Before we divulge all the new updates on the new house, let’s take a moment and remember our current abode, shall we?
We already gave you the first floor photo tour – it was funner than a flash mob doing a Glee song…that may be a bit of an understatement….and now we are ready to share the rest of the upper floor.
First up is the master bedroom.
It’s the one with the draped wall…that hides an offcenter window. (here’s a link to an old post where we got our inspiration!) We also configured that header that helps tie in the drapery and makes it look built in. When we move the bed, I’ll post how we created the entire thing, mmkay?
You may notice that we switched up the bedding. SIKE! We really didn’t switch anything – instead we just turned the coverlet over so that the cottage-inspired quilted looking side is underneath and the fun graphic medallion takes center stage. You gotta switch things up in the bedroom sometimes
Also – that chair in the corner? That one with the curvy back and the yummy leather seat? Yeah – it was $5 at Goodwill. All it needed was a little leather polish and some polystain on the frame and it perked right up.
I’ve been getting emails lately about the bed Jeremy built. Honestly – I can’t answer a single one of them darn questions because my darling boytoy was the one that figured it all out. Here’s the link to this original post where we showed how we did stuff. Sorry if all you get is a photo….but that’s all I got for ya. Bad blogger I know. Consider my bootie officially spanked.
Also – I did get a new artwork piece for this bedroom that hangs in the corner. All I did was paint the frame – and I love the vintage look of the blue flowers that match our walls (which are Valspar’s Sage Bud). Isn’t it crazy how only a few bucks can add art that ties in so perfectly with a room?
The other side of the room has this offcenter mirror and dresser….
…the dresser is full of Jeremy’s clothing…he’s such a clothes horse – which I have no idea what that means….and the dresser is topped with an oversized glass lamp from Pottery Barn Outlet and a stack of wooden storage boxes (they hold all our ultrasound photos and other sentimental mementos) and a vintage fan (my boyfriend nicknamed it “the finger chopper”….and yes, now I am scared to turn it on).
To the right of the dresser is the doorway to the master bathroom…also known as the crackerjack bathroom.
You can also see the paintchip artwork next to that door.
The crackerjack box bathroom is very small but we tried to utilize the space to the max.
The amount of storage we have in such a small space is really outstanding. It’s so much that I even considered removing the entire vanity at one point to add a pedastal sink (which take up a lot less space but are only great if you have storage options in that loo!). Looking back, I am glad we didn’t go that route. Not only would that mean retiling the floor…but also, the space under the window would have been lost since there is nothing that we really could have added there except another cabinet. Plus, the new butcherblock countertop is so easy and pretty, so it makes perfect sense.
Oh and just so you know…I didn’t end up painting the caulk. I thought about it…came thisclose to doing it…and then decided that if the next homeowners wanted to do it, they can. Why didn’t I take the plunge? Well, I figured that the caulk would probably get wet…this is a bathroom afterall….and wet painted caulk equals wet peeling-paint on caulk. Not only would it peel off but it probably would look messy and just plain dirty. So no paint it is.
So where is this so-called-storage? It’s across from the vanity in the bathroom closet. Originally this closet had a door but in the first few months of living in this house, I ripped it out (it didn’t allow for me to open all the way anyway) and added the drywall to box in the bottom of the closet floor…making it look more built-in and it hides the actual slanted floor. The floor is slanted because this closet is directly over the stairs from the first floor to the second.
We added brown paint and a brown Ikea curtain to make it look very vast and still be able to pull to cover up any messy towels or when my hair products go on safari.
Enough about that room – let’s share a room that doesn’t get a lot of blog press…my dressing room.
It’s actually just another bedroom with a daybed. But it also has a small desk and some Ikea wardrobes in there (thus the label “dressing room”).
The paint color is not known to me…the bucket was an oops color for $5 and we threw it away ages ago…so I don’t have the color numbers…sorry girls. The light was a West Elm purchase of yore (and yes, it is coming with us to the new house). I especially love the ledge over the bed…I have a thing for ledges. They are just so darn handy.
This room is actually the smallest of the four bedrooms in the upstairs part of the house – and I have spent many an hour flinging clothing from the shelves onto the bed in a fit of trying to find something to wear….something that doesn’t give my muffin top it’s own little muffin top.
We always planned on buying doors for the wardrobers – but looking back, I’m glad we didn’t. Those things are like $100 a piece! And with five doors, that is like one heckova lot of double bacon cheeseburgers, if you know what I mean.
