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Monday, January 26, 2009

a tale of two rooms

There once was a girl. A very good girl. A very, very good girl that recently began reading her mother's blog - Hi, Lexi! - that grew weary of her princess pink room. She studied IKEA catalogs and cited other friends' makeovers over long conversations, over long months and house showings and promises couched around 'when we move'. Over time, she grew put out over being put off and resigned herself to her world of pastels, until last week when her mother offered to paint her room.

She could hardly believe it. Yes, her father purchased the paint and her mother cleared (a portion) of her calendar and would begin, just as soon as the floor was relocated.

(Oh how swiftly we fell off the staging wagon, post-for sale sign.)

And now the before:
Yes, the very good girl was not the tidiest of children. Her mother granted her the Creative Person Pass today, because her heart was feeling generous.

(Recipe for Generous spirit: One part sunshine, two parts Mai Tai during Aloha Hour, with a dash of No More Blowing My Nose glee.)
For what she lacks is cleanliness, she makes up for with watercolors. She's on a Beatles bender this month.

Then the very good girl's brother looked up from his X-box and declared: Oh mother, I too have grown weary of my Disney phase. What about me?
And so began my quest: Revamp some bedrooms with the flick of the wrist, a little magic and a small budget.

I'll let you know how the fair princess and prince make out. Which sounds sort of twisted. Must leave keyboard, and get to work.

Stay tuned for the Afters.

18 comments:

Fantastic Forrest said...

Good luck with the rooms! Looking forward to the afters. It may inspire me.

LOVE the watercolor. That is GREAT!!

Lori said...

Are you painting today? Can't wait to see the outcomes!

mushroomvillagers said...

Hey that girl has talent!

Stephanie Breuner said...

WOW! I love Lexi's watercolor. It is awesome.

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Suzanne said...

OK, wow, the Beatles thing? Awesome. I say let the girl paint herself a mural on her wall. But then of course, you could never move.

flutter said...

wow that watercolor rocks!

Christi said...

So excited to see the afters!

lapoflux said...

I can't believe how talented Miss Lexi is!

I love afters. Looking forward to seeing them!

Oliver Rain said...

The watercolours are awesome. Good luck with the redo. I just finished painting Lizzie's room white. Everyone is shocked when they hear that. Now I'm just trying to deal with the clutter. Have fun!

brandy101 said...

Its probably a great idea if you ever get to the re-staging scene again to go with more neutral tones, anyway.

Um, that said, I hope the kids weren't clamoring for lime green or purple???

Jenny O said...

I'm excited to see the outcome! When my nieces (at about Lexi's age) redid their rooms I was so impressed at what they came up with.

JCK said...

Can't wait to see the "Afters."

Great idea to throw yourself into projects.

JCK said...

Loved the watercolor by Lexi!

Minnesota Matron said...

Wow -- pretty amazing painting! Watch out. They move from pink princess rooms to neon blue.

Tamara Jansen said...

Looking forward to seeing the after's but.......how can you be over the Disney phase? I am soooo into Disney it's pathetic :) We just got back from a trip to Miami and Orlando last week!

http://thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.com/2009/01/takin-saturday-off.html

Mrs. Chicken said...

LOVE that painting! So awesome!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

This is the stuff I miss when I'm in the classroom everyday...Looking forward to more playing & scheming & redecorating together in the summer :)

[I can't believe Paige hasn't clamored for a copy of the Beatles watercolor!]