November 24, 2012

House Tour: The Exterior

Posted in House Tour tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:41 am by BetweenWeekdays

I’m wondering if the areas outside a house are always in a constant state of updating, or if that’s just us. Either way, the exterior of our home seemed like the never-ending project.

We purchased our first home in 2009, but we ignored the outside areas for about a year. There were just too many things inside that were necessary to deal with first. Our house wasn’t deemed “livable” by the bank when we purchased it, so the inside was priority no. 1. After that first year, though, the outside was begging for attention. It actually continued to do so the rest of the three years we called this place home.

I don’t have any before photos of the exterior of our house, but I can list a rundown of some of the outdoor projects we tackled during our last three years here.

  • Spray painted the shutters black. The shutters were originally a dull shade of blue. They weren’t too bad, but I needed more contrast for our tan house. I don’t remember what brand of spray paint I used, but whatever it was has held up remarkably well. In fact, you’d never guess they were once blue.
  • Replaced the front door. The original front door was a solid, boring blue. We purchased a door with a glass insert from a salvage store and painted it black. It brings in a lot of light in to our living room, but it doesn’t take away much privacy since the door doesn’t lead directly into our living room. (The photo below was taken standing just outside the front door.)

  • Added landscaping to the beds around the front of the house. The original landscaping was completely overgrown in some spots and nonexistent in others. The first thing we did was cut down an ugly, overgrown pine tree that was blocking our bedroom window. It took us a year to get the stump out of the ground. Literally. Then we trimmed down what could be saved, added a lot of new plants, some much, a stone boarder and landscaping lights. Whew!
  • Added a landscaping bed around mailbox and trees to redirect water. We live on a hill, and water flowing down near the road was washing a lot of our ground away. Last year, my genius husband built up the area near the road with landscaping timbers to correct the water-flow issues. We added a stone boarder around the backside of the trees and mailbox to make a landscaped area. This new bed solved not only the water flow issue, but it also covered up a place in the yard that won’t grow grass because of trees overhead. (The iPhone picture below hopefully provides a better explanation that I could ever hope to write. Travis built up the area behind him higher with the landscaping timbers creating a ditch between the landscaped area and the road to direct water.)
  • Completed the fencing in the backyard. This may have actually happened about six months, or so, after we moved in. The fencing was only partially done. I have no idea why. We finished the remainder of the fence and added a gate. We used leftover fence from a relative and purchased a damaged gate (it was easily repaired) to cut costs.
  • Added a raised bed garden. My mother and stepfather came to my house in May 2010 while I was away at work one day and created the raised garden bed and planted my first crops for my birthday. I’ve enjoyed having a garden ever since. (The iPhone photo below is my garden this year just after planting.)
  • Added a fire pit. In May 2011, my father and stepmother bought me a fire pit for my birthday. They helped us dry-fit the stone surround, and then we all enjoyed our first fire well into the night. You’ll notice in the photo below that the fire pit sits just to the right of my garden, which was looking much fuller when this photo was taken back in July. (The photo below was actually used on the MLS listing for our house.)
  • Stained the deck. This project took us a year to complete. I wish I was kidding. One spring we pressure washed the entire deck, sanded the rails and added one coat of stain. Then we lost our momentum. I blame a wicked migraine given to me from the stain fumes. We didn’t add the second coat of stain until earlier this year when we decided to sell our house. You can read more about the initial stages of staining the deck here. (The photo below was also used on the online MLS listing for our house.)
  • Painted the front porch. This is actually one of my favorite projects and probably one of the few that I’ve completed entirely on my own. Last year I painted the railing white and the porch floor a beautiful blue. This year, I only had to touch up the stair treads. I love my blue porch. To learn more about painting the front porch and staining the deck click here.
  • Added a tree to the front yard. Earlier this year I purchased a weeping yaupon tree from a nursery that was going out of business. We used some leftover stone edging and made it its very own landscaped bed. Then, it went into shock and all of its leaves fell off. I’m happy to report that it’s doing much better now. It’s actually sporting quite a bit of green toward the bottom of the plant. 
  • Pressure washed everything. We’ve been pressure washing for the past two years. We’ve pressure washed the entire house, the front porch, the deck, the concrete pad under the deck, the retaining walls, etc. I really hope the new owner appreciates the squeaky-clean exterior.
  • Built a retaining wall. Living on a hill also affected our backyard. Whenever it rained, large portions of the higher-elevated yard, mostly rocks, washed into the grassy area of the yard making mowing a huge challenge. We spent years trying to figure this one out. Eventually we decided a cinderblock retaining wall would do the trick. We wanted to cover up the cinderblock with steps leading into the yard, but we decided to sell the house before we could come up with a plan. The iPhone photo below was taken just after the wall was built. Dirt has been added to the top of the wall and grass has covered the dirt, but not much else has changed.
  • Added a new roof. We’ve had quite a bit of foul weather in Chattanooga these past few years. Earlier this year, a particularly bad storm damaged our roof badly enough to warrant replacing the entire roof. Luckily, our insurance agreed to cover the cost, so we were only out the down payment, which we later got back a portion of when we got a referral bonus from some friends of ours using the same company.

