This little corner of Will’s room is one of those areas that we use every single day at least twice.
It’s where we rock & read to the Tinkler before naptime and bedtime. It’s the sweetest part of our day. That chair holds the only time Will allows us to cuddle him, to be touching him for longer than two seconds and pray over him without the interuption of “APPLE JUICE! FIRETRUCK! BOOGERS!”. So obviously it’s pretty sacred to us. And we really want to make it a much better spot to get our rock on.
The little side table didn’t really get the job done. We needed more surface area and the brass light shined directly into our faces when reading – making it a little hard to relax. So when I saw this bookshelf at Goodwill for under $10, I rammed a few unsuspecting bystanders to get my grubby claws on it. It actually has another shelf but we didn’t have the little bracket plug thingies to install it so I’ll have to run to the home improvement store to pick some up. For now though, it is functioning much better by providing additional surface area for all the naptime books and assorted Will-paraphenalia.
Obviously Will is also excited about it – hence the interpretive dancing to show his approval.
I also took the time to hang a few things overhead. Can you tell I am really committed to this piece? Because the last two things that were here didn’t even get a smidge of artwork.
The alphabet artwork is actually a framed paper (I got it for a few dollars when we visited John & Sherry & Clara last October in a little shop that had it with a bunch of cool pieces of wrapping paper). I love the vintagey feel. And the Owl was a birth-day gift from my friend Brook the day Will was born. It’s very cool and I must ask her to commission another piece for me.
Oh and shortly after I put it up, I told Will “Honey – this is an owl”
To which he replied “NO. Tiger! Raw Raw!”
And then I died laughing. In his defense – it does have stripes.
Overall – I think it goes well with the little gallery wall over Will’s bed. (for those eagle eyes out there – yes, I removed one of the little lower frames after I noticed Will could reach it and lift it easily from his crib – better safe than sorry, right?!)
I think I decided that I am gonna Polystain the bookshelf to match the crib. I’m afraid that paint will not hold up as well with the constant shifting of books and things. Here’s the photoshopped version to see how it can be classied up with the darker hue.
Speaking of changes…I also switched up some things on the other side of the room. Here’s what it looked like before…
…now we moved the dresser to the middle of the wall and put his little playtable and chairs in the corner near the window. He was constantly dragging a chair over there to see out the window (he likes birdwatching and apparently thinks a firetruck is gonna pull into our driveway at any moment) so I decided why fight it. Plus, it gives him a whole lot more room in front of his toyboxes…you know, for toys.
I think I am gonna put the round mirror over the dresser now. I needed it before to soften the edges of that toybox but now with all the globes – it is really being too roundish. It’s like seeing a girl with three boobs. There really is a ‘too-many’ boundary (although I’m sure some boys would disagree). So I am thinking – let’s pull the mirror over…and let’s create a spot over Will’s toybox for art to be displayed (if you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of diy artwork and trying my best to instill that love into Will).
So there you have it folks – Will’s room in a nutshell. Still a whole lot to be done but slowly we are inching our way forward with what we have. Maybe by the time the little baby is born, he’ll have a decent room 🙂
Have you been tweaking any spaces lately? Any misidentified animals that made you chuckle? Anyone doing any interpretive dancing lately inspired by room decor? Hoping for some more beach photos? Yeah – consider this post me stalling so I can go through them all and get my edit on 🙂
p.s. Polystain is awesome…here’s a past post where I did it and fell in love.
p.p.s. The owl used to live in Will’s old room.
p.p.p.s. Yes – that is burlap on the accent wall.