zoë and i finally finished our latest painting project, her bedroom. for years it's had deep red and pale yellow walls. her vision for its facelift was kind of scandinavian: soft white walls and trim, with orange doors and a medium gray for her huge wall of bookshelves. below, note the yardsale quilt, orangey pillow, banjo.
her desk, with an antique german typewriter which was a gift from our elderly german neighbor (i mean, it has a german keyboard, with the ü and everything! also, it works and she uses it to write letters. i love to hear the clacking of the typewriter coming from her room almost as much as i love the sound of banjo- or ukulele-strumming).
the timing of it is a little bittersweet -- fixing up her bedroom right before she takes off into the world. when we had finally finished putting all her books on the shelves and i stepped back to admire it, i couldn't help imagining it empty and quiet, without her living in it. but she'll be back...right?
by the way, zoë inherited the most fabulous collection from my mom: THE NURSE BOOKS. it's an amazing sight to see, truly, almost two whole shelves of them.
a couple of my favorites: island nurse.
and of course the charmingly titled nurse a la mode.