We didn’t hire out for any of these projects (with the exception of the roof), so it’s pretty crazy to look back at all we accomplished in three, short years. I think we’re both pretty proud of how our house looks now. We definitely have the prettiest house on our street. (I know this for a fact because it was often mentioned during showings. Sometimes this was a good thing; sometimes not.)

The exterior of our home concludes the tour of our first home. If you’ve missed any of the fun along the way, click here to see what you missed.

p.s. Writing this post was a little bittersweet knowing that it’s the last stop on the tour. While we’re very excited about the home in our future, we’re also pretty sad to say goodbye to this place. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our house as much as I’ve enjoyed showing it to you. 

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November 19, 2012

House Tour: Laundry Space

Posted in House Tour tagged , , , at 8:43 am by BetweenWeekdays

I’m not sure if you noticed my carefully-worded title. We don’t officially have a laundry room in our current house. Instead, we do our laundry in the garage.

 

It isn’t pretty. This is actually the photo used on the MLS listing for our house. I’m pretty sure it isn’t the reason our house sold, if you know what I mean.

To the left of our washer and dryer setup is a utility sink nestled between our water heater and deep freezer.

 

I’ve never used it for laundering purposes, but it’s nice to know that it’s there. It’s seen plenty of use for other purposes.

I’ve never enjoyed having our laundry room in the garage. It’s very cold in the winter, plus it’s very hard to keep clean and organized. There have been many days where our laundry space looks like this:

 

Pretty awesome, huh?

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to never seeing this sight again. 😉

To see the rest of the tour of our current home, click here.

November 5, 2012

October 2012 Month in Review

Posted in Blogging, DIY Art, House Tour, How To, Month in Review, Recipes tagged , , , , , , at 8:30 am by BetweenWeekdays

October brought with it much colder weather and also the end of the tour of the interior our current house. I still hope to be able to show you the exterior of our current house and the garage, aka the laundry room soon.

We kicked off October with a tour of the upstairs bathroom. This room is tiny, but it has served us well. Click here to see how we make the most of a small-ish bathroom.

The last spaces on the main floor of our home were the next up on the tour. I showed you all the details of our master bedroom and bathroom, and I shared what I dislike most about these spaces. Click here for all the details.

I took a break from the tour to show you a few items that have been on my wish list for awhile. I really need to get busy writing my letter to that jolly man in red. Click here to see some of what might be on my Christmas list this year.

I created some DIY map art a couple of years ago, so I figured it was about time I showed you. I can’t wait to incorporate this into some keepsake art to commemorate our first house. Click here to see how I made the map art and how I hope to use it in our next house.

Up next I showed you how we make our oh-so-easy nachos around here. It’s one of our favorite meals. For the “recipe,” click here.

