The bulk of this was written 5 months ago, around the time of my miscarriage. I hadn’t posted it here, but I am now, with some additions and updates. I’m extremely excited for this to come to fruition.
So it looks like we’ve decided for good to make the lower “room” in the house (split level) and it’s bathroom/laundry into the “master” bedroom for our house, with the two upstairs bedrooms as Guest and Craft Room, and eventually Nursery, when we get pregnant again (which will hopefully stick).
The entrepreneurs we are, it’s a duplex. The other portion is rented already. We will fix up the side we’re working in, enough to make it look more up to date and just a bit nicer. It’s in great condition, which is fabulous, it’s just kinda ugly and out of date.
With the intention of renting our side back out when we leave Washington in a couple-few more years, we’re going with good, neutral colors in the main portion of the house.
The downstairs is where things get interesting.
This might be a bit wandering, as my brain is still not functioning on all cylinders. Hang with me.
We’ve chosen a rather nice gray for the main color of the walls. Which we can easily keep when we leave, as it’s pretty neutral. I forget the name of it, but it’s amusing, and so were the other grays we were looking at too.
A really gorgeously soft white for the trim (we have a penchant for nice looking crown moulding pretty much all over the house), which will also be in the rest of the house. The gray we chose for it’s neutrality, and it’s character.
We haven’t solidified the plans, but we’re thinking a solid wall of a thick, heavy and saturated color fabric. The one we initially chose out of the paint swatches was “peacock” blue/green. It was faboo. UPDATE: It won’t be a whole wall, as we’ve flanked the window with the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, but we will be putting a rather sizeable floor-length set of curtains up between the book shelves.
I’m not thrilled about the place having berber carpet, but we’re just not sure if it’s worth changing (monetarily at this point, or even because of the renting). One of the biggest reasons I’ve found out that I HATE berber, is that on slab foundations, it’s really COLD. And is just plain ugly. So we’re looking into getting a large area rug. Now, this room is pretty big, not huge, but big.
I believe we will also have room for the Victorian-style couch and chair set we just bought at auction. It’s gorgeous. I’m stoked. We’re basically just turning our bedroom into a sumtuous, soft, extravagant little place for us to relax and escape to. Really just pulling out all the stops with this one room. On top of the set, we also managed to pick up a second set of chairs…also antique looking (replicas, probably -all of them-, but who cares, they’re cool looking), we just need to get them tightened up a bit, they seem a wee tidbit shakey.
UPDATE: We’ve found an incredible bedroom set, which we’re buying from someone we know. Solid mahogany, very much replica-style, baroque-esque. It has a deep red-brown laquer on it, which is gorgeous, and strangely very durable. They’ve had it for 2-3 years, and there are really no major issues at all with the surfaces, let alone any minor issues.
The set is a queen-sized 4 poster bed, a mirrored vanity with stool, a tall dresser and a nightstand. I can’t wait to get it in and get some pictures of things when they’re closer to being done. It really is a gorgeous set and one I plan on keeping for as long as I can, and hopefully passing it down.