Over the week of Thanksgiving we stayed in our guest bedroom. For those of you new to the Dream House layout – we have four bedrooms on the second floor - and there is a definite separated guest bedroom that we determined is perfect for anyone that wants to sleep over and not hear the crying baby at 2 am in the morning…although we make no promises.
When we first moved in, the bedrooms had an overall theme – the walls matched the carpet. in every single room. So as much as we dig the whole monochromatic look – this just wasn’t workin for us…so we bought new carpet. Something a little more neutral.
The bathroom was also sportin the Give-Me-Teal-Or-Give-Me-Death look.
A few of you were around when we finally set up the guest room bed….
And then finally we added some pizzazz to the side tables with all the ‘stuff’…which personally I think help play down the cherry red lamps (yes, they still make me smile!) but in a good way…like how Ben Affleck semi-personality-less-ness in movies makes Liv Tyler somehow way more appealing. It’s called chemistry. And I think it exists in home decor.
And then my brother and his lengthy wife came to stay with us for Turkey day…and we offered up our bedroom (with the king bed) to them while we bunkered down test-mode style in the guest room. It’s good to give those rooms a whirl once in a while just to be sure that they are comfy and your sweet guests aren’t flat out lying to your face. So we moved in.
And that’s when it happened…
Yup. I contracted the disease known to many as weirdness. Don’t ask why I decided to don tons of embroidery hoops. All I know is that I walked in looking like this…making my best robot voice say “take a phoo-to Jer-e-meee” and he looked at me dead pan and said “this is not even funny. this is just weird.” okay okay. point taken.
The reason I share my blindingly embarrassing homeschoolishness with the masses online is this – I scored two bundles of hoops at Goodwill…and they came out to be about ten cents each…I had no idea why I need so many embroidery hoops – seeing as how I don’t embroider anything, but I knew it was a deal and I would find a spot for my new round beauties.
Enter the bubbles. Yup, I convinced Jer that we could take some and just create a little abstract art on the wall above our newly christened bed (we didn’t christen it like that gutter brain!) and surprisingly he dug it.
I think eventually I want to just spray them white…or fill them with all sorts of different fun fabrics that play up my new ‘taste-the-rainbow’ decorating style.
Don’t ya think they would look cool with all different swatches? Or just empty with white hoops? I know this might only appeal to me…and only the quirky girl in me…but I dig it.
And while I was on a roll with ‘hanging stuff’…I thought, hey, let’s share this wall-puncturing love with our guest bathroom which is sorely lacking in the looks department.
Yup – seven months ago, I barely got that shower curtain up before I quit. And as I took these pics, I remembered how massively neglected most of the rooms in this house have been.
This needs a shower curtain. A print like this one would go FABULOUSLY. But I don’t know how to make a shower curtain…so I will probably procrastinate on that one for a while. And yes, that is Will – fully dressed in the shower – trying to turn it on.
And that poor little storage piece got shoved under the towel rack. I don’t know who I feel more sorry for – the towel rack or the storage furniture. such an awkward arrangement.
Now is where I get a little inspired. I was shopping at Goodwill (where else?!) and saw these framed pieces. They are actually fabric. I have no idea who makes them or how old they are or where they came from…but they are so pretty to me I could burst. This is exactly where I am right now. what I am into. what makes me smile. color…and beauty…and happiness.
I think I discovered that with this house, I need happy colors. This house was hard for me. Moving to this house was hard. And admitting that was hard. I felt like I was so blessed to even move to such a gorgeous place, and even more blessed to have such a wonderful appreciative family in our old house, and to not enjoy it was confusing. And in the old house, we decorated for the masses. We always knew that would be our first home. And when we made our choices we shyed away from being us so that we could appeal to everyone (because we knew that one day we would sell it)…so this time around, we have more freedom. And this is exactly what I want to do with it.
I painted the frames red…because I just didn’t dig the 80’s blend of orange and peach.
It’s nothing fancy…but it helps.
And it makes me want to move forward. It’s funny how a few pictures on the wall can do that, huh!?
First on my to-do list is raise that mirror a little…because I don’t have any little people coming to visit. And I want a shower curtain and a new light and a shelf somewhere…don’t know where yet…but I know I want one.
And the shades had to go….I switched out the one for a more girly white ruffled looking one…it reminds me of a skirt I had in 9th grade. Yes, it went down to my shins and was plaid…but it had those same pleats. Maybe I should spray the light fixture silver. Would that look good, ya think? and the mirror a blue? who knows.
So all that is what we are up to in that bedroom. We have been working on a bunch of other projects lately too…trying to wrap up some big commitments…edit photos…watch the little guy….who recently started calling himself Mumbles…which I find hilarious. He looks at something that he wants and then it’s all “Mumbles Mumbles Mumbles”….and so all that to say – we have quite a bit to update you guys on.
PLUS~ and this is a big plus….PLUS Bower Power’s 12 days of Christmas is coming back! So be prepared for a heck of a lot of jolliness