We have 10 ways to create a relaxing guest space -- on a budget, too!
Nearly six years' worth of kids, puppies, teenagers, friends and relatives have passed through the doors of this homey guest cottage in Surrey, B.C., owned by Linda Edworthy, a teacher, and her husband, Sam, a dentist. Backing onto a quiet lane where roses climb the fences and kids weave happily on bicycles, the cottage features an interior
that's as inviting as its surroundings. Linda credits decorator Colleen Sawatsky, a friend and owner of Vintage Home in Abbotsford, B.C., for its appeal. Colleen started by choosing paints
in breezy hues of blue and aqua to refresh flea market and hand-me-down furniture, accessories and even floors. Adds Linda, "By also using dishes and fabrics from the past, Colleen brought the feeling of a simpler time to the cottage."
Budget-friendly decorating tips
Beautiful fabric stretched over a frame creates eye-catching art.2
Cushion covers stitched from vintage tablecloths jazz up a classic white slipcovered sofa
Paint in crisp white and soft blue freshens up furnishings and unites the disparate shapes.