Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Four Walls

I was so tired last night, so I was 10 times as pissed that I had a) gotten up early to make the bed and b) now had to undo it before I could actually go to bed. To console myself, I had the presence of mind to try to make good use of the opportunity: I took pictures.


Since we're going to eventually get to changing this space, I thought this was a good time to capture it the way it is now in preparation for true before and after. So, if you'll indulge me, here's a little tour. Wall 1: That's the view from my door. That's my bed. In the right hand corner, that little what-not shelf? It was my great-grandmother's. The mother says it was in their livingroom. Over in the left, on the other wall? That little framed picture is a silhouette of me that the mother had done. it's one of two. (You can't see the second one, or a third that I had done as a gift to her at age 25.)

Wall 2: Now we're inside. That's the view from my bed. Both the bed and this vanity were purchased at the now defunct Bombay Company. We loved that place! That photo in the round, gold frame? It's my great-great grandmother. She's the mother-in-law of the great-grandmother whose shelf is on the other wall. Just to her right, that's a photo of the mother around age 6. On the floor at the left is my pen collection. Just behind the door, that little dress ... remember my beautiful grandmother? That was hers. (It's beginning to occur to me that my room is a time capsule. About the same size as one, too.) Wall 3: This is the view from my bed. That's where most of my clothes -- in season -- live. Off to the right is that cabinet that passes as a closet that desperately needs to be organized. Outside the door, through that arch, goes into the livingroom. You can see the light coming in the front door. Oh, and that bed? I think you know who that belongs to ... Ozzie! Yup. Though he logs just as many hours in my bed as in his. During the week, he always starts out in his bed, but at about 4:30 every day, there he is, standing on his back legs, leaning against my bed, waiting to be picked up. On weekends though, I don't even bother putting him in his bed. That way, unless Toby decides to shatter the silence, I can usually sleep right through!

Wall 4: Next to my bed and just opposite the closet, is another piece of history. While it looked nothing at all like it does now, I received this doll house at age 8, from my beautiful grandmother. I lost interest in it a few years later but the mother took it on with a vengeance. It's done down to the most minute of details, both outside and in. I have to think there is something of an inspiration in it that led to This D*mn House.

In the immortal words of Porky Pig: "Bbbbp. bbbp, bbbp ... that's all folks!

Thanks for indulging me and coming along.

12 comments:

Why S? said...

I wish I'd taken more pictures of our "befores." I love your vanity. I loved Bombay Co. too and I miss it, though I rarely spent money there. Maybe it's my fault they went under?

plumbelieve said...

NV - I would never have pegged you for a pink bedroom kind of girl. I would have guessed teal. Learn something new everyday.

cd said...

I have always loved that dollhouse. It deserves it's own blog entry and a guided tour with pics. While it was 30 years ago when I first saw it, isn't it on a really cool swiveling stand with a great piece of plexi glass. Beautiful wall paper adorns the rooms, crystal chandeliers that illuminate and fantastic furniture complete with a crib in the master bedroom. It's more than a dollhouse, it's a masterpiece.

Jayne said...

I'm with plumbelieve--never would've guessed you as a pink bedroom girl! I love all the history you have in your room. That's wonderful. I like the room as it is, and I can't wait to see what you're going to do to it. I seem to remember something about wallpaper...

NV said...

Why -- Thanks, I love it, too! You have to take the before pics. I'm trying to be really good about it. Especially since I got the blog going.

PB -- You know me better than you think. I HATE PINK! It just happens that my room was a sitting room before it was MY room and when the mother changed the livingroom colors, she put all the pink in there. I didn't start lobbying to change it until a few years ago and we finally agreed on it last year to do both rooms.

cd -- yeah. Hard to believe it's been almost 30 years ago, that's for sure! Thanks for the good post idea. You come up with them, girl!
The plexi-glass is still in place but we had to take it off the rolling base because it got too heavy and would tip.

Jayne -- Thanks. I like it, too, and it seems right to have so much history around. And I loathe pink. Good memory -- we're putting toille wallpaper and beadboard in both bedrooms. Mine will be wine and cream; the mother's black and white. I can't wait to get those done. Though we do have to START first ...

MonkeyGirl said...

What amazes me is that you have the time capsule in your room and that you can function in there! I don't think I have ever been in your room for more than 50 seconds so thanks for the peak!

MonkeyGirl said...

oops - I mean peek!

Karen Anne said...

I would love to see inside the dollhouse photos.

bettyl said...

I loved the tour--thanks! The heirlooms are priceless!

Vicki said...

What I noticed was three different electronic devices on your vanity ;) Thanks for the tour, very cute room!

NV said...

MG -- It's easier to function some times more than others!

KA -- Hold that thought ...

betty -- thanks!

Vicki -- Yeah, and my cell phone was on there, too. You just couldn't see it. :-)

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