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Our Next Big Project

by - Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Now with the kitchen finally done, HandyMan and I are ready to jump into our next project - and this one has a tight timeline! We've decided to work on our upstairs guest bedroom. Here's a few pics of it in all its blue shag and floral border glory.

The border has since been removed and the carpet has been ripped out, but we're left with a hole where we had to cut out some of the hardwood to fix some patches on the mainfloor. We also used the floor to try out some of our stain samples. No worries though, because we're planning on re-carpeting the room (but I pity any future homeowners who take up that carpet in hopes of finding pristine hardwood underneath!).

Some people responded on the survey that they'd like to hear more about how to decorate small rooms and bedrooms. This room, though a decent size at about 9'x11', has some space issues that you might relate to - like the lack of any sort of closet, a single window, an awkwardly placed radiator, and no sort of architectural details. Over the next few months, you'll see our plans for the room and how we take it from drab to fab. So what are we going to do with the space? Well, we want to take a bit of this:

And add a bit of this...

Because HandyMan and I are having one of these...

Yes, HandyMan and I are having a baby :) So this room will have to be multi-functional... as a guest bedroom for Grandma when she's sleeping over to help me with the baby, as a place for me & baby to escape to when HandyMan wants a peaceful night's rest, and eventually as a room for baby to call their own (but that's way way way down the road). Given its myriad uses, the room won't have typical baby room decor... and because we don't want to find out the sex of the baby, it won't have an abundance of blue or pink either!
What we hope it will be is calm yet cheery, cozy and warm, delicate and beautiful. Sort of like baby-to-be :) Let's just hope we get it all done before mid-April, because this deadline can't be budged ;)

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  1. congratulations!! how exciting for you:)

  2. Anonymous4:32 PM

    I am so excited to hear you aren't going to find out the sex of the baby. People always think I am crazy when I say I don't want to find out the sex of my future baby. So excited to see the decor you come up with.

  3. Congratulations! Everyone is making little bebes in the blog world, it seems.

    How exciting! I cannot wait to see how you decorate. My sister also waited to find out the sex of her babies before they were born (both boys) and I found that it is a fun challenge to decorate or buy clothes for a baby without knowing the sex. It certainly makes you think outside of the box a little bit.

    Congrats, again!

  4. YAY! YAY! YAY! Did I mention YAY! I'll be happy to go through this with you and hopefully pick up some of your stellar style along the way! Congrats and I can't wait to see what your blog has in store for us next! :)

  5. oh YAY! Congratulations!! That's great news! Can't wait to see how this room unfolds. :)

  6. Wow! Big news! Congratulations!

  7. Congrats you guys! Great post... share with us along the way! Keep off your feet and be well. Seems these days all of us newly weds with house renos are getting the baby bug...maybe me next? who knows. Congrats again, you guys are great!

  8. Thanks angela! Thanks anon!

    j&k - the room will definitely be alot of fun to do! I noticed that too... there's a blogger baby-boom going on :)

    mrs.leah.maria - I was so happy when I heard your news and couldn't wait to share mine too :) We're due two weeks apart!

    Thanks Phoenix!

    It is big news raven! Thanks!

    kristin - you never know, it could be contagious ;) But maybe try and get your kitchen reno out of the way first, lol. Those can be stressful :o\

  9. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Congrats on the imminent arrival of the new addition to the family.

    Your inspiration photo is lovely.


  10. Congratulations on your new addition!

  11. Oh what wonderful news , a baby , those are so much fun .

    And that kitchen you did is sheer perfection , loving it.


  12. Anonymous12:25 PM

    OMG- what a fantastic way to spring the news on your readers! Congratulations to you and Handy Man. This is super exciting.
    You are going to have a TON of fun getting the room ready to go. What a special project this will be for you guys. Not that it should overshadow the other special project you are already working on in your belly.



  13. First, love your blog! I have been following it for a while now.
    Second, congrats! So exciting and I cant wait to see what you come up with for the room--and of course, hear more about the sweet baby :)

  14. Oh wow! Congrats, WL!! That's going to be one snazzy nursery. Happy and healthy 9 months to you!

  15. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing a fabulous room, and and even more fabulous baby.

  16. Anonymous7:03 AM

    Congratulations! I'm so excited to hear you're not going to find out the sex of the baby - I think that's such a great idea!

  17. How exciting! I'm thrilled for you. Congratulations!! Can't wait to see how this room turns out. Nurseries are so much fun to decorate. -Julia :-)

  18. Thanks Blueberry! I like the photo too... who says a baby room can't be glam ;)

    Thanks megan!

    chriskauf - you do a wonderful job decorating for your kids. I hope our baby will like his/her room just as much.

    jbhat - you're right. This room is going to be a joy to decorate ;)

    Thanks for visiting toni! I'll have to read your blog... you and your hubby are such a cute couple!

    Thanks FC! Thanks Corey! I'm a little bummed I won't get to do much of the "work" in putting the room together, though. That is definitely the fun part.

    instatick - I thought it would be a fun 'design challenge' too not to find out the sex :)

    Thanks Julia!

  19. Congrats!!!
    You are smart to tackle this before the baby comes. Our little nursery was sorely neglected due to our kitchen remodel and now I barely have the energy!
    Best of luck!

  20. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Reading your baby announcement made me cry all over again... for real... !!! Cannot wait for the little one to arrive in his/her beautiful nursery that proud papa/mama create just for him/her!


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