Welcome to the February BEFORE Party!

Are you ready to get something crossed off your to-do list??  I know I am!
Welcome to February's Before Party!

On the first Friday of every month, join me to link up a new project idea.   This can be a piece of furniture you want to rehab, a craft you want to try, or if you're really ambitious, a business plan.   Commit to walking every day, or to practice random acts of kindness, reorganize your pantry, or make your garage more functional. 

On the last Friday of each month I'll host the "after" party where you can show off how your project came out.  If it's not totally complete - that's okay too - you can share how it's going so far! 

February's After Party will be on Friday, 2/24 - mark your calendar!

The Fridays in between the Before and After Parties will be reserved for sharing YOUR inspiring projects over here!  I hope you will join me to get some things accomplished in 2012 - and the best part - inspire and encourage each other.

My project for February is a daunting one.  If I don't write about it I may never tend to it, even though I have a deep desire to make this room a peaceful haven.  So here goes.....
What's my problem? 
Why can't I pull this room together after 18 months in this house?  

Here's where the room started, before we bought the house - pretty much a blank canvas.  
The biggest problem with this room was the vile carpeting - stained by the previous owners' pets (it was epidemic in this house!  Their pets made a MESS of all the floors and stairs.)  I seriously couldn't breathe properly until that moldy and disgusting carpet was pulled out - a good three months of sneezing and being stuffed up every single day - and I am SO grateful for that necessary improvement!!!

I was inspired by beautiful lumbar pillows that I won in a giveaway from Isabella & Max to paint the walls BM Clarksville Gray, a perfect match to the pillows and a color I had seen and liked in the Pottery Barn catalog.  I recovered the headboard with a dropcloth and nailheads - but then hated how the headboard came out so I tore the fabric off with the intention of doing it over - 6 months ago. I bought curtains and rods but have yet to hang them. 

I stalled out on this project, and now it's time to get it together!

If I could just keep my eyes in this direction, all would be well.  Not so bad besides bland and boring.

Here's where the issues abound.  Please, take a deep breath before looking at this picture.
Oh dear, could it be?  Yes, it is, it's the big old TV and black laminate TV stand that Mark bought circa 1995.  They didn't used to live in our bedroom but the little TV that was in there died, and this one happened to be available, so here she is.  You want to check her out up close?  She's pretty.  Even covered in dust, she's a beaut, isn't she?
I know a television in the bedroom is not a popular choice for decorators, but we love to watch the news before bed, and when Mark is traveling, after the kiddos are in bed I get under my covers and zone out to HGTV.  I LOVE having a TV in the bedroom - just not necessarily this eyesore and stand.

The other elephant in the room is this little corner.
Our master bedroom does double duty as Mark's office when he's not traveling.  In our last couple of houses we had a designated office where that chair looked completely appropriate behind a great big desk.  In the corner of our bedroom, not so much.   The papers everywhere, the cheesy framed certificate - these things do not say "peaceful haven" to me.  You?  

We're still trying to figure out how to make our furniture from our last house fit in here, and nothing feels right.  I can't stand this half-done room any longer!  It's important to me for Mark and I to have a place to read, relax, and rejuvenate.  Here's my punch list:
Hang curtains
Install new shades
Figure out the TV situation
New bedside tables
Find storage for Mark's work stuff (possibly bedside tables with better storage?)
New desk chair with better scale for the room
Pull together bedding
Ummm, dust?
Hide framed certificate
Do all of this on a teeny tiny (read: nonexistent) budget 

All the problems of this room may not be done by February's After Party, but today I commit to making this room a more peaceful haven, one baby step at a time.

What about you?  What are you hoping to accomplish this month?  Set a goal for yourself and share it with us.  You'll feel motivated to start and work towards completion!  I can't wait to read about your projects!

