Yesterday was the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and we all gave a little home tour. Only … my home tour turned into a loooong home tour (despite our small space — how is that possible?), so I'm posting the second half, the upstairs part, today.
And, yes, we routinely drag home odd pieces of driftwood.
I had this idea that the upstairs could be an amalgam of beach-cottage style with a more formal but still livable Swedish Gustavian-modern look. Hence my Pinterest boards: Hobo Cottage and Gustavian Modern, Hobo Style. We've been concentrating on the downstairs for now, so not much has been done, design-wise, upstairs yet.
The little boy in the painting is Sam, painted by his great-aunt! The lighthouse painting is by my Mummu. I love having family paintings.
Sorry all of this is so messy. We're total slobs. I don't know if that's coming through in these photos, because we'd just picked up and cleaned, which is why I could take them, but we normally live like absolute pigs. So occasionally these shelves are neatened, and a lot of the time they look like this.
Anyway, the open shelves also hold babywearing gear, cloth diapers, and my sweaters and jewelry. The cubbies are mostly assorted baby gear (bibs, burp cloths, BabyLegs, diaper inserts, etc.) and other undergarments of mine (bras, leggings, and so on). The closed drawers are for Sam's and my undies and the littlest kid's jammies. The closed cabinets hold Sam's and my jammies, the family swimwear, baby towels and extra diapers (so many diapers, apparently!), plus our dirty laundry. Yup — our "hamper" is a couple shelves. Gotta put it somewhere!
That wooden trunk on the left (from East Berlin when I lived in the area as a kid!) is additional linen storage, mostly old stuff we use for homebirths. I'll be so excited to just get rid of it after this birth, because then I can use it for linens we actually like and use. I'm always struggling with where to store guest linens and extra blankets and sheets.
That little white bookshelf on the right is a long-term yet ultimately temporary storage solution for our renovation supplies: paint cans, tools, drop cloths, grubby clothes, painting supplies, etc. We didn't have anywhere else to store all that stuff and keep it handy enough for our continued use.
We also installed that ceiling fan for ventilation. Only took us four months. We are not handy.
If you'll remember from earlier this year, we were pondering how to continue cosleeping with three kids and came up with ideas to make our room into a family bedroom. But recently, we've been trying another arrangement, subject to change once the baby is here. Alrik is a lighter sleeper than Mikko, and he goes to bed earlier (and Mikko keeps him up if they're together), so Alrik and Sam have been sleeping together on the full mattress while Mikko and I go to bed later on the king mattress. If those arrangements continue, there'll still be plenty of room for the baby on the king next to me. We'd contemplated also or instead adding an extra-long twin mattress to the side of the king, but we have to hold off at least until after the birth, because otherwise our birth tub won't fit! So we're just going to play it by ear. If Mikko gets over his fear of heights a bit, he could actually someday sleep in the loft bed he made us buy….
As we look toward fitting three growing kids in that room in the future, I pin a lot of bunk beds. A lot. A really whole lot.
This is our reading chair and the shelving with the toy bins and extra art supplies. (Thank you for the shelf, IKEA.)
So that's our renovation for now! Phew! It's all taking a lot of time and energy, but I'm pleased with how it's turning out so far. I'm also really proud of us for decluttering enough to fit more or less comfortably in a small space. Wish us continued ruthlessness in purging!
Remember to head back to the Carnival of Natural Parenting post if you'd like to see our more robust renovations belowstairs, and enjoy the links at the bottom of that post for plenty more home tours!
Do you struggle with containing your stuff? Any tips for living in a small space with multiple people?
at my super-cool collection of Wordless Wednesday linkies,
and add your own linky to my collection if you have one.
You can also link up a thumbnail from your post below!