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You may have noticed I did my Home Tour post back in April and never followed up with a Part II. I've been putting it off for four months apparently and now I'm officially throwing in the towel. My original intention was to complete our Home Tour by showing off the upstairs, but then I wrote 3 Ways to Elevate Your Guest Room and there went half my Part II post. Upstairs, we have three bedrooms, a tiny bathroom, and a tiny closet. Neither the closet nor the bathroom are worth documenting. (In fact, I don't even know how I would take photos of our bathroom because I can barely fit in it myself, let alone with a camera.) And our study/spare room has become more of a junk room, if I'm being honest. I'm not trying to hide our mess, because believe me, we have it, I just don't think it's worth dedicating half of a blog post to showing off our piles of stuff, our boxes of Christmas decorations, our suit cases that we have no where else to store, or our sad looking book shelf.

Instead, I decided to focus on the good vibes only. So I'm talking all about our master bedroom today. This is undoubtedly where we've invested the most money in our year (plus) of living in our house. When we moved in last summer, we bought a bed, mattress, wardrobe, and vanity, but also decided to upcycle some Freecycle finds, like the drawers and bedside tables.

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If you're interested, you can scroll down to the bottom for some updates on our home since my first Home Tour.

We essentially had to decide how we were going to set up the room the day we brought home our first IKEA haul. With the former fireplace leaving two little nooks on one wall, and the window on the front, it limited where we could put our triple wardrobe. What we decided that day is what we've had the whole time we've lived in this house, and even though we've talked about moving stuff around once or twice, I'm not really interested in moving that wardrobe until we move house.

In the past, and possibly because I lived at my mom's house, I always had a desk and bookshelves in my room. I can't remember the last time I had a chest of drawers to hold my clothes, to be honest. But here, where you're lucky to even have one closet in your house, wardrobes and drawers are absolutely necessary. 

As I mentioned, we got the drawers from Freecycle. They were already white and had long brass handles, but I repainted it just to make it look a little fresher. (See before and after photos on my Home Update post.) I also switched out the handles for ceramic knobs that I found on Amazon. Obviously that's as far as I got with my upcycling of this particular piece. The original plan was for Luke to realign the knobs to be centred from the top two drawers and fill in the holes. We're clearly not in a rush to finish, and honestly I notice the slant of the drawers more than the off-centred knobs or the holes, so I'm not too bothered. My sister and brother-in-law have a chest of drawers I've always loved, the HEMNES from IKEA, and it's the style I would want to look for down the road when we're looking to upgrade our drawers.

I have a vanity in our bedroom because--fun fact--bathrooms don't have plugs in most British homes. Newer builds would have an outlet for an electric razor (with a lower voltage and different holes), but the only time I've been able to plug in my curling iron or hair dryer in a bathroom over here is in a new hotel. Anyway, I chose the BRIMNES from IKEA since it was small and simple, but someday I'd love to upgrade to something more vintage looking. (Can we talk about how my friend Kelsey's is seriously #vanitygoals?) The top opens up to reveal the mirror and some storage to accompany the drawer on the left side. Luke added some upgrades by attaching a power strip to the inside and a hook to hang my curling iron on the outside. I opted for a small stool from IKEA (no longer available, it appears) and painted the legs light green to add a bit of colour to the room.

And now for the aforementioned wardrobe. It looks like it's no longer available on IKEA which is a bummer because I absolutely love it. (I only wish it had better support across the pack.) Luke uses the third on the left and I've laid claim to the other two thirds that open into the same section. It works out okay since Luke only needs to hang up his shirts, while I have both shirts and dresses that need to be hung. He keeps nearly all his clothes in there and just rotates what's in the front of his shelves based on season.

For the first time in quite a while, I've also had to rotate my wardrobe based on season because I have limited hanging space. (Though I'm ashamed to say I have many more clothes than this, taking up most of the chest of drawers, two drawers under the bed, and most of the closet in the hall.) I recently added the drawers (FLARRA from IKEA) to keep some dressier shoes, trainers, and sandals. Basically not everyday shoes. I store my tall riding boots in the bottom, as well as some wardrobe upkeep items like a steamer, leather polish, and a suede brush, and there's still space. I keep some light cardigans I often wear to work, some bandannas and delicate scarves, and a few other accessories on the top shelf. 

