Our first before & after: my art room

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As we are (…slowly) getting the house unpacked and put together, we thought it would be a fun time to go ahead and start sharing our before and after pictures with you! This first room is one of my favorites in the whole entire house. Used as a nursery by the previous owners, this adorable little room off of the Master suite is now my art room, writing area, and guest space. Because my husband is amazing and spoils me endlessly, he has gifted this room to me to use in whatever way I want.

For my whole life, I’ve loved to draw, paint, make things with my hands, just generally be creative, and having a space designed just for that is my dream come true. There’s plenty of storage for my sketchbooks, paints, pencils, brushes, art books, ad infinitum. Plus, all the natural light streaming in from the big bay window is soothing and inspirational.

Borrowing a before-before photo from the previous owners, you can see where this room started when they took over renovations in 2012.

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Because it was used as a nursery, you can tell the hours and blood, sweat, and tears that were poured into this room to make it safe. Wiring was updated, walls and ceiling were repaired with new drywall, the floors were lovingly sanded and polished.


When all was said and done, this lovely space was complete with two chandeliers and a calming periwinkle color.


Putting my own flair and style into this space involved hiding a chair from my husband that I bought from a lady on Facebook Marketplace, scoring a sweet side table from the clearance section of Target for no apparent reason, finagling a way to get a stunning daybed home from World Market after I discovered that it wouldn’t fit in my car (hey people who make sales tags: you should really put the dimensions of THE BOX on the tag, too…), and convincing aforementioned husband that, duh, putting a white rug down IS totally a good idea.


(And yes- those fairy lights were definitely put up before my shoes were unpacked or the washing machine was even hooked up… I have my priorities, ok?)


As silly as this may sound, I need this space. It feeds my soul. Surrounded by only dudes in my house, this exists as a clean, quiet, feminine oasis in a world otherwise filled with military acronyms, bugs, dirty shoes, and poop jokes.

This room is ABSOLUTELY my favorite place to be right now. It is everything girly and floral and pretty and soft in this world… When I close my eyes and think about luxury, this is what I see.

Keep checking in for more before and after photos as we continue to unpack! As always, follow us on Instagram to keep up with us between bloggity-blog posts. @thebrickandmaple

Stay sweet,
The Brick and Maple Fam <3

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