I finally got around to giving Harry’s room a proper makeover.
His treehouse bed was becoming outgrown; not by him, so much, as by me – the act of clambering up the stairs for a final bedtime cuddle, remembering to dodge the low beam and then lying very still, listening to the ominous creak of the stilt-legs, as I squinted at the label warning *THIS BED SHOULD NOT EXCEED 50 KILOS TOTAL WEIGHT*. It was altogether tempting fate. And besides, we’re now firmly in The Sleepover Years, where having twin beds from which you can actually see your best friend and talk all through the night (or at least until 10pm) is very important.
I bought inexpensive beds on eBay and we lost just two evenings of our lives assembling them and trying to remember not to criticise each other’s DIY skills or aptitude with allen keys and wordless, diagrammatic instructions. They still make me wince slightly, remembering the effort that went into them. But still, they look very cool; ageless without being too grown up (not yet; I’m not ready yet).
New star curtains with blackout linings filter the Northern light that still manages to creep through even in February, and two rattan Christmas decorations are repurposed for the bed-ends…
Harry’s not ready to say goodbye to his nighttime menagerie of animals, but they do take a more discreet backseat these days, living under the bed in simple Ikea baskets. The matching bedspreads are actually made from a TK Maxx bargain king-size bedspread, simply cut in two and hemmed (badly, flamboyantly – but who’s to know?).
In the old fireplace the log basket remains, topped with a string of plug-in origami lights that provide a low, magical glow through the night;
And the trusty badger rug remains, looking with every passing year a little less alive and a little more like roadkill, but beloved nonetheless.
It’s a room to grow up in, and a room where you can still be reassuringly, comfortingly small.