It’s been since September since we’ve been able to throw open windows and sleep in fresh air. It won’t last long, this much I know. Rain is always on the horizon. But for the moment, I’m enjoying open windows and fresh air and the smell of a room baked in sunlight.

I thought I’d take a few moments this afternoon to give you a peek into our “progress.”  I’ve been finishing the decor details this spring while I wait for the weather to warm up enough to tackle the tedious work of painting the trim. It’s slow work because I’m only adding things as I find them. We did invest in a few vintage Japanese side tables for the space. However, other than a new mattress and duvet cover, everything else is vintage or thrifted or used in some fashion. And finding those items doesn’t happen quickly.


We started redoing our bedroom 2 summers ago and after that initial rush, we seemed to stall out. We ran out of good weather to finish the paint job–then vacations came. Followed by hurricane force winds that meant a new roof. Before we knew it a year had passed and then commitments the following summer kept our attentions elsewhere. It seems to be the way we function here at Chez Wonder; everything is a work in progress. Old houses are fantastic for their intrinsic details. Until you have to paint those details. Is it any wonder that we find other things to keep us occupied?  


However, I am determined to “finish” this space (is any space really ever done?) before the 2 year mark. I constantly form new methods to manage the madness.

“IZ, if we just painted one side of the room a day, we could knock this thing out in an a week.”

“IZ, you know, maybe when it warms up enough to paint, we should just set aside a few hours each afternoon. Start at say, 4 pm and paint until 5. Whatever we get done, we get done.”

“IZ, I’m convinced if we just start somewhere and do it little pieces at a time we’ll keep going. Momentum and all. That could work, right?”


I suspect IZ is tired of hearing sentences start with his name. It’s typically a good clue that I have plans which involve work for him. His response to this nagging persistence is to “Um hum” me. But trust me, dear friends, that only fuels my fire. He figures, if he’s noncommittal about it, that technically he hasn’t agreed to doing anything.  Ever the optimist, he’s hoping I’ll get distracted and forget.  You’d think he’d know, after living with me for all these many years, that’s it’s only a matter of time.

Note on paint: Per Keri’s request.  Pratt and Lambert: Apothecary Shop Blue Medium Light for the bed. The walls are Galt Dining Room Blue, but backed out at least 50%. (lighter). They are part of the Williamsburg collection. ~W

Note on linens: Per Tricia’s request. Duvet (‘Chinoiserie’ Pottery Barn 2007), Quilt (‘Porcelain Blue’ Pottery Barn 2005) Floral Muslin Pillowcases (Vintage), Crochet Lace edged cotton sheet (Vintage), Sea Green Sham (Thrifted)