I know this first picture isn't a great picture but I wanted to show you the chandelier from upstairs and also the wall that was built in place of the old, rickety, low wrought iron railing that used to be there. I love this hallway now, and I don't have to worry about my children falling over the railing. Yeah!
Immediately at the top of the stairs in the master bedroom, but I'm saving that for last, cuz it is my fav. Walk around the hallway and the first room you come to is Grace's room. I probably should have taken new shots of the bedrooms because they now all have curtains and a few more homey touches, but you get the idea. Look! Isn't it pretty? It is a warm peach color that matches perfectly with her bedding set. I love this room. It feels so cozy even though it is pretty large. I still can't believe that I have a girly room in my house. :)
The next room is the kids' bathroom. We painted it a bright blue to look kind of tropical and then had a fishy theme going on. You probably can't see it but the shower curtain is adorable cartoon fish, and the toothbrush holder, kleenex box, soap dispenser, and tumbler is the same set. The boys LOVE IT. I even put their fake fish tank on the sink top and when they take baths we turn off the lights and turn the fish tank on so that they feel like they are "under the sea". Very fun!
Now we are moving on to Joey and Tommy's room. I just took one view of the kids' rooms but where I am standing there are also double closets, which will be a huge bonus as they get older. Looking at it in this picture the room looks kinda small, but it isn't. Lots of room for both boys to play. And the little farts have THE BEST view of the lake. They can wake up in the morning and watch the sun rise over the lake if they want to. Not that they appreciate it now, but maybe when they get bigger?
This is Ben's room. This color green is just gorgeous. I LOVE this room. It actually has so much room that I wasn't sure what to do with all the space. We took Todd's grandma's recliner that used to be in our basement and put it in his room and I think it looks great in there. His dresser went to Grace and I took the dresser from our downstairs bathroom at the old house and put it in his room. Surprisingly it matches really well.
Okay, let's head back around the hallway and go to MY ROOM! It is a really nice size so I took a couple views of it. This view is from the hallway.
This is the view standing in front of our bathroom door. I wanted you to see this view because they built the wall where my dresser is and added a huge walk in closet (I should have taken pics of our closets. They are awesome). I was worried it would make the room feel much smaller, but it really didn't. There used to be sliding doors where the windows are now, but we took them out (because we took away the catwalk that used to be on the outside).
This is the view standing by my dresser. My closet is on the right and the bathroom door is on the left.
Remember the old master bath? If not, please take a minute and check it out here. It was pretty freaking scary. This is the new master bath. We knocked down a few walls (took out a weird closet and a laundry room that was on the other side of the old master bath) and I can't believe how much room that gave us.
Look at my freaking bathtub!!! Not that I've gotten to use it yet.
Opposite the bathtub is the shower. Ooh-la-la! I love this shower. So good.
I never thought I would have a master suite. It is amazing. I can actually take a shower or go to the bathroom without worrying about waking the kids. It is crazy! And I can read in bed at night without thinking that my squeaky floor will disturb the sleeping munchkins. AND, with the awesome curtains I found (Joe and Tommy's room has navy blue, and the rest of the bedrooms have chocolate brown) everyone is sleeping later, which HELLO!, freaking rocks.
So anyway, that is the upstairs. I still could show you the basement which is set up like a movie room and also has the boys' playroom. And I could show you the first floor laundry too, if you like, cause I love my laundry and powder room. Oh, and I still haven't shown you our views of my much loved Lake Michigan. I could do that too! And of course the front and backyard. I'm sure you'll want to see those too. When we finally plant grass, that is. I guess I'll wait on that one.
Needless to say, the house is now feeling like home. Todd and I look at each other every once in a while and say, "Can you believe we live here?" It doesn't seem real. It really makes me smile to think of how we got here (we lost the bid on that first house and I was devastated, remember?), and how it all just fell into place. I guess that is just how life works sometimes.