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{master bedroom} dividing up the action steps.

hey hey: if you’ve missed any of our progress on the master bedroom, click here to view the layout of our room, check out the mood board for decorating our space, our reveal of our freshly painted walls, and some fun accessories and paint updates.

even though our listy mclisterson (which i really need to update – uffda!) just offers a big list of projects that we’d like to eventually complete in our home, many of our rooms have “phase I” and “phase II” updates planned. our master bedroom is no different, so i figured i would update all of you on the way we’re approaching our master bedroom updates.

phase I updates include mostly cosmetic changes, including paint, linens and accessories. we’ve completed many of the items on this list – in fact, i am about 2/3 of the way complete with the DIY sunburst mirror project, which i can’t wait to share once it’s complete!

phase one

– paint (indigo)

– accent/repaint tray ceiling

– add end table

– hang curtain rod and curtains

– add seating area in front of the window

– style nightstand and dresser

– purchase new duvet cover, shams, accent pillows

– DIY a sunburst mirror using wood shims (like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272749321157021981/)

– add large-scale art above the dresser (a Sharon Montrose animal print? like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272749321156454181/)

– build, hang and style Restoration Hardware imitation shelves near doorway (like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272749321156969864/)

– remove and Craigslist the ceiling fan; add a chandelier (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155456934/)

– add sconces flanking the bed (like these: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272749321157132994/)

the next phase of our redecorating adventures involves more grand-scale updates, such as DIYing a new bed, purchasing a new dresser and DIYing a tufted, upholstered headboard. phase I allows us to make smaller updates to make our room feel more like “us” in the meantime while we save up our pennies for phase II.

phase two

– sell IKEA Hemnes bed, dresser and nightstand (to my brother!)

– DIY a bed (like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272749321157184166/)

– DIY a tufted, upholstered headboard (like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/272749321156449440/)

– paint interior of closet a fun color (wine? emerald?) or add wallpaper/DIY a stenciled paint treatment

– add a closet organizational system?

we’re hoping to tackle phase II within the next year or two, once we amass a few more pennies. but, in the meantime, be on the look-out for some photos of our master bedroom (as it’s currently looking)! spoiler alert: we’re already quite smitten with the room.

what home improvements are you saving up for? how do you approach updating or redecorating your home?

Operation Man Cave, Err, Nook.

Well, check that. Operation Man Cave Nook. Part of owning a house is having some space that represents a little bit of you. There’s pieces of me all over our house in tiny ways, but there’s not a room that screams Jord. That’s likely to change, as I recently got Sara’s approval to take a very tiny space – that probably technically classifies as a closet – and turn it into my man cave. Well, instead of a cave, I’m now calling it a nook.

Below is a picture of where the nook is located in our lower level; we’ll work on getting “before” pictures taken of the actual space:

Man-Nook

Hidden behind the door has been a catch-all for various storage items that we have yet to find a spot for, or stuff that we just simply unloaded from the moving truck back in August. The space isn’t large, and it isn’t grand, but after a quick test run, it’s quite perfect for my needs. With some simple modifications, a bit of TLC, a Master Chief Fat Head, and finally Sara’s stamp of approval, I’ll have a perfect man-nook.

Now I won’t likely host parties or be able to squeeze anymore than just myself in there, but 99% of the time, that is it’s purpose. A spot that can hold all of my toys, and easily keep them out of sight (I really have no idea why she doesn’t think a big PC, dual screen monitors, MASTER CHIEF!, among so much other stuff isn’t cute when it’s located in a room that people often hang out in, but I don’t always have to understand her. :)

Things I’d like to do:

  • Mount two computer monitors on the wall.
  • Mount a drop-leaf table/shelf that collapses for ease of movement but functions to hold a keyboard & mouse when I’m in gaming mode.
  • Build a spot for the Operation Nerd Mode PC I plan to build and Xbox 360/One to sit.
  • Create a cool way to hang/hold accessories, games etc.
  • Find a cool chair.
  • Hang up Master Chief Fat Head.

