My grandparents often enjoyed weekend guests here at Bayfields because it’s a lovely place, a peaceful retreat, and a beautiful getaway spot. Upon moving back home, I’m inclined to agree. I’ve had visitors from as far north as Watertown, New York, as far west as San Francisco, California, and as far south as Orlando, Florida.
One such weekend, I gave up the master bedroom to a visiting couple and I stayed on the 3rd floor. At that time, I had cast and crutches, so as I crawled on hands and knees to the very top floor, I envisioned myself climbing to the top of Rapunzel’s tall tower. With a leg in a cast, depending how I felt those days, I was either the witch or the princess. Of course, as soon as I would lay back in the bed, far from the noises of the rest of the world, I certainly felt like a princess, resting on her pile of mattresses high above the kingdom.
The view from up there is like no other in the house; the beckoning pool, my childhood home next door, the field where summer games were played, where horses sometimes graze, view overlooking my grandmother’s once prize-winning flower garden, plus a sparkly glimpse of the Chesapeake Bay. Even after the guests were gone and I had the house to myself again, that summer I’d often sneak up there to get away for a while. A secret nook, a private tower. The name Rapunzel seemed fitting for our first official guest room.
To make this room more restful and inviting to guests, I added a Sealy® memory foam mattress. We installed a new ceiling fan/light fixture, plus extra outlets. The hardwood floors were refinished and the walls were painted. I discovered two mismatched white dressers from other parts of the house, plus an old red table I found tucked away deep in a closet. I painted the dresser knobs red to match the table, and without leaving the house, I found a burgundy carpet, red lamp, white night stand, red flowerpot, and a white bookshelf, creating a cosy uncluttered feel with a red and white theme. As we know that there’s nothing more comforting than a fresh set of sheets and towels, so between guests, we launder each room separately, using the sanitize feature on both washer and dryer.
-Robin Heintz Anderson