I got home from my trip to Houston on Sunday afternoon. My husband met me at the door and leaned in to tell me that my boys were hiding in our room and wanted me to come find them. That’s a pretty normal thing in our house. I walked through the house, back to our room. On my way, I noticed a sink full of dishes, a messy counter top and some furniture out of place in the family room. Oh well. When’s mom’s away, that’s what can happen. I rounded the corner and…
Two little boys were sitting on our bed announcing the brand new wood floors my husband (with a bit of their help) had installed while I was away. (I’ll just insert here that there wasn’t one complaint from me about those dishes!) I had no clue and was so overwhelmed that this huge project I was gearing up to do this week was already done. My husband even rearranged the furniture for me.
The floors look amazing and totally changed the room. This room has been the hardest one for me to decorate in our home. It’s a long rectangle with too many doors and one dinky window smack in the middle of the longest wall. The floors definitely are helping me see more potential.
I was so excited that I spent most of yesterday tweaking the furniture arrangements and getting the bones of the room in place. I usually don’t show this stage on my blog, because it’s an ugly stage. It’s the stage where you leave water bottles sitting out on the night stand and have an empty curtain rod and nothing on the walls.
I realized, though, that it’s important for my readers to see this stage. It’s all a part of keeping it real.
Here’s the other side of the room…
If you’re very observant, you might notice a large piece of furniture that’s missing. Anyone? Yes, it’s my white Craig’s List dresser. The curvy French Provincial one. Well, I’ve decided to sell it. It’s really too long for the room, so I moved my clothes into the mirrored armoire from my office (lots of changes happening in there as well.) It works much better in the space and it’s easier to get in and out of.
I hung a pretty chandelier I bought at my book signing at The Empty Nest over my dressing table. I need to get new shades and new candle sleeves for it and make a long, scrunchy cord cover.
Here’s real dose of reality…
Yep, that very average closet is the master closet that my husband and I share. Neither of us has a lot of clothes, so it works for us, but there is so much wasted space. There is about 3′ of closet space behind the wall to the left that you can’t even access. So, we’re going to rip out that wall and build a super-functional, built-in closet that takes advantage of every inch. I’m thinking a huge drawer with laundry baskets, cabinets for shoes and great hanging space.
Now that I have the bones in place, here are my plans…
- I’d really, really like to remove the ceiling fan and hang a chandelier over the bed. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, because the man of the house likes the ceiling fan. I understand and respect that, so it’s his decision. I have promised that we can have a nice standing fan if we get rid of the ceiling fan. We can put it away in the winter and I can move it when I’m taking photographs.
- Our new bed will be coming in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to making some custom shams and a bolster
- I’d like to do a wall treatment behind the bed and I’m thinking about starching some fabric on the wall like wall paper. I just ordered a blue toile sample from Calico Corners, so we’ll see if that works with the HomeGoods rug. If I can’t find a fabric that works, I might exchange the rug. We’ll see.
- The mirrored armoire is going to be painted. I think a mix of Shutter Gray and French Enamel. The dressing table and side tables will getting a makeover.
- I’m going to make curtains and reupholster the chair and ottoman, probably in the blue toile as well or complimentary fabrics.
- The walls are going white. I’ve painted this room so many times and it’s now just going to be white. I think.
- I’d like to do something to the ceiling…like planks. The ceiling has a funny texture and the drywall wasn’t done well, so that would hide it and add character.
- We’re going to do some great trim work around the doors and windows and on the wall.
- I want to find two vintage doors to replace the stock doors to the bedroom and bathroom. The hunt has already begun…
- And, of course, I’m going to tweak the accessories and pictures. I have some ideas, but I’d like to get the bigger things out of the way before I look at the little details.