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What do you like to do on summer holiday weekends? Relax? Head for the pool? Hang out with friends? I like to do those things. But I also like to stay home and rearrange rooms of furniture and somehow rope the male population of my household into helping me!
On Saturday my oldest son and I picked up a Craigslist chest of drawers. I’ve had my eye out for a dresser or chest for the master bedroom since we moved. I had only CL dressers in NY so I sold most of them when we moved. I kept the two white ones for the girls and one small one for the little boys and one four drawer chest for the big boys. The boys don’t have nearly enough space for their things but we’ll work on them another time. At least their unmentionables have homes.
Dh and I were making do with shelves and rubbermaid bins in the closet. It was working fine so I haven’t felt pressured to find something quickly. Patience paid off because I found something I love for an amazing price!
I seem to be drawn to curvy legs these days and was thrilled to find a chest with legs! It isn’t an antique but is still solid wood and was only $40!! The best part is that dh loves it, too! We’re often on different ends of the spectrum with our furniture/ decorating tastes, so the fact that he likes it was icing on the cake!
Recently I took the desk that was behind the bedroom door…
and put it in the music room. (I’ll show you the music room soon. I promise!) That spot had stayed empty so when I brought the chest of drawers in I stuck it in the empty spot.
But isn’t it funny how one little new addition can create the inspiration for a whole change? I didn’t love that chest hiding in a dark corner behind the door. I thought about putting it on the wall near the bathroom where the orange chair was…
but that idea didn’t feel right, either. I got Nester’s decorating book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, for my birthday last month and just finished reading it. One of the best pieces of advice I took away was to “quiet” your room before you start moving around the furniture.
Believe me, the master bedroom NEEDED some quiet! It had become a major dumping ground. Here is what happened when I moved out the desk:
And dh and I both seem to junk up our sides of the bed!
As Nester advised, I pulled everything out of the room except the furniture and the pictures on the walls.
Suddenly I could see exactly what to do. Quieting the room really works. I needed to move the bed! The thought was a little scary. When we moved here the bed was in pieces and took a lot of reconstruction work by a very generous friend from church to even be functional. He helped us set it up in the room and suggested that we may not want to move it — ever. The bed itself isn’t at all heavy, though, so I figured if four people lifted simultaneously it should be fine. Dh was a little concerned we wouldn’t have enough space between the foot of the bed and the door of the bedroom. I used frog tape to show him exactly where the bed would be and eased that concern. (Should have taken a picture of that part. Sorry!)
Once he was convinced, he and the boys helped me move the bed. One kid lifted a little too high on one corner and I was afraid everything was going to fall apart. But it was fine and the new arrangement is so. much. better!! Would you like to see?
The bed is now opposite the door to the room. I’ve always avoided that position because I read somewhere years ago that putting the bed opposite the door is the “coffin” position. I would never have considered it except that the day before I quieted the room, I read a little excerpt in a magazine about the most peaceful way to set up a master bedroom is to put the bed in exactly that position.
And I love it because it gave me room for a seating area in front of the window!
Please don’t look too closely at my poor still un-upholstered arm chairs. I’ve been watching youtube videos. I’m getting braver. Really. I’m going to rip that old fabric off any day now.
It will be a little harder to junk up my side of the bed now that it is right next to the bathroom.
And perhaps dh’s side will stay cleaner, too, with the sitting area next to it. We are already loving that sitting area. It’s been three days so far and I think we’ve had coffee together in that spot every day since the set up!
My mom’s cedar chest is behind the door where the old desk used to be.
I’m not sure it will stay. My white and silver desk would look nice in this room. Although I think putting a desk in the bedroom is supposedly not peaceful…
I’m not sure this room will ever be “done.” I keep tweaking it. Right now I need to adjust some of the portraits to work around the new furniture arrangement and re-upholster the arm chairs. Dh really wants me to add some tiny little pops of red here and there. I’m not sold on the idea but it’s his bedroom, too, so I’m on the lookout. And there is that crazy nook near the ceiling. I’m still getting used to that whole Florida concept of design!
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The Turquoise Home / Embracing Change / Miss Mustard Seed