This room is just to your left when you walk in the front door, and it has two fabulous tall windows to let in great light.
The world map is one of my favorite items. It used to hang in our kid's room at our old house. The map doesn't work in the kid's room here, so this room was the next best place for it. It adds a bit of color to our already neutral room, and the orange countries match the other orange accents around the room.
All of the furniture in this room is from Ikea, except the orange chair. The orange office chair was purchased a few years ago from West Elm. We had been using the bookshelf and glass desk in our last art room, and bought the butcher block tables, all new desk legs, and drawers before moving to North Dakota.
It's amazing how organized a few drawers can make things, and they hold a ton too. The low height of the drawers makes our art supplies easily accessible for all the kids. Davis, Tess and Collin are finally to the ages where accessibility is okay, and I'm not worried about a disaster.
Anything I am worried about, or I don't want little hands touching is kept on the top two shelves. Basically it's my camera collection, lenses, and permanent makers. The kids have so many things at their eye level they never even think to look up.
This room is also the place that I hold a few fun things to remind me of growing up in Hawaii. The white pineapple was a moving away gift from a friend. Isn't marvelous! The glass bowl holds the seashells I collected as a little girl, and the print is of the Hawaiian Islands with a heart on my home island. Next to the pictures of our kiddos is the fin from my surfboard.
You are probably wondering about the big blue K. My sophomore year in high school I lettered in bowling, and cheerleading (I hardly ever tell people I was a cheerleader). Notice this is the letter I choose to display. I am not a good bowler. The first year they had a bowling team anybody could be on it, and every one got a letter.
The photo is of Waikiki beach from the balcony of a hotel. I love the dotted people and stripes of the catamaran. It's been so long since I have lived in Hawaii, but all of my treasures show how special is still is to me.
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