We moved recently from a downsized townhome to a one level house. This meant we needed some new furniture. We’ve filled up the den and turned a little den off the back of the house into a combination sunroom/library. We had enough to decorate one guest room in a beach theme but the other one sat empty for a while. Since it’s located across from our offices (My husband took another bedroom for his office) I got an idea to make it a “literary” room. We bought a mattress and a few pieces we found at flea markets and antique stores. Now we’re putting the finishing touches on it but it’s been so much fun! I find myself going into this room to read or talk to my daughter who is far away (in Japan) or to sit and absorb my love for the written word. I thought I’d share what we’ve done so far. I like to mix things up so this went from the “literary” room to the “birds and words” room. Or “Bird by Bird” as Anne Lamott famously wrote. See what you think!
This is the bedding. It has birds and berry bushes on it. I love the blues in this spread. Some of the pillows came with the bedding set but I added the one in the middle to throw in a modern twist. And I found the girl picture (she has a bird sitting on her head but you can’t see it here) online. The throw is a Pride and Prejudice theme with a peacock and the beginning of the first chapter. The unframed picture laying on the bed is a print of the famous “The Singing Butler” by Jack Vettriano. It will be framed and put on a wall soon.
When I saw the bird comforter, I thought of the poem by Emily Dickinson. “Hope is the thing with feathers …. that perches in the soul….” And that’s how the room became “birds and words.” I hope to put a copy of that poem in a frame and hang it on the wall, too. This room is all about hope. I hoped to be a writer. I hoped to contribute to my family’s income. I have hoped a lot of things and I’m one to never give up hope, so I sure identify with that poem.
Here is another view. We found an old school desk and painted it white. The chair in front of the desk belonged to my mother. I wrote my first stories sitting in that chair (in high school and later) and then my daughter used it for years. It made its way back to me when she and her husband moved to Japan. It’s probably eighty years old at least. The three plates near the closet have what else, birds and words, on them. A fifteen dollar flea market find! The jewel encased mirror was made by a local artist in Louisiana. And there is an old Underwood typewriter sitting on the desk. My father-in-law gave that to us.
Around the next corner, we have my comic book chair. My husband said “I don’t get it.” But it was perfect to bring a modern twist to my little room. It’s three woman chatting away about a man, of course. It’s Girl Power with 1972 stamped on it. That’s the year after I started high school and begin having that hope in the soul about being a writer. And the women chattering away reminded me of Jane Austen’s books. The red tiled heart came from a local artist in Grapevine, Texas. And the picture is actually a Regency type scene of a man and woman standing by a horse and carriage in front of an inn. Got a good deal on that in an antique mall. The cabinet came from Wal-Mart! Have to have a little Wal-Mart in there! But the books on it are classics. We found the little heart shaped side table at a flea market.
I added Jane Austen books and some of my shoe knickknacks and YaYa Sisterhood plaque to this shelf.
And finally, we have red all over the room. Another heart here and a shoe that declares JOY, along with some classic books, including “O Pioneers”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, a “Gone With the Wind” companion book and a book of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry. Told you I like to mix things up! Up on the top shelf, I have a battered copy of “The Flame and the Flower.” Scandalous, right? That along with poetry books and a tiny pamphlet on birds and gardens. I also have a plaque that contains the Scripture passage from First Corinthians 13, Verses 4 – 8. After all, that passage explains love in its perfect form.
That’s it so far. I have one more picture on order. It’s of an old typewriter with birds, flowers, a horse, a rabbit and all kinds of things cascading from the keys like a bouquet of possibilities. It represents a writer’s imagination. I can’t wait to hang that one, too! I hope you enjoyed this tour of my “birds and words” room. I want my guests to let their imaginations run wild when they rest in this room. What’s your favorite room in your home? How did you decorate it?