Wednesday, March 04, 2009

House Update: Schoolroom finished!

Slowly but surely we are starting to finish rooms in the addition of our house. I am delighted to
be able to announce that our school room/meeting room/den is "mostly finished!" We still need to install one more door, and I would like to put curtains on the window (alas, the Briarwood curtains I won on ebay never arrived from England -- the first time an international purchase has gone tragically wrong on me. I keep praying they'll show up unexpectedly, but it's been since August...!) but for now, the room is done!
I am much indebted to the girls who attended the Fairy Tale Novel Fan Gathering 08 at my home. One of them had the idea of transforming the landscapes I had planned to put around the room into vistas of Middle Earth. So now Hobbiton (which I painted) resides over the blackboard...

And Minas Tirith, Edoras, and Orthanc's tower are dimly visible above the armoire. On the very top photo, you can catch a glimpse of Rivendell. Someday I'll have to get a ladder and flash and go around and get better pictures of all of these, for the sake of the girls who painted them. By the way, the matching doors came from our handyman, who scavenged them here and there for us: I can't believe he managed to find *two* doors with large windows in them! The solid door I bought for a song at Habitat for Humanity. And my dear husband created the blackboard for me with trim and paint.

I'm also indebted to our family friend John Robinson, who owns a carpet business and has kept my parents and siblings and I well stocked with carpet extras whenever we need them. I was delighted when he gave me these industrial carpet tiles, leftovers from a grade school library. They were easy to install, and I love their bright patterns. I've been in love with industrial carpet ever since I was a janitor in college and had to vacuum every day: while I might dream of Oriental rugs, I love living with the short, tough tight weave of commercial carpeting. Thanks so much, John!
So at long last I have my meeting room. Two weeks ago, I had a chance to use it to host our John Paul 2 High meeting (Book Two: Trespasses Against Us is coming out at last! Hooray!). It was so nice to have a blackboard and bulletin board to help keep track of plot points. And yes, I've used it for homeschooling (occasionally!) as well. Three rooms down --six to go!

18 comments:

Melanie B said...

What a happy, cheerful room! I love the carpet, it's like a patchwork quilt on the floor. It doesn't look industrial. And easy to care for is a great bonus.

Sarah said...

What a great schoolroom! I love the colors, landscape paintings and all the wood. And I agree with Melanie B, the carpet looks like a patchwork quilt! Just charming!

Elenatintil said...

Oh it turned out so beautiful, Regina! You must love it!

Leila said...

The green is wonderful -- very fairy-tale-ish!

Lovely post -- thanks for all the pictures!

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

How beautiful! I'd love to be either a teacher or a student in a schoolroom like that!

Kristyn said...

Oh, Regina, I love it! My kids are absolutely jealous! You would think we live in Middle Earth if you listen to the conversation around here... we would be quite at home in your schoolroom. :)
Blessings,
Kristyn

Jane said...

Hi Regina,
The room looks so warm and inviting.

I would love if you would share some homey recipes that stretch the dollar. I know so many of us are trying to cut back on the food bill. I bet you have home economics down to an artform.

Thanks and GOd Bless. Jane

j'aime said...

how delightful! it looks lovely, and i really like the green.

Nissa said...

Oh, it's just LOVELY! I'm looking forward to a day when we can have a proper schoolroom. This is just what I would wish for.

Rosa said...

Regina, this is beautiful! I'm so inspired =)

Nori Coleman said...

It's lovely!

candy said...

what a charming area!

:)
candy

cuileann said...

Oh, wow! What a great room.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Beautiful! You have such talents!

God bless,
Suzanne McGuire

Janet said...

Just beautiful! What wonderful learning and meeting will happen in this room!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely, absolutely beautiful.

WolfPrincess said...

Oh WOW! It turned out SO awesome! I can't believe we only started painting all that in October! I love it! I can't wait to come back and see it in person in August!

elena maria vidal said...

Really beautiful! That's what I need, a chalkboard!