...the Life and Times of Karolyn Lewis.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Few New Rooms

As my "droppin' in" friends will attest, my house is ever changing.  My oldest daughter is now on her 5th room and my youngest daughter her 3rd.  Our living room was once a dining room and the original living room is more of a piano/reading area, although it served as a dining room one winter.  Loved eating that formal dinner by the fire place.

A few months back, in an effort to slow down the endless mess-up-cleanup-mess-up-cleanup cycle, we moved all the children upstairs.  Ahhhh.  I had 3 extra bedrooms to call my own.  So I've been busy, and although I'm not done, I'm well on my way.  Thought I'd share my progress so far.

What was once Zeb's bedroom is now the kids' closet.  You can see all of their clothes because that's the way I wanted it.  It seems that with a chest of drawers the kids only wear what's on top.  I wash that and put it back on top and the process repeats itself.  So I called an old friend of mine and asked if he'd build me four sets of deep shelf book cases.  Apart from being an old friend, he's also in his eighties; and he did this for next to nothing.  I just love that man!

I had originally painted  a starburst design on the ceiling with an army green and a mustard yellow.  It looked very cool for a kid's room and Zeb loved it; but since we're moving on I had to repaint.  So now we have a shiny white ceiling and beautiful sea foam green walls.

I have an ironing board that I bought for $5 at the Habitat Restore.  Made a cover for that booger and it makes me want to iron every wrinkle within a five mile radius.


Although I haven't used the chair in this room it serves the grand purpose of being beautiful.  I can see into this room from our master bathroom, so there ya go.


Other than the kitchen this is the BEST room imaginable for a family with more than two or three kids.  It makes my laundry less of a headache.  And it makes purging clothes easier.  Too many clothes can be a curse to a laundering mama.  Trust me on this one.  

Another room that I'm down right in love with is my new sewing room.  I LOVE THIS ROOM!!!  This room started out as Lee's office, then it was a guest room, then Michal's room, then Lili's room and finally a work out room (which is the joke of the century).  Now, it's MY room.  And I  L-O-V-E it!!  It smells nice and no one is allowed (under any circumstance what-so-ever) to fart in this room.  It's the only area in the house that is solely mine.  Ahhhhhhhh.  Lest you label me selfish, Michal's sewing machine is in the corner and she uses it often.  I share.

We bought this massive tiger oak desk when we built the house because every home office needs a desk.  We didn't need the office OR the desk, but now they are both serving me nicely.  Lee built two boxes that I covered with material.  We hoisted that rhino up on those boxes and now I have a wonderful work table.

I can go on and on about this room, but if you don't sew you'll think I'm certifiably nuts, so I 'll spare you the gushing.  The room and my sewing abilities don't entirely line up, but I know plenty of sorry cooks with gorgeous kitchens so no finger pointing!  Maybe soon I'll have the walls prettied up and I'll post more pics.

As for the third room, it's a TV/game room for the kids.  Our only other TV in the house is in our bedroom, and sometimes I just don't want those children all up in my grill.  Thus, a space of their own to watch and Wii.  No pictures until it's done and seeing that I can't stay out of my sewing room, it may be awhile.  Can't do much anyway until I find a couch.  If you know of a used one that's completely awesome and fairly cheap, message me.  Here's a couch I bought at Goodwill a few months back, and I adore it.  Paid $40 and spent a day sterilizing it.  I'd use it in the TV room but I just love where it is now.  If you know who it belonged to and think they're nasty, please don't tell me.  Ignorance is bliss when it comes to used furniture.

Projects!  Projects!  If idol hands are the devil's workshop then he's busy somewhere else.  


  1. Love the kids closet! I love the idea of the open shelves - you are totally right about them only wearing what's on top. I have to admit that my biggest fear in going from two to four kids is the laundry situation. You'll have to share your secrets about how you manage it all and keep everyone's stuff assigned to the right person.

  2. I love all your forward progress, Karolyn! It makes me want to blog about my house projects, but that would mean I had finished one of them and gee... I haven't! But come and visit me anyway! I miss my Crawfordville peeps!!

  3. Love your ideas! I am starting a project myself...I really want space to work on the recycled tees but the house is only so big with MUCH stuff in it! SO today starts a huge clean out and rearrange to find just that space!

  4. Love the kids closet idea. You are so blessed to have enough room to dedicate a whole room to it. I also love the sewing room and would not have minded hearing you gush on and on about it.