Our kinda/sorta/almost finished room

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to decorate our room has been one of our biggest disagreements since the wedding.

I was one of those girls who imagined how I was going to bedazzle my house post-wedding more than I fantasized about the wedding itself. I had a vision. I knew I wanted my bedroom as a MRS. to be mostly whites and creams with a splash of shabby chic. Grahm, on the other hand, had very different ideas. He wanted dark mahogany wood, a dark brown comforter, and anything else that would scream, "I'm a man, and this here's my man cave."

When we were registering, I was shocked at how much Grahm cared about everything. I expected to waltz into Bed, Bath & Beyond, gun in hand, and blast adorable household items till my fingers hurt while Grahm would sit idly back and say, "Whatever you want. I don't really care." I guess I thought that because my dad has always been nonchalant with all of my mom's crafting/decorating/bedazzling projects.

That is NOT how registering went down. It was three hours of arguing, mostly.
After days and days of agonizing over all my big girl life decisions like what color do I want the guest bathroom to be? Do I want silk sheets? What color should the kitchen be? ... Only to have all my carefully chosen plans thwarted by my soon-to-be husband.

Turns out, Grahm had an opinion about ALL of it. Nothing too frou-frou, frilly, or (heaven forbid!) floral. I think we argued most about dishes. If they had even the teensiest hint of color, he was absolutely against them. Patterns, swirls, or flowers? Forget about it. "Babe, I can't EAT on THAT!"  (Needless to say we have stark white dishes now. I definitely lost that battle, my friends.)

I told him my plans for our bedroom. You would've thought I had wanted to paint the walls with my own blood by his expression. "NO color? None at all?"
"What's wrong with creams? Cream is a color," I said.
"I don't know, it just will remind me of heaven."
"I don't see the problem with that."

Grahm has been a real trooper during this whole process. I'm trying to be more sensitive to his needs as a man and his hatred for floral things, but he's realizing that I care a whole lot more than he does. In the end, I got my cream bedroom and he got his stark white dishes. It's give and take, people.
The repainted dresser. 
So glad I decided to buy curtains instead of make them. Way way way easier.
These are very similar to the coffee filter lanterns my mom made for the wedding, 
but these are made with book pages.
Antique window I found on Craigslist. 
My full-length mirror that I bedazzled. It still needs to be hung with leftover rosettes from this project.

Here's what we did with four of the DOORS we bought on Saturday. Grahm hinged them together and now they're our fabulous headboard!
Still need to find a lamp to go under those lanterns. That open space and the ugly gray 
emergency button is killin' me.
We obviously have lots more to do. Pictures and mirrors to hang, a lamp to find, etc. etc. (a decorator's job is never done!) but I really like the direction it's headed in. I'm thankful for a great husband who let me have my way with our room. I told him he gets to choose the colors for the guest bedroom.

Watch him pick like neon orange, just to spite me.

33 comments:

L-Kat said...

Pretty! I like the headboard. I'll admit though: I'm with Graham on this one. I like whites and creams and neutral tones, but I would need an accent color. Looking forward to seeing pics of the guest bedroom!

marie said...

Yeah, he should be excited about the guest bedroom. My husband is the exact opposite, he has no opinions on anything in the house, other than a flat screen TV. It works out very well for me.

Amira said...

Okay, seriously. I had the EXACT same experience registering!!!! Brandon had an opinion on EVERYTHING, especially the dishes! I was stunned, and totally pissed that I had to take him into account haha. We argued the entire time we registered, how romantic!

By the way, LOVE what you've done with the room - gorgeous!

(wow, there were a lot of exclamation points in this post.)

Mrs. Robinson said...

hahahahaha...my husband's FAVORITE color is orange. Hence, our wedding colors. This post cracked me up.

Chelsea L said...

Fabulous! Matt has an opinion on everything too, so freakin' annoying...all my baby names I've been dreaming about since I was like 2...yeah, throw those out the window...this guy has dreams of his own names! What guy does that?! Frustrating huh? lol

Nicole - Craft My Soul said...

