But we have made a few cosmetic changes, so it's fitting to do an 'in process' post. Here are some before pics. Notice the floral wallpaper, brass hardware on the built ins, and awesome vertical blinds.
The ceiling fan suddenly stopped working a few weeks ago. Part of me was THRILLED to be able to replace it (I think ceiling fans are ugly), but another part of me really misses the breeze at night. So I did some hunting and found what I think may be a suitable solution in this Allen + Roth fan.
A ceiling fan that doesn't look like a ceiling fan?! Best of both worlds, I have to have it. The problem is, it's $400 (gasp!). And Mr. M. doesn't share my hatred of ceiling fans, so he thinks its unnecessary. The simple solution would be to find a cheaper version of a ceiling fan that doesn't appear to be a ceiling fan, but I'm here to tell you that they don't exist. The ONLY other one I could find is here, and I don't like it for this room. I'm not sure what the outcome will be on this one. In the meantime, you can buy this beauty for yourself here.
I really can't tell you exactly how much money we saved by purchasing and hanging the shades ourselves, but I'm pretty sure that it was significant. We spent somewhere in the ballpark of $150 for both shades, which I thought was extremely reasonable for custom window treatments. As for installation? It looked confusing to me, but Mr. M. didn't seem to have any trouble. Just another perk of having a handy husband :)
Also, the curtains are from JC Penny, but are no longer available. They were one of those items that I bought as inspiration and stored long before the room came together. I hung one of the panels upside down, in order to stagger the designs.
We also swapped the brass knobs on the built-ins for these interesting pebble-shaped knobs. A small change, but I really love them! Buy them here.
The white dresser and bedside table were handed down from my grandparents (Castoff Chic!), and the black bedside table was a find at Marshall's years ago. I kind of like how Mr. M.'s table is darker and more masculine. I think it makes the room more interesting.