Sunday, January 17, 2010

Never ending projects

You know, I've had a good pregnancy. Aside from being high risk and worried about how this kid is going to get out, the rest of my pregnancy has been spent doing the fun things I imagined pregos do. Product research, shopping, decorating, more shopping, folding tiny onesies. Yup, can't complain there at all.

Anyhow, so I started the baby room project about 18 weeks ago and haven't really posted an update because I can't quite seem to finish it. There is always something to do. Add this or that here or there. It's been 95% done for a couple of months, and 99.5% done for the last couple of weeks. So I think I'm going to have to call it good enough because I'm worried that the kid will decide to make his appearance and I will still be tinkering in there.

But first, I present the office/guest room. If you recall, we had to deconstruct the office to make room to fit the guest room furniture before we could get to the nursery. This room isn't quite 100% either, but again, good enough.

First, the guest room components of the room.

One project left for this room is to have some cool map prints we bought on vacation years ago framed. But custom framing is expensive and I'm lazy, so it hasn't been done yet, but they are sitting on top of the dresser.

And the bookshelf. If you look closely you can see me and DH's engagement photo. You can also see Ambrosia peeking out of the bottom of the case.

I just have to take a sec to point out how neat this furniture is. It's DH's grandmother's and supposedly came over from Germany. It's all walnut and different kinds of burl wood and really quite pretty. It's not something I would have picked, but I can appreciate it.

Now moving on to the office portion of the room, mostly concealed by the closet doors. I think it turned out pretty well. DH has been using this setup for a couple of months now and hasn't complained. We still have room for several blankets on the left side of the closet and wrapping paper on the right and other important stuff on the top shelf.

The only thing we bought to do this entire room was the black shelf (we had the mail station below it) and the brackets to support the shelf with the printer (which is wireless so that I can print to it also) and wireless router making this room pretty darn cheap. I was glad to be able to still use the mail station which is pretty handy for storing envelopes and such and the black bins for organizing. And since they are in the photo, DH would want me to point out the 2 pieces of goal post from 2 really memorable games our team won a couple of years back. He worked hard ripping down those posts, fighting off other rabid fans, carrying them down town and then hacking off the pieces, so that's why we had to get that shelf to display them, cause he's pretty proud. A picture of our dear Muffy is in the mail station too.

My laptop has a semi permanent spot on the kitchen table. At first I thought I would miss my desk, but it hasn't been bad. Anyhow, I'm happy that we have a solution for the office and guestroom that not only can we live with, but works pretty well.

The nursery coming VERY soon.


Michelle said...

I think it looks great! I can't wait to see nursery pics!

Celia said...

It looks great. Our guest room is still only 50%. Every time it gets close to done something else gets shoved in there. We have our old dishwasher in there, because we can't figure out how to haul it to the curb. Plus we need a special pickup for it. Plus, there is a ton of recycling in there. And for whatever reason, three ceiling fans. People love to give us their old ceiling fans. I don't know why, considering most of our electric is ahem, dated.

The nursery is two steps forward one step back as well.

Sophie A. said...

That is some gorgeous furniture! I have such respect for the people who made it, I love finding items like that--awesome that you all inherited it. Such a cozy guest room. I really like how you guys used the space. Can't wait to see the nursery!

Bri said...

What an innovative idea! We live in an apartment now, but I never thought of saving space by putting the next in the closet. We don't have a baby yet, but we're working on it (PCOS is slowing us down). We'll definitely need all the space-saving ideas out there. Very cute room!