This weekend, we FINALLY moved into our new bedroom! For those who don’t know, Nick and I are living in my parent’s shed while we plan and build a house on the property.
Until now, we’ve just had one room – it was our bedroom/studio/everything… but Nick has worked hard to fix up the room next door, which used to be the horse stable!
So now, instead of one room, we have two, and I can’t tell you what an amazing difference it has been – now it really feels like we have a little apartment. So – for the tour!
First, a little look at what is now my studio/lounge/kitchen/dining. We now have a dining table and couch (both inherited from my grandparents). We also have our fridge, microwave, kettle… no more traipsing down to the house for a cup of tea!
In this first photo, you can really see the difference in the floor – Nick painted the floor of the bedroom, and at some stage we’re going to empty out the studio and do the same – but that’s a big job, and I’m too busy to disturb my workbenches at the moment.
This couch came over with my mum’s family when they immigrated from the US in the 60s – and they’d had it since the 50s, when it was already second-hand! So this is the original fabric from then… I don’t know quite how old it is, but it’s beautiful, and it great shape, considering its age. The tulip quilt is a family heirloom, and the pillowcases I picked up at the op shop for a dollar each.
Now, for one of my favourite bits! We had this old door lying around, with a sad paint job – so Nick re-painted it… including a section of blackboard paint! I’ve always loved those pictures of houses with a blackboard painted somewhere, so now I have one!
Now, for the new room! I’m going to be making matching curtains soon, the coloured ones were some I had lying around, just to add a bit of colour until I make the new ones.
Nick copied the style of the first room – insulated walls and ceiling, with corrugated steel internal walls and ceiling, with a strip of wood veneer around the top. We’d probably have just gone for traditional walls otherwise, but dad wanted the two rooms to match, and hey, it’s his shed!
We finally have a place for all our chest-of-drawers, as well as the wardrobe Nick did up a while back.
We also inherited this lovely white beadspread from my grandparents, and it lightens the room up nicely, along with the pillowcases I made (I’m very proud of them… they actually fit).
A few little details…
I love decanters!
And finally some more space to put some art – yay!
So that’s it! We’ve still got some additions to make (like the curtains, a fabric hanging panel above the bed, and we’re going to add a patio out through the sliding doors) but it’s just wonderful to have the new space, and to wake up each morning looking over the paddocks and trees.
I have no idea how long it will be until we have our house, but now I’m quite content to stay in here for however long it takes – it’s more than enough space for Nick and I. It just goes to show that you don’t need a massive house to be happy – just two little rooms shared with someone you love.