The desk was really something that I never used. That’s kinda sad. I sat there once but then five minutes later I was sprawled out on the daybed. I like to sprawl.
I adore little bride and groom statues. This one is a music box from my mom. She gave it to me as an engagement present…and it makes me wish I had Jeremy wear tails. The mini little tray is actually a picture frame that I removed the back of to display little collectibles. The wooden letter stamps used to be my mom’s. She had the full name Hughes (my maiden name)…but it seemed cuter to just spell what the little newleyweds were doing.
The guest room is finally complete…just in time for disassembly and moving.
The thing I like the most about this room is the fact that we spent very little out of pocket money on this thing.
The sidetables were luggage stands that I draped with some Ikea curtains (from a past apartment, I never throw things away) and then topped them with a mirror. The mirrors really help reflect some light into the space. And you know I still love the splashes of red in this room….they are like the lipstick.
We also incorporated more red over the bed with this hand-me-down artwork. I love photos with equestrian themes. I have a serious fixation on them. Serious. Like I am considering making Will’s new nursery totally horsey. And not in a cowboy way – but in a refined, gentlemanly, “let’s-discuss-show-jumping-while-sitting-in-our-ralph-lauren-riding-pants” kinda way.
Anyhoo…the mats weren’t working for this space – and I wanted a little more red, so we took strips of red fabric and some spray adhesive and covered those bad boys.
The chair my grandmother owned made it’s way into this space. I didn’t really have the heart to recover the red velvet anyway – so it’s a good thing it worked out. Plus, the well-worn bits of wood on it help tie in all the browns in this room.
Some of the artwork in this room.
Talk about cheap. I clipped from my favorite Hooker book for the strawberry pictures. The keys were a gift from my mom. And that last one? Yeah – its two people in a foggy meadow…another thing about me: obsessed with fog….is actually an ad I tore out of a magazine.
The last room (well besides the haven’t changed a thing guest bathroom) in the upstairs is the nursery. Nothing new here either…so I won’t describe everything over again…just share some of my favorite memories in this space.
A couple times early on, Will peed all over the mirror. He’s got super aim. He also tagged me 13 times in a row….once I wasn’t even changing his diaper. Jeremy had peeled back the old and got the new one in place, was just about to tighten it shut and the stream richotched off the diaper and hit me in the shirt three feet away. Not kidding.
Will knows that the deer is his room. I usually face the mirror while holding him and singing off key…and I see him looking up to see if the deer is still there….knowing that if it is, then it is really naptime.
Since Will has been ill, we have put the ottoman to good use…we slide it over to the bed and put a towel and a humidifier on it. Who knew that nursery design should incorporate a humidifier?!
The other great thing about the ottoman is that it provides great storage for transitioning out too small clothing. If I pull something out of his wardrober and it looks way too small on the big guy, I just toss it in the ottoman. Then when the ottoman is full, I pull out our baby-storage bins to slip away for (fingerscrossednoI’mnotpregnant) baby boy #2.
The shelves are still exactly like this – well with a bit more dust.
But I will say this…you see that little silver bear piggybank? Yeah…it was a gift from my Uncle Bob to my brother Tim…who didn’t want it so my mother was going to sell it at a yard sale before I snatched it up. I loved it…and thought that it tied in perfectly with his outdoorsy room. Well….wouldn’t ya know it, my Uncle Bob sent a silver plated train piggy bank to Will for Christmas.
It was incredibly thoughtful…especially since Uncle Bob hasn’t even met Will yet! Plus, his name is engraved on it…and I kinda stole it for Christmas…for some reason it reminded me of the holiday and Polar Express….so anyhoo…I love it and it totally inspires me to redecorate Will’s new nursery in some kinda train theme. I know…I have too many themes.
So that is the final upstairs tour. And I won’t be going over the basement – since nothing really changed down there either. And as I type this I remember I do have one little makeover I did want to share in the basement….nothing fancy…just something I did while we were playing the waiting-game for selling our house.
And I might just put all the old basmenet photos together to have it in one post…that’ll make it easier to remember what it was like…cause I know that as soon as we move, it’ll be like “what? we had a basement in the other house? what?!”
okay – so I gotta go pack…and nurse my sick baby back to health…and try to photo edit (my newborn sessions lately have been sooo fun….can’t wait to share them!)….and to do many more important things….like watch the recorded episode of Biggest Loser on the DVR….hopefully Jillian will yell at someone and make them cry….see ya!