Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Springy Bedroom Makeover (and a garden update)

I can't believe I am calling this makeover "springy" since Oklahoma apparently skipped over spring and went straight to summer. dang, it's hot! well, I guess after our two bursts of snow, winter was sort of spring-like, so it makes sense that spring feels like summer. did I mention that it's hot here? my pennsylvania people have been asking me, "so what exactly is HOT to you?" my answer is, "how about 98 degrees during the day and 92 degrees at 9:00 at night?" yeah, it's hot.

One last thing before I show you our "new" bedroom, I wanted to show you our little garden. Here is a picture right after we planted the tomatoes & peppers. date: March 26, 2010.

Here is what it looked like about a month ago:

And today!

kind of jungle-y looking, isn't it?! we have been having the hardest time keeping everything staked and tied. just when we think everything is secure, the plants have another growth spurt.

aren't those cute little tomatoes?

I was going to show you a picture of our first harvested item, a luscious jalapeno, but someone (not me) ate it already.

Ok, enough outside stuff. Moving indoors, where the a/c runs constantly these days.

You may think that getting a bedroom makeover is frivolous since we just moved in less than a year ago, but let me explain. First, the comforter set we have been using is the one we got for our wedding, seven years ago. We love it still (thankfully) but it is multi-color plaid and sort of dark. And while that is great for winter/fall, and cats, that room really needed a pick-me-up for these sunny (oh, so sunny) days. I searched high and low, and the one I really loved was at walmart. thank you, walmart! It is just what I was looking for, white background, with greens (my new obsession) and some red, so I could keep using our curtains we've had for 7 years. No, those haven't been made-over yet. (they will be going to the dry cleaners later this week) And finally, the makeover ends with the blinds. The ones that came with the house were the standard metal mini blinds and they were broken. In order to put them up, I had to tie hair bands around the bottom. and to tilt them open & closed, was a chore, so it never happened. They made the room dreary. So thanks to my parents giving us a Lowe's gift card, I got custom-sized 2" faux wood plantation blinds to match the rest of the house.

I have no before picture, but here is the after:

hooray for bright & cheery! The colors are off just a bit in this photo, but I think you still get the idea. like it? Now for the room to be complete, we just need to finish painting the trim white, get new baseboards, replace the ceiling fan/light, buy two new lamps, hang some things on the walls, and new carpeting. That's all.

And because I don't think I have ever post a picture of the guest room before, here is what it looks like:

At any given moment, there could be 6 or 12 pillows on that bed. I like to change it up all the time. Also, I usually have a green blanket folded at the foot of the bed, but I think our last house guest put it under the comforter. And yes, those blinds do cover the entire window, but they are in a perpetual state of partially open because the kitties like to look out. Normally this is Bunny's room, but we switched things up a bit when my mom came, and put Bunny (in her cage) in the office for awhile. So now the cats have taken over this room. They love it. (I think we need a 4 bedroom house...) And finally, no guest room of ours would be complete without this guy watching you sleep.


we are the spencers said...

arent' gardens the best? i check ours at least twice a day. the first thing i do every morning is look out the window at it. we have squash, zucchini, tomatoes and a banana pepper plant. i picked our first zucchini today!

and i LOVE your new bedding!!! i totally love those colors. i shouldn't have looked cause now i might want one like it! i just bought a new comforter last fall that i really like. i got it at k-mart for $60!

love those house pics, keep them coming!

we are the spencers said...

oh, and you need to name the deer. how about walter?

Lianna Knight said...

Your bedroom looks GREAT! And OH MY on the garden...good job!!!

keely steger said...

Jennifer the blogger?! I like knowing this...

Danielle Taylor said...

Hi I stumbled on your blog through a blog hop on Kellys Korner! I am also from western PA (Greensburg) and living in Oklahoma (Midwest City!) I just thought it was neat to find another Steelers fan living so close but so far from home! Your yard and bedroom makeover look great!