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Today is Moving Day! Monday and yesterday, we spent packing our belongings into our moving truck and cleaning our house for the move-out inspection. (Nothing says “Happy Independence Day!” like PCSing. Ahh, military life!) Right now, as you’re reading this, we’re completing our house inspection, Andy is clearing post, and we’re hitting the road to Iowa. Since it will be a while before I have internet again, the easiest way to keep updated on our move is to follow along on Instagram.
Anyway, I wanted to do a walk-through of our first house, like I did with our first apartment for the 5 weeks we lived in Radcliff before our on-post house was available. I’ve previously shared looks at my office and Gracie’s corner, so I won’t be re-sharing those. Today, I wanted to focus on my favorite room in the entire house: our master suite.
This honestly was one of my favorite spaces to decorate, and it’s one of my favorite places in our entire house. I wanted something that both Andy and I would be comfortable in, that wasn’t “too girly” (per Andy’s request.) I went with shades of grey and white, with pops of the occasional yellow and black for variety. I really wanted to paint the tan walls a shade of grey, but thankfully I didn’t because we had no idea when we moved in we would be moving out 11 months later! It is such a relaxing room, and I love just cuddling in here on a lazy morning with my love.
Our bedroom was a little on the small side for a master bedroom, but it worked perfectly well for us. On the right was our closet, and it was huge! It held all of my clothes plus Andy’s clothes (he kept his Army uniforms in his den.)
The painting you see above is one of my favorite memories about our honeymoon. We paid $40 for it and didn’t even attempt to haggle, because I loved it so much! When we got home, we thought it wouldn’t be terribly expensive to have it framed… boy, were we wrong! Michael’s quoted us at $200 just to have it framed, so it sat in a corner, still rolled up, for about 7 months. While randomly browsing Michael’s website (which I never do), I saw they were having a sale on framing artwork. I made a second trip to Elizabethtown in the same day since the sale ended that day. It ended up costing us $125 to have it framed. Needless to say, this will probably be the only piece of artwork we buy for a long time!
This dresser is another one of my favorites. I had a hard time picking out a white dresser I liked that would fit perfectly in that tiny wall along the bathroom until I found this one. The drawers aren’t the strongest (the bottom one is bowing as I had accidentally overfilled it), but it was great for the price! I loved being able to decorate it with a photo frame from Jen (she sent me the sweetest “Welcome to the Army” care package when Andy and I first got engaged) and the teddy bear Andy gave me for our first Valentine’s Day together.
This dresser is a bit of a mish-mash, but that doesn’t bother me, because it has a special meaning to me. On the right side is my wedding dress, my bouquet, and my garters. I wanted to display them and remember our wedding day every day, instead of just keeping them in the back of our closet. The coffee mug next to it is one I created in my church’s Women’s Group. The jewelry box in the middle was a gift from my mom; I can’t bear to paint it even though it doesn’t really match. And then, on the left, are my essential oils in the black bin…. I will figure out a better way to display/organize them in our new house!
And now, the master bath! I’ve never had a bathroom of my own before, so I loved our master bathroom. Andy preferred to use the guest bathroom since he didn’t want to wake me up when he woke up early for work, so this really was like having my own bathroom! It was tiny, but I didn’t usually mind– unless I was trying to bathe our dog in the tub!
Originally, I didn’t expect us to have a master bathroom in the house; I thought we would have 1 bathroom in the home that we would share with our guests. I had planned on a gold, black, and white color scheme for the one bathroom, but decided to scrap that when I found out we would have a master bathroom. I’m really glad I changed my mind, because I love how well this bathroom goes with our bedroom. I can’t really describe what I was imagining when I decorated our bathroom, other than “spa-like” and “clean.” I’d say our bathroom accurately fits the image in my mind!
One of the best things we did was switch out the cheap shower head that comes in base housing with a “deluxe” one from Walmart. It was only about $25 for a new shower head, but it was well worth it! It made showers feel amazing; I would use the massage setting whenever my back felt sore. It had a hand-held sprayer, which made it super easy to give Lily a bath. We just had to remember to switch the shower head out to the original one when we were moving!
This is so cheesy, but one of the things I was looking forward to most about being married was having nice white towels (and nice white sheets for our bed.) I was thrilled when two of my great-aunts got me these nice towels that are bleach-safe (as well as thrilled when a friend of Andy’s bought us the nice sheet set. It was even funnier because it was a single male soldier who bought those for us, haha!) After we got married, I had to explain to Andy why the “good” towels cannot be used to bathe Lily. Bless his heart!
I’ve never really liked the look of beauty products on bathroom counters; it probably stems back to sharing a bathroom with my sister, hah! I found these 4 glass jars at Hobby Lobby for $1 each and used them to display cotton balls, cotton swabs, cotton pads (for removing makeup), and floss picks. It seems so chic to me! The other hair and beauty products are in the cabinet beneath the sink. The 3-drawer container (which holds makeup) and black basket (of hair ties and headbands) were things I already owned, and I loved being able to re-purpose them. The sink itself has a lot of divided storage, so I was able to separate my hair tools from Andy’s stuff and my “girly” supplies.
I didn’t realize it until Andy pointed it out, but I have another piece of artwork with Song of Solomon 3:4 on it elsewhere in our house. Apparently, it’s my favorite Bible verse!
I’m far from the next star of HGTV, but if you were curious about any of the items we decorated with, I’ve linked them below!
Bedding: “Merritt” 9 piece reversible full-sized comforter in grey by Madison Park
Pillows: Bedding Essentials Standard/Queen Pillow
Sheets: Wamsutta 620 Egyptian Cotton Deep Pocket Full Sheet Set in White (perfect for our deep mattress!)
Photo of Andy and me on the beach: from our Jamaican honeymoon. Frame by Craig Frames.
Black & white photo of Andy and me (with my wind-tossed hair): from our engagement photos by MD Photography. Frame by Craig Frames.
Painting of the Jamaican beach: by a Jamaican street artist. Framed by Michael’s.
“Happily Ever After” photo frame: photo from our engagement photos by MD Photography. Frame by Better Homes and Gardens.
“Love, Hugs, Kisses, Joy” photo: Photo from our engagement photos by MD Photography. Frame was a gift from Jen.
“Be My Valentine” teddy bear: gift from Andy for our first Valentine’s Day
“Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart” artwork: Hobby Lobby
Song of Solomon photo frame: photo from our engagement photos by MD Photography. Frame from Hobby Lobby
Shower curtain: Better Homes and Gardens
Want to see more of our Fort Knox home tour? Check out a previous post!