Sunday, August 19, 2012

75 Day Sketch Challenge: Days 52-54

A couple of years back, some of the students from my Summerhill Weekend Sewing Retreats nicknamed our attic guest room "The Penthouse", and we still call it that today. It's way up at the tippy top of our Victorian style home, which sits on a hill, so the view from the attic window almost makes you feel as though you're on the top floor of a high rise.

It began life as a storage area, then morphed into a rec room for our teenage son, complete with ping pong table, TV, and booming sound system. When I needed more sleeping space for my students, we turned it into a guest room.

(All sketches are 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", Lexington Gray ink in Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook)

There's a secret message hidden inside the corona. I appliqued "Sweet Dreams" on the quilted cover of the mount board that the draperies are hung from.)

I furnished it mostly with flea market finds (white painted furniture, vintage china, etc.) which gave it a lot of character, but the custom bedding, slipcovers, and window treatment are what really made it special.

It feels like a princess room, with smocked coronas, white wrought iron beds, girly slipcovered chairs, and a cushiony window seat. A black and ivory toile fabric anchors the color scheme, with coordinating fabrics of polka dots, checks, and ticking stripe. The wall color is a muted aqua.

Of all the window treatments I've made in the past ten years, I think the London shade in this room is one of my very favorites. The garden toile fabric is pretty without being overly formal. The checked fabric of the pleats is accented with black piping, and a ruffle finishes off the lower edge. Pleated black grosgrain ribbon adds a finishing touch at the top. The window seat has a reversible cushion (polka dot on one side, soft cotton chenille on the other), plump appliqued pillows, and a plush quilted throw. It's a cozy little nook that's a favorite with my grandchildren. 


  1. Sounds like an adorable room and a lot like my guest room on my second floor. My color scheme in pale blue, pale green and pale yellow.
    Love your sketches. So full of detail.

  2. Your guest room sounds my our master bedroom! I love the blue/green/yellow color scheme I have in there. The soft yellow color on the walls make it always look like a sunny day.


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