Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Guests are Welcome!

After owning a home in Huntsville, Chris and I decided we should be a little more picky about our Houston home. In a way, being picky sucks because it can take a while to find the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood within an acceptable distance to/from work. These are the features we decided to pursue:

Our must haves: 
Safe neighborhood
In our price range
3 car garage
4 bedrooms
Master + 1 guest bedroom downstairs (for elderly guests)
"Large" backyard for the dogs (large backyard in Houston is extremely relative, since the land is all subdivided by the oil companies that used to own it everyone has really small backyards!!)

Our wants:
A house built after 2008 (for hurricane code reasons)
Hardwood flooring
A cool master shower (since we loved our shower re-do in Huntsville)

In the end, we honestly got the perfect house! It was built in 2008, in a very nice neighborhood, in our price range, 3 car garage, 4 bedrooms (with master and 1 guest bedroom downstairs), "large" backyard, some hardwood flooring, and a bonus: pre-wired theater room! The only thing we didn't get was a cool master shower, but that is a pretty small concession!

Our first "big" project was to get the guest bedroom ready, since we have a lot of guests lined up! I decided to go with an ocean theme and use a lot of Chris's mementos from Kwaj (i.e. marlin bills, handmade seashell decorations, carved wooden sharks with real shark's teeth). The main colors are navy blue and gold, but we decided on a light blue for the walls so our guests might feel "calm"...haha. Let me tell you, I didn't feel "calm" painting the extra high ceilings on top of our extension ladder, yikes!

Anyway, I'm so happy with how it turned out. I have a few more little decoration tweaks, and my mom has promised to help with the window valances, but overall the room is fairly put together. Take a peak!

A lot of the elements in the room are DIYs. The gold mirror was repurposed (I had it in black hanging over my faux fireplace in Huntsville). We made the three tiered shelves back in Huntsville out of wood and plumbing pieces, we also made free-floating shelves to match on the wall that you can't see in the panoramic pictures. The bed's headboard was a DIY project that I completed a few weeks ago, and the lamps were hand-me downs from Chris's grandparents, I simply repainted them and added new shades from Garden Ridge. We bought the two night stands from Craigslist (2 for $65)...oh yes, and all of the decorations are items we already had, like I mentioned before. I used some of my Amazon textbook money to buy the rug ($76 including shipping) and the bedspread was a HomeGoods find. The little stool also came from HomeGoods (and matches our kitchen island stools) and the wire basket, which I'm planning to use for towels, was a clearance purchase at Hobby Lobby.

Here is a shot of the free floating shelves made from wood and plumbing pieces. 
We are so excited for all of our guests to come check it out!
And if you still haven't signed up for a guest slot...get on it!