Monday, January 2, 2012

Our Room

Next on the house tour is our room..The oak floors that needed repair, the baby blue colored trim and the cream painted door (we couldn't tell it was cream until they painted the trim white). The basic light fixture and the light switch that worked intermittently.
The wood fire place was a nice feature - we love the metal grate. It was rough, but it had good bones. We still need to replace the windows as the seal as broken so the top pane is foggy, but it works - keeps the cold and the rain out and lets the light in! And the reveal! I love the 5 panel door that was original to the apartment with the glass door knob.

The new light fixture is a drum pendant from West Elm that our friend Ben installed. I wish we had taken a picture of the floors before we rolled out the carpet - they are really beautiful - but we love having a nice plush carpet to walk on. I also love the gray walls - they really make the white trim really pop!
The window shades are from Home Depot - I think they are 5+ years old - we've used them in about three different apartments - I love how they filter the light and reference the color of the wood framed bed.
The bed is Room and Board that we got four years ago - SO worth the investment. Unfortunately they don't make this one any more, but it is solid walnut frame and headboard with steel supports. The night stands are Ikea, as are the dressers (which have survived three moves). They are something we would like to upgrade eventually. I think Dave is tired of tightening the screws every other month.
The bedding is all West Elm that we got on sale after Dave got his job last fall. Dave really wanted white sheets and this was the first time in our married lives that we didn't have a black dog sleeping with us, so it worked (Giselle + White Sheets = Brown Sheets). Yes, there are a ton of pillows. They are left over from pregnancy. I got used to sleeping with them and now I won't give them up!
The full height mirror we added (another Ikea find) centered on one of the molding framed panels. Hudson loves to look at himself in the mirror so we needed one at his height. All the block prints we picked up at Yee Haw three or four years ago.
The three small prints along the wall are Irene Suchocki that we got off of Etsy. They are photography prints on silver metallic paper - they have a painterly quality that I love.  We definitely felt like we had a lot of art to hang and not enough places - this apartment didn't have the long hallways that our last two places had, so we got to fill the rooms with art which was nice.
We had the radiator painted dark like the doors. We have white covers on order and the dark radiators will be in shadow behind the grating. They are custom made to order - hopefully worth it.
We removed the closet door and added a curtain for easier access. The original door was a hollow core door - not worth saving. The curtain matches the doors which is a happy accident. That curtain is from Ikea (we used the other one to line two window shades) and we had this one left over. One Umbra tension rod later, and we were in business. The other thing (you can't see) we added to the closets were motion sensor LED lights we found on Amazon. Our friends at the 12 foot house *love* lights in closets. We didn't have it in the budget to hardwire ours, but the battery operated ones we found are great  and at under $30 for three are worth it!
This is the view from our bedroom window - other back yards! It's fun to see what people do with their outdoor space!
And our sweet co-workers brought us this lamp as a house warming gift! We needed an extra light in our bedroom and I love this one. It is the perfect proportion for our mantel!
My favorite part about our room is that it is so sunny. It gets a lot of reflected light during the day off of the buildings across the way.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a tour of the entry and "future office" area!

Hudson's Room

We start the week off with today's reveal....Hudson's room! He is pretty comfy in his new digs! A little trip down memory lane... Carpet
...that we removed to reveal - a plywood subfloor

 ...that we removed to reveal a pine plank subfloor...

 that we painted...
And finally the reveal...The light is a $10 special from Ikea. The shades are from Home Depot (I lined them with an Ikea blackout shade a couple months ago. It fits and it gets the job done!). The walls are eggshell finish (so they are cleanable :)) in Behr paint color 790E-2 Gentle Rain. We painted the doors 780F-7 Stealth Jet in a semigloss finish. Dark doors wsn't something that I thought of, until I saw them at the 12 foot house. They really pop and hide a lot more dirt than white doors. It's also a nice contrast. The contractor actually used all Benjamin Moore paint mixed to match the colors we chose. The trim is all Benjamin Moore Ultra White.
We hung one of Hudson's favorite prints (by our friend Aaron Meshon) at the entry. Hudson loves to point to the doggie (BOW-WOW!) and the dots that say 'Let's Go Downtown.' I love the corner guard detail at the closet - A nice original detail to the house. This is also the only room without a picture rail detail, but I think not having this detail helps the room feel a little larger.
 We left the brick wall in his room white, which makes the room feel larger - the other walls are the grey.
 Yes, that is Godzilla at the top of the bookshelf (thanks, Dave!) We took the hollow-core door off the closet and added the curtain we used at the old apartment to delineate Hudson's "room."

 Such a happy boy!
 Cribs are tasty when you are teething...
The prints below were from 20x200 that hung above his crib at our old apartment. He now points to them and says - bah! He wants to get them down and read them!
So we returned some extra kitchen pieces and *finally* got Hudson his own Ikea Billy bookcase. He really loves it! The baskets are made from old newspaper that we found a couple years ago at the container store. I think we'll probably get another unit in the future at some point.
And one last surprise as you leave the room! An old Yee-Haw print that we re-framed in white. The door we will eventually replace with a 5-panel wood one - once we save up our pennies! For now, the plain hollow core one works! It's nice for Hudson to have a room - with a door!

This week we found a CD player on the street (Hudson can play his new music CDs) and some shelves for the wall opposite the brick wall. Gotta love the recycling that can happen in this neighborhood! We'll follow up on those details later...

Stay tuned tomorrow for an update on our room!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

happy new year!

wishing you blessings in the coming year!

stay tuned this week for the official unveiling of our new apartment!