I started working on this post at 9:30 yesterday morning. I haven’t been working on it the past 24-hours, but I think I tried to write it and get it posted like five times yesterday.
Well, what’d you do all day?
I have no idea. Except I did go to Crossfit and do a bajillion kettlebell swings at 53 pounds which means I’m gonna be feeling like I was in a car wreck the next two days. And, my crazy baby went to bed alive and happy and with food in her belly (and her hair because I didn’t feel like washing it) so that’s gotta count for something. Blog post or not I’d like to think that my day was quite successful.
Moving on …
A week or so ago Meghan left a comment asking when I’d be showing off our new renovated room. Well, guys, since it was finished in May I think it may finally be time to show off our new space (wink).
First, you gotta be refreshed of what it looked like before (by clicking right here.) I would so post them here to give you a real before and after show, but at the pace I’m going with this post this thing wouldn’t be published ’till Thursday.
You’ve seen the sitting room/future nursery so I’ll spare you from those pics again (if you missed that post you can check it out here along with the awesome rug I snagged for it!).
Starting from the sitting room – you see the stairs coming up to our room and the short little stairs leading to our new space from the sitting room/nursery:
For those of you who saw our show I finally replaced the rug we were never crazy about. I got this baby at Homegoods for just $100 and sold our HGTV one on Craigslist for $200. (I just high-fived myself.)
(Not a fan of the orange glassed track-lighting, but oh well.)
HGTV didn’t gift us that TV. We just moved ours from the main level to our bedroom. I watch less TV than ever before. I really like having a TV in the bedroom. There are plenty late afternoons Charley and I just hang out in this room watching TV and eating goldfish and Corey and I love watching Modern Family and then giggling ourselves to sleep.
The stand that is part of the built-ins (which are from Ikea!) is too low for us to see the TV well from our bed so I built that little makeshift shelf-a-ma-jig to raise the TV and give it a nice fit so that Charley can’t reach it and/or pull it over on top of her. She does though like to push all the buttons on the cable box and spread the CD cases all over the floor.
And, you know we loooove our new floors. Real wood, wide plank, hand scraped awesomeness.
Heading into the bathroom …
(Yes. I’m totally obsessed with that bathtub and use it often.)
The picture above the bathtub is a favorite of mine of Charley. I took it one night after her bath time, tickling her with one hand, snapping photos with the other. It’s the slightest bit soft in focus, but I love it way too much to care. It always makes me smile when I look at it. And, it’s a great reminder to not sweat the small stuff. There is so much joy in this world and she is a daily reminder to me to relish in it. Letting small (usually meaningless) things weigh me down is a total waste of energy.
The frame itself is from an antique store. I got it for just $2 (it was just the frame itself). I then ordered plexiglass and backing to fit from this awesome site. It’s not the cheapest place ever, but the fact that you can get frames, plexiglass (which = safest for homes with kids) and backing in any size (down to 1/8″!) is awesome.
Via the iPhone archives the frame originally looked like this:
Then one day when Charley was snoozing I gave it a quick primer rub down:
And, in case you are wondering (because I’m sure you are), yes, our room is always that tidy. I am a total domestic goddess and I never would make our bed just for a picture or stuff a bunch of crap in drawers to make me look better than I am. I mean seriously, you can’t get much more perfect than this trophy wife.
How jealous are you? ; )
p.s. Thank you for your kind comments and emails Friday. Your words mean more to me than you know. I replied to each of your comments just in case you didn’t see already.
p.p.s. I have another Thanksgiving-decor-inspiration post headed your way today so check back in a bit.