Back again for some home touring! Let’s take a look at our bedroom transformation. This room really has come a long way.
Now let’s take a look at the bedroom, 2.5+ years later:
Here’s looking at the room from our bathroom. You can see that things look a LOT different. There are several really special pieces that make this bedroom “ours.” Take the artwork over the bed. Andrew and I painted that on a date night of ours at Muldoons (a new Moroccan coffee shop). We brought our canvases, paint, and baby and set up shop. What’s really special about the piece is that it’s symbolic of Revelation 19, the passage of the wedding ceremony of the Lamb and his Bride. This passage was read at our wedding as our gospel presentation.
Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
both great and small!”
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
The painting actually is a colored representation of Rev. 19:11-19. We thought it would be appropriate and special to do something symbolic of this passage since it was from our wedding. We considered drawing Jesus on the white horse coming back for his bride…but opted for something a little more attainable for us unskilled artists. So we took all the colors represented in passage: the WHITE horse that Christ rides, the CROWNS (GOLD) on his head, the robe dipped in BLOOD (RED), the sharp SWORD and IRON (SILVER) scepter with him, and the armies with him dressed in fine linen, WHITE and clean. The BLUE dots symbolize the parting of the clouds. There are 3 crowns above the white dot in the second row (which is Christ), with the sword and iron scepter to either side of him. The other white dots all around are the army and the red dot is his blood dipped robe. I love that it was something we did together! It’s dear to me and I think it’s really cool looking too.
This is my little white side table, inherited to me by a former roomate, Ashley. The lamps are a new wonderful gift from my mom. you can’t really see them in the pictures, but you can see them here. The added bonus of these guys (besides actually matching!) is they are height adjustable for my tall hubby! You can see from the old picture that we changed out the yellow curtains for these white ones from Ikea. This is another special thing to me…all the curtains in our room where picked out by Andrew and I together. It was actually a fun time at Ikea together deciding on which ones to buy. Andrew was the one to come up with the drapping canopy thing above our bed. We’ve had that ever since we got married, and it’s a romantic touch from him 🙂 And functionally it acts as our “headboard” of sorts. On my bedside table is a funky patterned, yellow Kleenex box of all things (amazing what you can repurpose!). I use this to store my small calendar and pens. There’s also a picture taken while walking on campus right after we got engaged (thrilled faces turned towards one another, hand in hand for the first time) on my nightstand. Such a sweet reminder of the blessing of our union.
Our apartment actually came with closet doors, but because the room was limited in the space factor, I asked our landlords to remove them so they didn’t jut out into our space. The curtains are a perfect alternative and help us store things that may stick out farther here and there.
I didn’t take an up close of Andrew’s “nightstand” because it’s not an actual night stand. It’s random boxes stacked on each other covered with a tan blanket/wooden table runner. It works, but it’s not pretty. Maybe we’ll be able to at some point DIY some matching side tables or purchase some cheap ones. But for right now, it holds camping equipment. On Andrew’s wall are two pictures I gave him. One is a collage print of outdoor photos of mountains, our family at the lake, fishing, and camping. The other was his Christmas gift from me. I found this cool print with his favorite tree, a white birch tree. It’s made to look like it has the words “Love Never Fails” engraved in it. Just another marriage themed piece of art for our bedroom.
At the end of our bed is our beloved “Hope” chest and it really is a chest full of hope. My Pop made it for us as a wedding present, right before he died. He was supposed to marry us, but passed away 2 months before. What’s so special is that my Nana & Pop covered the bottom with cut out scriptures on hope. They’re still all sitting at the bottom of the chest. This is a valuable piece in our bedroom and holds memories, quilts, and important keepsakes. Next to it is a $5 inheritance from my wonderful friend Joelle. She was moving out of the Cherry Street house and didn’t want. I had always wanted a storage ottoman just like this. Thanks Joelle! I keep our picture albums & scrapbooks in it.
When you live in 400 sq. feet, you get creative with how many tasks your space does. We grabbed this dresser at Ikea when it was on clearance. Since it’s solid pine, I figured even though it works with our current gray, yellow, and blue theme in our bedroom, I can always sand and repaint it down the road. The hamper acts as our diaper pail (we line it with a black trash bag). The other storage basket keeps games, extra diapers, and our Ergo carrier. This is also where the car seat rests when it’s indoors. On the wall is a free mirror I got from my old coworker and friend Brooke. Courtney Patty and I braved a hot day before she left and recovered it with white and yellow mosaic tiles. Gave us an excuse for JJ’s snow cones! The mirror reminds me of her (she’s in KY now) and our friendship. The print next to it is an old Greek calendar page. I like it a lot because not only does it contain our bedroom colors in it, but more importantly because it’s a picture of a white veranda with 2 chairs around a small table overlooking the sea. It makes me think of sitting outside enjoying Andrew’s company, just the two of us. The curtains are yellow stripped ones from Ikea and match the dresser, the yellow in our canvas art, and bed pillow great. Again, Andrew was in on purchasing these too. The boy’s got skillz!
Here’s the back of our bedroom door. Everyone needs a mirror to make sure they don’t look crazy before they leave the house 🙂 Added bonus if you have the cutest little boy in your mirror 🙂 I hang my scarves on the mirror and we have 2 prints of these exotic purple and green flowers on black mats on the small wall of the closet. Nothing fancy here.
Well I think that wraps up the bedroom tour. We enjoy our little oasis for the two of us, sometimes three of us if we’re all helping change Rey Rey’s diaper. 😉