Today I'm having fun putting the spare rooms back together. Long ago, Daniel's room became a guest room. I now call it the boys' room. The main furniture pieces are a queen size bed and a play yard for Jonah. The theme is sophisticated Disney, which should last a long time since the Jorgensens are Disney Vacation Club members. It's also a good neutral theme, not catering to either Jonah's or Elliott's current interest.
When Emily moved out, I turned her bedroom into a hobby room. It's a great space for all my craft supplies. And I love being able to leave projects out until they're completed, which I couldn't do when I was using the kitchen table. I'm in the process of giving that room a Parisian shappy chic theme. The walls are now a deep rose and the main furniture is black and white. There are also a few antique pieces in the room.
I've learned a lot about interior decor from a designer I use infrequently, HGTV, the web, and magazines. In the last few years, I feel I've finally found a style I can live with for a long time. Although I've been purchasing a lot of new items, mostly accessories, I know I will save money in the long run. Before, I purchased items I liked in the store and tried to make them work at home. They never really did and, eventually, went to charity. Now I shop with a clear plan and end up with the perfect items. If only I knew then, what I know now. . .