May 20, 2014

From Storage Space to "The Sanctuary"

A dear friend of mine (45 years!), Ros, from Australia is coming for a visit. Oh, this is nothing new - she's been here and I've been there, however I usually have space for a guest. Here I don't - or didn't. Well, now I do.

I turned a very small storage space into a guest room and called it "The Sanctuary". Had a small twin bed built, nice thick mattress custom made, punched a hole in the wall to make a window, antiqued a small bedside table I already owned, installed a good reading light, and another on the wall you can switch on from the door.  Hung hooks and shelves for hanging and folding a few clothes, made sure a suitcase would slide under the bed with ease. Had double screened glass doors installed at the end of the room for ventilation, curtains were made - bedding bought, a fan installed for extra circulation. The ceiling of this space was all glass - so had the sides painted black and had double curtains installed in a sail pattern on the ceiling to filter the hot Mexican sun.

Chose really creamy colours of paint (a pale turquoise and crisp white linen). Installed Arc Angle Michael (the patron saint of San Miguel on the sliding window - slapped some neat stuff on the wall where the window slides back - like Our Lady of Guadalupe - and called it "The Sanctuary".

Here are a few photos. "The Guardian" (one of my paintings) will hang beside the window. Need help though - the frame is to heavy for me to hang my myself - thusly, it is still sitting on the bed.




 

This is the window closed.  To open you slide St. Michael back and there is a screened window to open or close.


Close up of the work I did to the wall.  You know I am not religious (Very spiritual though).  Just in love with old church relics.


At the top I put "Sanctuary", and above "Our Lady" is an old dictionary page with the word and definition.       

So my dears, that's it for day.  Hope you are all well.  Thanks so much for dropping by.

Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul.”
 Christopher Forrest McDowell quotes
 
 

8 comments:

  1. The room has turned out beautifully, you have created wonders in such a small space, a sanctuary indeed! I am sure your lucky visitor will enjoy her stay there! The wall collage you made is wonderful! Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Oh my gosh...how marvelous! Did you happen to take a before photo? Ros will appreciate what you have done to make her visit a pleasant one. You continue to amaze me and you accomplish so much in a short time. The room is very inviting and soothing with the colors you used.

    Hugs,
    C

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  3. Oh dear, I don't think I sent my message.

    The sanctuary for Ros is marvelous and the colors you selected make it inviting and soothing for a restful visit. Did you happen to take a before photo of the space? I read occasionally of contests where participants enter what they have done to remake a room or space. Yours would win, hands down. What we don't do for our friends and loved ones! Donna you are the best ever.

    Hugs,
    C

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  4. What a cozy room you have created for your friend. It looks so inviting, be careful we may all ask to come for a visit now that you have the room, lol. ~Diane

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  5. You went all out for your B&B room- it's just lovely, serene, welcoming. Yes, sanctuary- just right.

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  6. Oh wow...gorgeous. I love it, and I think she will love it too.

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  7. What a wonderful, wonderful room Valerie - old church relics hold a very special spirituality.
    Have a wonderful time with your friend.
    Sandy xx

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