To join the Before Party:
.Add the Before & After button or a link to Shine Your Light to your blog post.
.Add the permalink to your Before blog post to the linky below OR
.Send me your before and after photos and I'll share them at the After party!
.Visit some links and show some love - it makes a blog party so much more fun!
This party will be open until Thursday, February 23.
Shine Your Light
Good luck with your projects this month - go get'm Tiger!


Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

Your room has a lot of potential...nice windows and I like your paint color. My bedroom also houses my husband's messy desk and big black office chair. Ugh! I'm especially looking forward to how you transform that area. I need some inspiration!

Andrea said...

You can do it, Lisa, I know you can! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

I love that you use the term "punch list"-- I thought only my hubs used that term! And I'm with you when the hubses (it's a word) are out of town-- my fave thing is to climb into bed and watch a little somethin' somethin' ;).

I think your room is going to be fabulous-- the color is beautiful-- your bed is inviting. I can't wait to see it all!

pam {simple details} said...

Oh, Lisa, you make me laugh! We love our TV in the bedroom, too! So excited for you to create a room you'll love! I'm still debating what to link up! :)

cestMoi Sandy said...

Okay Lisa! I think I will love joining your blog on this ride!
But, My laptop has died! so I am going to try to get this computer updated... And I hope I will get it all done on time!
Maybe that is already a great before and after! And gal, that is a huge piece of humble pie you just served yourself... showing your master suite!
Well... I can't wait to see your "after" Because it is You I know it will be awesome.

Sarah said...

Hi, Lisa! I'm over from Saved by Suzy! I love what you have going here...Thanks for hosting!

Stop by sometime and say hello!


P.S. I'm your newest follower!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Lisa, I'm excited to see what you have planned for your bedroom. It already has a great starting point to work with.
I linked up my guest bath. It BETTER be done by the end of February!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Our bedroom is a biggie on my list, too, but later in the year. I couldn't stand not having a tv in there, either. It's nice if you can find a way to work it in but cover it up! I'll be anxious to see how it turns out!

Calypso In The Country said...

Lisa - so excited to see when you finish the room! You are already off to a great start! Just to let you know, we have a TV in our bedroom and I wouldn't have it any other way! I record all my shows and then once I get the kids to bed I snuggle into mine and catch up! BTW - I didn't join your party yet this month because first of all, last month was a failure and second, I can't even think of anything besides puppies at this point! Maybe I should post a "before" picture of myself today, and then at the end of the month if I am still alive from lack of sleep deprivation and exhaustion from picking up poop, I will post an "after" picture of myself - LOL! I have to get this puppy housetrained fast so I can get some things done around here! Have a great weekend and good luck with your projects!

natasha {schue love} said...

I seriously need to spruce up our master bedroom too!

Privet and Holly said...

Wow, Lisa, that is
a HUGE project to
tackle in a month!
If I were you, I think
I'd use February to
gather info and put
together an inspiration
board. And then, I
will follow suit. Our
own MBR needs some
updates. It's the only
room in the house that
has never really been
done up, properly.

Good luck and can't
wait to see your ideas!

xx Suzanne

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i have faith in you!!!!! you can do it! and we have a tv in our bedroom, too- i love it! i love to go up there at night and just be in bed and watch cheesy chick flicks alone to unwind.

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

I love how focused and motivated you are, Lisa. If your bedroom follows suit with your daughter's closet, it'll be nothing short of fabulous! Good luck.

Sam @ The Junk House said...

Found your party through Saved by Suzy - Such an amazing idea! Linking up for the first time and a new follower!

Can't wait to see your bedroom progress and the after pictures at the end of the month!

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Lisa, reading is a skill... and today I fail.

I linked up the Reveal post for our Jimmy John's Kitchen. I should have linked up our Before post.

Looks like I can't delete it from my end. If you want to delete it, I'll link up the Before, like I should have.
~ Dana

Jenny said...

Sorry I'm such a late linker-upper! This week has just been completely insane and I'm digging myself out from under all of it!