Our house is small, but it's really almost the perfect size for us-- except for the severe lack of closet space. I won't bore you with the description of the various ridiculous problems of the four existing closets, closets that were designed by morons. Right now my clothes are hanging in the over-stuffed closet in the Younger Child's room. So overstuffed that everything spills out of the closet into the room. And it is difficult to get dressed or undressed when she's sleeping or has left 50 Polly Pockets in front of my dresser. However, the latter situation gave me a bright idea.
The Polly Pockets were being played with in her room, not in the tiny sunny jewel-box of a playroom. That lovely room was almost unused except as a cluttered receptacle for toys. And it occurred to me that, technically, the Younger Child has two rooms to herself, but no closet, while I have no rooms to myself, and one overfull closet. Hmmm. How to remedy this situation? Why, wouldn't that delightful bright room make the perfect dressing room? And while it has no closet, thanks to Ikea's Stolmen system, couldn't one be easily and cheaply created? One that would offer two or three times as much hanging and shelf space as I currently have? Why, yes, that is an excellent idea, if I do say so myself.
Right after I had my genius epiphany, I saw this picture in the August 2009 issue of Country Living.
I adore that couch. That couch is the inspiration for my dressing room. I love the little table, too, and the giant mirror in back of the couch. The wallpaper, not so much.
On the cover of that same issue is an iron daybed that I wish I could steal for the room, although really, the room is so small that I should not have a headboard or footboard. While I would love a chaise longue, a low twin bed, decorated with lots of pillows, would be much more useful.
I'm going to surround the Stolmen closet with curtains and I really really want curtains in the same color as that couch, but my quest for curtains in that color has been unsuccessful. And I can't really afford to have any made. But I've also been in love with grays lately, and there are a lot of grayish curtains out there.
There is this West Elm gray silk.
More West Elm gray silk, I'd do the pole pocket option, though, I'm not a fan of the huge grommets.
I also have a sick love for velvet curtains, though, again, I'm not crazy about the giant grommets and there is no pole pocket option for these.
These are interesting, but probably too blue.
My new epiphany, as the velvet curtains are on sale, is to get them in the longest length and create my own pole pocket. Hmmm. This may take some more thought. Very enjoyable thought. I am unreasonably excited about this dressing room, and, as I recently learned how to use a drill, I may be able to pull this project off with very little assistance from darling Rex, who is, after all, quite busy with the kitchen. He's almost done with the first cabinet, yay!