Monday, February 15, 2010

Ruby's Digs

I keep meaning to say a word about Ruby's room.

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I'm super into saying "a word" about all manner of things, these days. It sounds so official...and solemn. It sounds sort of pastoral or Presidential or Public Servant Announcement.

The thing about Ruby's room is, we painted the walls the very first day we moved in (after stripping off the Victorian wallpaper) and we had new carpet installed a few weeks later. And then we lost our ever-living gumption.

It was good enough and she was a one-year old.

She wasn't one of those posh NYC babies who toddle around with their noses in a shelter magazine. She was none the wiser. She was happy enough to suck her two middle fingers. She focused her energy on growing her curls and spitting up and looking cute in every situation.

Now that I've whipped Calvin's junk museum of a room into shape, it's her turn.

I don't have anything fancy/pricey/laborious in mind, because she's just not a fancy kind of girl.

She's colorful and silly and sweet as a brown sugar bon bon.

She's the kind of girl who turns a vintage ironing board into her own, personal desk.

She the kind of girl who makes me wish I had a pink T to wear under my gold cardigan.

First thing on the list? Paint the trim.

A word about painting trim: Blech.

A word about painting trim whilst avoiding the simultaneous-yet-inadvertent painting of newish carpet: Anxiety-provoking blech.

Call me crazy, but I think a girl who starts her Mama's every morning with the self-penned jingle, "Mommy is my 'pecial girl, and Mommy is my favorite girl!" deserves some glossy, white trim.

That's pretty much how it works around here. Write me my own jingle (lyrics and tune, people, lyrics and tune) and you just don't know what variety of favor may fall your way.


  1. How fun! After the painting part that is. Painting is at the bottom of my list of fun things. Right next to jabbing pencils in my eyes. But once the icky part is done, you'll have so much fun making the room hers. One idea that really jazzed up my daughters room and made it really fit her personality is when I framed one of her favorite book jackets

  2. Is the little flowery dealie under the light switch a hook? Love that!

    Happy decorating!

    : )

    Julie M.

  3. I love the curtains, too! Great pattern AND color!

  4. In our house, I roll, Mark does the trim... I agree it is anxiety provoking... I will do it if I have to but would rather not.
    I love the made up songs. My kids do it too and I will always remember that!

  5. Wo...I love those turquoise closet doors. Perfectly shabby and homey. Ruby sounds lovely.

  6. All so dang sweeeet! Live the ironing board idea and the applique quit gone upholsted cushions is divine. You are, my dear, a 'pecial Mommie!
    Redneck Junkers

  7. The curtains are the cutest I have ever seen! Good luck with the trim. Put on some good music and get into a grove!

  8. I love those doors! Good luck on the room and especially the (blech) trim!

  9. Oh girl she does need a make-over. I see soft colors and ruffles;) I don't know, but I wish I was close enough to help you out. I love a good kid's makeover room:)

    Good luck on all that for you!

  10. I think our girls would be fast friend :) Love the ironing board/desk!

  11. I love the curtains, yellow chair & ironing board, and oh my the turquoise doors - I can't wait to see what you finish with! I also agree - she is one beautiful little girl!!

  12. Oh that cute ironing board. You need to record her singing her Mommy pecial song. To cute!

  13. Aw, I love Ruby's jingle. :) Her little ironing board desk is precious!!

  14. Hi! Thanks for swinging by!
    What a lucky little girl you have there. Please tell me you are going to keep the ironing board desk!? So cute!

  15. My 2 yr old sucks her 2 middle fingers too! Somewhat of a strange habbit and not quite sure how to break it, but oh well...

    Good luck with the room! Painting trim (especially when carpet is involved) is definitely a blech job! We painted every piece of trim in our last house and it was a HUGE undertaking!

    I'm sure it will all turn out fabulous!

    :) T

  16. I TOTALLY agree @ trim-----ESPECIALLY along the carpet!
    My three words for you: FAT- painters- tape

    I have dumped an entire 3/4 gallon of OIL stain over my head, onto the floor where it proceeded to spray on the sofa, walls, just everywhere.
    I stood in the middle of the room and stripped to my oil soaked undies, wiping the stain from my eyes before I could even begin to clean up. That sofa had a slipcover made...

  17. You had my at the ironing board desk. D.lightful. I'm sure her room is going to sing it's own tune once you and ruby are done with it.

  18. Here's my ditty for you:
    Flower Patch Farmgirl's
    queen of the town. queen of the town, queen of the town.
    Flower patch farmgirl's queen of the town.
    Yes, indeedie.
    Flower patch farmgirl's cool as can be, cool as can be, cool as can be, flower patch farmgirl's cool as can be,
    She's my favorite.
    Add verses as you see fit.
    Oh, the best part? Me singing it while typing...

  19. Yep, I think Ruby needs a bright and funky room. :) Can't wait to see what you choose.

  20. Such a little sweetie! She sounds like my two year old little girl! And we are almost done with her big girl room since little sissy is getting the nursery! I absolutely love the ironing board!

    :) Kerri

  21. what a precious space & i love the jingle too!

  22. love it and cannot wait to meet her!!!! her name is swoon-y

  23. Girlfriend definitely deserves to have her trim painted. What a little sweetie. I love little kid made up songs.

  24. I miss the buttons, are they still on the wall? I LOVED Ruby's room at the old should post some of those pics, if you haven't already. LOVE the ironing board. tres-flea market chic!

  25. That little sweet Ruby-tunes. Is she too young for Aaron? Time will tell I suppose.
    So I have to write a song, music and lyrics huh? Well, you won't be able to hear the music....silly girl...but here are the lyrics.

    fruga-vinta-swoona-Limbaugh=licious farmgirl, Shannan.
    It's Shannan.
    I said Shannan.

  26. Hi,
    I am back and getting caught up on your posts. I am loving those shutters. Those are so cute. Can't wait to see what you do!
    Take Care,

  27. I left a comment last night, but for some reason it didn't show up. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your taste in fabrics! Ruby's curtains are gorgeous and her rocking chair cushions are adorable. And, of course, the awesome shutters. I think that's what my blah house needs: something shrouded in shutters.

  28. the trim doesn't look that intimidating right? no fancy curves or anything.......

    and I can't wait to see what you do! It'll be great.....and your daughter sounds like a total sweetie!!

  29. I am loving those closet doors. Ruby has got some kinda style!


    oh and that song is pretty sweet too ;)

  30. That lucky little girl. She surely does deserve it though. PLEASE tell me more about that fabric! I think I'm in love. And what's up with your obsessive use of the word whilst all of a sudden? Are going to have to make it part of our club pledge?

  31. I love her song about you how sweet and seriously how cool is she for making her table out of an ironing board, she didn't seem to mind!