Things Sara would like to do:

  • Address the drywall situation (while the space has been drywalled, it is need of sanding – big time – before painting)
  • Paint the room a light and airy color (BM’s Palladian Blue, like L’s bedroom?)
  • Give some love to the concrete floor (paint it, a la Young House Love? add rugs?)
  • Add/Build concealed storage furniture (for baby items, holiday items, etc.) in smaller space under stairway (beyond the “man nook” area)
  • Take down Master Chief.

It should be quite cool, even though it will take time; it’s a process that, I imagine, could take a full year. I don’t want to just dump a ton of money into a room that’s for fun, but as you can see from my list of projects (ignore Sara’s – she’s got big stuff in mind!), this room has the prospect of getting done slowly with some spare change here and there.

Listy McListerson: Our Home

as I’m sure many of you know, I’m a big fan of John and Sherry (and Clara and Burger the dog!) over at Young House Love. i love following their journey as they renovate and leave their personal touch on their home (they’re on home #3 now!). they call their master to-do list for their home their Listy McListerson, and a la YHL, here’s our {updated} Listy McListerson for our home.

while overall, the layout of our house is conducive to the type of living we like to do – big communal spaces, so that our family (both our little family and our extended families at holiday time) can spend time together in one room. the tradeoff for larger communal spaces, of course, is smaller bedrooms, but since we aren’t people who love to hang out in our bedroom (other than to sleep!), this arrangement works well for us.

i encourage you to follow along with my pins on Pinterest as you read through this list – there’s a ton of inspiration photos there, but i’ve also linked to a few below!

as a reminder, here’s the overall layout of our home:

upstairs

Main Floor - Floor Plan - Original Paint Colors

downstairs

Basement - Floor Plan - Original Paint Colors

here goes:

overall look + layout of our home

– install crown molding in all rooms

– replace standard light fixtures/fans in all rooms in favor of lanterns and chandeliers

– eventually add an addition to the house {off of the upstairs living room} that includes a den/playroom on the upper level {to house the piano/kids’ toys + to act as “homework central” when kids are in school; install wainscoting and a coffered ceiling and install DIY sliding barn door opening}; addition on lower level will feature a fourth bedroom {located off of the downstairs family room}

garage

– add some nice hardware to the garage doors to beef them up (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155519475/)

– convert space in garage (just off entry way of home) to a mudroom; add a bench, cubbies/lockers/wainscoting with hooks (repurpose/reposition existing hanging shoe storage?); inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155519205/ and http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155548496/)

– third stall = man cave; bring in movable banquette seating (made of pallets and topped with outdoor cushions/pillows?; use castors for portability), install projector + screen or television, install wet bar

– DIY a kegerator (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155623504/)

– eventually replace garage doors with ones with windows/molding/character

outdoors

front yard

– add colorful landscaping in a few areas in front

– add a few planters in front of the garage and a new door mat

– paint the front door (Palladian Blue? Wythe Blue?)

– paint the exterior entry door(s) to the garage (Palladian Blue? Wythe Blue?)

– paint the storm door?

side/back yard

– add an invisible fence for Wyatt the dog

– build a pergola over (stained) concrete patio (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155436809/)

– add Adirondack chairs in a fun color (royal blue?) to the concrete patio space

– DIY a sandbox for Lionel and future siblings (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155519554/)

– DIY an outdoor chalkboard for Lionel and future siblings? (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155427133/)

– add potted tall grasses around perimeter of deck for privacy (multiple planters? one long bench-like planter?)

add a grill, an outdoor table and chairs to the deck

– plant lilacs

– plant a food garden

entry way

– paint (Gray Owl)

– add an area rug

– paint inside doors: front door, garage entry door (Palladian Blue? Wythe Blue?)