Thanks to you guys, this blog experienced its highest site traffic to date in October! Thank you again to everyone who stopped by. Click here to read all about it. Seriously, thank you again.

The tour of our current house picked up again in the downstairs living room. We have a separate apartment downstairs, but we’ve never rented it out because this room serves so many purposes for us. Click here to see all the ways we use this room.

The tour then moved into the downstairs kitchen and bathroom. I know it’s odd to lump those two rooms into one post, but I promise it’ll make sense once you read the tour of those rooms. Click here to do just that.

The downstairs guest bedroom is the last room of the tour of the interior of our home. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the whole house, and I can’t wait to get more use out of this furniture in our next house. Click here to see what I mean.

The month wrapped up with a spooky Halloween greeting from my family to yours. Boo!

I can’t wait to see what November brings! Posting may be a bit more irregular that norming during the next couple of months, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep you updated on all the big change happening in our lives.

Happy November!

p.s. If you missed any of the rooms of the tour of our current home, click here.

October 30, 2012

House Tour: Downstairs Guest Bedroom

Posted in Decor, DIY Art, House Tour tagged , , , at 8:43 am by BetweenWeekdays

There’s only one room left on our house tour: the downstairs guest bedroom. I’ve blogged about this room before, but it has only recently been finished.

We purchased the bed about a year or so ago, but it sat without bedding for a long time. When we decided to list the house, I knew I had to finally make the bed.

Most of the bedding was gifted, but I did score a fabulous deal on the Pottery Barn quilt. I purchased it from a consignment store for only $80.

I also scored a DKNY pillow that was originally listed at $115 for only $14.00. Thank you Tuesday Morning! It’s the tiny rectangular pillow in both of the above photos. Does anyone else think it’s crazy to pay $115 for a decorative pillow?

Another challenge to this room was deciding what to place in my old cradle.

My late grandfather made the cradle for me before I was born, so it has great sentimental value to me. My mother-in-law very kindly loaned me Travis’ baby quilt to place in it. It was hand stitched by his grandmother, so it is also hugely sentimental. A stuffed toy helped fill in the negative space in the cradle.

Directly across from the bed is a small gifted dresser with a T.V. atop it from my dorm days and a quilt ladder to its right.

The quilt ladder was a fun DIY project. For a long while this was the only ladder we had. It was so unstable, that I wasn’t allowed to use it for climbing purposes. Last Christmas we were given a new ladder so I disassembled our old one to use for quilt storage.

I think it’s quite charming in a rustic, beat-up sort of way.

Speaking of rustic, beat-up charm, I literally pulled the nightstand from the trash a few months ago.

All it needed was a good cleaning and some furniture polish to spiff it right up. I think it looks really sweet in this room.

I also pulled the art pieces located in this room from the same trash pile.

I researched the prints just for fun to see if the were worth anything, but, alas, no such luck. Even though they were signed, they were still only worth around $7 a piece. I had them framed for about $30/each (if I’m remembering correctly) at Hobby Lobby.

I’ve loved watching this room transform into what it is today. I can’t wait to be able to better use this bed in a future home. As of right now, this room has not seen an overnight guest in three and a half years. This bed has never been slept on, and I can’t wait to remedy that in a new house.

This room is the last on the tour of our current house. I plan on showing you the exterior of our home soon, which will conclude the tour. If you’ve missed any rooms, click here to see each room in its entirety.

Source List:

Bed: Local Discount Furniture Store
Bed Quilt: Pottery Barn Matine Toile Quit in Navy, sadly no longer available in navy
Cradle: Handmade
Dresser: Gifted
Nightstand: Picked from Trash
Art: Picked from Trash, frames from Hobby Lobby

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)

October 23, 2012

House Tour: Downstairs Kitchen and Bathroom

Posted in House Tour tagged , , , at 8:37 am by BetweenWeekdays

Welcome back to the tour of our current house! Today I’m showing you the downstairs kitchen and bathroom. I know it seems odd to combine the kitchen and bathroom, but neither room truly deserved its own post.

