Sunday, May 6, 2012

Anne of Green Gables: Feminine Guest Rooms

"Marilla had been wondering where Anne should be put to bed. She had prepared a couch in the kitchen chamber for the desired and expected boy. But, although it was neat and clean, it did not seem quite the thing to put a girl there somehow. But the spare room was out of the question for such a stray waif, so there remained only the east gable room. Marilla lighted a candle and told Anne to follow her, which Anne spiritlessly did, taking her hat and carpet-bag from the hall table as she passed. The hall was fearsomely clean; the little gable chamber in which she presently found herself seemed still cleaner. . . . In one corner was the bed, a high, old-fashioned one, with four dark, low-turned posts. In the other corner was the aforesaid three-corner table adorned with a fat, red velvet pin-cushion hard enough to turn the point of the most adventurous pin. Above it hung a little six-by-eight mirror. Midway between table and bed was the window, with an icy white muslin frill over it, and opposite it was the wash-stand. . . . [Marilla] deliberately picked up Anne's clothes, placed them neatly on a prim yellow chair, and then, taking up the candle, went over to the bed. 'Good night,' she said, a little awkwardly, but not unkindly."   
Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 3

At one of my bridal showers, each of the women took turns writing marriage advice to me.  Most of the entries were bits of wisdom we've all heard before, like "Never go to bed angry," or "Be quick to say I'm sorry." Of course, I have failed miserably at both of these things, but sometimes an indignant huff or a pouty whimper from my side of the bed after an argument is exactly what the situation calls for. Usually my husband is too busy peacefully sleeping to notice my seething, but at least I feel better having made my feelings clear to the rest of the room.

The one piece of advice that I have been perfect at following was this surprising entry:  "Always have a feminine bedroom."  To this day I have no idea why that woman would have written that as marriage advice, but I've chosen to run with it (as evidenced by my current bedroom and baby nursery). I realize that my husband should also have some say in his sleeping arrangements, but I've seen him happily slumber on airplanes, in movie theaters, and in church pews, and quite frankly, I don't think it makes any difference to his quality of REM.  

For those of you that are better at compromise than I am and don't want to commit the entire master bedroom over to florals and chandeliers, I have assembled a gallery of perfectly pretty farmhouse guest rooms for you to enjoy since guest rooms are the perfect non-committal place to get your "girl" on.  

Maybe these guest rooms are a bit "girly" for our masculine counterparts.  Then again, if Anne Shirley had been a boy, she would have been sleeping on a lumpy couch off of a hot kitchen.  I think any guy would have gladly traded those digs for one of these, lace and all.  Happy (feminine) guest room decorating to you all!

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  1. oh lordie! i am SO loving you guys! adding you to my sidebar right now...then immediately digging out my AOGG dvds and going to PEI!

    would you mind if i did a post about you?

    m ^..^

  2. I don't think I would have understood that advice when I married either. Now, I would say, it's a good thing to have the surroundings remind him he is living with a woman and she has a woman's sensibilities. ~ Maureen

  3. I love each and every one of these bedrooms! My bedroom looks a little similar to some of them actually. I have an embroidered white duvet and some pink and blue pillows and a floral sheet pattern. But then again, it's just me that I have to please :) hehe!

  4. Lovely rooms; wish I had one with which to create an Anne of Green Gables room. Pinned to my Anne of Green Gables Pinterest board!


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