Space. It is a precious commodity around here. There just isn't much of it. Every corner counts when a house has reached the limits of comfortable capacity and children zip about like sub atomic particles. Space is a precious thing.
The people who sold us this house were moving out, they told us, because they had three boys and the house just wasn't large enough for them. Perhaps it wasn't. Living here with five sons has been an exercise in domestic creativity. The perennial question: How do I use every inch of this home and design every room to serve us with purpose, simplicity, and hopefully a little style? I've had some great successes....
...like the time I fit two toddler beds AND a crib into a nursery-sized bedroom and managed to not only find places for everything, but to do so with a certain simple and clean-looking style that prevents the feeling of congestion you might expect...
...and I've had some great failures,
but on the whole we have done quite well and the trials we've faced on account of limited space have only made us feel the hand of Providence more appreciably.
Take, for example, the space beneath the dormer in our bedroom. It is the perfect size for our baby bassinet. We were expecting our fourth son when we moved into this house and so the bassinet took it's rightful place immediately. It wasn't long after Zachary moved out of it that Nicholas was born and so the bassinet graced that space for some time.
When Nicholas moved on to a crib later, we moved the bassinet to the basement and my nightstand into the empty space beneath the dormer. With a hat box on top the look was fine, but I missed my nightstand. We've moved it back beside the bed where I can use it, leaving the space beneath the dormer empty. Obviously empty. It is something of a focal point for the room and so the lack of anything there is pronounced.
Space is a precious thing around here and shouldn't be wasted. My husband has talked about buying a chair and a lamp to put there for reading. That seems like a good enough idea, but I won't do it. I haven't looked at chairs or even planned to find a lamp we'd like because though we aren't expecting now and though this longer time since Nicholas' birth has been a good thing for our family, every time I walk into this room and see that bassinet-shaped space I cannot help but feel glad for it because it mirrors a similar space in my heart.