Okay, the best part of our bed is the EVE mattress. Our mattress is actually made from the clouds in heaven, I'm sure of it. Just this week we were talking about how we're so spoiled we can always feel the imperfections in other mattresses when we're away from home. It's a curse, but it's so worth it. Anyway, our bed is a double, which is big enough for us, even though we could have fit a bigger bed in our room. The frame, the KOPARDAL from IKEA, is amazing because it stays so cool in the summertime since it's metal. When it's really hot, I just touch my foot to the side of the frame and it's like it instantly cools me off. We currently have a £10 quilt from the grocery store (yup, seriously) on our bed, but in the winter we switch it out for our goose down duvet so we're nice and cozy.

Our friends gave us the bedside tables, which I believe are originally from IKEA. I painted them last summer as a part of our Home Update, and I love the finished result. I replaced the plain silver knobs to match the knobs on our dresser and I love how the blue details compliment the lighter blue paint. The lamps are from--you guessed it--IKEA. If this were our forever home and how our bedroom would always be set up, I would want to find two matching chests of drawers to use as our bedside tables, like the smaller HEMNES from IKEA. It would give us both more storage and fill out those nooks a little better. Of course our bed would need to be a bit taller though.

On my side, I have another Freecycle project to store my under garments and some other things. This project needed the most work since the drawers aren't on tracks and it was not in good shape when Luke found it. He did quite a lot of work with a planer and sandpaper to get the drawers to open and close properly. In addition to the paint job I gave it, I lined the drawers with contact paper. On the top, I keep a few treasures, like my dried wedding bouquet and a photo of me and my bridesmaids. I also keep my clay cat and a jewellery box my friend brought me back from Africa.

We don't have a ton up on our walls, in any room really. But, you know, #renterproblems. However, we've added two mini gallery walls in our bedroom. Above my vanity, we have some prints I made with a watercolour print of a lion I found online. Luke and I both went to these retreats, The Crucible Project and Soul Beauty respectively, and these are daily reminders of the work we did while we were there and the truths we keep with us every day. I love that its the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning and the last thing I see before I go to sleep. (Other than Luke's face of course!)

On our side wall, we recently added three prints from our wedding and I'm o b s e s s e d. I had the photos printed at 8x10, imagining them in matching frames with large mounts, but the IKEA here usually goes by centimetres instead of inches and doesn't always have the same standard frame sizes. So while we were in Colorado, we bought three frames from Target and brought them back in our suitcase padded with our clothes and putting our bag dangerously close to the weight limit. It was worth it though, because in the end, we ended up with exactly what I imagined.

So there you have it. I love our master bedroom and the work we've put in to make it what it is. And I love that it's basically an IKEA showroom.

UPDATES

Maybe you saw my DIY Bar Cabinet post, but we've further updated that area of the kitchen. We had one shelving unit (VILTO from IKEA), that was at the end of our cabinet, but before our First of July BBQ, I moved it next to the bar cabinet so it wouldn't get knocked. After the BBQ, we realised we kind of liked it there, but I wanted a second shelf to balance out the two sides and to show of more of our beautiful wedding gifts.

I think I mentioned in my home tour post that I wanted Luke to add a floating shelf in our kitchen to be our coffee and tea bar. It was a slow moving project since it took a while to find the leather straps, but it's finally up and I couldn't be happier. It clears SO MUCH space on our counter, which was been really nice. It helps it feel less cluttered and with our small kitchen, every inch of counter space counts.

THE REST

In an interest to not only show you the highlights, the picture-perfect, the staged, I'll show you the rest. Or at least our messy study/junk room, the tiny closet, and tiny bathroom:

LAUGH | New on Shop Joy42

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Two months ago, I launched my online store, Shop Joy42. I'm so thankful to those who have checked out my shop and those who have purchased from my shop. It's been such a fun endeavour so far and I'm looking forward to what's to come.

