House Tour- Upper Level

As promised, here is the “grand” tour of the upper level. Cue the Vanna White presentation hands. Oooh Aaahhh.

Floor Plan (Upper Level):The upper level is where we upgraded. We chose the “luxury master bath” as the builder calls it. Sounds like I’ll be getting rose petals in my bubble bath jacuzzi and a private butler every night, right? We didn’t have a lot of wiggle room in our budget for very many upgrades, but we thought that this was the one place where we wouldn’t be able to DIY later. And, hey, it’s a good selling point down the road. Fancy light fixtures can be upgraded, but structural features last forever. The “luxury master bath” is not shown in this particular floor plan, but basically we get a bathroom nearly twice that size. Yeeha!

Builder Phase:

Move-In Phase (different angle):

Stairs:Olivia loves climbing stairs, so of course, she was thrilled about walking up the stairs like a big girl today. It’s a nightly chase for us at my parents’ house. Whatever knocks her out for bedtime works for me.  
Projects:
-Paint (I’m not looking forward to tackling that in this part of the house.)
-Hang frames / artwork
 -Find a little table for the landing?

Builder Phase:

Move-In Phase:


Game Room:Finally! A room we can devote totally to clutter! No, I’m totally kidding. But I do hope to use this room to corral most of Olivia’s toys. The downstairs may not be completely toy-less, but I’m hoping we at least will have a designated playroom. And I’m sure eventually this will be a media room where we can be total couch potatoes on some Saturday mornings. I’m sure this room will see several slumber parties.  
Projects:
-Paint
-Add shelving with storage cubes on half-wall for organizing Olivia’s toys
-Add built-ins / media center
-Drapes / shades
-Move sofa and love seat here (after we get new ones in living room)
-DIY coffee table or ottoman
-DIY artwork
-Hang framed vintage games (backgammon, checkerboard, Monopoly)
-Make storage baskets
-Upgrade lighting
-Rug?

Builder Phase:

Move-In Phase:

2nd Bedroom:Livie Bug has her own room! I’m sure this room will see its share of messes, but I plan on making this room drip with cuteness. The girliness will be sickening. Brace yourselves. Projects:
-Paint stripes
-Make curtains
-Install roman shade
-Make artwork
-Hang shelving
-Refurbish nightstand
-And convert crib to toddler bed (Say it isn’t so! It pains me to type that.)
-Organize clothes closet

Builder Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Laundry Room:After lugging laundry up and down a staircase for 20 years, I am so relieved to have a laundry room on the same level as our bedroom.
 Projects:
-Paint
-Add cabinet(s)
-Hang shelving
-Organization hamper
-DIY artwork / “solemate” bin
-Over the door ironing board

Builder Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Hall Bathroom:This will mainly be Olivia’s bathroom, but I don’t want to make it too girly and frilly for when we have guests. I’m thinking gray with pops of yellow- still fresh and fun but not too childish.  
Projects:
-Paint
-Hang shower curtain
 -Bath Rug
-Purchase some decorative towels
-Artwork
-Faux granite (one day if I’m brave enough)
-Upgrade to tile
-Hang towel rack
-Frame mirror
-DIY step stool (for Miss Livie Bug)
-Upcycle a linen cabinet

Builder Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Master Bedroom:This space wants me to break into song, Les Miserables style- “Master of the house, doling out the charm; ready with a handshake and an open palm.” The game plan I’ve had in my head for this room since Robert and I got married is to model it after our honeymoon suite. Here is where we stayed. Isn’t the upholstered bed to die for? The honeymoon is only over if you say it’s over. ๐Ÿ™‚  
Projects:
-Paint
-Drapes / Shades
-Buy a king mattress (number one purchase on our list right now below a vacuum cleaner and blinds) -DIY an upholstered headboard (although I’m very tempted to just break down and purchase this too) -DIY end-of-bed bench
-Refurbish dresser
-Hang mirror / artwork / jewelry armoire beside closet
-Refurbish nightstands
-DIY beside lamps
-Install ceiling fan (Must-have for those humid South Carolina summers.)

Move-In Phase:

Master Closet:I could just stand in awe at this closet forever. Our closet space has been pretty sad from Day 1. Now that we have “big people jobs,” our current little bitty one just isn’t happening. Since deciding on the “luxury master bath” (I feel like I have to say that with a fancy French accent), our closet opens up into the bedroom rather than the bathroom, so fewer chances for mildew problems. Cuz ya know, my Prada clothes and Gucci shoes can’t handle that. *Snicker*
Projects:
-Rock out a shelving system that works!
-Get a sorting hamper
-Install shelving for shoes
-Hang bins for small items like socks, winter accessories, etc.

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Master Bath:Wait, do you hear it? Teeny tiny angelic voices singing. That first bubble bath is going to be glorious. The part I liked best about this space was the water closet to separate the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. My husband and I are close, but we’re not THAT close if you know what I mean. Thankfully, we won’t have to fight over the bathroom while getting ready for work in the mornings. (I hope.)  
Projects:
-Paint
-Window shade
-Hang shelving above tub for towels
-Hang artwork
-Bath rug
-Put up shelves behind toilet
-Refurbish linen cabinet
-Frame mirrors
-Upgrade to tile
-DIY faux granite (or upgrade to the real deal)

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Guest Bedroom / Office:I cannot wait to jump in here and get some organization set up for our files and important documents. A lot of our family like to tell us that this is Baby #2’s nursery. Maybe one day, if we ever even decide there will be a Baby #2, but sorry to say we don’t have any immediate plans. At this point, we’re pretty happy with Olivia being the only one we spoil rotten. ๐Ÿ™‚  
Projects:
-Paint
-Drapes / Shades
-Refurbish a filing cabinet and organize- move into closet
-DIY a desk
-Figure out a pull-out bed system be it Murphy bed or sofa bed
-Add artwork
-Upgrade lighting
-Add bookshelf

Building Phase:

Move-In Phase:

Upstairs Hallway:See that catty corner (kitty corner?) double door adjoining the bedrooms at the end of the hallway? The framing crew had the biggest headache with that sucker. But I’m definitely a fan now.  
Projects:
-Paint
-Hang shadowbox frames to change out Olivia’s artwork for display
-DIY a growth chart to keep track of little one’s lightspeed transition from babyhood to girlhood

That’s it! I’m sure more will be added to the project lists once we move in, and probably some things will never be accomplished depending on how long we decide to live here- could be 3 years, could be 30. No matter how long this place is a part of our lives and us a part of its, I can’t wait for all of the adventures to come.

Now, we’re off to start decorating! I wish Robert would be more enthusiastic about it. His emotions are so hard to read in photo ops. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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