Friday, August 2, 2013

Boring Walls Be Gone...

Some days I forget that this blog originally started and was intended to be about our home as we built it and as we decorated it.  Yet, our little spitfire gets most of the attention these days in both blog world and in real life.  However, every summer when I'm home, I like to get a few minor projects completed.  By "minor projects," that means that I pick out some stuff and then make Nick dig out the tools so that the projects can be completed!  He loves it (insert Nick eye roll).  There are still plenty of nooks and crannies to decorate in this house and being home in the summer grants me the opportunity to stare at the walls for longer than normal and declare, "That needs a little something!"  That's typically followed by, "Nick, can you get me the measuring tape?"

Our downstairs powder room is probably is one of the most used rooms in the entire house.  Thankfully, Papa Kevin helped us liven up the room a few years back when he threw a coat of yellow paint on the walls for us since it was eye glaringly builder beige with a white toilet and pedestal sink.  The main problem is that there is absolutely zero storage in the room since it has that lovely white pedestal sink.  Therefore, our dental floss, Tums, and even the toilet cleaner are all kept in the kitchen.  Close enough, yes.  However, the band aids keep jamming in the spoon drawer and I was over that game of tug-tug-tug about a year ago!  We loved the white medicine cabinet that we installed in the Bethesda condo a few years back to help deal with our storage problems there.  Obviously, we parted ways with it when we sold the unit, but fortunately for us, the same cabinet is still for sale at Home Depot.  I picked up a floral canvas print from Kohls a few weeks back and in combination with the new medicine cabinet, the powder room is looking much more exciting these days (as "exciting" as a powder room can look)...

The new cabinet - already stocked with Tylenol, band-aids, epi-pens, etc.

Thankfully Nick didn't mind an excuse to fire up the drill for that little project.  Of course, I failed to mention to him that I may have picked up a few other things while I was out the previous day.  Oooops?

Moving onto boring wall problem #2....   We have lots and lots and lots of wall space in our master bedroom.  We've already dealt with a lot of the walls, but there are still giant walls with just small little pictures on them, not to mention the wonderful tray ceilings that I constantly google looking for ideas and inspiration.  I happened to be in Home Goods this week, which is always dangerous, and I saw the cutest little decorative shelves from Thailand.  Even better, they were on clearance.  They came fairly close to matching the wood stain on our bedroom furniture, so they made their way into our cart.  Of course, I then needed some items for the shelves, so I had to hunt around a little more in the store and I came up with some other little treasures.  I used to hate this wall, but now it may be my favorite in the entire room.  It's the last thing I see at night when I turn off my light and it's the first thing I see in the morning.  There's no better way to wake up then to see these smiling faces looking back at you...

That poor little flower picture used to occupy this whole wall all by itself.  Now it has company!

Of course, projects like this only get completed in the late PM hours after Georgia has gone to bed.  So, I had to wait until the next day to check out the new project in daylight!

Loving the new wall art

Of course, once I get started on something, I then just had to mess around with a few other areas in the master bedroom.  The area above Nick's bureau always bothers me too, so a few new little touches and moving around some items has me warming up to this area...

Tall skinny bureau + tall skinny wall = Limited options for decor

As for the other walls in the room, they're slowly coming along....

I still love our giant IKEA mirror, which just rests along this wall.  It's usually my last stop before I run out the door in the morning before work to make sure I'm fully clothed and without my skirt tucked into my underwear (yup, been there and done that!).

It's almost funny how I thought this television would be massive in the bedroom when Nick bought it before we moved into the house.  Nick almost (ALMOST) has me convinced that we need a bigger television for this wall!  If not a bigger television, I still think this wall needs something else.  My favorite part of this area is the picture on the right - our first picture together as a couple at a bar in the winter of 2006/2007.

Oh king size bed.... one day you shall be mine!  For now, Nick just rejoices that he finally got a nightstand when we moved into the new house.  I always debate changing out the picture above the bed with something more substantial, but I do love the simple black and white print from our wedding.

The official Georgia wall - it continues to grow!

Still my most favorite purchase from

The entry to our master bedroom with a few more pictures from our wedding day

We still have yet to do anything with our master bedroom sitting area, but it's on the short list.  Our plan is to eventually get a few comfortable chairs for the area.  Nick and I somehow have different definitions of "comfortable chairs."  He envisions recliners, as he points out that he is getting old and he could fall asleep in his recliner in the sitting room  I envision big puffy chairs that I could lounge around and read a book on (because that happens so often these days!).  For now, it's fairly barren.  Frankly, I'm impressed that we have window treatments in this area.

Nick's master plan involves moving the current television over here and getting a larger one for the bed area.  Yes, two televisions in one room.  I'm married to THAT guy!  It doesn't help that he mentioned that plan to one of the neighbors and was told they already have two televisions in their bedroom!

We simply refer to this area of the sitting room as "Georgia's kitchen."

Pinterest always provides me with amazing inspiration and lately I've been obsessed with doing some sort of wall treatment in this sitting room area.  Insert gigantic eye-roll from Nick right about here.  But, don't you think some board and batten walls would look amazing in here????

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

Now, I just have to convince Nick that he wants to take this on for a weekend project!!!  

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