When Carrie and her husband Chris bought their New England home they took on quite a challenge. Built in 1886, every room in this historical home needed a little, or sometimes a lot, of attention. No problem for this dynamic duo though, they've been through the process before. Carrie refers to their home on Hazard Avenue as their second "project house". Their adventures in home renovation led to the birth of Carrie's blog, Hazardous Design. Want a sneak peek of one of the room's they've tackled before Carrie tells you about her favorite space? Take a look:
Home Office Before:
Home Office After
I'll let Carrie tell you about her favorite space and how she put it together on a tight budget.
Hello, Strictly Simple Style readers! I was so excited when Karen invited me to share a room in my home as part of her "My Favorite Space" series. I'd like to welcome you to my favorite space: our Master Bedroom.
My husband, Chris and I moved into our historic, New England home on Hazard Avenue about nine months ago. The house itself has good bones considering its age, however, each room needed a cosmetic makeover. Our Master Bedroom was the first room we tackled shortly after moving in. Like most people, we wanted a calm and serene space to retreat to at the end of a long workday. We also wanted a finished room in our home where we could escape all the construction debris and dust that comes with renovating a house.
When we moved in, the Master Bedroom had wallpaper and a wallpaper border that I didn't waste any time removing. Chris hung crown molding (which was a challenge due to the slanted walls), and I painted the walls light gray.
Carrie's Master Bedroom Before
I had been drooling over this Draper Stripe bedding from Dwell Studio for months. After the three days I spent stripping wallpaper, I decided that I in fact, deserved it for all of my hard work! Our rug is a $79 remnant that I just happened to find in the exact shade of gold as the bedding. It is almost like the rug and bedding were meant for each other. Don't you just love when that happens?
Just recently, I found an old wingback at our local Salvation Army and had it recovered to match our headboard. My dog, Harry, thinks I put it in our bedroom just for him.
I filled two pre-matted Target frames with inexpensive wrapping paper and hung them over the nightstands. This is supposed to be "temporary" art until I find something better to put in these frames, but truthfully, I really like it as is and may never change it out.
We fell in love with this house because of all the old school charm and character it has. The stained glass in the door and the transom window above it is a good example. This door opens onto a back staircase that leads to the mudroom and kitchen, which has been pretty convenient for getting up for a glass of water in the middle of the night!
I still consider this room "a work in progress" (really, is a room ever done???), but it is no doubt, My Favorite Space.
Thank you so much Karen for letting me share my bedroom with your fabulous readers!
Thanks Carrie! To follow along with the progress of their renovations, visit Carrie's blog, Hazardous Design.