We’re Going Through Changes

A little more than a month ago, we found out our other roommate will be moving out. He moved out over the weekend, and I’m really bummed.  He is so relaxed and just an all around nice guy (and a stellar roommate).  He will be missed. That leaves us with 2 empty bedrooms. I would love a new roommate but I don’t have any homeless friends. For a while we will just be 3 humans and 2 dogs.  This opens up a whole new world for our other rooms. What was going to be a guest room (the smallest bedroom) will now be transitioned into an office and the big bedroom will become a guest room until we get another roomie. My sister is totally content with her apartment-like basement.

I posted this list for the room I imagined as a guest room (updated):

  • Take down blinds and put up some classy window treatments (maybe just curtains)
  • Shampoo the life out of the carpet (he was very clean, but all the carpet in the house is detestable)
  • Take down wallpaper
  • Paint the room something modern and subtle
  • Paint the trim
  • Add storage and furniture
  • Remove wobbly desk
  • Replace/update light fixture
  • Find/make some fun and light art
  • Pray for better flooring under the carpet (unlikely)

It all still applies but the furniture will be different. We have quite the slew of office furniture so we’ll see how I can make it work.

The big bedroom will be a guest room, but it needs a lot of love. Take a look.


The big bedroom deserves a list of its own. Thar she blows:

  • Take down blinds and put up curtains
  • Shampoo carpet
  • Determine scale and solution for possible damaged subfloor (previous tenant let the bathroom on the other side of the adjoining wall leak into the bedroom)
  • Take down wallpaper
  • Paint (put in some effort to tie the whole house palette together)
  • Paint/replace closet built ins
  • Furnish the room
  • Paint trim
  • Get some cute art
  • Come up with a lighting solution (the little bedroom is the only bedroom with a light in the center)
  • Check under carpet for wood floors (unlikely)

It’s hard to tell from the pictures but the room has a fibrous wallpaper that some cats scratched to death. I recently found out my brother is coming to town and I would love to have him stay with us for a few days. Challenge Accepted.


Feeling a Little Moody

Between painting the living room, stairs and upstairs hallway and renovating the bathroom, I haven’t had any time to beautify my room.  The ceiling is just orange from nicotine and the once kind of cute country wallpaper has seen better decades. So I lie in bed at night dreaming of an airy, comfortable room that is easy on the eyes. To keep cabin fever at bay, I put together this moodboard on Olioboard, a free moodboard making website.


My room needs some blue and green (my two favorite colors), and some deep wood tones.  I love furniture with clean lines that feels a little tiny bit retro. The bed in the mood board is similar to what I am looking for: upholsterd, no footboard and wide sideboards. Right now we only have one bedside table that I’ve managed to cover with books, a jewelry box, a lamp, a box of sewing stuff, and half a dozen stretched out hair ties. Let’s not even talk about the state of my desk.

Unlike all those posh pictures in magazines with beds with white duvets, I like my comforter to be the star. I have a duvet from Ikea that they don’t make anymore, but I love it. It’s bold, fresh and has all my favorite colors in it. So far, it’s the only thing in my room I like other than my brand new fluffy Target pillows.  I’d like to bring in some new curtains, a few pillows and a nice rug to spice up the room.

To continue with the spicing, I have been looking around for some interesting, but cheap artwork.  Nothing too huge or stuffy.  We like graphic and nature inspired up in here. Right now we have our initials hanging above 0ur bed.  I printed off some cute monogram samples and slapped an ampersand up there. Imagine this, but framed and on a wall. A & K. I’ll post a picture one day.

The moodboard is just here to give me hope that one day I’ll have a room that I love that I’m not afraid to show my friends.