– main use for entry way closet = coats we wear most often; basket of hats and gloves for winter

– eventually add a fun lantern or chandelier

– add hooks for dog leash, art

kitchen

– paint (Gray Owl)

– paint the kitchen island (Palladian Blue? Wythe Blue?)

– DIY a kitchen table (use this tutorial: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155427460/)

– spray paint Mom’s kitchen chairs (White Dove)

– purchase two galvanized metal chairs (silver)

– paint a chalkboard wall in the eat-in area of the kitchen

– spray paint (Mint? Coral? White?) and hang empty frames on chalkboard wall (write notes, quotes inside); also add upside down drawer pulls to hold chalk (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155436867/); also draw a family calendar on the chalkboard wall (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155518354/)

– add curtains/blinds of some sort to sliding glass door for privacy? Frost the doors for privacy? (inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155581268/)

– find a cute vintage cake stand and use it to hold soaps/scrubbers beside sink in the kitchen

– add art, decorator items above cabinets

– line inside of cabinets with shelf liner paper? (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155436848/)

– eventually remove the backsplash in favor of installing subway tile? (use this tutorial: http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/01/take-it-away/)

– eventually replace the sliding glass door with double French doors (unpaned)

– eventually add a copper sink

– eventually install ceramic tile flooring in a neutral tone

– eventually install subway tile in a neutral tone above counters {grey? white?}

– eventually upgrade appliances to stainless steel

hallways + stairways

– remove carpeting + install handscraped hardwood flooring; add sisal runners to the stairs

– paint horizontal stripes on the walls (Gray Owl and White Dove? Behr Cracked Pepper and White Dove? Mint and Gray Owl? Mint and White Dove?)

– add decorator items in lighted nook above the upstairs hallway

– main use for upstairs hallway closet = linens and board games

living room {upstairs}

– add safety gate to stairway (find a style that doesn’t damage the banister; inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155530469/)

– paint (Gray Owl)

– purchase a chair and a sofa with clean, more “formal” lines, in light grey

– utilize Hemnes nightstand as an end table? Paint in high gloss mint?

– add an area rug (perhaps the black + cream rug from Lionel’s room?)

– paint Mom’s piano (Palladian Blue? Yellow? White? Grey? Mint?) and reupholster bench

– install a DIY window seat/banquette (with hidden storage for toys and other belongings) with an upholstered cushion in front of the window

– add curtains (ikat?)

– mount the television on the wall

– make and frame: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155436797/

bathrooms

upstairs

– touch up paint in both bathrooms (upstairs is painted a terracotta color, while the downstairs bathroom is charcoal grey)

– eventually replace white waffle weave shower curtain in upstairs bathroom with a ceiling height curtain in the same style

– purchase new bath towels, hand towels, rugs

– add art

– remove builder-grade mirror in upstairs bathroom and hang heavy black mirror horizontally in its place

– eventually replace tub in upstairs bathroom with a claw-foot tub

– bring in a vintage dresser in each bathroom to utilize as vanities

– install sinks with character

– install porcelain tile flooring in a neutral tone (grey? white?)

– install new lighting {a dramatic chandelier over the sink? pot lights above the tub/shower?}

downstairs

– touch up paint in both bathrooms (upstairs is painted a terracotta color, while the downstairs bathroom is charcoal grey)

– purchase new bath towels, hand towels, rug

– add art

– bring in a vintage dresser in each bathroom to utilize as vanities

– install sinks with character

– install floor to ceiling penny tile (grey?)

– install porcelain tile flooring in a neutral tone (grey? white?)

– install new lighting {a dramatic chandelier over the sink? pot lights above the tub/shower?}

– install a tiled, walk-in shower

master bedroom {upstairs}

– paint (Smoke Embers for walls; Willow Creek for tray ceiling)

– accent trayed ceiling by painting the tray one shade darker than the walls (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155439648/)

– eventually replace IKEA Hemnes bed with an upholstered bed (DIY? Like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155821845/)

– add accent pillows

– add end table(s) (mirror finish?) (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155456746/)

– add long, squatty IKEA Hemnes dresser; add fun knobs?

