Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Well, here it is. I haven't had a bedroom in over two years. I define a bedroom as having four walls, a ceiling, a floor, a door and one working light fixture. I've learned you have to be specific in these things. Libby got a new bed too, which you can see at the foot of ours.

I haven't bought a bedskirt yet because I don't know if we are going to get a new bed frame right away or not. The pillows and throw are all christmas presents, except for the hot pink one which is vintage. The lights are from IKEA and the rug I bought a couple of years ago deeply clearanced. The nightstands are temporary stand-ins. I'll show before-and-afters of some vintage nightsands I bought once we have refinished them.

A vintage record player table we got from my brother-in-law Curtis which will store linens for the upstairs. On top is a Julia Rothman print Josh gave me for Chrismas last year.

Plus a little vase we bought from a ceramics studio in Red Lodge on our anniversary. All of my decorations, art, pictures, etc. are in storage so I jumped at the chance to dig out a few for display here.

We are reusing all the old doors upstairs, and putting them in shiny new frames. They're all in Easter egg colors and I am tempted to keep them all like this until the whole upstairs is done and then paint them all white at once. That way just for a little while we can have silly pink, mint, and aqua. This door is pink with an aqua blue door handle.

The closet still needs another coat of paint and the actual closet fixtures. I'm happy with our decision to have a large open closet / dressing room and a modestly sized bedroom. It lets the whole space feel more open because there is still light poring in from three differents sides of the house. And, hopefully, it means we can contain any clutter to the closet and keep the bedroom clean and sparse, the way I like it.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

reality check

Let's just cut to the chase, shall we?
This is what I really would like my bedroom to look like:

Or maybe something like this:

If I get gutsy with color, nothing really beats this:

Unfortunately, my bedroom actually looks more like this:

top two photos from emmas designblogg via apartment therapy, third is from now defunct domino

Thursday, February 5, 2009

the progression

I don't have a true before of our bedroom, this picture is taken standing at the bedroom doorway and pointing in the opposite direction, but it pretty much says it all. Unfinished, easter egg colors.

Then we had a demolition party and knocked all the walls down (thanks Larry and Terry).

Pulled up and salvaged the old flooring which will be refinished and used downstairs. All new electrical, mechanical, and insulation, new walls, new ceiling, new flooring, new doors, new trim.

We are getting close.