Aha, we’re finally doing a little bit of updating around here.
It’s been hard to find uninterrupted time to take photos of the work we’ve been doing around the house. So I apologize in advance if these photos aren’t the greatest. I’ll do my best to post more later.
As usual we forgot to take before pictures, so these progress pics give you an idea of how much work this loft bedroom entailed. This bedroom is right above the family room and it’s actually a perfect place for guests — away from the rest of the bedrooms but with its own ensuite bathroom for both privacy and convenience. It started out pretty rough though.
The outdated wallpaper had been stuck on to bare drywall without primer, and was impossible to remove without gouging up the walls, so we ended up sealing it with an oil based primer before painting over it.
What you don’t see here is the dank, musty, forest-green carpet that had been collecting leaking water for years. We removed it the first day we got the keys to this house. We also had to fix some leaks in the roof and replaced the window.
The first bed that Chris built is the guest bed with a super comfy memory foam mattress. It does get hot up there in the loft, so right now I just have a thin bedspread on the bed (from Ikea).
We did a planked treatment for the ceilings to camouflage any not-so-skillful drywall seams. Chris found this tongue-and-groove pine planking that was much thinner and cheaper than buying wood planks. The raw pine looks kind of rustic and cottagey which is nice for up here, I think.
The wall hanging was purchased when we were backpacking in Asia.
I’ve been hoarding that wood carving(?) for a few years; just needed the right spot to put it.
Below are a couple wide angle shots we took earlier (hence why things are arranged a bit differently). They give you an idea of the entire layout of the room.
The dormer actually adds a lot of extra space. We recently had friends stay with their two toddlers and the dormer was able to accommodate one of the kids, while the other child slept on a small mat beside the bed.
I think I’m just going to hang a curtain in front of the closet — the nightstand is so close to the opening that doors won’t be practical. And as you can see, the furniture up here is pretty mismatched, as most guestroom furniture tends to be. But it’s comfortable for guests, and that’s what matters at this point.
It’s a pretty relaxing place to take a nap, which is one of my favorite things to do ;).
I will update more later, as we slowly improve this space!
It occurred to me lately that the guestroom pictures I have up on this site don’t reflect the current style of the guest room.
This is what it looks like now:
I apologize for the harsh light but this was the only time of day I could find to take this picture…it’s been a busy day.
It used to look like this:
I liked the red and white scheme for a while but decided I wanted something a little more grown up. Also, the bohemian sheer curtains were pretty but didn’t block any light…kind of the opposite of what you want in a bedroom. So I bought some ticking stripe fabric and clipped it up for curtains (just before my parents came to stay for a couple of weeks).
There are some framed pictures in the chair that I haven’t gotten a chance to put up yet…
I picked up this little mid century nightstand for $5 at a neighbor’s garage sale. I moved one of the old lamps from the master bedroom into this room.
This room is getting a little closer to where I want it to be. but there still needs to be a lot more COLOR added. I do like having a base of neutrals and adding colors on top of it. Unfortunately the budget doesn’t really allow me to go all out shopping for accessories, haha! Which brings me to my next point…
I sometimes wish I had unlimited funds to decorate, not necessarily to buy expensive stuff, but because it would be so much easier to get things consistently looking “my style”. Our current style is much more about finding thrifty deals, making them over, using what we have, building our own, etc… I sometimes wistfully think about HOW I would decorate a room if I could make it all over completely. It’s totally unrealistic, haha =). But on the other hand, there’s also something really cool about looking at the great things we’ve found for a song, and seeing how everything in our home has gradually gotten collected or created.
Like that mid century nightstand — I mean, it’s definitely a high to find something that cool at a garage sale for five bucks. Or for example, look at some of the really awesome things that Chris has created, like the rustic DIY dining table, or the industrial chandelier, or even the lamps that I just spray painted. If we had an unlimited budget we never would have found/created those things. So…I guess frugality begets creativity. And the real fun is in the process.
I mean, sure, it would be fun to go to Restoration Hardware and buy everything to furnish my house, but then… my home would just look like a RH catalog.
It’s easy to compare your home with others (especially all those gorgeous blogs out there) and wish you had similar things, but at the end of the day it’s more satisfying to use your creativity and the ingenuity you never would have used otherwise, right?
Plus, what do you do when your home is DONE?
I’m fortunate to live close enough to an IKEA that the words “IKEA run” are in my vocabulary. Although the giant home furnishings retailer is notorious for gobbling up entire Saturday afternoons (and destroying relationships, Re: 30 Rock), I’ve perfected the art of going straight to what I need, grabbing it, and little else. This time, the baby and I were in and out in less than 45 minutes!
I had been wanting to add more color to the family room couch and I thought some cushions would let me do so quickly and affordably:
I ended up going with the Sanela turquoise cotton velvet pillow covers at $7 and the Fjadrar feather-stuffed inner cushions at $6.99 each. So that comes to about $14 a pillow, which is pretty reasonable, especially for velvet. And since the inner cushion can be easily removed, I can switch the cushion covers easily without having to buy a whole new cushion!
I really think those blue cushions add a certain je ne sais quoi to the room, don’t you? Hee hee. They give it a more coastal and relaxed vibe and actually help the red/brown design on the cream cushions to pop more (the cream cushions are made from World Market napkins). And I love how they pick up the shades of blue in the painting on the left.
I also grabbed the Emmie Kvist long pillow:
I was originally going to put it on the sofa but it didn’t work. It was too big and the pattern was too dark. So I threw it on the guest bed and liked it.
It’s a lot of pattern but this room kind of needs it. Those walls really need some art. And I’m kind of over the orangey-red nightstands. They’re fun but they’re starting to look a bit juvenile. I’ve been considering painting them a glossy smoke gray to make them look a bit more sophisticated.
Ok! Well, that’s just a quick little update with IKEA pillows. What great deals have you found at IKEA lately?