yes, i like to rearrange. i like to think it saves my husband lots of $$ in the redecorating department. wait, we don't have any $$ for that. ok, at least it saves me from obsessing about WHEN i can go out and buy a new couch. or paint for my desk, dresser, bookcases (no i want new bookcases, from ikea...).
those of you who visit my house often know that i like to rearrange. and i think i got this from my mother. if she can't rearrange, she paints something. so i find myself doing this too.
this house we live in--it's almost 100 years old. the hand cranks on the windows have a date stamp that says "1923." how cool is that? (it would be way cooler if they actually worked....but that's another story, like the bookcases i want.)
for some reason, old houses, especially the one we live in, have lots of doors. and windows. but the doors, they annoy me. take the front bedroom, for instance. it is small, but it has TWO entrances. we have the one off the living room blocked with a couch. the back bedroom, which really looks more like an enclosed porch, where rhys sleeps, also has two doors. no wait, it has THREE doors...one has (thankfully) been permanently sealed shut. it leads to the back deck. and one whole wall in his room is windows.
it's like a big maze here. everything connecting to everything else. i wonder if this has something to do with life "way back when."
so, although i do love to rearrange and can't blame it entirely on this house, because of this house's floor plan, it is just conducive to endless rearrangements. for instance, our middle child has now slept in every bedroom in the house, plus the office, which was his previous resting place before now sharing a space with his sister (which, incidentally, he's done 3 times already i think since we moved here 2 years ago).
this past weekend, we met some friends in orlando for dinner and then made a quick pit stop at ikea. the one in our city isn't open yet (but a friend and i already have weekly play dates arranged when it finally does!), so any chance i get i go there. everything is SO CHEAP. and lots of it reminds me of anthropologie. not everything--some stuff is too modern. but check out this new duvet cover i got for gillian (for NINETEEN dollars?!):
every time i visit ikea (or if i just sit down and look at their catalog), it makes me want to rearrange...again. i think it's something about all their setups and layouts being so simple, so unmessed with, so organized. of course, this is because it's in a store, or a catalog. there are no kids and dogs running around tearing everything apart the minute i have them put together. no dog hair to contend with. no knick knacks from this trip or that. but still--ikea never ceases to inspire me.
so it started with this duvet, and it ended with the older two kids sharing a room...
new curtains for our bedroom made out of old duvets...
and with my very own office space, now decked out with loads of pink. i didn't take a picture of that space because it's not "done" yet. but i hope when it is finally complete i will even have a creative space where i can sew (ok, learn to sew) and create and just escape (with those cookies i made last week...).
i am proud to say i did most of it without having rick help. you can imagine how much he just loves to hear me say (again) "honey, i think i'm going to just do a little rearranging today." :) the best part is that everything gets a little cleaner...at least for a few minutes...before it's back to crazyville again.