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I’ve been dreaming about getting this room redone for over a year. When we moved in, we literally didn’t do a thing to our bedroom. We had a mishmash of furniture in there – a double dresser my parents bought us for our wedding, the chest of drawers Chris had as a kid, a Queen bed we bought in Florida, and a pair of nightstands we assembled ourselves. Nothing fancy, for sure! The bedding was a cute set…. ten years ago.

The walls of the bedroom were gray and the adjoining bath was red when we got here. We had the bathroom repainted blue a few months ago. I love the way it looks with the white tiles and silver fixtures! I wanted to do our bedroom with blue and silvers – not matchy-matchy with the bathroom, but something that would flow well between the two spaces.

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Furniture: Cinnamon Hill by Thomasville
Lamps: Teal Honeycomb at Pier 1
Artwork over headboard: by me!
Bedding: Ophelia by Waverly (duvet, Euro shams, king shams, long teal velvet pillow)
Teal Floral Ruffle Euro Pillow: Pier 1
Curtains: Pier 1 (two panels are “oval carafe”, center panel is “indigo tile)
Top left portrait is Jonas kissing 6-week-old Susannah’s head
Top right portrait is 16-month-old Susannah nursing by @MudGoddessPhotography
Bottom left portrait is Chris & Michelle
“love” mirrored script: Hobby Lobby
Picture frames on the high chest are a mixture of Pier 1 (with teal accents) and silver frames we already owned.
“Love” print: Pier 1
Wall sconces: Hobby Lobby (need candles!)

Torchiere lamp: already owned

Silver serving tray & votives: Target
The reaction shot: “Wow, Mama, it’s like a HOTEL in here!”
I’m so pleased with how it has turned out! I completely forgot about styling the open bottom shelf of our nightstands when I was shopping. I think I may be able to pull together something (hardcover books in shades of blues and grays? silver bowl?) from stuff I already own. We’ll see.

I wanted to get a tassle for our ceiling fan but couldn’t find the right shade of peacock/teal, so that’s still on my to-do list. Also would love to add a rug on Chris’ side of the bed (between the bed and the double doors to our bathroom).

I didn’t take pictures of the bathroom today, but plan to add them! I absolutely love that space – it feels so crisp and pretty (plus both my DIY projects in there turned out beautifully, if I do say so mahself). I’m still hunting for a silver and/or glass and/or mirrored shelf to add in the little nook for our towels and things. There are a few I’ve found (*cough*restorationhardware*cough*expensive!*cough*) but I’d really love to find something truly vintage. 

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So we plan for the girls (eeee! I still get a little inner squeal every time I say that. I’m soooo looking forward to experience of watching sisters grow up together.) to share a room in the new house, and I’m having a blast planning how we’ll decorate it.
They’ll have the largest of the ‘secondary’ bedrooms. In the video, it’s the one at the end of the hall on the right, with navy blue walls and multicolored polka dots. Cute, but I’m dying to re-paint it. Probably soft green, and keep the doors and trim white.

I want to get this quilt for Susannah and the matching crib bedding for Baby.
Since there’s so much lavendar in the bedding (the sheets will be lav gingham, the bedskirt is solid lav) I think it will play off green walls nicely. Plus, it should be a soft, feminine room while remaining neutral for resale in 4-5 years.
I think we’ll get Susannah a white bed, and depending on the timeline, we’ll probably go ahead and get Baby her own crib. (Susannah is still sleeping in her crib at 2.5, quite happily. Baby will probably sleep in our room for at least the first six months, so she won’t need a crib until Susannah is 3. By then, she may well be in a big-girl bed — so we can give her current crib to little sister. On the other hand, if she’s not climbing out yet, we might just have two cribs in that room for a while!)
I’m not sure if we’ll put a dresser in their room – the closet in there looked HUGE to me, so I think with some low shelving added, and bins for socks & underwear, it might be all we need for clothes.
I’d like to get them at least one low bookshelf, and I think the wooden kitchen and doll cradle will live in their room.
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And while I’m on the subject of the rooms, here’s the plan: the smallest one, which is currently bright pink, will become the office-slash-sewing room. We were originally thinking of making it an office-slash-guest room, but the more we look at the video… the less we think we can fit a double or queen bed in there along with a desk and a couple of bookcases. So instead, we’re going to paint it a nice neutral (I want a light almond or sandy brown; Chris is leaning toward a darker grayish brown) and it will house Chris’ desk and medical bookcases and my sewing machine desk and probably a bookcase for my fabric stash and books/patterns.
The medium sized room at the end of the hall will be Jonas’, and he LOVES the paint in there. He’s declared it an “awesome Spider-Man” room! Eventually I think he’ll get new furniture – he wants bunkbeds, which sounds like fun. If he gets twin/twin bunks, we’ll probably pass his full mattress set down to Susannah.

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We’re trying to get everything ready around here to put the house on the market. Chris did all the work of finding us a highly-recommended realtor, and he set up a meeting with her a couple of weeks ago. She was very nice, very professional, and clearly knows what she’s doing in this business.

