Monday, March 18, 2013

Moving on up

*taps microphone*  Anyone still out there?

Last week was our one year anniversary of moving out here. Last year on March 13th I took my kids and five suitcases and moved to California (read about it here, here,  here, here, and here).  If you read the posts from last year you'll see that they are largely angsty and "omg I am moooooving and I feel scared."

So, since we hate stability and all that crap, we are moving again!

No, actually, I really want some stability and all that crap.  I want to put down roots, make permanent friends, stay in one place for more than 365 days, and never have to box up all our stuff again.

So we bought a house.  I'm boxing up my stuff for the last time (I won't say never again, but I hope to stay here for a long, long time).  We close on the house in mid-April, assuming that the Horoscope of Doom and its prediction of real estate deals that fall apart does not come true.  We'll have about two weeks to paint the sea of pinky swine-like beige that is currently all over the inside of the house, and then we'll move at the end of April.  (Insert angst and "omg I am moving and I am scared again" here.)

Obviously I'm not doing much in the way of decorating the current house, but stick around for a few weeks and I'll have a whole new house to put together.  On an extremely limited budget.  Should be fun :-)

I will ask for your help with a decorating dilemna.  The new master bedroom is bright and airy with a corner window seat.

The two walls with the corner window seat are the only two walls that will fit our king size bed.  (Apparently I didn't take a picture of the fourth wall, but the third and fourth walls have doors to the bathroom and hallway that will not allow for a king bed.)  You might notice that on either wall, the bed will be partially in front of the window.  This presents a few problems.

Here's a poorly photoshopped picture of my current bedroom imposed upon the new bedroom to illustrate.  Clearly this illustration is not to scale, but the only way that the headboard would fit on either wall is if the bed is shoved up against the far wall, leaving the person who sleeps on that side (me) no room to get out of bed.

First problem: our headboard hangs on the wall by D-rings mounted on either end of the headboard.  Since wherever we put the bed will be partially blocking the window, there is no way to safely mount the headboard.  Currently the headboard is not attached to the bedframe, although I suppose we could rig something up with 2-x4s or something.  (Arg, if only I hadn't sold this bed.)

Two, the nightstands are too big to put in front of the window.

Three, how does one decorate over the headboard-less bed that is located off-center and partially in front of a window???  I can't find any images of a layout even remotely similar; in most images the bed is directly under a window, not to the side.
 Hanging curtains wider over the window in such a way so as to trick the eye into thinking the bed is centered (like I did here) isn't really an option.

I am inclined to put the bed on this wall in the picture above--the dimly lit wall to the right of the entry door--because if I put the bed on the wall straight ahead (see the brightly lit picture), there will be a narrow corridor between the bed and the entrance to the bathroom.

I may end up just skipping the headboard.  This makes me sad.

I could put the bed in the corner, angled out into the room, either cattycorner in the window or cattycorner to the far right corner....but I kind of hate the bed-on-an-angle look.  Plus then I have no space for bedside tables.  Also, while the room is not tiny, an angled bed is not the most efficient use of space.

I am stumped.  And will probably hire a designer in a year or two to figure out what to do with this room but that's not in the budget in the moment.

Ideas?  Buying new furniture is not an option at this time, although I'm open to ideas (like a free-standing upholstered bed frame) for the future.  


  1. Congrats on the new house! Moving is so exciting! Glad it will be the last move for a while though.

    No brilliant ideas for your room right now. But if I think of something I'll let you know!

    Can't wait to see the new place come together.

    See you soon!

  2. Congrats on the new house! I would probably put the bed to the right of the entry door. Good luck!

  3. You are right! This is nearly impossible with a king sized bed. Can you use a different room and use this one for your boys? (You have two boys, right?) Two twin beds would work here--(each parallell to the window, in the corner, in an "ell" the seat is then a shelf beside each bed. Put a square table in the corner between the two beds.)

  4. Wait--I just saw the first picture again: will the headboard fit on that wall?

  5. Congratulations!! That's huge. Look at you, putting down roots in California. And now to the bed dilemma....I've got nothing. That is one strange layout. I love the windows seat and the light, just not where they are. Frickin autocorrect. I'm not correcting my typos today. Anyway, what about what Alana said? Any chance you could change rooms? I'll ask melanie(plum cushion) if she has any ideas.

  6. Good for you! I was having a putting down roots conversation with Cane just yesterday. I'm glad you found a place that is finally going to feel like yours.

    As for the bed question, I had the same thought as Alana. And wondering if you really need a king size bed.

    I know. Not super-helpful.

  7. I am very excited about you buying a house! Woo hoo!
    We can't have a headboard either because of windows but the situation is sort of reversed...but this was my solution to that.

  8. How about sticking with the headboard and moving the D ring that would be on the window's side closer to the center, then adding a couple more D-rings to hold more weight. You could still hang the headboard and have part of it over the window. This wouldn't bother me much. I suppose on that side, you could keep your end table, but move it away from the bed, against the wall. You may need sconces for some light on that side of the bed, but it would allow you to keep the storage over there.

  9. Hmm... I have nothing constructive to add. But a house! Glory be! And what kind of builder puts a double window seat in the Master Bedroom? Does he think you'll be perpetually draped across the panes, pining for your Beloved to come home each evening? I say ditch the King go with 2 twins. It'll be very Lucy and Desi.

  10. How about placing the bed angled in a corner?

  11. Congrats on your new home!!!

  12. OMG this is huge! I am so excited for you. You are going to go more designer bananas than ever. I would close up some of that space next to the window and make the wall space larger. Jenny did it in her rental when she closed the space above her fireplace. I would do it on both walls so the windows have the same reveal. You need to read my tutorial on "How to hang something heavy". You can use this method to hang your headboard. All of this won't cost a lot, and you probably have most of the tools. YEAH for you!!

  13. Congratulations on the new house! I am a little sad because this makes your move so much more permanent :( but I am happy for you.


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