sherwin williams

Leftovers in the Little Office

I've been putting off redoing our smallest bedroom but I got tired of looking at its bare white walls, so I finally tackled it a couple of weeks ago.  It's a room almost entirely made up of leftover accessories and furniture, but Alex commented that it's the most coordinated of all of the bedrooms.  Funny how that works.  Here's the "before":

And now here are the broad views of the "After":

The dresser was left in our garage when we moved in, the mirror we pulled out of the trash, and the sconces were purchased for another project but didn't work out.  The wall paint was also supposed to be leftover but I made a mistake and bought some supplemental paint that was a shade darker than what I had been planning to use out of my stash.  It all ended up being Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.

The curtains hung in our basement for awhile until I replaced them with some others that I fell in love with at Ikea.  The nightstand is part of my childhood furniture set that is scattered throughout the house.  The orange chair belonged to my Gamma (paternal grandmother).  The lamp and teal pillows are more items that we had in our collection, leftover from our earlier lives.

 Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

The desk is part of that same childhood set.  The chair was purchased from the neighbors across the street - originally intended for a refinishing project but I've stolen it for myself for the time being.

 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

I had this dresser in our other guest room for awhile but I decided to move it out since it was a tad too big for the space.  I love the wood grain veneer on the front. Please pardon the cords.

 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Two new additions are this owl print (Rockfish Gap Antiques) and this gold framed box (Target).  The gold box has pieces of coral that my dad harvested in Hawaii before it was illegal, and the owl print reminds me of my Grandpa, Henry. When he passed, my cousin Chip noticed an owl hanging around in the daylight and decided it was a sign that Grandpa was watching over us.  I believe he is.

These birds are another item we had in our collection, waiting to be hung.  They were a gift from my Mom about 5 years ago and used to hang above our bed in our first apartment.  They used to be black (someone once mistook them for bats!) but I spray painted them white and gold to match the room.

This twin bed was mine in college.  The London print over the bed was purchased on clearance at Pottery Barn and was the color inspiration for the room (gray, orange, teal, gold & white). The duvet was a new purchase from Ikea, as was the curtain rod, and the frames in this part of the room.

This photo was taken by my dad when he was a student at Annandale High School.  It fits with the bird theme (can you tell I like birds?).

Another photo taken by my dad in high school.

On the desk -- more vintage cat art from a family trunk full of photos and prints; a lovely quote by John Wesley given to me by a friend at church, and an angel given to me this Christmas by my mother-in-law.  The wooden box behind contains all of my work files.

Over the desk, these rails were purchased for another project but didn't make the cut. Here, they're doing their job keeping me organized.

 

Master Bedroom Progress

It's hard to believe that we've owned this house for 2 years.  It's almost hard to remember what it looked like in here when we bought it.

Take for instance, one of my more recent projects: the master bedroom.

Here's what it looked like before:

Dark red carpet, orange-y wood trim, and lace curtains.  It's a distant memory!

After we moved in, it looked like this for a long time.  We replaced the lace curtains with bamboo shades early on, but our nightstands were closet organizers (leftover from my makeshift college desk) for over a year.

And here's what it looks like now.

The color inspiration for the room came from this bird pillow that my paternal grandmother made.  My initial plan was to paint the room mint green but I ended up settling with a lighter shade of yellow green (SW 7728 Sprout) to coordinate with the leaves in the textile.

Truthfully, I'm still not totally sold on the color (it's looks kind of lime-y sometimes) but am feeling infinitely better about it since spotting this amazing bird print at Ikea.  The background color on the print on the far left is, coincidentally, exactly the color of the walls and the piece overall ties in the rest of the room.

In addition to the wall color, another major change to the room are the wardrobe cabinets on either side of the bed.  I love these.  They were part of my plan for the room since the day I first laid eyes on the closet.  I had seen similar wardrobe installations by other bloggers (like this) and thought they would be the perfect way to add extra storage, while creating a cozy, built-in feeling.

These particular cabinets are part of the Besta series from Ikea which is a more versatile line that can be used for anything from media storage to clothes storage.  I selected these because they fit our space and ceiling height better than some of their other traditional wardrobe lines.  They're not quite deep enough for side-by-side clothes hanging but are great for folded sweaters, jeans, etc.

I opted for a smaller door at the bottom and a few open shelves in the middle for accessories and nightstand items.  Eventually, I'd like to find wallpaper to line the back of the shelves with.  I'm thinking something like this.

The only downside to these particular cabinets was that they weren't quite wide enough to reach the edge of the bed.  We ended up purchasing a new, low platform bed frame (Ikea Malm) to accommodate the bird print above the bed and were having a hard time finding small, low nightstand solutions to fill the 11" gap on either side.

My solution was to use a small antique table that I inherited from my grandparents on one side and stack some books on the other side (a la the January 2014 edition of the West Elm Catalog).

In the way of clothes storage, we're still using the mid-century modern dressers that I've had since childhood.

My dad built them from a kit in the 60's and they're really in need of some TLC.  I'm thinking about trying a gel stain on them.

Then, of course, there's the closet.  It needs a new rod but it's looking much more upscale these days since we replaced our mismatched hangers with brand new wooden ones.

On my dresser, I store my makeup brushes in an upcycled silver cream pitcher.

My necklaces are hung on an antique ladder which makes them both easy to retrieve and doubles as art!

Speaking of art -- on this side of the room, I hung my maternal grandparents' curio cabinet (filled with a few pieces of my paternal grandparents' stationery from their time in Uruguay), a print of my favorite childhood restaurant, and an antique print of our alma mater which I think belonged to my Great Uncle Bill.

On this wall, I hung a beautiful custom piece by my talented uncle, Ted Lind, which was given to us as a wedding gift.

Adjacent to the closet is a handpainted portrait of my dad (as I prefer to remember him) at the age of 6.

It was commissioned by my grandparents when they lived in Poland.

In the master bathroom, we've only made a few minor updates.  This is what it looked like before:

Not too bad, but nothing spectacular.

We decided to replace the toilet (which was kind of an ordeal - don't order plumbing fixtures off the internet!) because the old one was leaking.  I also installed some glass shelves over the toilet because we have no under sink storage.  Eventually, I'd like to at least replace the sink with a shallow vanity and repaint.

Altogether, it's coming along.  There are still a few things on my to do list but it's definitely an improvement!