When my family first came to look at the house, I wasn’t too impressed by the rooms my sisters and I were getting because the previous owners used them for exercise rooms and, overall, they looked tiny and cramped. But once we moved in, got all the furniture arranged the way we wanted it, put up our posters, and organized all our books…well, it looked like home. And it still does. I LOVE THESE ROOMS. And since Elisabeth, Rebekah, and I thoroughly cleaned and organized the place yesterday, I decided that a photo tour was in order. So, here are our rooms!
The first room is our bedroom (it’s hard to get a shot of the entire room because of how the doorways are set up – the angles are weird, plus I don’t think the camera was on the right setting). It’s a trundle bed, so I get the top and Elisabeth and Rebekah share the bottom (their bed isn’t made in this picture because I took this one before we’d tidied everything). The bed is big and this room is the smaller of the two, so it takes over pretty much all of it.
And that’s another shot, showing off the lovely little lamp my aunt gave me for a birthday present and the little space under the stairs that we all thought was going to be a super cool place to hide in during hide-and-seek but just ended up being stuffed with old blankets and boxes of baby clothes. Oh, well…
BEST PART OF EITHER ROOM. Am I right??? For a while, I thought I was running out of shelf space, but then I moved some things around (all my DVDs went into the next room, for one) and now I’ve got a whole shelf to fill up. Awesome. I guess I’ll just go through both shelves really quick and tell you about the different categories (sort of like a cheap bookshelf tour). Shelf on the left, from top to bottom: random non-fiction, kids’ books that I love, teen/dystopian books, Christian fiction (mostly JACK CAVANAUGH), WWII fiction, WWI & WWII non-fiction (which I’ve tried to arrange in chronological order – so, for instance, The Longest Day comes before A Bridge Too Far), biographies, and movie-related books. Shelf on the right, top to bottom: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott (why do I have so many of her books when I still can’t forgive her for Jo’s Boys?), random classics (+three books about To Kill a Mockingbird), Lucy Maud Montgomery, Westerns, and Alistair MacClean. I’m so proud of my book collection. *hugs every book* (Let me know if you spot any favorites on these shelves!)
(Since writing the above, I’ve added four new books to my collection. Figures.)
Moving into the next room, we have my dresser, the dresser my sisters’ share, and Rebekah’s bookshelf. (Oh, you didn’t see it in the last photo, but Elisabeth has the bottom two shelves on each of my bookshelves – so, four altogether. She has quite a nice collection of books, too.) My dresser has school books on top (college courses I’m taking) and my TYPEWRITER, aka My Pride & Joy, aka I-really-should-give-it-a-name. Elisabeth/Rebekah’s dresser is right beside mine and the dark and light blue goes well with the colours in the room. And by the way, Rebekah’s bookshelf isn’t right beside our dressers – it’s on a different wall, but I put it in the collage to save this post from being too long.
My DVD collection! (The weird dangly things are cords to turn the lamp/fan off and on.) I’m almost as proud of my DVDs as I am of my books because there are so many movies/TV shows here that I love. (Sorry that the lighting is so atrocious – the flash setting wouldn’t turn off.) I have a huge collection of WWII movies and TV shows (and one WWI movie – War Horse), then there’s Westerns, random classic films in any genre, and then modern films. Oh, and my meager collection of CDs to the left. (Also, did you notice the Captain America mug?)
My little writing space that I love and adore with all my heart. The desk is beautiful, for one, and Hymie works perfectly ever since I installed anti-virus software (always a must) and switched from Firefox to Internet Explorer (which kept freezing). The reason my desktop background is that generic picture of a flower instead of some movie screenshot or something is because a guy came to our house to check every computer for viruses (Hymie was clean) and I had a picture of Tom Cruise for my background and I didn’t want the technician to think that I was some weird groupie, so I changed it. And I’ve been too lazy to switch it back. (True story.) Anyway, I love this space because I’m surrounded by notebooks and pens and pretty coffee mugs and it’s literally perfect. *siiiiigh*
Go away, weird dangly things!
The posters tacked up above my writing space. My inner fangirl goes nuts whenever I even glance at the Cap one (goodness, The Winter Soldier seems like ages ago, especially with everyone gearing up for Civil War – #nostalgia) and the Lego one is fun. It came in a boxed set of Brick Fairytales and Brick Greek Myths (I also have Brick Shakespeare: The Comedies and am hoping to get The Tragedies as well.) But, I mean, CAPTAIN AMERICA. Is. The. Best. Wayyyyy better than Legos, in my opinion (though my brothers would probably disagree.)
My and Elisabeth’s closet. I used to have a smaller closet all to myself (while Elisabeth and Rebekah shared this one) but since Rebekah has an overflow of clothes – though she’s the youngest – we let her have her own closet and I like the new arrangement better. I wasn’t able to get a really good photo, but this closet is large and roomy, with a wide shelf over the clothes. Very handy for storing practically anything. (I didn’t get a picture of Rebekah’s closet because she was still organizing it.) In our old room, we didn’t even have a closet (maybe because we lived in the basement apartment?) and we had to hang our clothes on racks, so we all doubly appreciate these.
And pictured here are my hope chest (and a great leather briefcase that my dad bought for me – I use it for everything) and a rag rug that my mom made for our floor. Both add a lovely, old-fashioned charm to our second room, so that’s wonderful. (She also made curtains for our windows, but I didn’t get a photo of those.) For the longest time (up until a couple days ago, really) my hope chest was surrounded by boxes in another part of the house, but Elisabeth and I decided that it would fit in our room so we dragged it in here. Now our rooms are pretty much perfect.
Well, that’s about it. 🙂 I wasn’t able to get a picture of every single thing (for instance, we have a window in each room) but, overall, I think I did a pretty good job of covering the important bits. Hope you enjoyed it – let me know in the comments!