This, meanwhile, is as “finished” as this room has been in the entire time we’ve lived in this house (four years this August – gulp!), so here’s how our master bedroom is looking right now:
(Yes, we’re still absolutely loving our superking bed. Not loving the laundry quite so much, mind you, but seriously, I am never going back to a regular sized bed, and you can’t make me…)
The biggest change since my last update about this room is the little retro sofa in the corner, which arrived just last week:
This is the ‘Jasper’ sofa from Furniture Village, and the idea here was to create a little seating area on this side of the room, where we can read, or watch TV or whatever. The TV is directly opposite it…
… and to finish the area off, we also got this diamond-print rug, just to warm the space up a bit. Actually, this ended up being a bit of a saga: we decided to start this project a couple of months ago now, and it was right at the height of my 2nd trimester, “Oh my God, I still haven’t felt the baby move yet, and I should totally have felt the baby move by now!” anxiety, so, to be totally honest, I didn’t really have my eye on the ball here, and the upshot was that we ended up ordering a completely different rug, which TOTALLY didn’t work with this space. All credit here to the kind people at Modern Rugs, who allowed us to exchange it without any hassle, although I DID have to endure quite a bit of eye-rolling from Terry, who quite liked the first rug. My mum’s since told me that one of my gran’s pieces of sage advice to her was, “Never make any major purchasing decisions when you’re pregnant.” Sound advice there, I think…
(This is why Terry is currently in charge of replacing the car: if it was up to me, I’d buy a Porsche AND keep our existing car, and then we STILL wouldn’t have room for the baby…)
Anyway, I’m happy to report that I absolutely LOVE the one we exchanged it for – so much so, in fact, that I’m currently trying to convince Terry that we need another one for the nursery, and he’s trying to convince ME that, er, could we not just use THIS one in the nursery? Which, as I’ve pointed out, would then mean we’d need a DIFFERENT rug for this room. Who knew rug shopping was quite so addictive?
On the other side of the room, meanwhile:
Up until last week, this white storage box was actually a varnished pine storage box. We bought it back when we got our first house (I have no idea where it was from, now!), and used to use it as a coffee table: when we moved here, though, we decided it didn’t really fit our taste any more, so it got dumped in the junk room/soon-to-be-nursery, and pretty much forgotten about. About two years ago now, we had the idea of painting it white and putting it in the master bedroom, but we didn’t actually DO anything about that (Well, not unless you count occasionally saying to each other, “Hey, we REALLY should paint that chest, like we said we would!”), so it’s been there ever since.
Now that we need to clear that room out to turn it into a nursery, though, we decided the time had come for the chest to be transformed. Unfortunately we both have a huge amount on our plates right now, so, luckily for us, my parents came and took the chest to their place, where my dad sanded it down before returning it: a few coats of white paint later, and it makes the perfect window seat, which fit into the space under the window almost as if it had been made for it. Really wish we’d done this sooner, tbh, but oh well, we got there in the end!
As for the rest of this side of the room, the dressing table is the IKEA Malm, the mirror above it came from eBay, and Terry informs me that the two white drawer units ALSO came from IKEA, although, honestly, I have no recollection of that either. I DO know that we bought them for our first house (at around about the same time as we bought the chest), and that, like the chest, they were ALSO both pine originally, but we painted them white almost as soon as we got them, so, yeah, I can’t even remember what they looked like before, now I come to think of it.
Oh, and I get a lot of questions about the “big round thing” to the right of the chest: it’s just a decorative gold plate that my mum passed on to us years ago, along with the gold vase/bowl under the other window: we were originally going for a white and gold theme with this room, which has now morphed into a white/gold/pink/grey theme, so it all hopefully works together!
For the side tables, we went back to IKEA (surprise, surprise!), where we also picked up a couple of photo frames (Actually, I can’t remember the last time we went to IKEA and DIDN’T pick up some frames?) for these prints, which we just printed out ourselves. The white branch, meanwhile, is one that Terry cut down last winter and sprayed white: it actually has fairy lights wrapped around it (Because, OBVIOUSLY there would be at least SOMETHING with fairy lights on it, right?), which is really pretty when it’s switched on: the tree light which used to occupy this space was too tall to fit next to the sofa, so it’s now been re-located to the livingroom… which is my NEXT project after the nursery. Oh, and the bathrooms. And I still really want to knock down that stair wall. And… I’ll just stop there before Terry decides to divorce me, shall I?