Virginia Woolf wrote an essay called A room of one’s own, and even though I haven’t read it, I think of [the title] when I am in Spain. I think that we can all agree that it is very important to have your own space, regardless if you are a woman or a man, when you are staying for an extended period of time in somebody’s house (your parents, parents-in-law’s or just friends). Since last summer we have a room of our own in O’s parents’ house and I love it! It is the tiniest room, actually the smallest in the house, and probably only around 9 m2, but it is our room!
When we arrived on Christmas Eve, the room looked the same as when we had left in July. Except that my FIL had installed a “mosquitero” (mosquito net) in the window – not visible but it is a pull-down version, between the window and the outdoor blind. The outdoor blind keeps the cold (and heat in summer) out…
As you might remember we spent almost a week cleaning, painting and furnishing the room last time we were in Spain. We didn’t have time to do any decorating, and even though it is still not ready – here are some photos to show you what it looks like now:
Once again we had to go to Ikea for a few supplies, and in the end we went to the big furniture store twice. Not that we mind, we both love Ikea – I because it is almost like a home away from home, and O because it is full of cheap and practical furniture solutions. Something funny about Ikea in Zaragoza; it is in a new shopping area called Puerto Venecia and I just noticed that in the area there is one street called Calle de San Nicolò – that is the monastery I studied in, in Venice!!! It must be fate 😉
It might not seem like we did a lot to the room, but I forgot to take detailed photos of the hooks behind the door (to hang coats, wet towels etc), we bought frames that we didn’t have time to hang on the wall, the curtain rod for the window, textile for a simple headboard that has to be made next time, a few extra pillows and pillow cases (O calls me the “pillow girl”!) etc. We also bought things for my MIL – oven gloves (!!), a better knife and a knife sharpener, as well as some Swedish food (of course!).
The best Xmas present was the one that O’s sister had installed in our room before we arrived – a small radiator!! The radiator, together with the duvet (instead of only a blanket – actually we still used it, on top of the duvet!), the fact that we were sharing the bed (in the other room we used to sleep in separate twin beds) and the quite warm temperatures over Xmas (between 8-13 degrees), I wasn’t that cold for once [when in Spain in the winter]!
O was skeptical to my idea of a long picture ledge above the bed, but the shelf between the cupboards is too high up to reach when we are lying down, and we have nowhere else to put mobile phones, glasses, keys, watches etc. Despite some swearing when putting up the narrow shelves, he agreed that the finished result looked really good. The photos are two of 4 enlargements I have made of photos of flowers* taken in Skåne last summer. We are planning to put the framed photos up on the opposite wall, above the storage bench.
You might remember that I mentioned that we were hoping to save the fig and apple trees in the backyard… Well, my FIL and one of my BILs decided that there was no hope – the roots could affect the foundation of the house 😦 But we are still hoping to have time to improve the area behind the house so that we can use it in the warmer season
What do you think of our decoration? And do you have a room of your own when you go “home” to your parents? In my parents’ home we sleep in the “library”, but in the summer house we usually get to use the guest house with our own bathroom, perfect!
*) The yellow flowers to the left in the photo are called hedblomster (SV) / dwarf everlast or immortelle (EN) / pluma de principe or siempre viva del monte (ES), and the purple ones are lavender.