Tiny Bedroom Interior: Four

In October/November 2022 I took a class at the Smithsonian called Build a Tiny Interior, taught by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard. Yes, it’s an offshoot of a class I have taken a couple of times before taught by the same artist – Build a Tiny House!, and you have seen examples of my Tiny House work here on the blog.

As I have mentioned before, I have always loved dollhouses and as a child spent a lot of time building my own mini homes in various materials. Now so many years later, I am rediscovering this path with great pleasure.

In a short series of posts I will tell you about my Tiny Interior project.

Now we head back to decor, since the furniture is ready and waiting.

Inside the room

In real life, my granddaughter’s room is a restful white. But, in the Tiny Interior, I decided to make it colorful and lively, to reflect all the new thoughts and ideas a small person has as she learns about the world.

And, her granny likes a whole lot of color and pattern.

So…I let myself go! The room bloomed in vivid color.

Here is the back wall with the window:

Here is the wall to the left. You can see I have trimmed a corner. The artwork is a photo of an actual piece in my granddaughter’s room. It was made for my daughter-in-law, her mother, when she was little, by her grandfather. My daughter-in-law and her grandfather were very close and my granddaughter is named for him.

Here is the right-hand wall. It was hard to get a photo of it because of the narrow space. The artwork in this view is a painting I made for my granddaughter. It depicts me in the center, holding her, with my two grandmothers one on each side of us. Both of my grandmothers were very special to me and I feel their presence even today, though they have been gone for many years.

Grandparents and love and good wishes, that is the theme. Here are closer views of the two artworks.

Outside the room

Now, here is the exterior. I kept the decoration toned down so as not to compete with the interior.

This is the back wall of the room. In real life, it is an outside wall, and so I made it brick.

Here is the right-hand wall. It represents daytime. There are five flowers, one for each of us, my granddaughter, her parents, and my husband and me as her grandparents.

Here is the left-hand wall. It represents night time, just before bedtime. And there is a guard cat to keep the bad dreams away.

OK, that’s the structure. Next time, the whole Tiny Interior, completed.

20 thoughts on “Tiny Bedroom Interior: Four

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Yes, I like for these projects not only to look nice but that they have meaning to convey, or at least, for me to be thinking about as I make the Tiny Whatever. Because I really do think the space we live in, it is the most important place on earth.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I had a sense of knowing what I wanted to do in every step of this project, no fumbling around like I usually do and having to figure out something. It has all fallen into place. I am happy in thinking that its message is going to get through. Plus, it is fun to play with, I am hearing from her parents that she is enjoying it.! And that is very important.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I was very lucky to have wonderful grandparents and to know all four of them into at last my teenage years. That has been a source of strength to me over the years. And as for this little room project, I had so much fun doing it.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Though I think her real world room is very peaceful which is important for sleep and so on, well, it was just not going to do for this project to depict it that way, especially since my granddaughter is a vivid personality. So I just let myself go!

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    Oh Claudia! This is just wonderful. I love the way you are incorporating not just real world details into this tiny room but details that actually have significance and meaning and are part of the whole theme of heirlooms. As someone whose grandparents were a tremendous influence on my life, I especially love all of the grandparenting relationships echoed in this creation.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I have given being a grandparent a good deal of thought and I have come to understand I will never be the baby sitting and pie baking grandma, for a long time I worried what I could be. Finally I realize, well, I am who I am, I will give the best gifts that I have. I really enjoyed making this for her and I also like the grandparent theme that kind of unexpectedly ran through it.

      1. Laura (PA Pict)

        I think you are acing grandparenthood. My grandparents were very non-traditional, non-conformist and defied stereotypes but they did a fantastic job of being my grandparents.

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