As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"All I Want is a Room Somewhere..."

Bekah gave me her ideas for a perfect room. Eyes half closed as she dreamily imagined, she said, "I want a chair to sit in and drink tea and read with a quilt around me and my feet on a soft rug and a table to put my cup of tea and a lamp." (Sounds good to me!)

This was only after I finally covinced her that a room makeover was in order. After all, she still had Beatrix Potter pictures on her wall, and Beatrix Potter stacking blocks beside her bed. And this was just last spring when she was eight years old. Yes, it was time for a few changes...but (ahem) Bekah does not like change and she really does not like to part with Anything At All. So I reassured her that we'd leave the Beatrix Potter pictures in the frames behind whatever new things we put in them...and that the stacking blocks could be saved in the attic for her future children...and enticed her with the idea of having her very own Reading Chair to replace the pink bean bag chair (whose "beans" had collapsed inside, rendering it an uncomfortable blob in which no one sat but an occasional doll or stuffed animal). I think the chair was the jumping off point for her imagination, and inspired the above qualifications for a perfect room.

Having determined the requirements of a dream room, we began to gather the pieces.
  • First was the promised Reading Chair, and we found this very basic one at Ikea which did not break the bank.

  • Then I began the lap quilt, using Bekah's old clothing for some of the pieces. The quilt is not finished yet. I finished piecing it...but Bekah wants it to be quilted by hand, so she and I will work on that this summer.

  • We looked a a blue million rugs (in catalogs and stores), but we kept coming back to this white fuzzy rug from Target. I was sold on the price; Bekah was sold on the fuzz. (Remember, she wanted something to warm her toes. ~smile~)

  • Ron made the table, an adaptation of a simple end table we had also seen at Target. Bekah and I went to Lowe's and selected a blue million paint chips from which we chose this color. (I believe the color is Seafoam Green, but I cannot find the chip. Whatever it was, Bekah loved the color and the name, both of which played a part in the selection. After all, if a color does not sound pretty, one could never live with it.)

Here it is, all put together...and much enjoyed by Bekah! I don't think she even misses those Beatrix Potter blocks!

(The tiny bit of black in the lower right corner is the tip of Pinky's tail.)


  1. I noticed that in the next to the last picture with Bekah drinking her tea that the pinky finger is sticking out. Just like Bekah! :-)

  2. Who wouldn't want a room like that? It looks so fresh and comfortable.

  3. I noticed the pinky finger, too.

  4. So glad Bekka got her chair where she could sit and sip her tea.
    Great job on you renovation. I know she will enjoy her new makeover for a long time.

  5. Please ask Bekah, to forgive me for misspelling her name.

  6. You did a beautiful make-over, and also a snug and comfy one. Perfect! Seafoam green has been a part of my life, and those names do matter :-)

    Congratulations to ALL who made Bekah's dream room come true.

  7. Awwww, I've never had a little girl ... but I've DREAMED about a little girl ... and this is exactly the way I have dreamed her. Teacups and lace and quilts and hats and books and fuzzy rugs and lots of pink and lots of white, and even a never-ending love for Beatrice Potter. "Charming" ... that's the word. Everything about this is simply Charming.

  8. what a dreamy room - ALL of you have made!
    hard to imagine a young girl not liking change especially to her room! wow.

    love everything about it! that white chair & slipcover is perfect. i too, love a fuzzy warm rug. so i can totally relate!

    hope you & your sweet family have a lovely week.

    my dad would so appreciate that quote below in your previous post. he dislikes clapping in church. even though i know the quote is for the unsaved world & not the church, so to speak. he would still like it!

  9. What a beautiful post!
    What a joy Bekah must be to her mom's heart!
    I know she described some of my wishes for "my space" too!
    Great job on the redecorating.
    God bless,

  10. Aw, the room looks great!


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