House Tour: My Office, Dressing Room & Happy Place

I appreciate that my husband wants to be involved in decorating our home. I really do. But I have to admit that I was thrilled when he gave me free reign to decorate the office.

This room, on the front side of the house, was actually a guest room in its past life. It was peach, plain, and fairly unimpressive. But it also happened to boast the house’s one-and-only walk-in closet, so that put it in high esteem in my eyes.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - The Old Guest Room

Brad and his dad put in beautiful crown moulding, and I had no trouble picking a paint color. I knew I wanted a lavender-gray – feminine, but not overtly so. I ended up with Misty Memories by Benjamin Moore, and I absolutely love it.

So, this is the view of the room from the hallway.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - View from hallway

The ceiling fan isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but changing out light fixtures isn’t super high on the priority list right now.

Quite a bit of my previous projects from the blog ended up in this room.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Shelving

Sadly, my no-sew suzani print curtains are way too short for these windows. They’re up there for now, but they’ll have to be replaced eventually.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - DIY Glitter Art and Shelving

My DIY glitter art fits just fine, though. Thank goodness.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Gold Chevron Lampshade and DIY Glitter Art

You can see some of my abstract art rejects lying around the room. It’s like “Where’s Waldo?”

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - White Desk and Blue Shelving

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - White Desk and Chair

There are a few new DIY pieces scattered around, too. Expect individual posts about those, coming soon!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Black Vintage Vanity

Moving my vanity to this room has been win-win for the whole family. I can use as much lighting as necessary without waking Brad up in the morning, and I get plenty of storage space for my beautifying tools without cramping his style in the bathroom. Plus, putting on my perfume in this room exclusively means it smells amazing.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Black Vintage Vanity and DIY Gold Leaf Art

I repurposed a chrome over-the-door rack (formerly used for purses) to display our half marathon medals. I figured they deserved better than sitting in a nightstand drawer.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - White Armoire and DIY Glitter Art

So, that’s the office! It may be my favorite room in the house. If we ever have a baby, it would have to be turned into nursery, and that, my friends, is enough to make me want to remain childless for a very, very long time.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful Office - Official Desk Cat

Josie is on board with that sentiment.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

House Tour: The Guest Room

I swear, I’m going to finish this house tour. Soon. There are only three rooms left!

At the top of the stairs, our master bedroom is on the left, and a short hallway is on the right. In a strange twist, the whole upstairs, other than the bathrooms and our bedroom, has nice, glossy hardwoods. Why couldn’t those be downstairs?!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hallway

At the end of the hallway, there are two smaller bedrooms and a guest bathroom. Both rooms are basically square, and they were just boring when we moved in. The room on the back of the house was set up as an office, but since it had the smaller closet, we decided to use it as a guest room.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - The office

It was very YELLOW.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - Office closet

I knew I wanted our guest room to be moody, cozy and calm, and I had my heart set on dark gray walls with a neutral color palette. These were my two favorite inspiration photos:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Erika Brechtel's dark gray guest room via Small Shop Studio

Erika Brechtel’s dark gray master bedroom from Small Shop Studio

I tested three dark grays by Benjamin Moore.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Benjamin Moore dark gray paint samples

From left to right: Ashland Slate, Englewood Cliffs and Gray Shower (all Benjamin Moore)

My favorite was Ashland Slate, but with only one (albeit large) window, I was a little worried that the dark gray would swallow the room. Obsessing, I sent pictures to my coworkers for opinions. One of them suggested some bright white crown molding and a picture rail to break up all the dark color. When I came across this inspiration photo, the heavens parted:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dark gray bedroom with white trim via Houzz

Scot Meacham Wood Design via Houzz

It was such a good idea! And lucky me – I have a handy husband who just happens to have a handy father. The two of them cut and installed the trim in just one weekend, and a week later, our painters added the charcoal gray and some glossy white trim paint. So, here’s what the room looks like now:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and neutral color palette

The white curtains (which need to be hemmed), sheepskin rugs and accent pillow are all from Ikea, of course.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls

I don’t really like much else in the room. I don’t mind the quilt, which I got on clearance from Target years ago, but I ultimately want to replace it with a white pintuck duvet cover. I’m vowing not to replace any of the other bedding until I get our queen-sized bed out of our room and into the guest room, though.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and white picture rail

The wood nightstands and dresser were Brad’s from his college bedroom, and while they’ve had a good run, I’m ready to say goodbye to them. It might be worth painting them, but they’re not solid wood, so I haven’t really decided yet. I’m not in any huge hurry.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls, and white picture rail and crown molding

I really, really love the wall color and the trim, though. It actually may be the sunniest room in the house, so the charcoal shade is never gloomy or overwhelming.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bright guest bedroom with dark gray walls and sheepskin rugs

It’s the room I spend the least time in, but I think some day it might end up being one of my favorites!

So, have I gotten close to my inspiration photos yet? Should I ditch the furniture, or paint it?

     

House Tour: The Master Bathroom

Aaaaaaaand we’re back.

I have a decent excuse for my extended absence: We were moving into the new house! We’ve officially been living here for eight days now, and we love it. I actually love the house even more than I thought I would. I don’t know if it’s because it’s ours or what, but I’m just in heaven. Having our bedroom on the second floor is doing wonders for my sleep schedule (and the stairs are doing wonders for my glutes – hey-oh!).

Having said that, of course, there are a few adjustments. It’s taking us some time to get used to the master bathroom. It’s nice and big, and it has GREAT bones and potential, but it has a few … issues.

When you walk in, there’s a nice big window on the left, over the jacuzzi tub. So far, so good, right?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath - before move-in

The wooden shutters aren’t real cute, but that’s an easy fix. To the right of the tub is a separate little room for the toilet, with another window. Still good!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Toilet room in master bath

To the right of that is our vanity, which has double sinks, and the stall shower. The double sinks are good. The rest … well, take a look.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Vanity and shower in master bath

The vanity has NO DRAWERS. I don’t mean to sound like a brat here, but … what?! I have a million tiny things – contacts cases, tweezers, eye creams, etc – that belong in DRAWERS. We found some built-in bins on a sliding track inside the cabinet, which I do appreciate, but … it’s just not the same. And let’s talk about the shower.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Stall shower in master bath

It’s teeny-tiny. Again, please don’t think I’m a brat – but have you ever tried shaving your legs when you can’t actually bend over? It’s near impossible, people, and it ain’t gonna work. Our last shower was a very spacious walk-in, and let me tell you – once you go walk-in, you never go back. That’s the truth.

Soon – as soon as possible – we’re going to do a major renovation in there. Our master plan includes replacing the tile floors; replacing the toilet (it’s not low-flow, which is bad, apparently); replacing the vanity, mirror and light fixtures; turning the jacuzzi tub into a walk-in shower; and turning the stall shower into a linen closet. Call us crazy, but we just won’t use the jacuzzi tub enough to justify it taking up that much space. I know this from experience, because we’ve actually had them in two rentals (spoiled!). It’s a nice thing to have, but if I have to choose between that and a nice shower … the tub has to go. We asked our realtors if not having a tub in the master bath would hurt the resale value, and they both assured us that it would not. Especially since there’s a tub in the guest bathroom, for bathing our nonexistent children and all.

In the meantime, we’ve made a few small updates.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath painted Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver

We had the walls painted Iced Cube Silver by Benjamin Moore. It’s a very pale icy-blue.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath - Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver

It’s not a huge change from the light blue that was in there previously, but we like it much better.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bath vanity - Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver

We also replaced the dated wood bathroom hardware with new oil-rubbed bronze pieces from Lowe’s, adding a double hook right outside the shower for a bathrobe and towel.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Lowe's oil-rubbed bronze bathroom hardware

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Oil-rubbed bronze toilet paper holder

Thrilling stuff, huh? The bathroom overall is pretty lackluster right now, but it’s going to be beautiful when we redo the whole thing. I’m envisioning white marble in the shower and on the vanity counter, and maybe dark gray tile on the floors … It’ll probably be a while before we can afford it, but it’s going to be worth the wait! Like these:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - White marble and gray bathroom via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - White marble bathroom in Sands Point - via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - White marble bathroom in East Mountain - via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bethesda master bathroom - via Houzz

Via Houzz

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ansley Park white marble walk-in shower - via Houzz

Via Houzz

OK, so maybe it won’t be quite as fancy/elegant/humongous as most of those, but a girl can dream, right?