You may remember that downstairs we have an income suite. We’ve never rented this space, because we’ve always used the living room for multiple purposes. However, the rest of the space has been largely unused.

The kitchen is just to the right the living room. When you walk into the apartment, you can either walk straight into the living room or turn right and go into the kitchen.

The cabinets and countertops are the same as upstairs. These still feature the brassy pulls that were once upstairs too. The appliances came with the house, but they used to live upstairs.

Immediately to the left of the kitchen cabinets are French doors that open to the backyard. They let in a ton of natural light.

Our dogs used to call this room home while we were both at work. Roxy loved looking out the doors, and Izzy enjoyed cuddling on blankets while we were away at work. Now, this room doesn’t serve any purpose for our family.

The only change we made to this space was the paint. I can’t even remember what color it was before, and I don’t have a photo to remind me. The downstairs was an afterthought when it came to paint colors, so we used what we had leftover from upstairs.

This kitchen has a ton of space. I always pictured a renter having plenty of room for a large dining table and a moveable island.

The picture below shows the traffic path for this space.

The door on the right is a small hallway that leads to the downstairs bathroom and bedroom. The door on the left goes into the living room, where you can turn left to exit the apartment.

Directly across from the mirror you see in the above photo is the downstairs bathroom. (The photo below was snagged from the MLS listing for our house.)

 

Other than paint and a few accessories, this bathroom looks exactly the same as it did when we moved it. We, once again, used leftover paint, and the shower curtain and art are both left over from previous residences.

 

Sources:

Dishwasher: Inherited with House
Oven: Inherited with House
Shower Curtain: Target, no longer available
Bathroom Art: Kirkland’s

Paint Colors:

Kitchen: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)
Bathroom: Green Tea Leaves by Valspar (left over from upstairs hall bath)

If you’ve missed any of the rooms on this tour, click here to see each room in its entirety. Up next on the tour is the last official room in the house!

October 19, 2012

House Tour: Downstairs Living Room

Posted in House Tour tagged , , at 8:35 am by BetweenWeekdays

The tour of our current house is slowly coming to an end. We’ve already seen the entire upstairs, and now we’re moving to the lower level. If you’ve missed any of the posts along the way, click here to see each room.

Our house has a fully functional downstairs apartment with it’s own entrance and living spaces. Today, I’m going to show you the downstairs living room. This room actually sees a bunch of use from us, and it will be difficult to replace in a new home.

We never got around to doing much decorating in this room. In fact, we just settled on this layout right before we listed our house for sale.

I don’t have a true before photo of this room. Imagine it looking something like the before of the main living room upstairs. However, I do have pictures of some of the different layouts we tried.

At one time the room was divided in the middle by the couch (top two photos). As you entered the room, you walked straight into the man cave portion of the room. Behind the sofa was where my crafting space lived on a card table. Oh, those were the glory days.

The bottom photo in the collage represents what I call the chaos period. For a long time, this room was a dump zone. We hadn’t gotten around to doing anything with the rest of the downstairs, so no one ever came down here. The room in this state gave me hives, and I couldn’t stand to spend any time here.

As you noticed in the above photo collage, this room has a multitude of functions. This made finding a cohesive layout difficult. This room is used as:

  • Travis’ Man Cave
  • My Crafting Space
  • A Movie Room, occasionally
  • A Workout Room

In our next house, I would love to have my crafting and office space combined, but we’ll see.

I love my little corner of the room. This desk is long and very functional for my needs. The armoire on the other side of the room houses all of my crafting supplies. I’m looking forward to really organizing it when we move.

I purchased the armoire, which is made from solid wood and is very sturdy, from Craigslist for $100 and then painted it. I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in classic silver. This paint is pretty amazing, and I’m looking forward to using it again. I only used about half of my quart for this project. The color in the above photo is pretty true to life.

Travis has spent many hours on the sofa in this space playing his XBox. For a long time the only function of the room was Man Cave. The sofa is a hand me down from his parents. Its lost most of its softness and the fabric is scratchy. I’m definitely hoping to replace it in our next house, but for the past several years, it’s served my husband pretty well. Plus, it was free!

