An Update for the Bedroom

You all got a sneak peek of the boudoir when I checked in about the rug, but there is so much more to see! My room was cute but a little frumpy. Missing something for sure. Part of that something was a bed. I had a bed frame, but no head board/foot board action going on. So this summer I purchased my very first brand new bed. Can you believe it? But before I get too far into this, let’s take a look at the before.

The no-headboard look left the bed frumpy. The dresser was crowding the bed; I like to see a little bit of wall.
And how about some color? Aside from the blue pillow, it’s all beige and yellow.

And here’s the after. Having a real bed makes everything look crisp. Losing the droopy bed skirt is a plus too. The dresser is now in the living room/entryway storing extra blankets and holding a little dish for my keys. I like the more open feel of the white side table. And the rug! It gives the punch of color this room desperately needed.

While the dresser is being used for extra blankets, the chest of drawers facing the bed is actually used for clothes, so it stayed.

I don’t know what is up with this chest looking cherry in the photos
because it’s not. It’s pretty close to the same color as the new bed.
You’ll have to take my word.

I hung a couple of coat racks for my handbags and hats which keeps the closet clutter somewhat under control, and I like the bags as decorative items because they’re girly and add great texture.

And lastly, the cedar chest that used to be black is now white. With most of the furniture being dark wood or white, I felt two finishes were enough. The black cedar chest wasn’t harmonizing, but it was a gift from my parents many years ago, so it stays forever. When I painted it black circa 2004, I updated the hardware to something ridiculously modern. Lately I’ve been feeling nostalgic so I popped the original hardware back on after painting it white. It goes better with the antique-ish look of the side table. I like it!

And finally, one more gratuitous shot just because I’m so pleased!
This is the half-time show of the “One Room at a Time” adventure. I’ve done living room, dining room, and master bedroom. Remaining: master bath, half bath, and kitchen. Progress.

A Rug for the Master Bedroom

I bought a rug to put beneath my new bed. I wanted to do a big fancy reveal for the bedroom once it was finished, but you’re getting a sneak peek today because I need your help. Help!

The vision I had was something like this. A different rug, but this placement.

The rug reaches almost to the nightstand but there is still a good amount exposed at the foot of the bed.
(photo credit to Wayfair)

So without measuring a thing, I ordered an adorable 5′ x 8′ rug from Overstock and much to my delight, FedEx delivered it yesterday. Yay! And, my friend and neighbor was available to come help me maneuver it under the bed yesterday. Double yay!

But (there’s always a but), it seems the rug is too small to get the look shown above. Apparently a 5′ x 8′ rug is, well, 5 feet by 8 feet. It’s not like when you buy a Mini Cooper and say, but it’s so roomy inside!

I forgot to take a pic when we had it slipped under the bed, which was no small feat, but to get the top of the rug anywhere near the nightstand area would leave next to nothing exposed at the foot of the bed. You can kind of get the idea in the pic below.


To put the rug half way under the bed would leave not much exposed at the foot of the bed. Not enough.

So then I tried this.


Then I drug it into the dining room.

I like it better in the photo than I did in real life.

And while I was at it, the living room.

Looks busy with the pillows and the curtains.

So there you have it. I had a full night at the gym right here in my little nest, and I’m no closer to making a decision than I was when FedEx rang the bell.

So here’s the deal. How about you all decide what I do with this gorgeous but too small rug? The options are:

  1. Under bed like initially planned and deal with the size
  2. Next to bed
  3. Dining Room
  4. Living Room
  5. Sell it and order a larger size (I could return it for a larger size, but Overstock only gives partial credit on opened items. Lesson learned on better planning before buying from them in the future. They are no Zappos!)

I really love the rug. The colors are beautiful and it’s super soft, it’s just a few feet too small. So cast your vote and majority rules! I’ll live with it for a week or two and see if it sticks. If not, there’s always Craigslist.


Bedroom Redo Phase I

After living in bland land for a few months I decided it was high time for at least a little color. When we combined households, the bedroom was the most obvious room where Ken and I had different decorating styles. I think we have five different wood finishes in the one room. I’m all for eclectic, but this is a little much! When we decided to list the condo, I tried my best to make everything neutral to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, and to balance everything that was going on in the bedroom (I’m talking about colors and wood finishes!). We ended up with a study in beige and gray.

Ok, but blah.
Patio chair in the corner had the wrong colors.

I was inspired by a lamp I saw at Pier I and decided a little shot of teal might help our room. Since we already had silver based lamps, I thought I would cover a pair of white lampshades with teal fabric to copy the look and use our existing lamps. A few hours and lots of frustration later, I ended up with a couple of underwhelming lamps. I sometimes forget that I’m not the craft maven I think I am!

Inspiration lamp at Pier I (but not in the budget).

So Phase 1 of this little redo was to purchase some colorful pillows and accent pieces, new lamps, and also to reupholster the patio chair that resides in the corner of the room.

First, I reupholstered the patio chair in black & white.
Then I added some colorful pillows and draped a scarf over the chest.
The bed got a few colorful pillows too, and new bedside lamps.

This all helps, but remember it’s only the beginning. I plan to paint several of the pieces of furniture with a soft, old-timey white (the nightstands, cedar chest, one of the dressers, and book shelf. That will bring us to three wood finishes in the bedroom – woohoo! The color I have in mind I also saw at Pier I:

Once that’s all finished (all that furniture painting may take awhile), then we’ll take a look at what’s on the walls and maybe even bring in an area rug. It’s a huge room, and even though it screams for over-sized everything, we’re planning for our next home which will likely have smaller rooms. We’d love a 1920s bungalow or mid-century ranch, but the trade-off for all that charm, character and nostalgia typically is square footage. So, trying to make this home more comfortable, but keeping in mind what we’ll likely have next, is a balancing act. I’m sure it’ll all come together soon – it always does!

In the mean time, I painted a bedside table in our guest room. It started out looking like this:

Nightstand before
Green & wood on left, black file cabinet on right, wood desk far right.

A little dated (ok, a lot dated) and again, several finishes going on in the guest room, so I painted it black to match the file cabinet that serves as the other nightstand in that room. I changed out the hardware also to match the file cabinet.

Once again the kitchen is transformed into a workshop 🙂
Turned out nice!
The room looks finished now. Yay!

It’s nice to have one room finished 🙂 The other rooms are all livable works in progress, and we’ll get there. No rush…until I get a bee in my bonnet!