None of our rooms really feel finished in our current place but since that day might still be a ways off, I thought I'd start sharing more glimpses into our semi-finished spaces. This rental is a four bedroom with three bedrooms upstairs and a room downstairs that has been turned into a bedroom. The front porch wrap around was cut in half and turned into a walk-in closet for this space and the downstairs bathroom is also a walk through that connects this room to the dining room. It was advertised as a possible media room or bedroom.
It's on the dark side of the house so I knew it couldn't work as a studio space and neither of the older kids were feeling brave enough to make it their room because no one wanted to be downstairs by themselves at night. So, we opted to make it our bedroom. It's a good fit other than having a tiny bathroom because we have a walk in closet and a little nook that has room to keep Smith downstairs with us for the time being. He'll eventually share a room with Ruby upstairs once he's able to sleep through the night.
You really have to figure out how your space will work for you when you move into something new. I imagine it's a little easier if you get to design it yourself but even then, what works on paper might not feel great in real life. We had a large, vintage dresser that we were going to use in Ruby and Smith's shared room until we realized we were needing all of his clothes downstairs where he was sleeping. So, Brett and I gently and carefully hauled it down our twisty stairwell and set it up in our bedroom. You can't see it here as it's on the wall opposite the bed and under a pile of clean laundry.
We haven't purchased anything new for this space since we moved in other than those flannel sheets from Target, but I'm hoping to get a large rug to cover some of this floor space and cozy it up a bit and maybe add another rug under Smith's crib. With such high ceilings downstairs, my original curtains were all too short so those are in the process of being replaced with simple white cotton fabric that I'm sewing to fit.
There's also plenty of wall space above our dresser for a gallery wall or a large mirror to help with reflecting a little more light into this space but those will get some attention a little further down the road. I do love the walk-in closet. It's carpeted and has a little window and we keep Smith's dresser and changing table in there and still have plenty of space for all of our clothes and shoes. I also love that the door to the walk-in used to be the exterior door and has beautiful lead glass and intricate wood designs on it. It's a true beauty.
I'm learning more and more about patience as we transition into this restored Victorian. We are renting with the option to purchase but are still figuring out if we are ready to land in this neighborhood or wait for something similar to hit the market in another part of town. We are so close to downtown and love getting to walk to some of our favorite new coffee shops but there are still a few things we're making our minds up about. In the meantime, I'm enjoying this beauty of a home and feeling so thankful we were able to find it.
It's got great bones and great light and so much more space than we've ever had. It's kind of dreamy even if it's got short curtains on half of the windows.
Details: Platform bed, handmade by me. Buffalo plaid sheets, Target. Duvet and crib, Ikea. Duvet cover and faux fur throw, handmade by me. Sequin cross pillow, tutorial here. Side table and chair, vintage. Curtains, repurposed and handmade. Crib sheet, handmade. Lion baby blanket c/o Roxy Marj.