We only have a handful of rooms left on our house tour. It’s definitely going to be bittersweet to say goodbye to this place.

Source List:

Sofa: Hand Me Down
Desk: IKEA
Armoire: Craigslist
Coffee Table: IKEA, LACK
Side Table: IKEA, LACK
Rug: IKEA, GISLEV

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)

October 5, 2012

House Tour: Master Bedroom and Bathroom

Posted in Decor, DIY Art, House Tour tagged , , , , at 7:41 am by BetweenWeekdays

I love our master bedroom. I do. It’s just the right size. It let’s in just the right amount of natural light. It’s completely comfortable. And it’s us. If any room in our house is us, I think it’s this one.

We’ve spent years collecting different pieces of furniture for this room. Isn’t it funny how your own space (in this case, the master bedroom) is at the end of the to-do list?

Did you notice the lampshades we recovered last year? They’re still one of my favorite projects to date.

Our bed is a massive California King. It’s funny because I’m 5’1, and my husband claims to be 5’9. I don’t think he’s actually that tall. In case you’re wondering, a California King is the longest bed you can buy.

It’s a long story. Before we were married, we were shopping in a small mall, which had a Bombay & Co. outlet. I fell in love with the bed frame, which we were told was a queen. The footboard was brown, but the headboard was black. So, in short, we scored such a fantastic deal on it that we had to have it. It sat in my in-laws basement for months waiting on us to be married. This was very convenient for me, because my mother-in-law stained the footboard black because she got tired of looking at the mismatched pieces. I told you it was a long story.

We recently purchased a Sleep Number mattress for this bed, so I suppose we’re stuck with a California King for the next 20 years. And, yes, the Sleep Number is magical. Travis’ sleep number is 35. Mine is sometimes 50 and sometimes 40. I’m indecisive like that.

The one thing I don’t like about this room is the closet.

think the photo above should speak for itself, but in case it doesn’t, this closet is teeny tiny. Originally this closet was only mine, but once we listed the house for sale, we downsized our wardrobes considerably to fit in into this one teeny tiny closet in order to make it appear like this house has ample storage.

Moving on…

This is my viewpoint from my side of the bed. You’ll notice the DIY paint chip art above the chest of drawers on the right. I just love it there. We only recently mounted the television, and it’s great to finally have it off of the furniture.

The doorway between the chests obviously leads to the master bathroom.

We thought long and hard about converting the tub into a shower, but, in the end, it just didn’t make sense. We’ve done virtually nothing to this space other than paint it and add some hardware and accessories. It’s not my most favorite room, but it’s sufficient.

The tour of the master bedroom and bathroom wraps up the main level of our home. Next, we’ll move into the downstairs apartment. If you’ve missed any of the tour, click here to go to a full listing of each room.

Source List:

Bed Frame: Bombay & Co.
Mattress: Sleep Number m7 bed
Nightstands: IKEA RAST 3-Drawer Chest, stained black
Tall Chest of Drawers: Ashley Furniture (The link is very similar to the chest we own.)
Short Chest of Drawers: IKEA HEMNES 3-Drawer Chest
Bedding: Macy’s, gifted
Artwork: Kirkland’s

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar

Update: I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Show Us Your Bedrooms party.

October 3, 2012

House Tour: Hall Bathroom

Posted in Decor, House Tour tagged , , , at 7:44 am by BetweenWeekdays

The bathroom in the upstairs hallway may have a tiny footprint, but, trust me, it’s seen it’s fair share of traffic. Since this bathroom possesses the only shower on the main level, we often find ourselves sharing it with our guests.

When we purchased the house, this room wasn’t in terrible shape. It was filthy, yes, but other than that it just needed a bit of sprucing.

This room received a few updates when we moved in, but it hasn’t seen much change over the past few years. We painted the room a soft green, hung a mirror, changed the light fixture, added accessories and called it done.

