Thursday, July 1, 2010

Memory lane - the master bedroom

After writing the post about the work in the master bedroom, I started thinking about all the changes that this space has gone through in the time we've lived here. So just for fun, here's a trip down memory lane of all the iterations this room has survived in the past year and a half.

Here's the very beginning - when we did the house inspection before buying the house. The previous owners had a pretty simple design.

Then when we moved in, we initially set our room up in the converted attic bedroom. We didn't have a 2nd bed yet, so this room was used for storage. The previous owners left their old rug.

We bought an used Ikea bed and nightstand off craigslist. The bedding set was a wedding gift, and the nightstand on the far right belonged to my great grandmother.

I added some art work and curtains (which I swiped from the room upstairs) to make the room look a little bit better.

After a few months of this set up, Rob and I decided to move our bedroom to the main level of the house. Since our attic is poorly insulated, it's incredibly hot in the summer and incredibly cold in the winter. I was very happy to take over the guest bedroom. Since there wasn't much storage, we installed floor-to-ceiling closets.

To accommodate the new closets, we also changed the furniture arrangement from this:

to this:

After the closets, the bedroom looked like this:

The room definitely became a lot harder to photograph with the new furniture arrangement. We tossed out the old and stained leftover rug and were instead using a brown rug that now lives in the basement. Then I scored a $25 jute rug off craigslist, so we moved that in.

Mismatched curtains - a temporary thing

And now finally with our recent additions, the room looks like this:

Whew. A lot of changes, but I think our patience paid off. We worked with what we had until we were able to find good deals/sales/discounts to make the rest happen. And therefore we were able to get our dream bedroom without breaking the bank.

My question for you - what is the longest project you've ever done? Can anyone beat 1.5 years for bedroom decorating?

And while I'm at it, here's the many versions our spare bedroom has gone through as well.


Kate@TwentySixToLife July 1, 2010 at 8:31 AM  

Wow - you have done a ton of work on that room (and it shows, it looks great). I've been working my bedroom for awhile now and I hope it doesn't take that long ... but it might be close at this pace!

Chelsea@ThisFreshFossil July 1, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

Wow, that looks great! Remodeling and decorating can take forever. It's been one year since we (mostly) finished painting and remodeling the basement, and we've still only hung 1 thing on the walls down there! Decorating an entire house takes time, as I'm learning. :)


Sara @ Russet Street Reno July 1, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

You know, I really think the white curtains alone made a huge impact on your room. I used to have dark brown up in our room, when I switched to ivory suddenly the same room looks like it could be in a magazine. Must be the light coming did good!

Vonda July 2, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

It looks great. So relaxing! The white curtains are so tranquil; and I love the nightstands and the lamps you picked out. I also appreciate the balance that having matching nightstands and lamps brings to the bedroom! Happy 4th!!

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