Editor’s note: A first home is rarely a “dream house,” but it is an exciting chapter in anybody’s life nonetheless, filled with memories and invaluable lessons. Steffy Degreff, mother and blogger behind the stylish Steffy’s Pros and Cons, has decided to share her first-home experience with us—the ups, the downs, and the delicious before + afters! Check out the first installment here.
Illustration by Tallulah Fontaine
When buying any home, unless you have a pretty endless budget there is always going to be something that isn’t great that you just have to live with for a while. For us, it was definitely the “master bedroom” (in quotes because it’s hardly a master). Our previous apartment had a VERY large master, with enough space to fit a desk in the corner, along with two nightstands alongside the bed, a dresser and extra space to complete home workout videos without hitting into anything. We knew the second we walked through this home that about half of our furniture from our master would have to go. We also knew that there wasn’t a single DIY or quick fix that would ever make this bedroom gain a few hundred square feet, and that we’d just have to make-do.
Our one lucky break was that our headboard fit the largest wall in the room with about only 1 inch to spare! We felt thankful! We also felt pretty stuck with the bed we owned, knowing it fits so perfectly in the space. Every other piece of furniture felt completely off – the dresser was too small for the wall it had to be on, the nightstands didn’t fit, period. We also needed a piece to fit on a small-ish wall in between our closets, and didn’t own anything for it yet!
While I really wanted to stick to the white and wood concept I had in our previous bedroom, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I picked a lot of pieces based on their dimensions, and whether they fit our very specific size needs. It’s always so important to measure before picking furniture, and this room taught me endless lessons! The first piece that I knew had to go, our too-small vintage dresser, was replaced by the Reclaimed Wood 6-Drawer Dresser. I gained an additional 2 drawers and about 6 inches of cabinetry, which is a HUGE deal when your closet is barely two feet wide. I hung a Modern Hanging Mirror above it, creating a space to get ready, moisturize and put on makeup each morning!
I then found that the Zane Wide Bookshelf not only fit the additional wall space perfectly, but was a great place to house bags and shoes that do not fit into the closets! You’d be surprised how nice shoes on a shelf can look, and I love the color and texture they add into the space. Speaking of texture, we also swapped out our orange duvet cover for something more seasonally fitting, the Organic Retro Jacquard Duvet Cover. It really lightens up the space, which can get dark in the afternoon!
We’ve been loving how crisp and clean the room feels with all of the updates. Stay tuned for an exciting patio before + after just in time for summer!