Thursday, October 27, 2016

Moving In

Today I had the very unglamorous task of hemming eight curtains.  Okay, okay, technically I had finished two yesterday, but it still felt like eight today.  Is hemming curtains the most boring sewing I've ever done?  Quite possibly.  (Which is why I politely decline when asked if I hem pants or could be hired to make curtains.  Do you get asked too?  I bet you do.)

Anyhoo, the good news is the curtains are up and we're moved in!  We moved in earlier this week to our new master bedroom.  I promised to show the pics when we did, so...

moving in

Here is the view from the door.  It's a rectangular room with space for a seating area, a modest bathroom and walk in closet.  It's been a long time since we had our own bathroom or a roomy closet, so everything feels quite luxurious at the moment.

I love the blue walls!  Brandon chose the color:  Roadster Blue from Valspar.  I was afraid it would be too dark, but with the bamboo floors and all the windows in this room, it's turned out smashing!  I'd like to make a mostly white/cream quilt for our bed.  Don't you think that would be a lovely pop in the space?

moving in

Behind the seating area, along the longest wall of the room, is this gigantic window.  I don't have the right lense to capture it properly, but it's twice the width of what you see here.  We chose windows to match the style of the rest of our house, since this is an addition.  Happily the new master looks onto the forest side of our property.  I also love that through the narrow window above our bed I can spy our old barn, which I use so often for quilt photography!

Those are the aforementioned curtains.  They're just light gray linen curtains from Ikea.  Because the window is so wide, I needed four curtains to span it.  They were too lightweight to darken the room nicely, so I also bought four Ikea curtain liners.  Yep, that's eight curtains to hem, people.  And I'm done.

moving in

In our master bathroom we put down the same bamboo floors as in the rest of our house and purchased all fixtures and furniture from Ikea (I'm a hopeless fan, if you don't know that by now).  This rug was a happy accident, originally purchased for the entry. 

moving in

I'm kind of proud of myself for managing to stick to a white and black color scheme.  Oh, now, the towels don't count!  And that soap dispenser will be clear soon enough.  But, really, it's so WHITE!  Brandon was very confused about this choice to forgo color, but I am digging it.  I plan to make a white/black patchwork piece for the walls.  I've been pinning them lately!

Now that we're in the master, I can breathe a bit easier and start nesting.  Because the old master needs some repairs before it can be made up as the new nursery, I'm setting up the changing table in the corner of our room for now and will be finding a place for the rocker too.   Next up Brandon will finish my sewing room.  And then the fun really begins...

p.s. Thanks for all the name suggestions!  You guys are way better than a baby name book.  Our group think landed on pretty much every name Brandon and I have been considering (even the ones we don't agree upon) as well as yielded a few new possibilities.

29 comments:

  1. This is amazing - having the new master done and fairly early.

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  2. love your new space...we moved to our new place in Asheville in May and chose that same blue for our bedroom...and we love it! Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

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  3. A really lovely space. I love American houses they are so much roomier than our UK ones. Just like you I am a great IKEA fan. Enjoy x

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  4. It looks wonderful and good work Brandon, that is a lovely shade of blue!
    Haha, I don't like hemming pants either.
    I think I'm glad there's not a IKEA any where near me. Too much temptation ;)

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  5. It's a beautiful room and looks just like you! I wish I had an IKEA close by - I'd furnish every room in my house there! Lucky you....

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  6. Wow. Nice. I love it.
    I love white cabinetry. I like the paint.
    Whew, all done.
    We have two Ikea stores, both about 40 minutes away.
    I am very glad I do not live close to that store. That place is dangerous for me. πŸ˜€
    I am really so happy you have this accomplished.
    Oh yeah, I get asked to hem peoples clothes, make curtains, fix, alter.
    I say " I just do not have time, sorrrrry"

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary. Luckily/sadly our Ikea is 2 hours away. But, yes, tis best that way! Though I'm not sure how much it saves us because when we make the trip out there we get to thinking that we should buy all the things since we can't come back... Haha!

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  7. How do the liners do at blocking light? I was just looking at them as an alternative to blackout curtains.

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    1. I think they're doing well. They are certainly easy to hang with the curtains with the Ikea system. It was nice not to have to even sew the liners to the curtains!

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  8. Beautiful room, Rachel. You are going to enjoy it so much. When I'm asked about mending, hemming, etc., I refer people to a local tailor. :D

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  9. Oh Rachel, it looks fantastic! It feels good to have your own nice new space, right? One day for me....lol

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  10. Hemming something for me or my family is tedious enough, but for someone else? Forgetaboutit! Just went to Ikea for the first time this weekend! Best thing I can say is thank goodness it's four hours from my house!! Your new master room is beautiful!! Congratulations!

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  11. Love the blue - way to go Brandon! Your new master suite looks amazing!

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  12. Your room is lovely. Love the blue! I despise hemming. I send my own pants to the tailor! I call it the "H word"! Lol There is only one person I will hem pants for and that is my grown daughter. She has one leg that is a little longer than the other so it's tricky to hem for her. That doesn't mean I like doing it but I will make an acception for her.
    Leslie

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  13. It's a beautiful room and I'm glad you are finished with the hemming.

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  14. beautiful color, gorgeous view, awesome bath! I'm so jealous, because we need a new master but aren't getting one.

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  15. I love our new rooms! And the good thing with a back and white color scheme is that you can easily make colorful and bright quilts for itπŸ˜ƒ

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  16. What a nice room! A woman I recently met found out that I sew and her first question was: "Oh, can you hem my curtains?" She must have seen my face, since she did not ask again...

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  17. I bought some lovely curtains from Ikea for my hubby's man cave. There were 12 panels in all being used for sound purposes not light blocking. They are a bit long so he asked me if they should be hemmed. I said (with a straight face) no dear they are puddling and that is all the rage in curtains now. hahaha!

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  18. How wonderful to get moved in before baby arrives! I love the blue walls...cool, with enough warm! Happy happy for you both!

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  19. My sister in law asked about hemming curtains but fortunately, she asked to use my sewing machine because she doesn't have one, and she'd do it herself. I threaded the machine and she needed a little coaching, but she did her own work! I don't mind that kind of hemming request!

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  20. Hi Rachel, your rooms look wonderful. Was your bathroom also an Ikea purchase?

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    1. Yes, all of the bathroom fixtures are from Ikea =)

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