One of my craziest ideas ever.

I have talked endlessly on this site about my future master addition, and my current mini-ish master situation.
I have also shared my obsession with my son’s nursery and how I freaked out when he was first born that my navy/gray/yellow color scheme was not coming together, so I had it painted Prussian Blue.
Well I don’t know if I’ve fully explained the issue with my second floor. Try to stay with me:
At the top of the stairs, directly to the left is my son’s bedroom. Directly to the right is our bathroom.
Then there is a long hallway, to the left is the staircase to the playroom and then the kiddo bano.
At the end of the hallway are two larger bedrooms, mirror images of one another. One is my daughter’s bedroom and one is ours.
Clearly, the layout is, as they say, farkakte.
Ultimately, our idea is to build the master bedroom addition over the existing garage, turn my son’s room into a guest room, seal off and renovate the small bathroom so that it is a true master suite, and have both kids down at the other end of the hall, next to each other and their bathroom. Makes much more sense, right? Right.
The only problem is, master additions don’t just materialize. They take time. And work. And major moolah.
So then I got to thinking. And it may be one of my craziest ideas ever, but I am completely behind it.
My idea is to switch bedrooms with my son. This means that my husband and I would take the smallest bedroom in the house, but one at the end of the hallway (more privacy) and directly next to our bathroom. We would store our King sized bed until we build the addition and replace it with a queen. More intimate, me thinks.
My philosophy is this: Not only is it a more practical layout, but it changes the tone of our bedroom. Right now our bedroom has extra space. And in that space we have piles and clutter. It is not used in a good way.
And I like the idea of our room being our little cave, with darker paint, white bedding, a gold dresser, a mirrored wall and, ultimately,a place for us to rest and turn off. And to be together.
My husband is not excited about this crazy idea.
But we’ve gone from “absolutely not” to “I’ll think about it”, which is huge progress.
I made a polyvore of what the scheme of our room would look like and I love it. I love it so much.
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my closet is already in that room, and I think, while it would be smaller, it would be cozier.
And I think that it would bring us closer together. Literally and figuratively.
So…
stay tuned…

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A finished basement?

Right now our house has a rather large, unfinished basement. As far as basements go, it’s kind of OK. It’s definitely not scary, nor is it a place I’d like to hang out and chill. It’s where we do laundry and we have shelves that store things like childhood mementos and old CD books and baby gear.
And I’ve always been adamantly against finishing it.
“We have plenty of room,” I’d say.
“There’s no need.”
But, today, I don’t know what came over me, but I decided that yes, I do want to finish our basement and even more, I’d like to tie that project in with our future master addition.
There are so many pluses to finishing the basement, and besides it being an expense, I no longer see a downside. Plus, our basement has plumbing hook up for a bathroom, which would add value to our home.
But more than the practical reasons that I can list, I am intoxicated by the idea of having this whole big, cool room to decorate. Because with the basement, I can really go wild. I can finally get the animal heads I’ve been dreaming of. Maybe even a hide rug.
So tonight, I started to look up ideas.
And I got lost in colors, like teal blue walls, colorful pillows and throws, a lemon yellow coffee table accented by a pouf from West Elm. Bohemian, chic, comfy and cozy. I made a little Polyvore
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And, of course, now I’m obsessed. Seriously. Who wants this room?
Because it will be a few years before I can get it.
But oh,
I will get it.
And it will be fabulous.

Said Emerald Green Bathroom

And my husband is on board! So the way our second floor is situated now is kind of odd;
At the top of the stairs if you turn right you’ll find a bathroom with a stall shower and if you turn left you’ll find my son’s nursery down the long gallery-wall hallway there are two bedrooms next to one another that are mirror images. Next to the bedroom on the left is another bathroom, with a tub and shower.
So there is no real master suite, hence my fantasy future addition.

How it really should be in my world is that the two kids are in the two identical bedrooms at the end of the hallway, the bedrooms that are next to their bathroom. But in my husband’s world, we were not going to take the smallest bedroom in the house when I was not yet pregnant upon moving in (spoiler alert, I got pregnant 2 seconds later).

For our future addition, which we had plans made for before we even bid on the house, at the top of the staircase to the left would be a sealed off wall where the bathroom door now stands and straight ahead would be the door to a large master bedroom that is over the garage (which, according to my contractor Louie’s drawings, envelops that hall bathroom, has a linen closet, a huge walk in closet and a cathedral ceiling).
I dream about this room every day.
Funny enough, I know that one of the most expensive parts of the addition will be renovating the bathroom, but oh, how I fantasize.
Now when I say I want an emerald green bathroom, I don’t mean anything shocking. In fact, I want the whole vibe of our suite to be very zen. But I want pops of emerald green. Possibly in the tile; possibly in the accessories.
I am obsessed with this:
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If I were to, let’s say, create my own Polyvore of the space while my husband was, let’s say, rock climbing, it might look something like this:
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I will admit it. I just got really lost. None of the above is really the look I’m going for.
What I envision is very natural looking stone and marble. Interesting grain. Maybe green tiles. I big stall shower with glass sides. Green, accented with gold.
I feel as though I just followed the yellow brick road down to Emerald City and I need to now find my way home.