Blue Bedroom

So, in addition to the bathroom and the living room, our bedroom could really stand to get a new coat of paint and a bit of a facelift to freshen it up and make it seem a little less cluttered and a little more restful. I’m thinking that a blue would be really nice in there because blue is very calming, but with the exposed brick wall, finding the right blue could be a bit tricky. I think something with more of a slate or gray tone would probably work best, but the room is not very big so we need to avoid choosing a color that is too heavy and dark. I think I’m going to convince Dan that we should make a trip out to Home Depot this weekend to pick up color swatches for all of the proposed painting projects. Dan is not especially excited about any of these projects because he has a very busy life and does not want to spend his free time painting. Too bad. I really want to brighten things up and make a solid effort to reduce some of the clutter in our house. That’s my big project for the summer because right now I’m feeling very cramped and anxious.

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Hunkerin’ Down Home Improvements

This Saturday it snowed all day in Baltimore. Apart from a brief walk and snow covered play session with the dog in the park, my husband and I embraced the opportunity to hide out from the cold and spent the weekend fixing up our house. We’ve been in our house for about nine months now and I think we finally have everything set up in a way that makes the best use of all available space. Anyone who lives in a small Baltimore rowhouse is sure to know how important that accomplishment truly is. 

None of this will mean much to anyone that has not been in my house, but I’m posting some pictures, mostly for the benefit of my mom. 

The major project of the weekend was switching two whole rooms. We previously had our bedroom set up in the larger of the two upstairs bedrooms. This presented two main problems:

1. That room is subject to temperature extremes. The houses on either side of us do not have a second stories that reach as far back as our house does, which means our former bedroom has three walls exposed to the elements, instead of just one. When it is cold outside, it’s freezing in the bedroom. When it is hot, it’s boiling. The temperature extremes are easy enough to deal with when you are awake, but it makes for tricky sleeping. 

2. We had our tv room/study set up in the smaller of the two upstairs bedrooms. It was crowded. We spend most of our free time in that room and after awhile, it started to feel a little cramped. 

So we switched rooms. The bedroom is now in the smaller room where the tv room/study used to be. The tv room/study is now in the larger room that used to be our bedroom. It was a lot of work, but produced phenomenal results! Our bedroom is now cute and cozy and a very comfortable temperature. The tv room has more than enough space now and everything feels less cluttered. It’s fantastic. 

In the new bedroom, I finally found a place to hang up the quilt my sister made for us as a wedding gift. I love being able to lie in my bed and stare at this lovely quilt. 

The cat loves it!

The dog doesn’t care either way. He just goes with the flow. Floor is floor, he’s probably thinking. [If you want to see some more adorable pet shots, you can check them out here.}

The other main project this weekend was to finally install some hooks on the living room wall so that we have a place to hang coats and umbrellas and a wet dog towel when necessary. 

 

All in all it was a very successful weekend and we are very happy with the improvements.