At last there comes a times, when you have stowed the items that fortune provided and find yourself more or less surviving. It is now that you begin to seek a higher level of sophistication. Perhaps you've even made small corners of order around the house--the spice shelf and the bathroom closets actually contain spices and toiletries respectively. This is when you begin seeking small oasises of prettiness around the domicile. In your search, you find boxes of unhung art. No longer protected by the shipwreck defense, these boxes have become offensive and onerous to hide. It is now that you find the hammer and, in short fits of recklessness and impatience, you actually hang things on the walls.
And so I thought I'd share the current state of the girls room. When the beds have been made, and the piles of discarded clothing, toys, and paper craft have been pushed out of the frame, it is one of our larger oases of prettiness in our homely house.
This is the view that presents from our second floor landing.
Louisa's side of the room has ended up being the more brightly colored, while Maria's is more subdued. I learned from our rental apartment in France, that when selecting colors for a child's room, it is good to include bold colors, hence the inclusion of the red. If you try for a subdued or muted palette, then practically every toy or book that enters the room, will violate your color scheme. Choose some nice primaries, and save frustration.
On the wall in the little silver frame is the Infant of Prague illustration that I made while in France. The large picture is made from two Japanese paper dolls that my mum had framed while we lived in Korea in 1988. I still remember visiting the framing shop and choosing the colors. (In particular, I remember the black under the craftsman's fingernails, and how it contrasted with the bright silk that he was handling.) I love that this picture now hangs in my girls' bedroom. Aside from memories of my girlhood, the dolls remind me of Rumer Godden's wonderful book, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. The light wood frame and the the red plaque have banker clips attached so the girls can easily switch out the artwork. The larger of the two clip frames came from Ikea. It had a yellow background, which I covered over with scrapbook paper. The letter "L" is actually a book that has been cut into that shape. (It came from Michaels.) We plan to use the book to write little notes to Louisa through the years. Right now, it has one note from Donnie. The gist of the note is that Lulu should use her power for good, not evil.
Here's Maria's side of of the room. I love that her name is hanging again. Those letters were decorated at a baby shower that a friend threw for me while I was pregnant with Maria. I love to look at the letters and remember the lovely ladies who decorated them. Below the letters are more clip frames (from Ikea, with added scrapbook paper background.) On the right, hangs a mirror that my parents brought from a trip to Italy, along with some illustrations from the girls' baby books and one landscape from Dominic's Gift.
And that is our little oasis of prettiness! Thank you for stopping by.
|This is the bedroom, as it was when we moved in.|