Closing our doors after twelve years of successfully running Thistle Lane Cafe & Giftshop left me with a large building on our yard. The building was very cute, but none the less it needed a new identity. We decided to perform a three month renovation and turn it into a bed & breakfast guesthouse.
The theme was of course was rustic country. It already had the bones of a 1921 farmhouse, we just needed to add a little modern touch with some updated beds and couches and away we went!
Venturing into the B&B industry in 2013, has been a rewarding three years. The first year was a little slower than I had expected, but since then things rapidly went into high gear.
We operate a 2000 sq ft guesthouse, located on 130 acres of Manitoba prairies, surrounded by all of our little hobby farm residents. The guesthouse has been a happening place with everything from quilting / scrapbook retreats, to Girls Gone Wise Weekends. In the summer months, we are blessed to host many brides and their bridesmaids, tourists and visitors. The summer is definitely our busiest time of year!
The barn loft houses two queen beds along with a pull-out couch which allows for occupancy in the loft of up to five. The farmhouse attic, has a double and a single bed, which sleeps two. The way we were setup worked great, except we were missing a main floor bedroom. An existing room, which was a sitting room with a sleeper couch, was very often unused, so this lent itself perfectly for a main floor bedroom.
Transforming this room into a country oasis was nothing but fun! The stage was already farmhouse country, with the wood boarded ceiling and plaster walls. The next step was to find a simple bed that continued the already rustic tone. The hunt for bedding is most often a challenge, you have to come to a place where the idea in your mind meets the product that the stores are selling. That of course requires more than one shopping trip, which is difficult with my limited time. Throw into the shopping trips, pillows that match but don’t match, a light fixture that is in your price range, but that is simple enough to represent the 1900s and a throw that casually pulls the room together; making it look like it had always been there. Oh the joys of making a comfy cozy country retreat!
Things you will need:
Cozy blankets, quilts and throws
Some form of wood grain such as furniture or shelves
Grain sack pillows
Greenery / wreath
Wooden vintage ladder
Choose a muted lighter colour throughout your room.
Experiment with what you have then add what you need.
Sometimes moving items can change the feel of the room.
Use objects in unexpected ways.
Create a layered bed with use of matched and unmatched pillows, along with patterns and textures.
Remember the farmhouse style is flexible, so have fun!