Tree House found here.
It's Theme Thursday with Cari and this week is Rooms, which I thought would be a great opportunity to start the Beach House tour. These photos are gwine be non-spectacular on the photography side, emphasis on content. Disclaimer, phone pics. So come on in!
When we decided to rent this rather small 1930's cottage, we realized it was going to take some downsizing, simplifying, creative thought and hard work. This is the front entry area, along with an oblong living space that spans the front. Originally, this entire space was an undoubtedly beautiful porch which was later enclosed to create more space. Our main obstacle with the house was the three bedroomness of it. With six kids, spanning all the age groups, this just wouldn't work. So Obi decided to put up a wall in the far corner of this space to create a very tiny but truly awesome teen bedroom.
He decided to put up a wall. In a rental house. That we will probably be in for a year. Dear Web Log, please don't inform the rental agency of this.
So here's what we got:
This is the tiny little doorway leading to le chambre de Peter e Jude. I would have given you a farther view of the wall from the outside, but I am ungenerously willing to give you a peak at that yet. But it looks nice. He framed the doorway nicely, put molding and base boards to match the original, and even textured the wall. Honestly, you would never know it wasn't there before.
View from the doorway. Very tiny.
But come on. That be the Gulf of Mexico out there. (Not the puddle. That's from the rain.)
Ignore the unmatched bedding, the wrinkles, the inability to tuck around the guardrail. Ignore. That is the Ikea bed we bought that was low enough and narrow enough not to feel claustrophobic.
The window you see behind the door would have been the original window that would have looked onto the porch. If we felt like investing more time, energy and money into a one year rental for our teens who could care less, we could come up with some creative ideas of covering it. But we don't feel like it.
View from the bottom bunk. Happened to be an overcast, unattractive day. But the view is pretty spectacular. Sea oats, white sand, Gulf, sky.
There was also no closet, obviously, so we bought these stackable Ikea dressers and also some underbed storage that is still unboxed.
This is nowhere near the storage they had in their old room, so lots of things had to go. Honestly, lots of stuff is still unpacked, and they each have a separate trunk of goods that is being kept in the basement. But it was truly necessary for the comfort of the room to organize and just plain get rid of stuff. And a good feeling, to tell you the truth. The boys love the simple living and it means that they have to keep everything neat in order to make the space livable.
Jude made these Pinterest worthy labels all by heeself. He's almost as good an artist as Peter! Yes, they share clothes. All of them.
But they do each have their own drawer to keep things that are their's alone. Above is Peter's...
...and Jude's. That kid is a genius.
And Ziggy will see you out. Thanks for stopping by, please come back for Part II of Wanna See the Beach House!