Gettin’ Low

Remember those blog resolutions I made about making sure to take more “before” and “during” photos to make my posts better? Remember how it was just a couple weeks ago that I proclaimed them to the world? I have been getting better as evidenced by my recent drawer clean-up, but, um, we made a change and forgot to shoot “before” pictures. Wop wop. Any habit takes time to develop, though. Anyway! Moving onward. No time to cry over unshot photos.

When we got married my parents got us a basic Hollywood bed frame to get the mattress and box spring off the floor–the below photos shows the setup from our old place, before we got our queen-sized mattress and with the bed at full height. It was perfect at the old apartment because the room itself was GIANT and everything had plenty of room to hang out. This particular bedspread (a “full/queen size,”) hit the floor and hid the Hollywood frame and all our under-bed storage. The bed scooted around, but not as much. I think the rug helped.

Unfortunately, with both Doug’s and my parents being “carpet people” we had never anticipated that on hardwood floors the wheeled bed frame would scoot all over the room, all the time. I am only slightly exaggerating.

You see, on carpet, it’s hard to move things. Especially with thick carpet where everything settles down into nice little divots that are a pain to get out of the carpet after rearranging furniture. On hardwoods, moving things is so easy. Now, add wheels to the object in question and you are in for a life of constantly repositioning furniture. Yes, even with the wheels in “locked” position! Take a simple act like sitting down on the bed to put shoes on. Scooooooooooot. How about when Mosey runs into the room at full speed and leaps on the bed with a toy in his mouth? Scooooooooooot. You get the picture. Tired of moving the bed back against the wall and/or squeezing through my measly walkway between the bed and the windows (the bed and subsequently the nightstand were totally scooted as far into the corner as possible) I decided to take executive action. Mattress, box spring, meet my friend, floor.

“Effortlessly styled to look lived-in” or “Messy room” …you decide.

Happily, losing those few inches and ditching the headboard actually makes the room seem much bigger. Considering the height of Doug’s wardrobe and the dresser (which is really close to the bed–the room is small), having the bed at full height made the room feel super crowded. Having lowered it gives the space, well, space and adds a sort of relaxed, bohemian vibe. At first I though Doug would object, seeing how he’s a million feet tall, maybe crouching all the way down to the floor would be an inconvenience for him–but he likes it too. And now it scoots around but only an inch or so at a time. It is so nice.

I’ll write up some more info on the bedspread presto-change-o at another time! :)

What do you think? 

PS: both of the couches in our living room are constantly scooting around the room all the time as well. Any advice/tips for keeping furniture put on wood/tile floors?


Wouldn’t You Know It

“As soon as we __________, then you know __________ is going to happen”

Haven’t you heard this phrase? Like, you’re standing in line for ages and ages, then the moment you sit down, the line moves.

Well, over a month ago we decided to buy a queen-sized mattress. We had been saving our pennies for a while, and spotted a great deal at Ashley Furniture. Poor 6-foot-plus Doug had been sleeping, for more than a year, on the full-sized mattress I inherited from my roommate when she moved. (Never mind the fact that she had inherited it from someone else. Sketchy…) His feet dangled off the edge and totally messed up my perfectly-tucked-at-the-bottom-of-the-bed sheet, wreaking havoc on my psyche every time I decided to make the bed (playing a contributing factor to the crash-and-burn of this new year’s resolution). So, the mattress arrived, we drove to Salina to pick it up (thus saving around $60 in delivery fees) and we put it in the storage unit.

Why the storage unit, you ask? Well, at the time, we thought the new house was going to be a swift turnover. We intended on staying with the full until we moved, which in our minds was going to be a few weeks, thus sparing ourselves the effort of lugging the new mattress up (and down) the 27 steep stairs to our apartment. However, once we got word from the realtor (via Doug’s parents) that the closing date had been pushed closer to the end of October, we decided we didn’t want to wait that long for the new bed. Not to mention we were eager to donate the full-sized to a community outreach that gives furniture and appliances to those in need. So Doug enlisted the help of a friend (who we’d helped move twice, by the way) to cart off the old mattress and bring the new one upstairs.

Step one: adjust bed frame and situate new mattress in it’s new home.

Step two: cover new mattress with waterproof mattress cover from Target. In April I never would have admitted it, but we are now “those people” who let their dog sleep in their bed. The pup has had one or two accidents in the last 5 months so on goes the waterproof sheet. And there you have it. Protecting our investment for only $20.

Step three: Put on brand new queen-sized sheets snagged on sale from Crate and Barrel. Admire the vibrant green and crisp white. Feel a minor pang of sadness for the dearly departed light green bamboo sheets, which were, admittedly, softer.

Step four: Make bed, then mess up the freshly made bed by laying down and enjoying the firm-yet-soft big new mattress!

Anyway, to conclude this post, and to tie-in back to the first statement, we kept saying “Oh, you KNOW as soon as we lug that mattress upstairs we’ll get good news on the house.” Sure enough, approximately one week after we made the big move, we got the good news that we could get early possession and get into the house whenever. Of course. Well, the good thing is that the news came after the 15th of the month (the 15th is the cut-off day for notifying our landlord about moving out) so we have all of September in the current apartment. I’m relieved because this way, fixing up the house and moving in can be two separate processes instead of trying to do both at the same time.

PS: Beirut has a new album out, and I’m liking it. Listen on Spotify.