Bathroom Update: Demolition!

I am excited to share the current state of our master bathroom with you. It’s been gutted and is now a blank slate! I was out of town for the demolition party, but Travis sent me a video once the work was complete.

(Isn’t his accent the cutest?)

Our plan is to work on the bathroom each weekend to prepare it for the tile work to be completed by a contractor next month. This weekend we will:

  • Remove the sheetrock damaged by the mirror.
  • Patch all the sheetrock. (This task may spill over into next week.)
  • Remove the laminate floor.
  • Plumbing (we have a good friend who is a licensed plumber.)
  • Electrical (Travis is a licensed electrician.)
  • Prepare the wall for the medicine cabinet.
  • Call the tiler to ask a few questions and schedule tile work.

Bathroom Update Demolition at BetweenWeekdays.com

We’re still making some decisions regarding tile, but I’ll be sure to share all the bathroom details once they’re firmed up! Long story short: the wall tile we had selected for the shower was strongly discouraged by the contractor responsible for the tile work. We want to run our new selections by him before moving forward.

To read more about our master bathroom check out the posts below:

Blue House Tour: Master Bathroom (Before)
Master Bathroom Planning

Blue House Tour: Master Bathroom (Before)

Our master bathroom is a hot mess. And I do not use that term lightly, hence the italics. My one condition when we purchased this house was that we would gut the bathroom as soon as possible. Two years later, we’re still living with our master bathroom… but not for long! With changes on the horizon (hallelujah), I thought it was high time I share the master bathroom we’ve been living with for the past couple of years.

Behold:

Master Bathroom Before at BetweenWeekdays.com

While it may not look so bad on the surface, let me give you a few details.

  • The above photo was taken on a sunny day with all the bedroom windows open and a light kit. The room is like a cave of darkness. Have you ever applied makeup in a cave of darkness? It’s a fun time. 
  • The large jacuzzi tub works, but it spurts black “stuff” everywhere. Plus the bottom is stained with what I can only imagine to be cigarettes that were thrown in while still lit. Classy!
  • There is barely any storage in this bathroom. See the towels sitting on a $5 yard sale table? Also, please notice the teensy tiny drawers on the vanity. I have two to my name, Travis has one, and some cleaning supplies resides in the fourth.
  • The cabinet above the toilet is so high I have to climb to find anything. This is the only true bit of storage in the entire room, so I’m quite thankful for it.
  • Our shower is exactly 31 inches wide. Yep, the door going into our bathroom is actually an inch wider than the shower.
  • There’s no room for any sort of storage in the shower, so all of our various bottles line the floor cutting our standing room down by several more inches. Showering in this shower could be considered an olympic sport.

Master Bathroom Before at BetweenWeekdays.com

  • There are two different colors of paint on the wall. I kid you not.
  • The shower is yellow, the tub is mauve, the toilet is off white, and the vanity top is white.
  • The sink doesn’t drain.
  • I was recently told that the toilet is not to code. Good news!
  • The light in the vent is cracked and doesn’t work.

There was never a need to spruce this bathroom up since we knew we’d eventually tear everything out and start over, which is why there’s still two shades of blue on the wall and missing electrical covers. We’ve been living with this space for far too long, and I’m so ready for a change.

Master Bathroom Before at BetweenWeekdays.comSo, what’s the plan for this space? I’ll tell you soon! Happy Friday, friends!

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Happy One-Year Anniversary, Blue House!

We closed on our blue house exactly one year ago today, and my how time flies. In honor of our anniversary, I thought it might be fun to look back on my favorite posts from each month this year.

January

Showing off the before photos of our home was a lot of fun. And looking back now, it’s hard to believe where we came from.

LivingRoom

February

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 kicked off in February with a new — and much improved — dining room light along with an interesting shuffle.

NewDiningLight

The light fixture that was in the dining room was much too small, so it was moved to the hallway leading to our master bedroom.

