(a Canon-Pro9000 Inkjet Printer) to make prints of my art with. We knew it was big, but it came in the mail a few days ago and it is HUGE. It needs a 2' x 4' space approximately. When Alex carried it through the door and set it in the middle of our living room we just stared at each other in excitement and horror. Our house is tiny (two story 16' x 20') so that any extra item added creates a decorating challenge. So immediately we started started playing vocal tetris. For example: "Okay, what if we move the bookcase in front of the window, and our beds three inches that way, and move Eliseo's crib butting the head of our bed...Ect...Ect..Ect.". As much as we verbally rearranged our house, nothing seemed to give us the space we needed. So Alex proposed (Something David has been suggesting for years) building Lili a loft bedroom above the stairs. And I said "When?" and he said "Starting today".
So he took the last few days of his break and whipped up this AWESOME 6' x 7' bedroom for Lili. It is as close to an indoor tree house as you can get, and we all love it. I had been resistant of this idea because it always seemed like a loft would be heavy and catastrophic feeling below on the stairs. But in fact it fits in perfectly, and still feels airy and spacious somehow. I think the one and only downfall is it takes away our indoor clothesline (see the two lines at the top right in the top picture) but I am sure we will figure something out.
Because we have all shared a bedroom from the start I never had the chance to decorate a nursery or child's room before. So putting all of her things in her new bedroom today felt like such a treat. It is so cozy and super sweet. I ♥ it. It still needs a little work (fits in with rest of our house) but all in all it is ready for action.
Here are some shots from tonight's bedtime: