Even though my Mom’s not into Mother’s Day, I invited my parents over on Sunday so they could chill by the lake with us. Hubby and I puttered, finishing up our somewhat secret kitchen project, painting kitchen shelves, and finishing off the paneling with trim (we’ve made great progress on the kitchen since last week, I can’t wait to show you). We chatted with my parents while we worked, and then later in the afternoon we took a break and all wandered down to the lake, and then over to the guesthouse, newly accessible since the snow (mostly) melted. Strangely, none of us had actually been inside since Hubby and I took possession of the lakehouse last fall! It’s obviously not seeing use as a proper guesthouse, so my Mom and I took some measurements and plan to use it as our Etsy headquarters. We’re re-opening our shop soon, with gusto. We’ve done well previously, but were never able to devote the necessary time to actually list all of our inventory (which keeps growing), or add the artwork and handmade home decor accessories we keep talking about. We’re so serious about it this time around that we even considered renting a studio space. A local high school, which my grandma attended, closed down and began renting out rooms for businesses and professionals. We found a cute stationary room we loved, with incredibly tall shelving and a view of Lake Superior, but the rent was a bit high for us. We found a couple of spacious retro-feeling classrooms with attached prep rooms, chock full of storage, but they were even pricier.
Ignore the post-apocalyptic feel. Some units were being vacated as I snapped photos, so they were incredibly messy.
That’s how I came to offer up the guesthouse. We’re going to store, pack, photograph, and create in this wee space. My Mom also has a sewing room in her house, but we’ll use the guesthouse to paint and work on other ideas. It has a lot of windows (that face the lake), plus a bathroom for convenience. I’d really love to paint out the ridiculous amount of wood – all different kinds, in case you get tired of just one kind of woodsiness! – but for now we’re going to rip out the sauna for storage and give it a good clean. We’d like to get the shop up and running soon, so we’ll tackle making over the space later – although we do plan to add new curtains, asap. Not that I don’t love the creativity of using a forest green towels. While we were making plans, I thought I’d share some photos because I rarely, if ever, talk about the space. Here’s the tour (it’s small, it won’t take long):
We bounced around some ideas: paint the walls creamy white but leave the wood ceiling as-is (for a Chalet-look), paint everything a chalky, bright white (which is the Tanya-look), or try our hand at white-washing for a Scandinavian-look. Yes, white’s a theme (surprised?), but it really is good as a backdrop for taking photos. The sauna door, bathroom door and front door (which I love better than the doors on the main house!) are all contenders for cheery paint colours or big ideas – even the bathroom and entrance area are fair game. The Eames chairs I bought were intended for our studio space, so they can have a home here now. My only criteria is that any makeover is cheap, because the ultimate fate of this building is up in the air.
How would you decorate this space? I’d love to hear your ideas (and feel free to deviate from the white on white with turquoise scheme I love so much)!