What a great job! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the decor! When we get hitched I plan on actually decorating my rooms. I'm thinking jungle/giraffe themed for the bedroom or bathroom.

Ashley said...

I think it looks so cute! Come craft with me I could use some of your creativity!

Cranky and Difficult said...

>>I was going to bedazzle my house.

I actually did bedazzle mine. Turns out rhinestones are heavy and my house cracked its foundation. Wise move that you didn't.

Jax said...

Looks great! You are so talented. I'm going to remember you when I start to decorate my own house. hahaha

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Love the vintage window. I have a series of them throughout my home since we used a lot of them for our wedding. They are my favorite things. :)

Jillian Nicole said...

Your posts crack me up, Jena! Love how the room is looking and those book page, lanterns are fabulous! Can't wait to see it all finished!:)

Allison said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! Glad you stuck to your guns on the "color" choice. I think you need to do a few tutorials from all these cute ideas!

Madeline Grace said...

I love all of the little touches you've added to this! I can't wait to see this room when it is all done! I think the vintage window is my favorite! I can't wait to see the rest of the rooms you decorate!

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Amanda @ New Adventures said...

All my girlfriends said their husbands didn't care at all how they decorated their homes or what they registered for but my hubby cared a lot too! He kept telling me everything was too girly (it's a good thing it's not a real gun you register with!!). Glad to hear I wasn't the only one :) Love the headboard!

Kaity said...

Cute! It's so simple, but chic.

Jeanna said...

LOL! Men are MUCH bigger girls than us! I feel your pain, girl! The room looks so great! Such the little interior designer you are.. .:)

Alana Christine said...

Girl, you are so creative!
I LOVE that old window and the headboard! So stinking cute!

A party and A HALF said...

My husband and I are the SAME way. Seriously, he did the living room and our bedroom and I did the kitchen and the guest room. I fought to the death for light-colored cabinets haha while he FOUGHT for the deep mahogany bed set. Our house looks indecisive, it can't decide whether it has it's edgy or manly.

wHiT said...

it looks fantastic hun!
-wHiT

Miranda said...

love the old window and dresser...they are beautiful...i would be afraid of an cream/white bedroom...especially with 2 huge dogs and a toddler - that's a boy! but i can't believe you have just stark white dishes! i would need a little bit of color! :)

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Ha! You are so hilarious! White dishes is definitely a good trade-off for a cream bedroom. Your room is lookin' great! Keep us updated!

Nagehan said...

Oh my goodness!!! Love your new headboard! Also, the curtains are very romantic :)

Janine said...

I love the lanterns in the corner. Your room looks so romantic. Really ideal for newleyweds.

Erin said...

Looove it-- seems SO SO cozy! My hubby was WAY more into registering that I thought he'd be too, and I was shocked! lol, I think my dad's non-caring attitude towards anything housewares just made me expect the same from any man! Lol

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness! I love this!!

lilmoomoo said...

Girl!
You have done such a fabulous job!!!
It looks amazeballs!

I can't imagine if my hubs had any "ideas" on what we should do with the house..
You are one sweet wifey to let him have a say. HAHAHA
I sound terrible.. but really.

Mama Bear said...

Absolutely LOVE your headboard! I think we still have some old shutters we found in our garage when we moved in, and you've got me wondering if I could make something fun out of them? I am inspired, thanks!

★ JASMINE ★ said...

beautiful! love ALL of it! just found your blog and happy to be your newest follower <3

cant wait to read more


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Jayme and Mendi said...

This is so romantic! Beautiful room!!

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Lauren said...

Newest follower! Your wedding photo on the header is absolutely gorgeous :)

That Brunette One said...

I love your decoration ideas!! Come deck out my place..please!! :)

Lindsey said...

Your decorations are awesome. We just moved to Charleston, SC, and we're still looking for a place. I can't wait until all that stress is gone and I can do the decorating instead!

Carly {a simple affair} said...

This room is looking seriously fabulous! Love all of your projects, and I may have to steal the door idea from you one day! Glad it's feeling more and more like home! xo