". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Master Bedroom, Round Two

Last year at about this time I spent some time getting the master bedroom in shape. (You can read/see more about that here if you missed it the first time around.) My deep desire was to be able to enjoy the fruit of that labor all year long, maintaining what I had accomplished so as to have an adult sanctuary for my husband and myself. My usual housecleaning approach is to save the master bedroom for last, since no one ever sees it except us and our kids. But the effect of that is that dust and clutter pile up and pretty soon our bedroom is a disaster when it should be a place of peace and tranquility.

So I'm trying again. My husband has been out of town for a few days, so I again set myself to fixing up our bedroom. The first step was to give it a thorough cleaning. But then I did a little more nesting.

Here's one corner of our bedroom last year at this time:

Here's the same corner now:

Much nicer, huh? Long-time readers may recognize the chair. It's the one I purchased for my husband from Ikea for Christmas. It wasn't working out in the rec room very well because the floor in that room is tile and the chair kept sliding around. Last month we found a heavier upholstered recliner at our church's garage sale ($20!) to take its place, leaving the question of what to do with the Ikea chair. We decided it would be a nice addition to the bedroom. Yesterday I stopped in at Hobby Lobby and found the side table (if you have a Hobby Lobby in your area, go NOW--they are having a furniture clearance sale). With the addition of a lamp, plant, throw, and some books, we now have a cozy reading corner with a back yard view!

We wanted to keep the desk, so we had to be creative. It ended up here, around the corner in the lavatory/closet alcove.

Here's a wider view of the reading corner:

What do you think, Melody? (She's the one who first introduced me to the Master-Bedroom-as-Adult-Sanctuary philosophy.) The ironing board is still here, as well as some piles awaiting proper storage, but I'm making progress, huh?


Glenda said...

I'm not Melody but I think it looks great. So jealous that you have room for a chair. That is so my dream bedroom, to have a sitting area for reading. But alas, for now I'll simply enjoy looking at others beautiful bedrooms.

Melody said...

Very nice.
I would not be able to put a desk there. I would get all bruised up as I fell against it during a nighttime visit to the necessary!