Sometimes, despite all of the renovation progress that we've made, I have trouble seeing the progress, and still focus on all that I want to do before the house is "done." One of my goals for the summer (post-work and pre-baby) was to go room to room and finish a lot of the little things that have been on my mind for a while. The master bedroom was the first to get this treatment (and, besides the nursery will probably be the only room that I completely finish before Anna's arrival). The little changes have made me fall in love with this room, and its much cozier and functional. The nursery transformation obviously required that my sewing table be relocated, and incidentally I like my new space even more than the designated "sewing room." But - I should back up, since the last time I shared pictures of the master bedroom, it looked like this:
It's embarrassing to admit, but since I was never completely happy with the room, I never got around to blogging about it - even a progress post! So, let's go back to the beginning!
Here's the room when we bought the house:
It wasn't the worst of all the rooms (that honor is difficult to bestow, but most likely would go either to the kitchen or upstairs bath). Basically, it was a poorly painted and dirty big box. With lots of little issues, like random neon splotches on the ceiling, a taped-over and painted-over junction box that should have been a light switch, and NO storage.
First things first, Justin built a closet (still one of his projects that has impressed me the most) for Christmas 2010:
Then, we fixed the many problems with the drywall, primed, and painted:
Had carpet installed:
And made some curtains (the last you heard a peep about this room!)
Somewhere along the line, we purchased some grown-up furniture. ("Grown-up" meaning that it was not only a step up from the mattress-on-the-floor solution, but also came from a legitimate furniture store, and isn't made of particle board). It was exactly what we wanted - and also on clearance (thus the thumbs-up!)
I made the quilt for Justin when he was a bachelor. I have another quilt in-progress for our room, and that will eventually become our summer-time quilt (the flannel one is a bit much for the warm weather!) For now, though, I really like this one.
Sewing machine AND Jo-Ann the fish relocated as part of the nursery transformation.
Art between the windows is an original painting (of a house and bicycle built-for-two) from Justin's great-aunt. She gave it to us as a wedding gift with the sweet note saying "There, now your house is all done and you can enjoy!" I recently got the console table at Pier 1, and had fun decorating with finds from around the house, including our wedding cake topper.
The art above Justin's dresser are pictures he took at his family farm. You can tell who's the more talented photographer in the family! Incidentally, the farm was home to his great-grandmother, who is pictured in the framed photo, bottom right. Although she's no longer living at the farm, she is still living - and 101 years old! We can't wait to get some 5-generation photos once Anna arrives!
Our room is still door-less (and thus my behind-the-door jewelry board is still functioning as basic decor!) Once we can find another suitable door (we purchase them used to maintain the same look throughout the house), we'll get one up. Until then, it's an added perk that we can see Anna's crib from our bed!
So, there she blows, the first room we've completely "mastered." I'll leave you with one final before and after reminder!
Keep checking back; I feel like I'm on a blog roll now, and have several more posts planned (and even photographed already!) I'll keep putting them up until it's baby-time...no promises after that :)