Anyway, I happened to find myself at Home Goods just a few days later and as I was walking around I saw some bedding that I liked. I took a picture with my phone so I could keep it in mind.
Then I found an awesome vase that complemented the bedding. I had to have it. It spoke to me. It said, "Carolyn, I am awesome. And there is only one of me. If you leave me, I might not be here when you return, and you might regret it forever. Seize the moment and put me in your cart!". So I did.
With vase in cart I made a decision. I was going to redecorate the guest room right.now. I scurried back to the bedding and put it in my cart. Of course, I would want some other accessories besides the vase. I found 2 fun picture frames and into the cart they went.
It would be nice to have a lamp by the bed for reading. Several trips up and down the lamp aisles later I found the perfect one, hiding behind two other lamps in a corner. I even found some cool art to hang on the wall that goes with my idea for a collection that I've been thinking about for quite some time now.
Thomas and I decided that if I was going to go to the effort of redecorating the whole guest room, we should really put in a queen sized bed. The twin is fine when our guests are flying solo, but often they come in pairs...kind of like clown fish...
The twin bed we have now has a ton of storage underneath it, which I am not about to give up. I'm eyeing this storage bed from Ikea.
photos from Ikea's website
Tons of space to put stuff under the bed. And the headboard has shelves and the top is really wide, so the cats can still have a perch to look out the window (yes, I am a crazy person who chooses furniture based on her animals' hobbies). I might paint the whole thing brown so it will sort of match the dressers we already have in the guest room, which we plan on keeping there. Not 100% decided on that yet though.
I'm hoping to have the room mostly done for when my parents come visit in the middle of March, and totally done by the end of the month. So we'll see how that goes!
* * * BONUS! * * *
I also found this a-freaking-dorable cat bowl at Home Goods. Lenny and Waldo don't really have their own water bowls, we just use some bowls from an old set of dinnerware. I had to get this for them. Two, actually. I mean, come on, it looks just like them - how could I not? And at $4 a piece it seemed like a deal to me!