November 27th, 2007 by ariana
I was telling you in my last post how we had a couple first time visitors come over to the house over the holiday weekend. Maybe it was the fact that it was two house tours in one day, but it just really started to bother me that I feel I have to apologize for our master bedroom.
The master suffers from a complete lack of identity, and the way we configured the furniture left the wall opposite the entryway totally blank. (We had originally put the bed where it was because of a lack of electrical outlets.) Here is an old pic I found of the “Big Blank Wall” when I was auditioning the huge antique frame as a potential decoration there (oh my, this is a really terrible picture! Please excuse the rumpled bedspread)
The Big Blank Wall opposite the entryway. (The head of the bed is just to the right.)
Oh, and in case you are wondering we ARE aware that the little black TV is a huge eyesore.. more on that later! And here is picture looking straight into the bedroom from the hall entryway:
You can kind of see what’s going on here, the ginormous dresser is off to the left and the foot of the bed is facing the windows.
Close up of Ginormous Dresser which is on the opposite wall as the Big Blank Wall.
Ok, now that we have our bearings (sort of) you can see that naturally, the perfect solution to the Big Blank Wall dilemma is a faux fireplace!
Inspired by the back to back disappointing house tours, I logged onto my old friend craigslist and was shocked to find a woman about an hour away in NJ selling one almost IDENTICAL to the one in our living room for – get this- $50!
That my friends, is the deal of the century.
The only problem was when we got the thing into the bedroom it looked ridiculous where we had planned to put it.. so we reconfigured the whole room the way it SHOULD have been the entire time, with the head of the bead against the Big Blank Wall. The new fireplace (Faux Fireplace II) is now where the ginormous dresser once was and the dresser is on the wall where the head of the bed used to be..
Confused yet? Me too. Lets just look at the pictures:
The new view looking straight into the bedroom from the hall. (That’s the foot of the bed across from the fireplace.)
View of Faux Fireplace II looking down the bed..
Faux Fireplace II Close Up.
It’s hard for me to even convey the difference the new layout makes in this room.. I feel like we’ve gained twice the square footage! Its a huge improvement, and now with the head of the bed against the formally Big Blank Wall, when we put up the oil painting of me above it, it won’t be blank at all!
That’s not to say we don’t have a long way to go in this room.. we do. The first most urgent order of business is to buy a flat screen TV to go above the ginormous dresser (where the painting is now) so we can get rid of the little black monstrosity of a TV we currently have. You may think this isn’t an urgent need, but the little black monstrosity has taken to emitting a high pitched screech in the middle of the night. Yes, our TV screams at us! We must also replace the ginormous dresser with something a little less ginormous and less modern. So that’s my next conquest.
Painting will go above headboard, flat screen TV will go where painting is and Dresser will get replaced with something smaller and more style appropriate.
Whew! If you got through this post, you have more stamina that I do. But wait, there’s more!
Here’s a picture of the duvet cover I told you about yesterday, the one I got for a friend but now want to keep.. wouldn’t this look stunning in here?
$40 Duvet Cover from HomeGoods..
The pattern could even be the perfect solution to tying in the too-modern-dark-dresser into the rest of the room until I can replace it.. but I really want to give the duvet cover to my friend Amy. I do have to take a trip back to HomeGoods to exchange the dining room rug we bought, so maybe I’ll be able to find another one? More on the rug tomorrow!