– remove and Craigslist the ceiling fan; add a chandelier (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155456934/)

L’s bedroom {upstairs}

– paint (Palladian Blue)

– add curtains (white with grey stamped triangles? Like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155579723/)

– add a new, smaller area rug (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155553199/)

– remove and Craigslist the ceiling fan; add a light fixture with a drum shade (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155439726/)

– cut down our old kitchen table (which is pub style) and dip paint (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155579705/ colors: Hawthorne Yellow and White Dove) to use as Lionel’s play table; purchase two child chairs

– eventually make Lionel a trundle bed (follow these building plans: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155436839/)

family room {downstairs}

– paint (Gray Owl)

– bring in TV (at least 55″) and TV stand; add fun knobs to tv stand

– purchase a comfortable sectional (with at least one chaise lounge at one end) that maximizes seating potential (seats at least five)

– add large area rug near/beneath sectional

– add wood blinds, graphic curtains, art

– eventually add stairs + convert back windows into a walkout with French doors?

library + office nook {downstairs}

– install wall-to-wall bookshelves {DIY? IKEA?} and organize books by color (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155446995/)

– add leather armchair with nailhead trim, sheepskin, ceramic drum table, pillow; hang farmhouse lantern over the armchair (in red? yellow? teal?) (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155439697/)

– add a parson’s desk + desk chair with character {galvanized metal? wicker woven?}

– DIY/paint cork boards for inspiration boards above desk (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155519463/)

laundry room {downstairs}

– add drywall, flooring (paint a striped concrete floor?)

– build walls + add drywall/doors to conceal furnace/other appliances

– paint (White Dove)

– stencil a focal wall (use this stencil: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155456926/)

– find, paint (White Dove) and hang (secondhand) cabinets above washer and dryer

– install open shelving

– install flooring (tile? hardwoods? place washer in a water-safe metal tray)

– “build in” washer and dryer (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155518660/), add butcher block countertop (or DIY a faux bois counter, like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155935252/)

guest bedroom {downstairs}

– paint (Elephant Gray)

– bring in full bed, which is currently housed at my parents’ house

– DIY a wood plank headboard (like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/272749321155548435/)

– purchase white/cream quilt, Euro shams, throw pillows

– replace light fixture with a chandelier/drum shade

– bring in a dresser, a chair/chaise

* *

as you can see, we have tons to update y’all on – and updates are coming, just as soon as we can catch our breath! stay tuned.

Sara’s List of Someday Renovations: Our First Home

ever since we put in an offer on our first home, i’ve been daydreaming of what we could do or add to our home to make it not just our first home, but our for-a-while {or forever} home. overall, the layout of our house is conducive to the type of living we like to do – big communal spaces, so that our family (both our little family and our extended families at holiday time) can spend time together in one room. the tradeoff for larger communal spaces, of course, is smaller bedrooms, but since we aren’t people who love to hang out in our bedroom (other than to sleep!), this arrangement works well for us. but, i can’t help but dream of making some renovations or updates to our home, someday down the road {or never – i’m dreaming big here and not thinking of budgets or timelines – this is an exercise that’s all about fun}.

i encourage you to follow along with my pins on Pinterest as you read through this list – there’s a ton of inspiration photos there!

here goes:

overall look + layout of our home

– install crown molding in all rooms

– replace standard light fixtures/fans in all rooms in favor of lanterns and chandeliers

– add an addition to the house {off of the upstairs living room} that includes a den/playroom on the upper level {to house the piano/kids’ toys + to act as “homework central” when kids are in school; install wainscoting and a coffered ceiling and install DIY sliding barn door opening}; addition on lower level will feature a fourth bedroom {located off of the downstairs family room}

garage

– install hardware on garage doors

– DIY pallet wood seating (benches with outdoor cushions, daybed style seating) for fantasy football parties and other lounging {birthday parties, graduation parties, etc.}; install casters for portability

