Before we moved in, we painted the bulk of the first floor Benjamin Moore “White Dove”. We stopped the paint at the corner at the bottom of the stairs before it turns and goes up into the two volume space. So for a while, downstairs was gorgeous gleaming white and the upstairs was still that dingy, fleshy beige that drives me crazy.
Part of living in the desert means that all of the creepy crawlies that live outdoors would much rather live in your home. And the creepy crawlies out here are so much more terrifying than in the Midwest I have found. The long segue I am trying to make here is that we ended up moving into the guest bedroom for a time after we discovered a few scorpions living in our master bedroom. There was one in JT’s shoe which was stored in one of the under-bed drawers and another hanging out on the inside of the shower curtain one morning. Not cool. While we were waiting for the pest people to come back, we decided to go ahead and get the master bedroom painted. So here it is …
We have nice high ceilings in this room and so we decided to accent the end wall with Sherwin Williams “Porpoise” which was a color we had in our STL house as well. I guess I just really love that color – it’s a pretty perfect warm dark grey. The canvas artwork has moved with us too and lived in a few different rooms before ending up here.
I have a love/hate relationship with the mirrored closet doors. They’re so functional yet so …. tacky. They do help bounce the light around the room. You can kind of see in the reflection that we have the Koehler white vinyl rocker/lounger in the corner for a little sitting/clothes piling area. JT got that chair from Goodwill during college and I think we may have it forever. I love it – there’s nothing tacky about it! You can kind of see beyond that the master bedroom opens into the sink area of the master bath and then around the corner and behind closed doors is the water closet and a large tub/shower.
Here’s an outtake from my little photo shoot – Shenanigan was done with being photographed and wanted O-U-T of the bedroom. Tough luck little dude. The blue duvet cover and pillow shams came from West Elm about two years ago. Next steps for this room is a proper headboard – we still haven’t had one of those in almost 11 years of marriage! It would also be nice to upgrade our bedside tables and lamps as well at some point.
Above is a little scene from this A.M. – Boo got scared of something in the night and jumped up on the bed. The dogs are getting older with creakier joints so they actually don’t get up on the bed with us as much anymore, which is probably good for both the husband’s and my back.
Not to be left out, I also caught Sophie the dog mid-yawn this morning. You can see how the carpet has some Sophie spots on it. JT and I would love to replace the carpet for hardwood or maybe an LVT floor as Miss Sophie has left her mark a few places when she wasn’t feeling well with a UTI. We’ve rented a steam cleaner twice but haven’t had any success getting fully rid of the telltale stains.
The best part about this house and especially the master bedroom is the view – there’s a balcony looking out over the mountain. We picked up some cool chairs from Lowes and JT and I sit out there some mornings, sip our coffee and soak in the scenery.
Below is a better view out the sliding door and over the balcony. It was a rare(r) rainy day the other day and like a true Phoenician, I took a photo of the rain.
You can kind of see the hot tub below on the left and the hammock is hanging out down there. JT has been itching to find some pavers and fill in the large “sand box” we inherited and create a nice outdoor living room.
So that’s the master bedroom in the new house, a little sanctuary in the sky. There’s still work to be done in there (we need a non-ugly fan STAT!) and I didn’t show more photos in the bathroom part of the suite on purpose – it’s a work in progress but we’re loving it.
Hopefully this week we’re going to finish up a little laundry room renovation and I also have some more of a room-by-room tour of the new house. The hot weather has finally left Phoenix and I’m starting to get my home project mojo back. Have a great week! Cheers – CT