Whereas the bedroom at Memorial was warm, spacious and inviting (or I like to think it was), the bedroom in the rental is a little bit… less.
I gave it a coat of moonlight white, shoved my bed in there, and called it good enough to sleep in. It needs all kinds of things… a rug, new linens, a better nightstand, a dresser, an upgraded desk-turned-vanity, and mostly, a new bed. Made out of gas pipe, obviously.
I’ve been wanting to start on this project for months, but there have been two things holding me back. First, until the Hillside Cottage plans were finalized I didn’t want to build anything that might not fit. For example, the kneewalls in the previous plan were 4″ high, but in the new version they are 6″ high, allowing for a higher headboard.
The second thing that’s been nagging at me is whether or not to build the bed to accommodate the box spring, or just have the mattress.
Aesthetically I think I like it with the mattress only, but by building it that way I’m basically forcing myself to find room to store a queen sized box spring, for no good reason. So… as soon as one of you can convince me it will look just fine with a mattress and box spring, I’ll get started building the thing. (Or convince me that a bonfire is a good use of six year old box spring. Either one.)
I finally bit the bullet and bought a rug. (This one from West Elm) and also traded in my old linens for some new white sheets and a dark gray alpaca wool blanket. Basically I just wanted to snuggle up to something that reminded me of a llama. That bedskirt will go, eventually, once the Pipe Dream bed is built.
I also replaced the old dining-room chair with a little machinist stool from Industry West, which I love. The only problem is that I love the way it looks when the top is higher, which means instead of just painting that little desk Martha Stewart Schoolhouse Slate (that’s the paint can sitting on top of it, by the way) not I’m probably going to have to build myself a new vanity.
What would really help in this room is curtains around those windows, but once I looked at the Hillside cottage plan I realized that there are only two “curtainable” windows in the whole place (one in the bedroom, one in the living room) and I happened to recently buy two sets of linen sheers from Pottery Barn that are currently on the windows in the rental living room. So, I decided against buying new curtains that may only get used for the next five months.
You may notice in the picture above that I solved a little draft issue with one of the windows by shoving a pair of my socks in the crack… so that’s kind of like window decoration, right?