The addition to my apartment has recently been renovated. Yay!
After living with it unfinished for a year and finding out everything that was horribly wrong with it; little to no insulation in the floor, no air space in the roof, the person who built it didn’t take the siding off the outside wall when they put the addition on, so there was major heat loss going up the wall and through my roof causing the snow to melt and get under the metal roofing, then freezing and separating the roofing and causing water to come pouring into my living room on warmer days.
Oh! And not to mention the insulation in the roof that was essentially doing nothing because of the squirrels making a home in it. Yes, I said SQUIRRELS!
It’s always a nice surprise when you are brushing your teeth in the morning, to find a squirrel has fallen through the vapour barrier and is running around your house! Also, during the renovation (that has taken place over the winter) I was pulling down all the vapour barrier and insulation and was suddenly surrounded by FOUR squirrels that were living in my roof. They are fast little things!
They are cute, but all I could picture was one of these things attaching itself to my face while I was trying to get them out of my apartment. But with my brothers help they vacated the premise.
Now, the addition was originally my living room and walk-in-closet. Yes ladies, a walk-in-closet all to myself!
I also I have a large picture window that looks out to the backyard, which is just beautiful!
I lived with this space as my living room for a year. But the addition is very long and narrow. Only 8′ deep by 20′ long. Which I realized was just a useless space for a living room. I tried arranging it a few different ways and I just never liked the way it functioned. I also didn’t like that my bedroom was at the front of the apartment and closer to the road. Living on the highway makes it VERY loud. Plus, my only bathroom was in my bedroom, which meant everyone had to go through my bedroom to use it. Not something I liked.
I decided that since we were going to be finishing the back room, I would just ask my step dad for a few additional changes. heehee. Oops! Did I say a few? I meant a bunch!
We moved the walk in closet wall so that the bedroom is only 15′ wide now. I gave up my walk in closet *sigh*, and opted for just a 5′ wide closet, BUT with a nook for built-in shelves beside it which will house all of my lovely shoes.
I was in heaven when I started planning out the layout.
The walk in closet is now bigger and will become my office/craft room/storage. That room will be tackled much later in the year.
I have some photos of what the bedroom looks like right now, and honestly, I am slightly embarrassed at how it looks right now. But I always say, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
So don’t judge, it’s a serious work in progress.
I realized when I was taking these photos that I am in serious need of a pretty new camera.
But you get the idea of what the room looks like. Instead of drywall we put up cedar siding. As you can see, the siding is not finished yet. It got very cold here for a while and renovations were put on hold. Plus, I was tired of not having the use of my kitchen because of all the tools and massive air compressor in my front room. At that point, everything got put on hold until the warmer weather comes back. The closet still needs to be finished, so I am still living out of garbage bags of clothes. As well, the ceiling needs to be taped and mudded. So much work!
There has been some serious debate on “to paint, or not to paint”. The cedar is beautiful, but not exactly the look I am going for. It gives it a deep woods, cottage sort of look. I like that, but not for a room I am sleeping in everyday. I wanted something light, and fresh and feminine.
White! I am in love with the idea of a white bedroom. But I m going to pop some colour into it with accents of colour. I am still getting fabric samples and have yet to settle on what to use for my headboard, but one of the accent colours is going to be turquoise.
I have also been toying with the idea of painting that lovely dresser that is in one of the photos.
This was my Dad’s dresser, and left to me when he passed on. I love it, not only for sentimental reasons, but its a beauitful piece of furniture.
I have talked with my mother and brother, both with differing opinions of what to do with it. My brother says keep it the way it is, or strip it and re-stain it with something I might like more. That option is A LOT of work, but definatly an option. Mom says that my Dad would want me to be happy with it, and if painting it would make me happy, then I should.
My worry is that it is such a huge piece of furniture that it might dominate the space because it will be a heavy wood piece in the room, therefore, I need another wood piece in the room to help balance it out. I m still unsure about it and have decided that I will live with it the way it is for a while, change the hardware, and see what I think.
I found a photograph of a beautiful living room that is the essence of what I would love in my room
I love the colours in this room. The clean white lines and the pops of colour. I like the different shades of blues and turquoise as well as the olive green that goes so well. I found this colour combination in a fabric that may be used for my headboard.
Ugh, my headboard! This has been my problem since the beginning. I can’t seem to decide on a fabric. But most of all I can’t decide if I want to go with white, or a patterned fabric. I am so torn! So, I will post some options and ask everyones advise.
All of these fabrics were found on the Tonic Living website. They are a fantastic source for fabrics, plus you can order samples from them for a dollar! So great when you are not sure what you want.
I am really liking the “climbing blossoms olive” (if you hover over the pictures the name of it will show up). But, my problem, I love them all! My other option is a white headboard and use some of those fabrics as accent pillows and such. Help!
I know its boring, but I will probably just go with Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator White” for the walls. A nice crisp, clean white. Simplicity in its finest form
I m going to have a tufted headboard, and the make-up vanity I already have in my room, which is from IKEA.
That vanity is such a beautiful piece, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.
My existing nightstand will get a revamp with some white paint and the inside of the shelf in an accent colour. Topping them off with these beauties for some bedside lamps.
I came across a post in what has become my favourite DIY blog, Centsational Girl, for this stunning chandelier made out of a wire hanging basket, mardi gras beads and some spray paint. It was love at first sight!
I also love the look of these frilly, ruffley, feminine drapes for my window.
There will be lots of pillows and I will be replacing all of the hardware on my dresser, vanity and night stands with these beautiful crystal knobs.