Today, I'm launching a new capsule collection that I'm calling L A U G H.

My first collection, I N S P I R E, came to life from my desire to share positivity and encouragement. Likewise, this collection has come to life from my desire to make people laugh and share my sense of humour and what brings me joy. It's a smaller collection, but I've drawn inspiration from some of my favourite shows and I'm so please with how everything has turned out. I've also dabbled a bit in (digital) hand-lettering and water colouring, which you'll see in two of the prints.

INSPIRED is a quote from one of my favourite TV characters of all time, Leslie Knope from Parks & Rec. She's a feminist icon, she's the posterwoman for happiness, she loves waffles, and she kicks butt at work and in her relationships. Since Leslie works in government, I decided to do my own take on a campaign poster, and hopefully one that will make you laugh and motivate you to be inspired by yourself. 

LIMBO is a quote from The Office's Michael Scott. And who doesn't love Michael Scott? He's a bit of a fool, you kind of feel sorry for him, but every now and then he says something so profound you think he should definitely finish his book, Somehow I Manage. This quote is one of them. I knew I wanted to include a quote from The Office since no matter how many times I see it, I always laugh out loud, but it was a struggle to choose just one, or even narrow it down to one character. This one is one of the quotes that stands the test of time and truly deserves to be hanging on your wall.

MASCULINITY is one of the catch-phrases, so to speak, from my favourite podcast, My Favorite Murder. I knew I wanted to include something from that podcast since I just spent the last five months listening to it almost every day. Karen and Georgia have so many one-liners and offer so much great life advice, mostly about how to stay sexy and not get murdered. That podcast has truly changed the way I perceive the world and the people in it (for the better!) and allowed me to do a lot of introspection, learning a lot about myself. Not to mention they're sure to make me laugh. So much of what they say is at least loosely murder-related since it is a true crime podcast after all, but this quote seems to transcend true crime and just simply makes sense, doesn't it? 

QUOTE is just plain satire. As I create things for you to hang on your walls, I also want to laugh at myself a bit. Look at it as the [insert inspirational quote here] piece your perfectly curated gallery wall is missing. 

YES is probably my favourite piece from this collection. I can't even begin to explain to you how much I love Liz Lemon from 30 Rock and Tina Fey from real life. And this quote just speaks to me as I become more and more of an introvert and a hermit every day. 30 Rock definitely got weird over the years, but it was always good for a laugh, and occasionally good for a new life philosophy. I created the lemon slice pattern that serves as the background, which was such a fun experience.

DIY Bar Cabinet

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I am SO excited about this post today because this has been such a fun project for us and we're so happy with the end result!

About two and a half weeks before the wedding, Luke sent me this chest of drawers from Freecycle and asked if I wanted it. I told him yes, but not what he thought I wanted it for. I sent him a before and after idea of an old chest of drawers turned into a bar cabinet and he was immediately on board. (He says he envisioned doing something with it, but wasn't quite sure until he saw the idea I sent him and realised it was exactly that.) He arranged for a pick up from the man who posted the chest of drawers, but despite enlisting a friend with a slightly bigger car to help, he said the guy who was giving it away ended up having to drive it over to our house for them because it wouldn't fit in either car.

So there we were, less than two weeks before the wedding, finishing up final wedding details and taking on a brand new DIY project. That's totally sane, right?! We decided to get rid of the table that was in the kitchen since we literally only use it for folding laundry. We never eat there because the frame wasn't very well cared for so it was a bit out of alignment and two of the chairs were quite a bit out of alignment. Luke took the table top off the frame so we could keep that, which came in handy the following weekend when we had beautiful weather and basically ate every meal outside in the back garden.

Since I was off for the week before the wedding, I alternated between wedding projects and painting the drawers (which Luke had already stripped and sanded). We wanted it to look a little distressed, so even though I did a coat of primer, I only wanted to do one coat of the paint. We used Rust-oleum's Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Clotted Cream and finished it with a wax coat to seal it. Unfortunately, there were a lot of air bubbles in the paint so there were sections that I had to add a second coat to, making the dark wood a little less visible.