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March

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013 really picked up speed in March when we addressed the office with some bling from our first house, the entry and guest suite hallway with function, the laundry room with a budget-friendly solution and the kitchen with a major lighting upgrade. Where we went from this…

KitchenLightBeforeTo this…

KitchenLights
So much better, right?

I also hosted my first of two baby showers in March. This one had a hot pink and zebra theme and was a huge success.

FoodWithCake

Here’s all of the posts from that shower:

Baby Shower Gifts

A Baby Shower Menu

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old (I Hope)

Baby Shower: T-Minus 11 Days

Baby Shower Decor: How To Make A Tutu Wreath

Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

Getting the House Ready

Planning a Baby Shower

April

April brought Spring weather, which brought entertaining! We love entertaining guests and for the first time we were really able to entertain since we live in the same town as our family. Here’s some of my favorite entertaining posts from April:

Three Easy Kabob Recipes

BetweenWeekdays Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

How to Prepare a Large Family Dinner

TravisAtTheGrill

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

BetweenWeekdays: Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

May

May is our birthday month, so I had a lot of fun creating a birthday-themed tablescape.

Birthday Tablescape from BetweenWeekdays.com

June

We hosted the second baby shower in June. This shower had a sweetly-vintage, gender neutral theme.

Cast Your Vote Gender Chalk Board from BetweenWeekdays.com

Click any of the post titles below to read more about this shower:

A Couples Baby Shower Menu

Sweet Baby Shower Success

Baby Shower: T-Minus Three Days!

Sweet Baby Shower Progress

Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Planning a Special Baby Shower

Baby Shower Inspiration

July

July marked the six-month anniversary of living in our blue house, and I enjoyed a look back at all that we accomplished in those first six months.

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

I also began preparing for Christmas in July. I know it sounds crazy, but getting a head start on the Christmas gifts really helps save my sanity.

Christmas in July at BetweenWeekdays.com

August

My most-favorite update this year was painting the front door red. It was a simple project that had a bunch of impact.

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

I also hosted a Garden Week here on the blog in August. This was my first year to have a large garden, and I learned a bunch!

GardenWeek at BetweenWeekdays.com

Here’s all the posts from Garden Week:

Fresh From the Garden Bruschetta Recipe

How to Freeze Green Beans

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

End-of-Season Garden Update

How to Can Green Beans

September

September brought a big change in my life: I went back to work. Naturally, the bog (and the house) took a back seat.

A Life Update

 

October

I finally found art for the dining room during an expedition to Ikea! Plus, I had a lot of fun decorating the table for fall.

New Dining Room Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

November

November was a sparse month here on the blog, but I did manage to share a GIANT to-do list for our blue house.

December

December was all about Christmas, and I had a lot of fun decorating for our first Christmas in our blue house!

Home for the Holidays 2013 at BetweenWeekdays.com7

What’s Up Next?

There’s a lot I’d like to accomplish in 2014, and I promise to keep you posted!
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The GIANT To-Do List

I love our blue house, but it’s got a long ways to go before I can consider it “done.” Are houses really ever done? Probably not, but I thought it might be fun to share a breakdown of what I’d like to do to this house over the course of the next several years. Update: Click here to see how this list was updated in 2016.

Exterior

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our exterior needs a lot of work. And, like the interior of our home, there are many “it’s nice to dream” about projects. The above picture is a little dated; it doesn’t show off our pretty, red door.

  • The fence needs some major repairs
  • The fence needs to be painted… badly
  • The landscaping needs major, major work. I plan to call the pros in the help.
  • We need to add some exterior lighting to the walkway to the front door
  • Add a brick foundation (to match the house) to the storage building
  • Organize the storage building
  • Add a ramp to the storage building
  • Call in the pros to remove a dying tree in the front yard
  • Patch a few window screens
  • Add furniture to the front porch
  • Add furniture to the deck

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Extend the fence
  • Add a pool
  • Add a stone patio off our deck for a fire pit
  • Replace the wooden fence with a maintenance-free material

The Garage

  • We’ve been on the hunt for a fridge for quite awhile
  • Move the lawnmower to the storage building
  • Repair the garage door
  • Add decorative hardware to the garage door
  • Add an access panel

