We squeezed out every last ounce of energy we could muster before the end of 2017 (and before the baby arrives!) by spending a full weekend at Tree House with the help of Scott’s parents. We knocked out the last items on our to-do list – and then some. It was a packed handful of days, including everything from final walk throughs with our flooring contractor, accepting deliveries (this sofa!), installing light fixtures and – maybe least dramatically – making the beds.
But as the story goes with almost anything, ‘making the beds’ wasn’t just ‘making the beds.’ First, we wanted to paint the master bedroom. But before we could paint, we had to re-caulk the beadboard ceiling (because it was a downright mess of cracks and split seams). And once the room was caulked, we also had to paint the yellowed ceiling and crown molding. And then we had to prime the knotty pine wall and ductwork, because although an exposed pine wall may sound good in theory for a sweet little lake house, it all felt quite jarring when visually sliced with a big line of spiral duct.
I mean, if you give a mouse a cookie and all that.
So although ‘making the beds’ doesn’t seem like the most exciting progress, it really, really was. As the final item on our Tree House list, coming in at #7, it felt downright momentous! Not only did we knock out every other item on our check list by the end of the year (not without the help of professionals, thank goodness!), we assembled furniture that we could call our very own. We set up the prettiest king bed, unboxed a Sapira mattress, installed this sleek white ceiling fan and laid out clean white sheets without the fear of demolition dust. It. Was. Awesome.
The walls were painted Valspar’s Heirloom pink, which really reads as a pale pinkish putty during the day (especially in the darker corners of the room), slightly more pink with artificial and evening light, but in the morning, it may not look pink at all. I admitted to Scott that I wished we had gone a tidge more bold with our pink, but he finds it to be the perfect balance of barely-there-blush. For example, Scott’s parents swear they don’t see the pink at all, whereas maybe we’re fooling ourselves into thinking it’s pink? While it might be a very far cry from pinkiest pink out there, it does look awfully pretty against the Ultra White (Valspar’s off-the-shelf bright white) ceiling! (You’ll also notice we still need to install baseboards and door/window trim. In due time.)
We worked with our longtime partner Crate & Barrel to set the tone for the room – relaxed, comfortable, casual. White linen sheets and duvet, chambray shams and our favorite velvet pillows (you might recognize them from everywhere in our home!) create the coziest sleeping spot. Next to the bed, we added a simple round table and paired it with this task lamp that’ll keep our phones charged at night. The on/off switch is part of a leather touch pad – the cutest! And since first sharing the sneak peeks on Instagram, we’ve received a handful of questions on the matte black alchemy bed we chose, and we’re impressed! The slat system is supportive and incredibly well made, and the price point is spot on. All the thumbs up! Psst: It also comes in bronze!
On the other side of the room, we’re super happy with how the pine wall and ductwork cleaned up! For primer, we’ve been using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 for years, and this was no exception. Fingers crossed it will hold up against bleed through, but for past projects, it’s always been a champion. We also stuck a huge ZZ plant in this equally huge basket to bring in a big splash of natural texture and greenery. Considering we sometimes forget to water the ZZs in our own home for months at a time, we’re hoping this guy will live a safe, happy life in Tree House!
Around the corner from the master, the second bedroom also got the teeniest of facelifts:
This room’s transformation is no where near as dramatic as the master, but we were able to check off #5 from the to-do list! The small closet that made it impossible for any sort of bed configuration was closed up by our contractor. Hooray! The best part of this project is that we’ll now be able to eliminate the space hogging closet that doubles as a bathroom bump out down the road. (For this to make sense, see this post or check out the video walk through!) If you’re wondering, where will you put your stuff?, we’ll still be adding storage for suitcases, clothes and the like with a mini clothing rack. To be continued.
Finally, the loft got an upgrade, too! You know that we love our personal Leesa mattress to the moon and back, so we were especially thrilled to team up with Leesa again and add two twin-sized beds in a box to the sleeping loft! Each bed has an equally snuggly pillow, and we protected the mattresses with these encasement covers. For now, we also rolled out our former living room rug, which may or may not stay – we have big plans for this sweet little loft, so time will tell!
A note on Leesa: If you’re curious about how a Leesa feels before purchasing (we totally get that), you can try one out in person at your West Elm store. And you can always enter promo code YBH100 at checkout for $100 off a Leesa mattress or promo code YBH for $200 off a Sapira!
We said goodbye to Tree House at the end of the weekend knowing that the next time we came back, it would be with a little one (plus her Jack and CC) in tow! We’re looking forward to many more changes to come!