Monday, July 18, 2016

Grown-up Master Bedroom

Holy moly!  A new post!

Life got crazy around here right after Thanksgiving and we're just starting to get back to "normal"...whatever that is... not the least of which is that we lost one of our furbabies, Buster earlier this year.



Just four days later, a new little one came home with us, Rizzo.  I believe that when you lose a pet, they send a new one to you when the time is right, and that was certainly true in our case. 


She's crazy, high energy, and TALL now! The picture below is even from a month or so ago - she just keeps getting bigger! I've never had a puppy before, I've always rescued older, and usually sick, dogs. This has been quite the experience!


BUT, none of that is why you are reading (though if you're like me, dogs, or animals in general, get your attention more than anything.)  Since then, something I've dreamt of finally came true!  We updated our master - and for me, anyway, this is the first time I've ever actually had matching furniture, or at least not the kind I put together myself. I am IN LOVE.

You know how it goes, though.  You can't just get furniture.  You have to strip the whole room down. Paint.  Maybe even get new floors.  What I really wanted to do is take a wall down and add a new one so that the room felt less like a hotel room, but, we went with what we could budget instead - and I still love it.  So, replacing the vanity and lighting was added to the previous mentions as well.

Before we go there, let me share with you the before. I warn you, it's not pretty.  For sure the vanity was original to the house, which I think was built in 1973, and that bed.  To be honest, though we did buy the mattress, the only reason we stuck with it for so long is because the previous homeowners had left it behind and it was a beast.  No wonder they didn't want to move it!  Because things were just that horrible, I'll simply share a collage.


I can't even believe it.  I mean, zero pride of ownership in there, right?  But now, now is oh-so-much-better.  Feast your eyes...










Ahhhhh... my very own, decorated the way I love, all matching MASTER BEDROOM!  Clearly, I'm not a "less is more" kind of person.  I love every single little thing I either shopped the house or Hobby Lobby (arrow over mirror, nightstand lamps, and Tree of Life), Pier 1 (lanterns), Michael's (so many little signs and such), Kirkland's (wicker lamp, jewelry armoire, hydrangea kissing balls, and I'm sure even more!) or Target for (accessories and wall hanging over bed.)  The furniture came from Haverty's and the mattress is from Saatva.  If you've ever been unsure about buying a mattress online, I say go for it. Couldn't have been an easier experience, and honestly, what does lying on a bed in a store for 5 minutes tell you anyway?   With their 90 day "in home trial" I figured I had nothing to lose.

These lanterns and candles from Pier 1 make me happy.  And, the candles are on a timer, or can operate via remote.  You can even dim and brighten them!


And even though it's not a willow tree, this tree.  Swoon.


So, here's a little closer look at that old vanity.  This is a horrible cell phone picture, but you get the idea.  I think this alone was keeping me from updating the whole room.  Well, the vanity, the lights, the mirror, all of it.  You can see about 2/3 of it here, but that should be enough.



And now... after scouring the Internet for weeks looking for the right replacement, visiting granite yard after granite yard looking for the perfect five foot remnant, having to rip out and replace some trim to get the new one in and spray painting impossible to replace knobs...


Yes, we still have overhead lights because this was all DIY and we're not electricians, but isn't this one SO much better than the swaggy thing?  And those faucets though... ahhhhh.... SO MUCH BETTER.



As for the "water closet" (I guess?) - the tiny room with the tub and toilet - it just got a coat of paint and some new accessories.



So that's it!  At 40+ years old, I finally have a grown up master bedroom!  Hope you enjoyed!


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