I’ve had this shower curtain since my college days. It was actually a gift from my step-mother when I moved into my first apartment by myself. You see, my previous roommate had been responsible for decorating our shared bathroom, so I never needed to make any bathroom-related purchases. Since then, this curtain and a few other bath accessories have followed me to different cities and apartments to finally land here in my first home.

Is it silly to be sentimental about a shower curtain?

The decorative towels were added once we listed our house on the market. There were just a couple of other quick changes made to the space (including switching out a black bath mat for a white one) before we listed it.

The powder room sign was a yard sale find. For $3, I don’t think you can beat the touch of glamor it adds to the space. Plus the mirrored finish helps bounce around light in this windowless room. In its place before was a shelf that stored all of our towels. In an effort to make the house seem like it had ample amounts of storage, we moved the towels to a new location just across the hall to a small linen closet.

The vanity was in excellent condition when we purchased the house, so we didn’t have to make any updates other than changing out the brass pulls for some oil rubbed bronze pulls. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of oiled rubbed bronze, and this room was the perfect guinea pig space for me to learn this.

This room had a standard, builders-grade mirror in it when we purchased the house, which would have been fine except it was damaged beyond repair. A quick switch totally updated the space.

This little room has seen its fair share of action, but it probably won’t be missed. In our future home we would love to have a shower in the master bathroom. Plus, a bigger guest bathroom wouldn’t be a bad thing either. All in all, though, this room has served us well and met all of our needs.

There’s only two more rooms on the main floor of our home left: the master bedroom and bathroom. I hope you’ll join me as I continue the trek down memory lane.

Source List:

Mirror: Kirkland’s
Light Fixture: Walmart
Shower Curtain: Gifted
Bath Mat: Kohls
Bath Towels: JC Penny’s, Linden Street™ Striped Quick-Dri Towels
Soap Dish: Francesca’s Collections

Paint Color:

Green Tea Leaves by Valspar

I just created a new page that lists the entire house tour. If you’ve missed any of the previous rooms, you can click on over there to check them all out. Hooray!

October 1, 2012

September 2012 Month in Review

Posted in Blogging, House Tour, Month in Review, Recipes tagged , , , , , , , at 8:15 am by BetweenWeekdays

September 2012 was my first, real month since returning to blogging, so I’m very happy to be able to, once again, do a monthly recap of what I’ve blogged about. However, I should back up a bit and include a couple of posts from August, too, just so everything makes sense.

First, I broke the news that we’re selling our house. After nearly four years here, we’ve decided to make the move to be closer to our family. Click here to read all the details.

Since we are hoping to move soon, I decided it was only fitting to do a room-by-room tour of our current space. I kicked-off the tour with our living room. Click here to read all about the room where we spend the majority of our time. 

We continued the house tour with our kitchen and dining space. This kitchen has served us very well, and I’ll definitely be sad to say goodbye. To read the full post detailing our kitchen and dining, click here.

The month of September began with a post all about my rules for shopping at yard sales and a few of my recent finds. I’m learning to love shopping at yard sales for all of the awesome deals to be found, but I always make sure I always follow my own rules when shopping. Click here to read more. Do you have rules you follow when shopping at yard sales?

The next room up on the tour of our current house was the office. I spend a lot of time in this room, and I absolutely love it. Click here to read see full tour of our home office.

Next up, I showed you a quick and easy DIY paint chip art piece I created during a difficult week last year. This is a great project for any DIYer. Click here for the tutorial. This project so easy, I’m not sure you could even call the post a tutorial.

Then, I shared a recipe for our very favorite taco seasoning spice blend. Trust me, it’s way better than the packets you buy at the store. Click here for the easy and delicious recipe.

The last post for September 2012 was a continuation of the house tour with the upstairs guest bedroom. We really hope our guests have enjoyed staying in this room as much as we’ve enjoyed their company during the past few years in our home. Click here to read the full post.

