fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Jackitat (Jack habitat)

I've had two maids quit on me. My strategy to keep the house clean and tidy myself is to "decorate". The eighty bucks or so that I'd spend on the housekeeper every week, I use to treat myself with things to the fancy up the house. The thing needn't cost eighty bucks (in fact, it better not) and really can be anything: Some yard sale tchotchka that wanders into the house and I proudly display on an end table...for which the scattered papers and dusty surface simply do not it justice! The aesthete in me awakens the very reluctant hausfrau and already I'm dusting and polishing and filing... Whatever works, right?

Jack's room had gotten to quite a state. It was just a boy storage unit, basically: A place to store the kid and his paraphernalia between the times he was at school, the beach and soccer practice, replete with industrial wire shelves and warehouse grade storage boxes.

To keep the boy from running away to Maui, at least until he's graduated high school, we've tried to bring a little bit of the island into his room. Treading lighter, all furnishings were found through Craig's List, local Ebay or on the side of the road. The room needs to do quadruple duty for this eleven-year-old: A place to sleep, study, store everything and occasionally roost with the rest of his flock of tweeny groms whilst they waste fleeting, precious youth on video games.

This teak-veneered wall unit? $175 Craig's list (boo yeah!). And the old suitcase? Found it on trash day. The thrill of the hunt ... when spring cleaners peek out from their winter hideaways only for us scavengers to pounce on our prey ...

Rad vintage movie poster test print and old surfing contest placard. And an old industrial task light in groovy green. I rewired it myself *pats uneletricuted self on back*.

Giant puffer fish, you don't scare me! Well, maybe a little.

The steel tank desk is old Northrup inventory, left on the side of the road. The desk has a faux wood Formica top and is kinda fugly, but oh so practical. Aqua spray paint helps a little. Not a lot, though, so it shall be a place to stick stickers. A sticker sanctuary. The chair is a General Fireproof tanker, also abandoned. It rocks my world. It rocks a little too much, but, for the price, how can I complain? I stitched up a pillow with a cloth map of Waikiki.

Local poster companies: The Poster List and Two Rabbits Studios.

I had the daybed (found locally for less than a couple of C-notes) reupholstered. I also stitched up some slipcovers/fitted sheets from soft decor-weight cotton twill (Amy Butler's "Sun Spots") to sleep on. This next thing, I also did when I made the kids' crib sheets: I stitched a layer of rubberized flannel to the fitted sheets. The rubber keeps the slipcover from, um, slipping and, as a recent bout of stomach flu reminded me, protects the mattress underneath from bouts of stomach flu. If you've never made your own fitted sheets and duvet covers, they are really simple to make. Really.

I stitched up that pillow with the state flag of Hawaii.

This room is difficult for a boy and his flock to habitat, because it is (1) small (and the house is small--most everything that is his has to go in here. We don't have the luxury of basements out here) and (2) has four doors. Four doors: (1) room door, (2) bathroom door, (3) closet door and (4) the stupid door leading to the kitchen. We never use the stupid door, so here it is covered with a wall mural. It is the one place that I did not maintain the challenge of the utmost kind in this room.

Here, I stitched up another throw pillow. "808" is the area code for Hawaii. That photo palm tree material was taken from a tea towel from Anthropologie.

This could be my favorite chair yet. I'm kinda chair crazy. You will see more of this one on this blog, I'm sure. $75 on Ebay ... and reupholstered for another $200 ... still ... I'm not sure, but I'm going to convince myself the chair was made by Witco and came straight out of Elvis' Jungle Room. I can do that. If it's not, please don't tell me. I'm happiest here in my delusions.

And my last challenge, something for the hive mind: What do you think? What drapes? Should I use the swirly orange and white material? Or the lovely greeny-aqua cephalopods? Or something else entirely?



beachgirl said...

You did a fantastic job redecorating his room! I love everything about it. It's beachy yet classic.

Dibabo said...

You are invited!
Bed and breakfast for free.


Sarah @ ColorKitten said...

What a great room! You definitely deserve lots of back patting.

I would personally go with the orange for the drapes -- it'll pick up the chair and poster colors and keep it bright in there. But either way, awesome job!

Jen said...

I think it rocks! Seriously. I'd be partial to the orange for the drapes, myself. The chair is awesome, even if it might not be jungle-room worthy. You definitely got a real bargain on that one.

seemownay said...

What a fantastic job! Does he like it? I bet ...

Lola Nova said...

Amazing room! You did an awesome job and I love all "da kine" you got going on in there! Righteous. For curtains you could check out the Hawaiian Fabric Mart here: www.fmart.com Wicked Hawaiian fabrics! If you go for the poly-cotton it runs about $2.99 per yard so pretty cheap for curtains. Or thrifted sheets make good curtains too. I love the orange swirly though.
I also love chairs, especially those found by the side of the road. We are in the midst of a granny rocker overhaul from our last free find!
That big chair definitely belonged to Elvis!

{Nic} Nicole Hildebrandt said...


can i move in? i mean... CAN I MOVE IN, please???


ange_moore said...

Woweeee - what an amazing room for your very lucky son!

As for the drapes - blow him away with the orange. The colour of all those Hawaiian cocktails he's still several years away from being able to enjoy!!

Fledgling said...

THANK YOU for your lovely comments!

@Diba: Just tell me how you like your coffee in the morning!

@Nic: In a word: Yes ;-)

willow and moo said...

Superb, but I'd expect no less from you! :-)

nic said...

this room is simply dreamy. (and so much more islandish than mine growing up in mililani. i was robbed.)


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