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Add storage above the car
  • Find a way to store all of my seasonal decor without taking up much floor space
  • Add a pergola above the door outside
  • Replace the door with a carriage style

The Laundry Room

  • Add a counter
  • Make it prettier
  • Add storage (cabinets? shelves?) above the washer and dryer
  • Remove the storage cabinet that’s in there now to clear up floor space
  • Paint the door

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Add pedestal bases to the washer and dryer

The Kitchen

  • Finish painting the cabinets. I’m halfway there!
  • Finish replacing the hardware
  • Add crown moulding to the tops of the cabinets

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Replace the fridge and stove
  • Add a backsplash

The Dining Room

New Dining Room Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • I really want a bigger table in a different finish
  • Maybe add a rug?

The Foyer

  • Paint the trim around the front door
  • Add shutters to the sidelight windows
  • Paint the closet doors and add crystal door knobs
  • Organize the closets
  • Add wallpaper or a stencil above the chair rail

The Living Room

Living Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

  • Find wall Art! Every time I think I find just the right thing, I change my mind. 
  • Find a bigger rug in a neutral color
  • Complete the fireplace surround
  • Replace the thermostat with something “smarter”

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Replace the ceiling fan. It’s off center, so I really don’t know how to fix it just yet.
  • Add sconces above the fireplace

The Office

  • Add curtains
  • Paint the exterior door

The Guest Bedrooms

Front Guest Bedroom at BetweenWeekdays.com

  • Replace the ceiling fan in the front guest bedroom
  • Add a television to both rooms?
  • Paint the doors and add new hardware

The Guest Bathroom

  • Paint the vanity
  • Refinish the vanity top?

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Reglaze the shower stall to make it white
  • Replace the toilet with a white one
  • Add a tile floor
  • Frame out the mirror
  • Replace the vanity top

The Master Bedroom

  • Add more lighting
  • Add more wall art
  • Paint the doors and add new hardware

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Add a chandelier over the bed with smaller chandeliers hanging over the nightstands
  • Add can lights to corners of room
  • Have slip covers made for the chairs

The Master Bathroom

This room needs to be completely gutted. We know what we want, so we’re just saving up our pennies to make it happen!

The Master Closet

  • Replace carpet with carpet tiles
  • Move clothes rods up
  • Add better lighting

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Demo the closet as it is now and give the space to the bathroom. Then, add built-in wardrobes in the bedroom. Oh, how I wish we could do this. 

The Attic

We actually have an efficiency suite upstairs along with an unfinished storage space. Crazy, right?

  • Turn the upstairs living room into the man cave
  • Gain access to both dormer windows; right now we can only get to one of them
  • Replace the flooring; right now it’s a mix of nasty carpet and leftover hardwood floors
  • Add a sleeker air conditioner
  • Paint the walls/trim/doors

“It’s Nice to Dream:”

  • Turn the unfinished attic space over the garage into a bonus room
  • Rotate the staircase, so we don’t have to enter through the garage 
  • Run HVAC upstairs, so we can add it the the square footage

Click here to see how this list was updated in 2016.

Blue House Tour: Living Room

It’s been more than a month since I shared a room in this little house tour. At this rate, I might finish the tour by December. No promises, though. 😉 We last left off in the office, and now we’re moving next door into the living room.

Living Room Floor Plan at BetweenWeekdays.com

As a reminder, here’s what the room looked like to begin with:

LivingRoom

The first thing we did in this room was paint the walls and trim. Then we bulked up the fireplace surround and painted it all black. The blue, orange and off white color scheme just wasn’t working for me. We still need to add a finishing touch to the blank space below the mantle.

BlackFireplace

I think the black is absolutely delicious and looks wonderful with our new furniture. Do you remember when we picked out the furniture and purchased it long before we even closed on our house? It took longer to close than we were prepared for, and during that time our furniture was discontinued. For awhile it looked like we’d have to pick out a new set, but, luckily, they were able to find all of the pieces in two different warehouses. Whew!