I’ve really enjoyed this past month of blogging, and I’m looking forward to many more.

p.s. How weird is it that it’s already October? I’m super excited for all the goodness that comes with fall! Plus, Christmas is right around the corner!

Check out the months in review below from last year.

September 27, 2012

House Tour: Guest Bedroom

Posted in Decor, Entertaining, House Tour tagged , , , , , , at 7:34 am by BetweenWeekdays

Welcome back to the tour of our current house! We’re hoping to sell our house this year, so a blog tour of each room seemed like a good way to remember our first home. We’ve already toured the living room, the eat-in kitchen and the office. Next up is the upstairs guest bedroom.

Many guests have enjoyed staying in this bedroom, which makes me feel like we did a pretty good job making it comfortable and inviting for our out-of-town friends and family.

The furniture is from a set I had at my Dad’s house growing up. It was my teenage bedroom suite — after my bunk-bed phase — that my Dad and step-mother surprised me with one year for Christmas. Needless to say, this furniture means a great deal to me. I’ve always loved it.

When we purchased our home, this room was very, very blue and very, very dirty.

We added the chair rail trim and gave the walls and ceiling some fresh paint. You’ll also notice the state of the floors when we bought the house in the photo above. Carpet was the best choice for us then, and we’re still loving it. I think the room is much improved.

One of the simplest updates we made to this room was removing the hanging string used to pull down the stairs to the attic. We replaced it with a wooden knob painted white. I think it really helped make the attic entrance disappear.

The drapery panels were a lucky find a few years ago. I scored them at Lowe’s for $3 each!

It took me a long time to realize why they worked so well in the room. My (then) 16-year-old cousin pointed out that the color of the damask pattern was nearly an identical match to the upper wall color. Is it just me, or are 16-year-olds smarter than they used to be?

In the interest of keeping it real, I’ll go ahead and show you what the interior of the closet in this room looks like now.

Yep, that’s it! At one time, this closet was jam packed with some of Travis’ clothes and a shelf he built for some of my dish overflow from the kitchen. (For the record, he has way more clothes than I do.) Once we decided to try to sell our home, we decluttered and put a bunch of stuff in storage. I’m hoping we’ll be able to pare down what’s in storage and get rid of some stuff when we move. I might even be able to part with some of my beloved dishes, but I doubt it. Just typing that sentence made me sad.

There are a couple of art pieces with this room that I’m pretty fond of. The first hangs outside in the hall. It’s the last thing our guests see before entering their room for the night. (It’s also the last thing we see before entering our room every night, too!)

Isn’t it fun? It was a Christmas gift from my Mom a few years ago.The door to the guest bedroom is just to the right of this fun little piece of art. It’s actually the only artwork in the hallway that leads to all of the bedrooms upstairs. The hall is painted the same color as the living room and kitchen, in case you were wondering.

My other favorite art piece is inside the guest room.

My in-laws bought me this adorable Michael Sowa Diving Pig print one year for Christmas, and I absolutely love it. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.My husband is on the other side of the fence and thinks I’m a bit crazy for loving this pig so much. He just doesn’t understand. 😉

Quick tip: In lui of using a bed skirt, I simply bought the quilt a size up. It just barely skims the floor — eliminating the need for a bed skirt — and looks lovely. Plus, guests are able to double it over if they get cold during the night, which has actually been known to happen. I suppose this room is just extra cold during the winter months.

Since we’re still waiting for our home to sell, I’m sure we’ll be able to have many more guests stay with us in this room before we leave. We love entertaining and having overnight guests, and this room as served us — and our guests — well for nearly four years.

Source List:

Furniture: Gifted many, many years ago
Drapes: Lowe’s, allen + roth, sadly no longer available
Quilt: Belk, also no longer available
Framed Michael Sowa Diving Pig Art: Kirklands, no longer available. However, this can easily be found online.
Hallway Art, gifted

Paint Colors:

Above the chair rail:  Cliveden Gray Morning by Valspar
Below the chair rail: Somkey Olive by Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here. I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Sow Us Your Bedroom party.

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