– DIY a mudroom in the garage near the entryway to the house

– DIY a kegerator

– eventually replace garage doors with ones with windows/molding/character

– finish the attic above the garage and convert into a media room/bunk room for kids to hang out in and for kids’ sleepovers {possibly lower the garage ceiling in order to accommodate addition}; install spiral staircase entry {from garage?}

outdoors

– add a mission-style front door and paint a focal color

– build a pergola above the outdoor cement patio

– build a large outdoor table and banquette seating {made of pallet wood?} for deck

kitchen

– DIY a farmhouse table + bench

– paint the kitchen island a focal color {blue?}

– paint a chalkboard wall and install trim/shelf above

– install a copper sink

– install French doors that lead out to deck

– install ceramic tile flooring in a neutral tone

– install subway tile in a neutral tone above counters {grey? white?}

– eventually upgrade appliances to stainless steel

hallways + stairways

– remove carpeting from stairs + install handscraped hardwood flooring; add sisal runners to the stairs

– paint horizontal stripes/hang graphic wallpaper in the hallways to add character

living room {upstairs}

– install a window seat with hidden storage for toys, books, quilts, etc.

family room {downstairs}

– divide into two rooms with a temporary/industrial/art gallery-type wall {library + office nook on one side + seating area on the other side}?

– add stairs + convert back windows into a walkout with French doors?

library + office nook {downstairs}

– install wall-to-wall bookshelves {DIY? IKEA?} and organize books by color

– leather armchair with nailhead trim, soft throw, pillow; hang farmhouse lantern over the armchair

– parson’s desk + desk chair with character {galvanized metal? wicker woven?}

bathrooms

– replace tub in upstairs bathroom with a claw-foot tub

– bring in a vintage dresser in each bathroom to utilize as vanities

– install sinks with character

– install floor to ceiling penny tile in downstairs bathroom (grey?)

– install porcelain tile flooring in a neutral tone (grey? white?)

– install new lighting {a dramatic chandelier over the sink? pot lights above the tub/shower?}

– install a tiled, walk-in shower in downstairs bathroom

master bedroom

– accent the tray ceiling with paint treatment + large globe lantern

laundry room

– add drywall, flooring (paint a striped concrete floor?)

– build walls + add drywall/doors to conceal furnace/other appliances

– build in washer and dryer, add a butcher block countertop for folding

– retrofit standard door to swinging door in laundry room

– stencil a focal wall behind appliances

L’s bedroom

– build a trundle bed for L once he’s ready for a “big boy bed”

– paint {dip paint style} + add a play table for L

– add wainscoting? chair rail?

* No plans for the guest bedroom yet; it will eventually be a kid’s bedroom, so I’m sure the space will flesh out as we have more children someday!

A Love Letter to 2012, and Looking Ahead.

 2012 will forever be known, to me, as the year that I became a mama.

And as I sit here, staring into L’s big, green, nearly-seven-month-old eyes, I can’t think of a better way to sum up my year, my 2012 than the word grateful.

I’m so much in love with my life as 2013 knocks on my doorstep, and I’m anxious for the adventures ahead.

A few things I’m looking forward to in 2013:

– Finishing my M.A. in English Literature.

– Beginning my studies towards my M.A. in Secondary Education + Teaching Certification.

– Celebrating more milestones with L as he approaches his very first birthday, a party that I can’t wait to plan and an occasion that I can’t wait to celebrate.

– Working each and every day with my husband to make our marriage stronger, more loving, more fulfilling, just more.

– Dreaming about more little baby shoes and tiny onesies and coos and gurgles…someday.

Here’s to you, 2012. And 2013? I’m ready to rock out this new year. So bring it.