane coat.  Pretty basic, pretty boring.


I had a vision of turning the unit into a china cabinet. This would require a major makeover and a brand new look.

First, I made my own chalk paint using Behr in Stone Fence and Plaster of Paris. Find the recipe here

Here is the entire base painted with one coat:
Base Coat
When I had finished painting the entire unit, the doors looked boring to me, so I added some white paint to my chalkpaint mixture and made a lighter shade. This is what it looked like after I added a lighter border:
Bottom door
My wonderful father in law used a plunge router to cut the centres out of the top doors.

I went to see some knowledgeable gentlemen at the hardware store and chose a chicken wire that was square instead of the usual hexagonal shape. My husband cut the chicken wire with wire cutters (never would have guessed, huh?). He then attached the wire to the inside of the doors.  We put the doors back on, added some crystal knobs, and mounted a light in the top of the cabinet to add some light.

Everyone was a little skeptical when I described my vision of transforming a yellow oak tv unit into a china cabinet! I stuck to my vision and made it happen!


Fun With Terrariums


“A sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown.”

I am in the midst of a little decoration project in my work office (more on that to come). I wanted a few living things in my office (besides myself, of course!). I opted for a low maintenance terrarium. It was easy to put together and spruces up my working space. If you want to create your own terrarium, you will need the following supplies:
  • A glass container
  • Pebbles
  • Soil (I used a cactus mix but this will depend on the plants you choose)
  • Sand
  • Plants (I used a mix of succulents and cacti, but you can use ferns and mosses instead)IMG_1351IMG_1352

Step 1: Place pebbles in the bottom of the glass container

Step 2: Fill container with soil
Step 3: Add plants (If you’re planting cacti, I recommend some gloves…
Hindsight is always 20/20)
Step 4: Add sand until the soil is completely covered.
It’s that easy and here’s the finished product:
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You are supposed to keep it in indirect sunlight and water it with a dropper every so often. We’ll see how successful I am at keeping them alive! My co-worker liked it so much, he asked me to make him a terrarium! When I finish up my whole office project, I will share that with you too!

Thanks for reading!

Hot N Cold Art

After taking a little summer break, I am back into the swing of blogging!

As I was perusing the aisles of Michael’s a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon these cute prints that are perfect artwork for any bathroom:


I framed them using inexpensive silver frames from Target (I think the frames were $14.99 each). I chose these frames because they already came with mats – it looks like custom framing without the price and hassle.

I hung them side by side in the basement bathroom which is mainly used by overnight guests:

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My philosophy on art is that it doesn’t have to be expensive or original to have a high impact in your home. Of course, if collecting art is a passion or hobby, fill your boots. For the majority who can’t (or don’t want to) afford the high price tag that comes with collecting unique and original pieces of art, get creative! All sorts of objects and prints can be used as art as long as you find a frame to fit – I have been known to frame napkins, sparkly earrings, and calendars!

As always, thanks for reading!