Firehouse B&B now open

Just kidding. We’re not really starting a bed and breakfast. The last thing we need is another business venture… or random people wandering about our house construction zone. But friends and family should be happy to know that we have a legitimate place for them to spend the night!


The captain’s bedroom has long been a dumping ground for excess furniture and all sorts of miscellaneous decor that doesn’t have a home yet. That was bound to change when we found a bed for the room. As usual, our hearts were set on something vintage, but we were stuck on having a queen size – for comfort for our guests and because I didn’t want to manage multiple sizes of sheets (our bed is a queen).

We looked all over St Louis for a vintage, queen size frame, even making a last minute search through the antique peddlers in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Nada. Where are all the mid century queen bed frames?


So we settled for a Trysil frame from Ikea. The clean lines, dark tone and price won us over. It’s a good for now (… ok, let’s be real, for a few years) solution.

We were already headed to Ikea to check out some kitchen cabinet options and pick up a mattress. We got the Sultan Finnvik (which I’m not seeing online). It seemed like a good guestroom option, and the price was better than we expected thanks to an Ikea family discount. A mattress cover, duvet, duvet cover, pillows and pillow cases rounded out the bedding situation.


The room is by no means perfect. There’s still excess furniture and bar paraphenalia (which we have plans for) on either side of the room, but it looks a lot more orderly. And can we not talk about the electric orange and bright blue paint, lack of baseboards, roof caps on the HVAC pipes and lack of overhead lighting?



There are some vignettes in the room that make me very happy, like this vintage typewriter cart topped with photography books and a plant.



We wanted to add some color with the bedding, but we’re a long way from properly styling this room (see: electric orange paint). The blue and white striped Nyponros duvet set seemed like a great option. Plus those buttons!


The legs on the Trysil frame make it feel substantial and airy at the same time.


Hey cool, vintage lamp! Where have you been hiding? Oh… in this room… that’s right.


And this air plant (a sweet housewarming gift from a friend who has great taste in nurseries) has a more permanent home.


I’m not hating that I have a place to store some of our random books and one of the many pots we got on the same Ikea trip.


What makes me happiest is the new view from the living room.


I realized that this is our first real guest bed. We jettisoned a futon (it had a thick mattress so it was actually comfortable) when we downsized and moved across the state. I have to say this inviting view is making me want to jump into that bed for a late afternoon nap…

Since it is our first, always made guest bed, let me ask a really dumb question. Do you wash the sheets before guests come? I’m worried they won’t be fresh if they stay on the bed with no use for months.

  1. First, love the typewriter side table the most. Second, plants! So inviting. Third, do not fear having to ‘freshen’ sheets for guests. As soon as they climb into bed their body heat will warm up and release any fragrance/clean dryer smell they had.

    If you’re worried about it, you could make/buy little sachets to tuck under the pillow until your guests arrive. I used to find some lavender ones at Trader Joe’s (they’re meant for the dryer, but I tuck them into our socks and undies drawers). Or DIY some linen spray and just mist the duvet when your guests get ready to plunk down for the night.

    Aside from the electric orange (seriously, was that so the firemen wouldn’t fall asleep on the job?), that room is darling. I’d even keep a fridge in there in the future. Mini bar!


    1. Thanks! I’m so so in love with that table. It’s been destined to be a side table from the moment we claimed it at an antique mall in Kansas City.

      Oooh! Good ideas for the guest sheets! I love the idea sachets in the pillow or a linen spray. I bought some of that in high school from Bed Bath and Beyond and was obsessed. A DIY version has to be pretty easy, right?

      That orange? I can’t even. I assume it was done by the firefighter who bought the place with his family. I also assume that it relates to some kind of sports team because there’s no other reason to put those two colors together.

  2. That’s one hell of a guest room! I’d sleep there 🙂

    1. Ha! Thanks! Just let us know when 🙂

  3. Love it!! Yea for IKEA. Seriously.
    Weird, but we have a vintage typewriter table almost identical!!! I picked it up at Good JuJu a couple years ago. Ahhhh.
    As for the sheets. I always wash them the day before (or day of) guest arrival. I think I’m paranoid that a spider is going to hide itself under the covers and washing them reduces the risk. But I could just be totally OCD and crazy. 🙂

    1. Ha! We actually got that table on a trip to Kansas City from the Rivermarket Antique Mall. Maybe our tables were mates in an office there?
      I don’t think that’s OCD. I really wasn’t sure if I should wash them before anyone comes. I think it might depend on how long the sheets are in place between guests. I liked Kati’s suggestion of linen spray.

  4. That room looks like it gets such great light! And can I just say that I love that half the room is finished and half is still being used for storage? Seems like the scenario throughout most of our house these days. But at least the view from the living room is of the finished part. 🙂

    1. It does! Amongst the things living in this room for far too long were all of our plants. It’s hard to beat that natural light.

      Ha! Yep half finished-ish, half storage. The story of our life. It’s good to hear we’re not alone 🙂

  5. I love it – I’d spend the night there! Especially with the in-room fridge and bar 🙂

    I don’t actually put the sheets on the bed until the guests come. They are stashed in the dresser with a sachet or dryer sheet. The shams, throw pillows and duvet make it look “made” but I worry about spiders too…

    1. Oooh! It’s like the best of both worlds. Smart girl!

  6. I agree about spiders (and dust worries me for my peeps with allergies). I have a king bed in the master but guest beds are queens. So all queen linens are washed and stored in those vacuum sealable bags. Toss a cotton ball with essential oil in the bag and they come out smelling so good! When the guests are scheduled, I make the beds! The rest of the time, I just keep the duvet and pillows in shams on the beds. I toss those in the dryer while I make the beds for guests just to fluff and air out. Seems to work and no worries about spiders.

    1. Awesome! Thanks for the tips! I’m glad I asked 🙂

  7. I love that side table and the bedding!

    1. Thanks!

  8. The brick! The table! The light! Love all the earth tones and the foliage. And nice book selection! I’d know that teal, patterned spine anywhere. Bon Appetit! (also, The Art Forger and Gone Girl. Really enjoyed the former; the latter’s one I’ve had my eye on for a long time)

    Little by little, it’s all coming together!! Love watching it happen. 🙂

    1. Ha! You have a good eye for books 🙂 If you haven’t read Gone Girl you really should. I loved it all the way up to the end, which is a bit controversial.

  9. I actually really like the orange….just maybe less of it? Like, one small feature wall, or even as throw pillows or incorporated into art or something. It’s very bright and happy. And that turquoise chair is adorable.

    1. Wow! It definitely makes us want to stab our eyes out. It doesn’t help that it’s paired with the navy blue. Lol!

  10. Yay for progress on a beautiful room! In a reno as big as yours, progress is progress!!

  11. Hi there…realize this thread is quite old but Im considering a Trysil bed and was wondering what your experience has been with it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Scott – We really like it. It’s in our guest room, so it doesn’t get used as often as it might if you have it in your master. So far it’s held up well and it’s really comfortable.

      1. Thanks for the reply. Ikea is hit and miss and just wanted to be as certain as possible that it is sturdy and wont sway and creak.

        1. Yeah, they are. I can confidently say that it works well in a guestroom. But I don’t know how it would do as a daily bed.

          1. Thanks again.

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