Ken had a few extra days off near Thanksgiving and we switched the bedrooms in preparation for Kiffanie’s arrival. The girls love sharing a room, but their little bedroom was maxed out with three girls; closet and bathroom space has also become tighter as they’ve grown. So, with a twinge of selfish loss, we relinquished our enormous master bedroom and huge bath and delighted in creating a special place the four girls can call their own. Ken and I moved into the girl’s former bedroom (1/3 the size of the master-suite) and while the rest of the house was being decorated for Christmas, I brought springtime to the new girl’s dorm. Butterflies flutter around the windows and light fixtures, faux birds perch in a birdcage, and perky flowers brighten the corners.
From the moment we envisioned the room switch, I knew what type of bed I wanted to add sleeping accomodations for our fourth girl–but the oak, loft/desk combo I envisioned was nearly impossible to find and clearly out of budget. For the first time ever, I thought to try Craig’s List, and in the first two days of checking found exactly the set we’d dreamed of, custom made by a cabinet maker for his own daughter years ago! The finish is a perfect match for the triple high bunks (tri-unks?) we already have!
The spacious room has three windows along one wall (I didn’t have a wide enough camera lens and couldn’t get the right angle to capture the full wall in one shot.) Two doors keep it open to the rest of the house in the daytime, one opens into the living room, and one into the study (family-room), right next to the kitchen. Their bathroom has an enormous tub, a separate shower, two sinks and a skylight. The walk-in closet has a door to the bathroom on one end and opens into the bedroom behind the loft/desk on the other side.
I’m not an interior designer. I like things neutral (well, not quite as neutral as these sepia photos!) and simple so keep in mind this is just PrairieFrog living, not a glossy magazine home. (Click the photos to see full-color versions.)
I still hope to do a few things, like a nice finished back to the desk and such, but we now have a fully functional room to generously accommodate four girls!
(This post is cross posted to our family blog; where the photos are in full color but there aren’t as many adoption updates or fascinating Congo facts… click here to hop over!)
Harp and Hammers DRC Fact: International Adoption is a new frontier for The Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2004 there was only one adoption to the United States from the DRC. That adoption numbers increased to 21 by 2009 and 41 in 2010. Last year (2011) it reached a record high at 144 adoptions, still just a fraction of the need.