Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Sam Gallery

Recently we had the house assessed to get loans
for Sam's education. Going through the house in
a whirlwind trying to make it look civilized was
a huge job. Without a doubt the room that
needed the most work was my youngest son
Sam's room. Cleaning it up I wondered if it
is really such a good idea to be a respectful
parent and let your children have "their
own space." Of course it is, but perhaps
we should have reviewed the decision to
stop getting a house cleaner to come in and
make sure the room (and the rest of the house)
was passably clean.

So we scrubbed the place up, got a new bigger
bed, new curtains, a new curtain rod, and made
it look as good as we could in the short time frame.
Still the walls needed painting badly, and there
were cracks everywhere. The new more generous
velvet curtains covered the repairs that need to be
done beside his window. But what to do with the walls?
Answer -- the Sam gallery.

We put up as many of my large paintings as
we could fit in the room. On one wall we
displayed some of the paintings he's posed
for -- and I've got to admit it gave the tiny
room a feeling of size and panache.

I'm just saying. If you have a similar
decorating (hmmm) issue with a teenager's
room in your house. This is a quick fix.
We hope that we'll be able to get painters
in this year, and that will radically transform
the room, but in the meantime even Sam was
impressed when he came home from university
for a visit this weekend.

Have a covering-up-the-flaws-with-beauty day.


Anonymous said...

Hey, sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do huh? And it looks really good in Sam's room. I can imitate what you've done on the walls in Devon's room but I'm wondering what they'll think when I've put paintings all over the floor. :)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

You've got a point. Actually there
are paintings everywhere in our house.
I know one artist who did paint all over the floor -- intentionally in patterns and faux rugs -- and it looked great.

Take care,


Mona Diane Conner said...

Although I'm not a mom I'm an aunt of seven boys, and there is something so hilarious and sophisticated at once about your solution. I love it!

Besides which, your art is beautiful and a real color fest. Bravo Barbara.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Mona,

Thanks so much. I've taken a look at your work and it is just gorgeous!

Take care,


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