Wednesday, June 27, 2007

my dirty little secret

in this posting i am going to expose "my dirty little secret". that is, a room in my house that i avoid showing to the public. it's most likely going to have 'cottage living' all but quit emailing me about shooting my house, but i can promise you, no other design blog has done this one. also, according to the tenets of blogging, you need headlines that 'grab!' people's attention. (can't wait for the icky guy who google's 'dirty little secret' and ends up here!) so i figured why not? i think there's way too much gilding of the lily going on around here sometimes. ok...so... ready? here we go. deep breathe (and hold your nose, it smells like mouse cage up here) this is my 6 year old's bedroom. this is about as clean as it gets. and this is every interior designer's nightmare: a child who, by god, will NOT let you art direct her room and then, as if thumbing her nose at my need for order and beauty was not enough, she has the hygiene of an absolute, frat-boy of the john belushi variety. dirty clothes on the floor, stickers on the walls, clothes left hanging from the dresser. ARRRRGHHH!!! makes me INSANE. in the begining there was an effort to make this into a sweet little loft. nice vintage iron bed, bedding by house, vintage finds of different varities. but bit by bit, hello kitty entered the room, followed by american girl dolls, followed by millions of tiny pieces of 'stuff' and try as i might to organize, every day looks like a toy bomb went off in the room. so i avoid it. and to a six year old, the only thing that matters is 'fun'! and apparently it's way more fun to be a piglet than a mini-me.

10 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

haha! I can top this! Imagine a 16 year old who only loves contempory from West Elm and Ikea and whose ceiling is purple and walls are silver! She started life out in a pink chintz and striped nursery that was gorgeous and this is the thanks I get! Just wait- it gets worse, I promise. Love your blog.

Leah said...

Hilarious! Thanks for "keeping it real."

You should see my 9-year-old's room ...

Leah

stefania said...

:-))) You made me laughing!! Finally a REAL room!! Believe me everyone has a dirty o more than one dirty rooms . I have two daughters, they are both teen and their rooms look like your daughter's room exactly the same look!! But the way, I think a child has to be free to play and to have it's own space where living and express itself.
sorry for the english but I'm italian :-))
stefania

jen j-m said...

ha! this made my day, because it looks exactly like my almost-eight year old's room. i want to hang up framed bits of old quilts from the 50s and she wants to hang up hello kitty posters and velvet art.
anyway, i feel your pain!

beachbungalow8 said...

ahhh you guys are awesome! cote de texas, wait, a sec, that teenager of yours sounds like she has great style! i swear, i had blogger's remorse after posting this....embarrassing!

brandon & brittany said...

my parents whole house is going through a de-junking phase! the time i learned to clean up after myself was when i moved out on my own...sorry about that, not the greatest thing to hear. :)

kcdesign said...

BB8 - weren't you relieved the first time a fellow-mommy told you it wasn't roses and sunshine all the time - you weren't the only one thinking you ruined your life by having a baby? This is the same thing! Imagine how much solice this provides knowing someone as jazzy as you has a room in her home that looks like this.

btw - when I did my two oldest boys room I had a vision of English country house - pine furniture, lots of Cowtan & Tout red & white stripes, RL plaid. I wish I'd had a vision of sports posters and Star Wars toys, because the mass of that is all you can see.

katiedid said...

I've got a couple of those not so piglet's, more like full grown piggies at my house too. Sadly it does not seem to be getting better as they get older. Once a week I get them to shovel out the manure, so to speak. I might post a "before and after" someday...maybe.

beachbungalow8 said...

katiedid-please...don't tell me that! i need this to have a light at the end of the filthy tunnel!

KC-even though this holds major cringe factor for me, may it help others! i feel altruistic in my blogging suddenly....thank you :)

style court said...

Yep, this is total reality. Hardly the worst I've seen. Still actually has a pretty side :)

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