Luke did such a fantastic job on the design and the execution. We ran through a few options, like adding racks to the bottom of the shelf to be able to store glasses, but ultimately decided we would just store alcohol in the cabinet between the shelves and the wine rack and keep all the glasses on our little black shelves off to the side. Anyway, we knew no matter what we wanted to keep the two smaller drawers on the top, which we use to store our second cocktail shaker, two more shot glasses, some tonic water, wine gift bags, as well as napkins and other little entertaining odds and ends that didn't really have a place before.

When we decided that the area where the second drawer had been was going to be the wine rack, so Luke drew up a few different designs before ultimately settling on what we did. Major props to him, to be honest, because he doesn't have a ton of tools and the front of the cabinet is curved, so he really did a fantastic job! Luckily all the drawers sat on shelves already, so there was already a bottom, though he had to take out the shelf between the bottom two drawers to open up the space. He reused the bottom of one of the drawers we were getting rid of to add a back to the wine rack. He drilled holes in the back for the dowels to sit in to support the top row of wine bottles. He also added tracks for the bottom rack so the bottles wouldn't roll around and would go in straight with the leftover wood from the font.

For the bottom, I wanted to keep it simple and just add "stadium seating" for the liquor bottles so they would all be visible. He got some wood and used the same stain from the wine rack to stain those and I just love the contrast of the dark wood--also on the top--and the light creamy, almost yellow, colour of the rest of cabinet.

We finished it off by adding fairy lights in it, which I love. Honestly, if I could, I would have fairy lights everywhere. We also decided to keep the original hardware on the drawers we kept, which I really like. Luke tasked me with finding out how to clean brass. I made a paste with white wine vinegar and flour and let them soak for about 10 minutes in it before scrubbing it off. It made a world of difference! And let's talk about how perfectly it works with Luke's 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall display that's been up since the beginning of the year. It's like it was meant to be. (It's worth noting it took him about three years to collect 99 unique bottle caps that were in good enough condition to keep.) I moved one of the plants Luke's parents gave me for Christmas on the top so it finally has the perfect home. And we decided to display our best drinkware--the Moscow Mule mugs and champagne glasses my mom got us before our wedding--on top along with the bottle opener my sister gifted me before her wedding, and Tequila Mockingbird, a cocktail book we picked up at a charity shop to use in our wedding centrepieces. Later, Luke finished the top with a few coats of wood oil and it made a world of difference. You can probably spot the darker colour and smoother finish in some of the photos.

I'm so impressed we (Luke) were able to finish it before the week of the wedding so when my family was visiting and touring the house, we got to show it off. One of our friends came by to pick up the photo booth props we had borrowed for the wedding to use at their birthday party and I showed it to him. He said after they cleaned up their party, they decided to use their little cabinet as a gin bar. 

Now we need to have a party to christen our new bar! In the meantime, I wanted to share another cocktail recipe with you. You may not be interested in upcycling a piece of old furniture, but I think we can all agree there's nothing like a refreshing drink outside on a warm summer evening. If there's any drink that perfectly captures British summertime, it's Pimm's. It's a simple drink you definitely want to make in a pitcher. ("No one just makes one Pimm's." - Luke) It goes best with sunshine and friends, so enjoy!

1 part Pimm's
3 parts lemonade*
strawberries
cucumber
mint

Because Pimm's is a pitcher drink, you can definitely eyeball the measurements. In England, lemonade is a clear sparkly drink, more like Sprite, so I would definitely recommend for all my American readers to opt for a lemon or lemon-lime soda like Sprite. Add chopped strawberries, cucumber, and fresh mint to garnish. You can definitely use other garnishes, that's just what I've seen used. If we notice our strawberries might go bad before we eat them, we'll dice them and stick them in the freezer until it's Pimm's o'clock again. 

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Pimm's photos by Peter Horrox Photography.