Moving into a new house causes the time space continuum to speed up and slow down at the same time. It’s surprising how much time it actually takes to get things the way you want and how fast time flies when you are putting together a piece of furniture from IKEA. Questions cross your mind like “did it really just take us three hours to assemble that dresser?” Or, “did I really just waste 45 minutes deciding where I want those throw pillows to go?” I’ve been buying various items for this house since before the plans were approved for construction, and there are still some loose decorating ends to tie up. We didn’t start totally from scratch as we are using a combination of new, vintage, and hand-me down furniture and decor. If I wait until we are completely done to do a big reveal post, it won’t be another 4-6 weeks before the last piece of furniture arrives and that just seems unfair to the furniture that’s already there. So, I have decided to go room by room as they are finished, starting with the kids’ room.
Our son is 4 and our daughter is almost 3. At home in San Antonio, we do a family bed, which has it advantages and disadvantages, a discussion of which is beyond the scope of this blog. At Brushy Top, we figured it would be a nice change of pace for them to have their own room. Just to be clear, we did not build a getaway home just so we could transition our kids out of our bed, but that is one potential side effect. As such, I have dubbed this room, The Land of Wishful Thinking. Call me crazy, but it just might work. If we need to accommodate a few extra people, we can always throw the kids in bed with us, and those two extra people can sleep in the kids’ room. Alternatively, my husband and I can go sleep in the kids’ room after they have fallen asleep in our bed.
The beds and dressers are made from solid white-washed pine by Ark Group. The beds can be converted to a mid height bunk with a conversion kit. The Longhorn cowhide rug was purchased in town at the Blanco Floral & Gift Shop for an impossible price. The grey ottoman with leather numbers is from El Paso Imports in San Antonio. The sheets, lamp, and throw pillows are from the Land of Nod. The crocheted blankets at the end of the beds were purchased from a local artisan at a Blanco Market Day last Spring.
One of my favorite things in the room is the flag, which my parents acquired from my great-uncle, a veteran of the Normandy invasion during WWII, after he passed away several years ago. We flew the flag on our house in San Antonio for a period of time, but it started to really deteriorate. I brought it inside where it sat in an armoire for two years. I decided not to take the flag off its original rusty pole and display it as if it were blowing in the breeze. The flag is very special to me. The prints underneath the flag are whimsy of various sorts printed on antique book and dictionary pages from Encore Prints. They’re on Etsy. They have a great buy-3-get-1-free deal.
Certainly last, but not least is the “Darth Fishing” canvas from Society 6, one of the best sources of affordable artwork on the web. This is my son’s contribution to the room.
Next up, living room.