When Brad and I started the house hunt, we knew that our chances of getting a two-story home were slim. They’re just not very common in this area, in our price range. The vast majority of homes are brick ranches, and we thought we were ready to accept that. But once we saw the house we ended up buying, I just couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m not a person who unwinds or relaxes easily, and being one room away from my kitchen doesn’t make for a great night’s sleep. Plus, having a separate personal area that guests don’t see is so underrated. Especially for people as messy as us!
So, we’re pretty big fans of our second story, simply because it exists.
There’s a random window across from the top of the stairway, which is awesome because it lets in light, but it’s going to be a bitch to dust. Hope it stays clean!
Once you reach the top of the stairs, the doorway to our master “suite” is immediately on the left. I’m calling it a suite, even though I know how obnoxious that sounds, because the master bedroom itself is sunken, and the master bathroom is at the top of the stairs. So, they feel kind of separate, but they’re both inside the door to the “suite,” so … that’s what I’m calling it.
Side note: I actually grew up with a sunken bedroom – I LOVE having the stairs there!
God, I love ensuite bathrooms. I never dreamed of having one back when I lived up north, but they’re very common in newer homes down here. We had one in our first rental home, and from then on, we couldn’t imagine living without one. I hate myself for saying that.
Anyway. I’ll get to the bathroom in another post – let’s stick with the bedroom.
The size of the master bedroom was another aspect of the house that really sold us. Again, we’ve been spoiled – we’ve had large bedrooms in our past places, and now we just have so much STUFF. It’ll be nice to have somewhere to put it!
The gas fireplace is nice, too. We never would have sought one out for the bedroom, but it sure does look nice. And maybe we’ll use it on cold wintry nights (because there are so many of those in Georgia!).
The closet size leaves something to be desired, but at least there are two of them. And there’s a walk-in closet in my future office/dressing room, so I’ll definitely be utilizing the extra storage.
We probably won’t make any major changes to this room, other than the new paint color. Here’s a sneak peek – it’s Benjamin Moore’s Horizon.
It’s hard to see the difference in these pictures – my tendency to over-expose my photos means that the light blue and light gray kind of look the same! Whoops. But trust me – the light gray looks SO much better.
I know the rug is ugly, but here’s a confession: Comfort-wise, I love wall-to-wall carpet. Especially in bedrooms. Maybe we’ll get rid of it some day, but for now, I’ll enjoy walking around barefoot!
Most of our bedroom furniture is good quality and in pretty good shape, so our new bedroom won’t be very different from our current one. Soon, though, we need to replace our queen-sized bed with a king-sized one. Queen was fine when it was just the two of us, but now that Macy and Bela both sleep with us, there’s suddenly very little room for the humans. I know that the obvious solution is just to kick the animals out, but we love them too much. We’ll live with the discomfort until we can upgrade. At that point, I’m dying for a tufted headboard (preferably in gray velvet, of course).
There’s just one problem: Our cats scratch and destroy every upholstered surface in our house. It’s like, a real problem. We’re trying to clip their claws more often (and MAYBE some day, we’ll try the Soft Claws), but we’ll never declaw them, so it may just be something we need to live with. I almost hope I’m over the upholstered headboard look by the time we get a new bed, just for the sake of convenience.
So, anyway, that’s our bedroom! I love it. Any suggestions for updates or decor?