Ready to see how it all looks now?

Living Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

Much better. At least I think so. According to the “decorating rules,” our rug should be bigger. We were so excited about finally have hardwood floors, that we didn’t want to cover them with a giant rug. I’m sure we’ll eventually upgrade to a larger rug, but I’m loving this one for now.

Entertainment Unit at BetweenWeekdays.com

There’s not a ton of natural light in this room, so you’ll just have to bear with me on the less-than-stellar photos. Our entertainment unit houses all of our gaming equipment (xBox and Wii), consoles, and Winter’s food. Currently there’s nothing behind the glass doors, but I would like to get some pretty baskets to corral more  media accessories. The basket to the left of the unit holds blankets, and the bin on the right is full of our pet’s toys.

Living Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

In the photo above, you can see how open the living room is to my office. Originally, I thought this would be a burden, but now I love it!

Living Room3 at BetweenWeekdays.com

I’d say this room is about 85% complete. We decided to leave the fan for now, but I’d like to replace it some day along with the too-small rug. Plus, we’ve still got to finish out the area below the mantle on the fireplace. Update: We finally finished the fireplace with some new tile!

Fireplace tile at BetweenWeekdays.com

I’ve also been looking for art for this room for a long time, but I just can’t seem to find the one. I’m in no rush, though. I know these things take time, and I don’t want to impulse buy and then regret it down the line. For only living in this house for six months, though, I’m pretty pleased with how this room looks and functions.

Source List:

Furniture: Rooms to Go
Lamp: Rooms to Go
Mirror: Lowe’s
Miscellaneous Decor: Lowe’s, TJMaxx, Kohls
Picture Frames: Hobby Lobby
Rug: Overstock.com

Paint Color: Tempered Gray, Valspar

Click here to see the complete house tour.

Six Months

We just celebrated our six-month anniversary of living in our blue house. Where has the time gone? I thought it might be fun to look back at what we’ve accomplished these past six months and where we’ve yet to go.

The Blue House at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our house looked a bit dated when we moved in, but that didn’t stop us from falling in love with it almost immediately. The floor plan was exactly what we were looking for, plus this house offered a lot of updated features for us including hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining room and a large, level lot, to name a few. We were able to see past the previous owner’s decor to know that this was the house for us.

LivingRoom

One of the first things we tackled was changing up the majority of the lighting throughout our home in what I like to call the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. To read more about the lighting changes we made, click any of the links below. We made some unconventional changes when it came to some of the fixtures, but we’re very pleased with all of the lighting choices we’ve made.

It took us several months to get unpacked and settled, but once we were in, I began sharing a room-by-room house tour with you. So far, I’ve been excited to share with you two guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom and my office. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the house with you soon!

The Office at BetweenWeekdays.com

We’ve experienced a lot of living and loving in this house, too. We’ve already hosted two baby showers, numerous family dinners, and we added a new, furry member to our family.

The first shower we hosted was for my sister-in-law, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world May 10. Since my niece’s nursery features a hot pink and zebra theme, it only seemed appropriate to apply that same theme to the baby shower we hosted back in March. Since we were still in the midst of unpacking and painting, this shower was the push we needed to finish settling in! To read any of the Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower posts, click any of the links below.

FoodWithCake

The second baby shower we hosted was only a few weeks ago. This baby shower had a sweet theme focusing on gender neutral colors and “games.” The shining star of this shower (besides the glowing mom to be) was the menu. I’ve still got a few details to share, but to read all about the prep work and menu, click any of the posts below.

Baby Shower Mama at BetweenWeekdays.com

We’ve had a busy six months! We have a lot of projects we’d like to complete around here, but, luckily, we have plenty of time. We plan on staying in this house for at least 10 years, so we’re in no rush to make a ton of big changes immediately. Here’s some of what we’d like to do in the next few years:

  • Completely gut and renovate our master bathroom
  • Paint the kitchen cabinets
  • Redo the front landscaping
  • Repair (and expand?) the privacy fence out back
  • Add better storage to the master closet
  • Add crown molding throughout the house

That’s just a sample of what’s on the giant to-do list. I’m not sure if we’ll get around to any of those projects, but it sure is nice to dream.

