The Neverending McG Bedroom Project | McGowan Images Blog


The Neverending McG Bedroom Project

About a year ago, Mack and I decided to redo our bedroom. New carpet, new wall paint, new EVERYTHING. We’d redone several other rooms in our house, the floors throughout the living areas, replaced the siding & the roof… it was time for OUR space to get a facelift.

This is where we started (obviously it’s been cleaned out and the carpet already ripped up. We don’t typically live like squatters 🙂 )

As you can see from our super-classy window unit, this is also before we put in central heat & air. That finally happened later in the year, Woo hoo!!! We’re loving our boxless windows and controllable temps. Welcome to the new world, y’all! 🙂


We had grand ideas and big plans, and we started strong. We painted & replaced the carpet. We put up gorgeous crown molding and replaced that nasty rough-cut cedar with matching window trim and baseboards. We replaced all the electrical receptacles and light switches… Mack even painted the ceiling! The bare room itself went from drab to FAB.


With the paint dry and the carpet stretched, it was time to start moving things in and making the space feel like “us”. We bought a gorgeous headboard from, which we totally adore.

Next on our list was new bedside tables, and new dressers, and art on the walls. And that, dear friends, is where we’ve been sitting since June of last year. 🙁

Oh, we finally did get some art up. LAST MONTH. A personal favorite image that I shot in Hawaii, hanging prominently as an acrylic gallery mount above our bed.

… a painting from a local artist we got in Aruba last October… A pencil & ink rendering of a Stacy Reeves portrait, given to us by a client.. A cluster of favorite images from our Sara & Rocky shoot.

But those dressers & end tables? They’re still there. We just haven’t fallen in love with anything! I have a vision, though. Two tall classy modern dressers that will complement our headboard, and two SUPER skinny end-tables with lamps will fill those spots. It’ll happen. Someday.

This blog post is both a triumph and a failure. I am both super proud of what we’ve done, and super ashamed that it’s taken this long. Oh, and also, that it’s NOT DONE. But it feels worth it, because even unfinished, the space is so much more US now. It’s got Mack’s favorite color on the walls, and those fat wooden blinds he loves. It’s got my books, and my elephant collection (and that KILLER jewelry tree that was also a thank you present from a client!) It’s got cushy carpet we can sink our toes into. It’s not BROWN, which is a big plus. 🙂

And someday… maybe… it’ll be finished.

  1. Mad says:

    It’s really great you two!
    P.S. We have the same comforter 🙂

  2. Margaret says:

    Looks so awesome 🙂
    Love the jewellery tree and the pictures

  3. ann says:

    Wow – you’ve certainly come a long way. Looks lovely. Of course my favorite is the jewelry tree 😉 I actually squealed out loud when I saw that you really used it! Really love the headboard and the pictures you chose.

  4. Kevin says:

    Fun!!! Love the color blue you picked and those lamps are great! I also love the guest appearances by Dot! And I may have noticed a certain image on the bookshelf…LOVE IT!

  5. Angie says:

    It looks great! Don’t be sad that it’s not “done” – it seems to me like the best rooms are never quite finished 🙂

  6. Rocky Garza says:

    I CAN NOT even tell you how honored we are to be on your wall! The room looks great and I LOVE the images you picked!!!

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