Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hannah’s Room & A Little Christmas Cheer

If you ask Hannah about her favorite thing at our new house, she’ll tell you that it’s her room.  Over the last couple of months, I’ve been collecting inexpensive little things to make her room comfortable and something that will grow with her.
It’s hard to believe that she will be 7 when we return to the US!




The deets:
Kid bed and mattress: Hand-me-down from a friend
Comforter, duvet and pillow: IKEA 
Curtains: IKEA
Wall art: Target, on clearance 
Rugs: Wal-Mart
Bow holder: made by me
Tissue pom-poms: recycled from her 3rd birthday party

Houses in Europe are build differently than in the US.
This has taken some getting used to. 
There are no closets, so we have armoires and wardrobes.
There is also no carpeting.  I’ve not seen or heard of a house here that has carpet.
Every room in our house has ceramic tile.
Which makes for chilly mornings.
So we have rugs.  Lots and lots of rugs.

One of the things I wanted to do was create a little reading nook.  When I was a kid, I loved to read and Hannah is no different.  I found the purple chair at a little furniture store here in Luxembourg and we’ve already gotten our money’s worth.  It’s like a bean bag chair, but much sturdier.  It’s hard to see, but there’s a basket of favorite books next to the chair.  Many days, “nap time” turns out to be “quiet reading time.”

(And yes, I shipped all six of those tissue paper pom-poms across the ocean. I wish you could have seen the look on the mover’s face when he opened the box containing them.  He didn’t speak English, but he didn’t have to say a thing.  Really, lady?  You brought these things with you? Yes.  I did.)

You probably noticed Hannah's Christmas tree on the little desk.
It was in her room last year.
This year, she decorated it completely by herself.


There’s her favorite – a cowgirl boot.


But wait a minute - what’s that ornament?
Oh, that’s just a little plastic dog from the basket of bathtub toys, of course.


And look.  There’s Ariel. 
But she lost her seashell top and her tail, so she’s covering up with a scrap of fabric left over from this project.


And this one makes my mama heart all warm and melty.  It’s a little foil star that she made in Sunday school last week.  She told us all about how the wise men followed a star like this to Bethlehem.


We also put up our little trees in the living room.
We’ll be home for Christmas, so we didn’t want to put up a big tree here, but we didn’t want to not have one, either.  I brought these three pencil trees from home, along with a few special ornaments.


In just over a week, we will be leaving for the US to celebrate the holidays with those that we love most.  We can’t wait!


  1. She will be 7?! That just doesn't seem possible. I absolutely love her room. It is just perfect for a little girl growing into a big girl. And I smiled when I read that you got the Eiffel Tower prints at Target. Gotta love Target!

    Her tree is absolutely perfect. PERFECT.

  2. Love her room and all her favorite things there ~ thanks for sharing all the pix and letting us know what life in Luxe is like! Twinks is doing a fine job of decorating her tree this year! Love you ~