Here’s to another great six months!

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Blue House Tour: Guest Bathroom

Our guest bathroom is located between the two guest bedrooms in our split floor plan home.

BetweenWeekdays Floor Plan_GuestBath

Originally the guest bathroom looked something like this:

GuestQuarters_Before

Now it looks a little something like this:

BetweenWeekdays Guest Bathroom_After

There’s not much difference between the before and after, since all we’ve done is slap a coat of paint on the walls, change up the cabinet hardware and add some pretty things. In fact, we haven’t even painted the trim yet.

The linoleum floor isn’t my favorite thing ever, but it’s staying for the foreseeable future. As in, it may never change, and I’m learning to be alright with that. The off white sink, toilet and shower are also not my favorites, but they stay too. I’m coping.

Directly behind the vanity is a piece of art I love.

BetweenWeekdays Guest Bathroom Art
It reads:  “It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” -W. Somerset Maugham

I just love that. The other piece of art in the room is a mirrored powder room sign you might remember from our last house. A barn star hangs from the sign on a ribbon.

Looking back toward the door, you can clearly see all of the items we leave out on the vanity for guests.

BetweenWeekdays Guest Bathroom Tower

A tiered serving piece from Walmart holds some pretty items along with items our guests might need while they’re here: lotion, mouthwash, toothpicks and a Tide to Go Pen. The top shelf holds bath salts, and the bottom holds a pumice stone, sea sponge and shower glove. I love how function meets pretty for our guests.

The shower curtain came from T.J. Maxx, and I’m in love with it. Here’s a closeup:

GuestBathShowerCurtain

The vanity in this bathroom boasts a ton of storage. It’s actually bigger than the one in our bathroom.

BetweenWeekdays VanityStorage_Rug

These drawers are huge! And Empty! It’s amazing.

There’s still plenty left to do in this room, but I’m going to break what’s left down into two lists:

The list of things that are feasible:

  • Paint the trim and doors
  • Organize the linen closet
  • Replace the vent light
  • Trim out the mirror
  • Add some more pretty

The dream list:

  • Replace the linoleum floor with tile
  • Replace the sink, toilet and shower stall with white fixtures
  • Replace the vanity top

It’s hard to believe that such a small room turned into such a long post (just under 450 words!). Next up on the tour are the rooms we use most in our new, blue house. Who’s excited? I am!

Update: This bathroom could be next on the renovation list!

Source List:

Mirrored Art: Yard Sale
Peacock Art: Framed Greeting Card
Quote Art: Etsy
Rug: Target
Shower Curtain: T.J. Maxx
Tiered Bowls: Walmart

Paint Color: Winter Flannel, Valspar

Blue House Tour: Front Guest Bedroom

I think it’s high time I gave a tour of our new-to-us blue house! Keep in mind, that we’ve only been here since December 28, 2012, so many spaces aren’t anywhere near being complete.

Today, we’re kicking off the tour in what I call the front guest bedroom. We’re beginning the tour in this room because it’s is the most done. (At least for now.)

FrontBedroomFloorPlan

The floor plan was originally seen here, but I’ve updated it with a handy little giant arrow pointing out where we are in the house. This room contains the full bedroom furniture that originally lived in the downstairs bedroom in our first house. Unfortunately, it didn’t see a lot of use in our first house, but I think it will become the bedroom of choice for guests in our new house.

Before I jump into the pictures of how this room looks now, let’s look back at the before:

GuestQuarters_Before

The front guest bedroom is actually the second set of photos above. We had a nice, clean (ish) room to start with, so all we had to do was paint and change out the light fixture. The room, of course, received a nice scrubbing before we began painting. Oddly enough, we found a huge stash of cigarette butts stuffed in one of the air returns. Gross!

The room looks a bit different now. And I’ve got to say, I love it!