She pointed out a few things we could do (like adding a fresh layer of dirt and mulch to our front flowerbed, so that it won’t look like our steps are going to erode away) and agreed with a few things we already planned to do (like cleaning the carpets, touching up the baseboards, and re-painting the kids’ brightly colored rooms). I was really flattered when she mentioned that she loved some of my decorating choices and said “Don’t change that at all!”
After she left, we started a flurry of activity – we found a guy to fix the window with the broken seal. He’s already been out to fix it; super service!
We found a guy to do all the painting – and then we got his estimate and decided to scale back on ALL the stuff we thought needed to be painted. Now we’re just having the kids’ rooms done; once the weather cooperates he’ll come back and do the front door, shutters, and garage door. (He needs three or four days in a row of temps above 40* overnight. It’ll probably be April before that happens.) He’s got us on his schedule for Thursday and Friday of this week, unless he has to change his work days due to heavy snow – he drives a snow plow as a side business!
We had a guy here to look at the carpets, but when he tried to convince me that it was pointless to clean them and we should replace all of it, throughout the whole house, we decided to find someone else. Chris found the new guy, who has given us an estimate over the phone and will come out after the painter is done.
In the meantime, I have been decluttering the house and boxing up things that we can probably live without for the next five months. I took down all but two of our personal photos, packed up my collection of crosses, and my Willow Tree angels too. We weeded out toys in the playroom buy taking apart the toy cubbies and only leaving six (we had 12!).
Today I filled in all our nail holes and scrubbed the walls and baseboards in our room. I still need to scrub the walls in the hallway and do the baseboards… oh, throughout the rest of the house!
We’re planning to add new ceramic knobs to our kitchen cabinets, so I need to pick up 28 of those at Home Depot and get out my trusty drill.
When Chris is off next weekend, he’ll pick up the dirt and mulch to fix the front bed/stair issue.
And then I think we’ll finally be ready to call our realtor, sign the papers, and get the photographer out here to put this listing out there.

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Or maybe a puppy chasing her tail. I don’t know – but I feel like I will never catch up! If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I’ve been WAY behind on my scrapbooking, so the last few days I’ve done everything in my (minimal) power to orchestrate both kids napping at the same time, or at least overlapping a bit. Then I’ve used the quiet time to scrap. Result? I finished my 2007 album* and I’m all excited about my photos again and I’m dying to get started on 2008.

Side effect of that result? My house is a disaster zone. There’s a wall of (clean) laundry on the couch. There’s a minefield of toys scattered down the hall. The bathroom is clean, and the kitchen is serviceable, but the bedroom is messy messy messy.

So today I’m doing housework, with visions of layouts and cropping dancing in my head. If I get “caught up” with the laundry, the dishes, and dinner…. odds are good that I’ll fall behind somewhere else (oh right, I need to work on lesson plans!). And that means it will probably be awhile until I pick up those 2008 pics and my papers again. {sigh} Maybe I’ll finish that one by 2010!

*basically. I need another package of Spargo pages and page protectors, but I have to wait to place a CM order (because I’m trying to behave nicely with the budget). So the layouts are done and when I get around to purchasing the pages, I’ll just add a little adhesive, slip the protectors on, and voila! – OFFICIALLY done.

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Not that we’ll be selling our house anytime soon, but we’ve been wanting to freshen up the front yard for a long time. The previous owners had planted these climbing, bushy plants which we hated; and there was a cypress of some sort that made me CRAZY (it’s spiky and prickly… planted right by my front steps… and I have a 3 year old and frequent 3 year old visitors…. bad, bad, bad idea! Plus it was a major pain to prune back.) So we ripped all of those out. There was also ivy, which was fairly tame when we moved in; but last spring I decided to train it up onto the concrete “wall” of our front steps and the brick surrounding the garage door. It didn’t have a great effect – it looked like the ivy was eating the front steps and Chris hated it. So we trimmed the ivy WAY back. We planted geraniums in the shared bed with the ivy, at the corners of the front flowerbed, and around the mailbox. We got “Patriot” hostas for our new bed that followed the curve of the stairs, and we put in a delphinium on the other side of the garage door while we were at it! I need to try to scrounge up a “before” picture, but here are the “afters.”

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We’ve had snow, lots of snow, fast and furious this morning. There was a brief lull around 10:30 when I went out to shovel our driveway and front steps (thank goodness for baby monitors and Baby Einstein). Now, at noon, it’s switched to a sleety rain mix. We’re supposed to warm up this evening and have more rain, but then between 1 and 3 more inches of snow tomorrow. (Between the forecast, and the fact that Jonas threw up on me AGAIN last night, I’d wager we won’t make it to church.)

Here’s our little piece of winter wonderland:
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MICHELLE NEBEL

I write uplifting women’s fiction woven with threads of faith, grace, and Southern hospitality. My blog is where I share a glimpse of my life, and I hope you’ll find the thoughts here encouraging!

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