Got any suggestions for our master bathroom?

     

House Tour: The Master Bedroom

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.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Stairway

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!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Random stairway window

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.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Stairs to sunken master bedroom

Side note: I actually grew up with a sunken bedroom – I LOVE having the stairs there!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Stairs to doorway and master bathroom

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.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master 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!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bedroom

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.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Closet

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.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bedroom - Benjamin Moore 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).

Lonny Mag - Gray tufted headboard

Via Lonny

Lonny Mag - Beige tufted headboard

Via Lonny

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?

     

House Tour: The Dining and Living Rooms

The house tour continues!

Directly off the kitchen is the dining room. No more eat-in kitchen for us, but we’ll live. We found that when we had both (in our first place, which was huge but WAY too far from downtown), we never used the dining room. So, this dining room will hopefully do double-duty.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dining room and kitchen

You’ve already seen quite a bit of my dining room inspiration, so I’ll just move right along. You should know, however, that the vertical blinds have already been taken down and burned. PHEW. (OK – we didn’t really burn them, but I wanted to!)

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dining room

While we’re gaining a dining room, we’re losing our foyer and “sitting room,” so we have plenty of furniture to stuff into this room. In addition to our new dining set, which will seat eight with both leaves in the table, we’ve got to fit a china cabinet, a sideboard, a console table, and two Ikea Rast dressers. It’s going to be a challenge.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dining room from living room

The living room is next to the dining room (and also accessible from the entryway).

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room from dining room

It has three windows, and a gas fireplace(!!!).

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room

For some reason, I have very few photos of the living room, but these two pictures I took of the couches for Craigslist do give a better idea of where the living room connects to the front door/entryway.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room couches

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room wall
(Incidentally, does anyone in the Atlanta area want to buy these couches and matching ottoman? They haven’t sold yet, and they need to GO!)

Our current living room is about the same size, but has more wallspace, so I wasn’t sure how we were going to fit everything. To get a better idea, I measured the walls and our furniture, and used FloorPlanner.com to create a rough layout.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - FloorPlanner.com - Floor plan of living room and dining room

Glitter and Goat Cheese - FloorPlanner.com - 3-D Living room and dining room

We’re keeping our current furniture for now, but I can’t wait to replace our dingy beige couches with something charcoal and velvet. My goal is for the living room to feel comfortable, but stylish. Fashionable AND functional. I don’t want anything fussy or formal, and I want people to walk in and feel at home.

Here are some of my favorite inspiration photos:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Warm living room via Marcus Design
Karen‘s home via Marcus Design

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Jennifer Margolin's home via Glitter Guide
Jennifer Margolin‘s home via Glitter Guide

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Erika Brechtel's home via Glitter Guide
Erika Brechtel‘s home via Glitter Guide

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Victoria Webster's home via Marcus Design
Victoria Webster’s home via Marcus Design

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room via Savvy Home Blog
Via Savvy Home

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Lauren Seeman's home via Small Shop
Lauren Seeman’s home via Small Shop

While I was collecting these, I noticed that almost all of them have several things in common: Neutral-colored walls; neutral-colored, comfortable-looking couches; pops of color via accessories, textiles and art; brass/gold accents; and fur/sheepskin pieces. I have most of these covered already, and will definitely be introducing more. I have to squeeze in a gold spray-painted Vittsjo hack (like this one) somewhere!

So, them’s the plans for the dining and living rooms. And that’s the entire first floor of our house! It’s not super-spacious, but it’s cozy, and we love it.

Got any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!