LookingIntoFrontGuestBedroom

As you step into the room, the bed becomes the main focus. It is my belief that a bed can never have too many pillows. Especially a bed that isn’t used daily.

FrontGuestBed

To the right of the bed, is a nightstand. I actually rescued it from a giant trash pile. All it needed was a good cleaning and some furniture polish.

FrontGuestBedroom_Nightstand

Atop the nightstand is a picture of my late Papaw. He actually enlisted when he was just 17. On the shelf below are a few of my favorite children’s books. I’m a huge book lover, and children’s books are some of my favorites. My childhood copy of “Love You Forever” is protected in the basket. Also displayed is a Willow Tree figure my father got me several years ago. Needless to say, this little table holds many of my sentimental treasures.

To the right of the bed is a quilt ladder that also holds one of my most valued possessions.

QuiltLadder

The ladder was actually our first ladder. It was so unstable, that Travis didn’t even want me to climb it. Something about my poor balance or something like that. Whatever. After we got a decent ladder, I took our old one apart, cleaned it up, added some felt to the back and rungs, and called it a quilt ladder! I didn’t paint it or anything, since I think the paint spots make it more unique.

The quilt on the top was made by my Nana (grandmother) out of material she bought to make girl scout uniforms for her and my Mother, who quite the scouts before the uniforms could be made.  This is one of two quilts I have made by my Nana. She’s actually in the process of making a quilt that will fit our bed for next winter. She’s designed it herself! The two quilts on the bottom are massed produced and not special, so I hope to one day replace them.

Directly opposite the bed are a couple of other furniture pieces along with some trash-to-treasure art.

GuestBedroomArt

The little chest was in my bedroom at my Nana’s big house (as we called it). She recently downsized to a condo. It amazingly still smells like her house inside the drawers. I will probably eventually paint this piece and add some new hardware. It has so many layers of paint on it now, so I’ve been putting that little project it off for awhile. It accidentally landed in the corner of the room one day, and I liked it so much I kept it there. Normally I’m not a huge fan of corner furniture placement, so I surprised myself.

The art on the wall was also picked from the same trash pile as the nightstand. I had them framed at Hobby Lobby for about $30 each. Here’s a better picture of the art when it was still in our first house:

TrashtoTreasureArtQuaint, yes? This room definitely has a slightly vintage vibe going on. Even though the art is signed, it’s still only worth about $7. If it had been worth something, I probably would have tried to sell it on eBay, even though I loved it.

At the foot of the bed is a cedar chest Travis’ parents gave us as a wedding present.

CedarChest

It is absolutely beautiful. I’m not sure where they found it, as they seem to collect cedar chests.

CedarChestSide

I think the little heart on the side is so appropriate since this was a wedding gift. Travis’ brother and sister-in-law also received a cedar chest as a wedding gift. Between you and me, ours is much prettier.

We still have a little bit of work left to do in this room. None of the doors or door casings have been painted white yet. Painting doors is a big job that requires nice weather since each door has to be taken down and painted outside.

FrontGuestBedroom_Closet

Other than painting the door, there isn’t much left to do in here. I might eventually update the light fixture and line the curtains. We’d definitely like to add crown molding at some point. Who knows how this room will transform throughout the years. I’m in no hurry to find out.

For now, we’re just looking forward to seeing who will be the first guest to sleep here.

FrontGuestBedroom_Night

Source List:

Alarm Clock: Kohl’s
Art: Picked from Trash, Frames from Hobby Lobby
Bed: Local Discount Furniture Store
Bed Quilt: Pottery Barn Matine Toile Quit in Navy, sadly no longer available in navy
Cedar Chest: Gifted
Curtains: Lowe’s, Waverly Indigo Home Classics Curtain Panel
Dresser: Gifted
Lamp: Hobby Lobby
Light Fixture: Moved from Office
Nightstand: Picked from Trash
Quilt Ladder: DIY
Wreath: Joann

Paint Color: Montpelier Madison White, Valspar

Want to see how this furniture was used in our first house? Click here to read all about the downstairs guest bedroom.

 

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