Master Bedroom Updates

I’ve realized that blogging continuously is hard and an incredible amount of work. Bravo to all of you who do this on a regular basis, even more props to those who do it weekly or even daily. It is incredible.

I haven’t posted since we moved in, which gives me a great opportunity to update on what we’ve done in the house thus far! I’ll focus on a few areas individually over the course of the next few posts. I’ll start with my favorite room we’ve began to transform: The Master Bedroom!

The Master Bedroom
Over the winter months we focused on the master bedroom. We removed all of the wallpaper, which was a feat in and of itself. After tons of paint samples, I was able to finally pick the color I wanted. Valspar Tomcat mixed in Clark + Kensington!

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We were fortunate that the walls in the master bedroom were in nearly perfect condition. All were, with the exception of the north facing wall that received damage from the poor paint that covered a third layer of wallpaper, had minor nicks and gouges from 107 years of use.


While there was a particular hefty set of gashes in the west facing wall from what we can only determine was a terrible bedroom TV mount, we were lucky. Really, the longest part of fixing up this room was my inability to find a paint color that was as deep and moody as I envisioned in my mind, and actually doing the paint work itself.

In search of the perfect paint. L-R: Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray, Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn, Valspar Tomcat, Benjamin Moore Black Beauty

I was finally able to find a color that was exactly what I was looking for. Gravel Gray was the closest in depth I was looking for, but it read too blue in the light. Cue Valspar’s Tomcat mixed in Clark + Kensington from Ace Hardware. It was moody and dark, and didn’t alter the ambience of the room in the least. We’re lucky in that we have roughly thirty square feet of south-facing windows in our master. Unfortunately the woodwork surrounding them has been painted white, which we will eventually restore now that it is beginning to warm up, but the crispness of the black against our originally stained woodwork is exactly the kind of balance between modern and traditional I was looking for. They compliment each other so nicely.


This is just the beginning though, as we begin to make thoughtful choices on where to go from here. For Christmas I received the beautiful Barclay Arc Sconce set in brass. We are going to measure out how far we’ll need to place them when we eventually buy a king size bed, and then we’ll attach them to the wall. Both nerve-wracking and exciting! We’ve also added the beautiful Oversized Metal Rods to our windows and some linen curtains.

Master Bedroom To-Do:

  • Remove carpet
  • Measure and hang sconces
  • Hang artwork
  • Hang bedside mirror
  • Remove mirror off of closet door
  • Strip and refinish window trim
  • Refinish floor (eventually)
  • New bed linens
  • Buy our gray upholstered king size bed
  • Push-button light switches and oil rubbed bronze covers
  • New fan

It’s ours!

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Today we closed on our new home! The 1907 Victorian we fell so fondly in love with became ours at 10:30 this morning. I can’t wait to get all of our things to the new house and start settling in.

Tonight we should have everything at the new house, and we can finish up the items left at our old house for closing.

Preparing the parlour

This weekend has been a combination of family time, celebration, and preparation for our new home! I spent a few hours there this weekend measuring the first floor rooms so I can get a good gauge on some furniture I want to buy. This next week is going to be the longest in history! I am only hoping we can get through it quickly, and that the last pieces of paperwork the bank needs arrive on Monday so we can go through free and clear.

The town I will be living in will be having their annual festival the weekend we move in. The town will be all lit up! It will be so fun to experience things like community pancake feeds, hot air balloon rides, parades and pie parlors. I just cannot wait to have that sense of community again – it is something that I am missing in Omaha.

Speaking of parlors, I’ve spent some time putting together a mood board for how I’m envisioning the front parlour to look after we have moved in. The black magnolia wallpaper that was installed in the 90’s is actually quite darling and I’m going to keep it.

black lamp / white lamp / pedestal table / reclinerapothocary floor lamp / built-in bookcase

 I’ve been keeping my eye on the Eton Sofa from Ballard Designs in indigo velvet for the last few weeks in preparation. After we’ve officially sold the other house and everything’s gone back to a new normal, I think I will bite the bullet and make the purchase. Usually I am not so keen on purchasing furniture from the web since I can’t sit on it and feel it out, but the reviews are great. I think it just makes the room!

I’ve ordered a small english arm recliner in a blue gray fabric, and a comfy chair with a matching ottoman in a honey colored herringbone linen. The rest will come together in time, especially the full wall of built-ins I have in mind that can be custom made by my friend Mike. Have you ever had a plan for a room right off the bat because you just knew?


Today was a good day. We accepted an offer on our home in Omaha and have high hopes that the inspection, scheduled for next week goes supremely well. I hesitate to say too much because I don’t want to jinx it! Please send good wishes our way.

For the last three weeks our lives have been a whirlwind. Between being very busy at work, a close family friend’s death, and the purchase of our new home while focusing on closing and then getting our current home cleaned up and ready for listing, we haven’t had much time to really sit down and think. But, I did find a few moments to dream about some new projects for the new house. Mostly focused outside because the landscaping could use some clean up, I’m dreaming of melding historical Victorian with modern touches.




Most of my ideas are sparking around the interest I have in removing all the dead things in the yard, cleaning up the edging, and trimming back hedges and overgrown shrubs we have at the new house. Edging makes all the difference! It makes everything look so crisp and clean and fresh.

I keep playing around with the idea of a herringbone sidewalk with a single brick edge. I even went so far as to price what ballpark costs would be at Menard’s. Bad idea. Only 9 days until closing, I can’t wait!


Eagerly awaiting for July 11

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July 11 is when we are closing on the house, and we couldn’t be more excited! Everything we own, well, mostly everything, has been put into storage while we continue to show our current home, a 1950 ranch. This house feels staged and empty, and not like us at all. It has been a great three years, but the next adventure is going to be even better.


Purchasing this home allowed us to split the difference between Cacy’s travel time to work and mine. Currently, I’m a short 15 minutes from work, where he is an hour and a half. This way, it’ll be a short 45 minute ride for each of us. Sure, the gas bill will go up, but we’re trading city life to be closer to family! I can’t wait to be a short five minute drive, or a short walk across town, from mom!