I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut lately; wanting to do so much and having all these seemingly amazing ideas in my mind, but at the same time immobilised by the sheer magnitude of all I’d like to accomplish, procrastination and fear of failure. That, and struggling to love some of the things in my life that occupy most of my time; trying to balance the things I want for me with expectations from those around me and responsibilities that confirm that adulthood is the real scam.
I’m trying to get out of my head; trying not to overthink things, to shush that voice that keeps telling me that if I can’t do things perfectly then I shouldn’t do them at all. The problem is that I’m a virgo – I’m extremely stubborn, slightly obsessed with perfection, and I spend way too much time criticising my work. It drives me effing nuts sometimes!
It’s part of the reason I’ve taken so long to share this nanny’s/guest room update. I’ve been wanting to do the room for about a year, but I kept pushing it first because I couldn’t decide what look I wanted to go with, and then once I knew, I just didn’t have the money to do it.
But the Lord works in mysterious ways, because I ended up collaborating with some of my favourite brands and stores to put it together, and spending very little of my own money to do the room. Miracles are real guys, and getting to a place where brands trust me enough to give me free stuff is a miracle in itself – it also doesn’t hurt one bit, and I’m immensely grateful.
When I posted sneak peeks of the room sometime back a few people messaged me asking whether this was really our nanny’s/domestic manager’s/whatever you call your help’s room, and asked me why I bothered to do it in the first place. I get it. I know it’s not something we usually do (as Kenyans I guess), going out of our way to make sure the people we hire to keep our homes clean, watch our kids and generally make us comfortable are also comfortable beyond the basics. We are generally distrustful of domestic help.
But here’s what I think: first of all, this is not the “maid’s room”. It’s a room in our house that our nanny sleeps in. Second, if I can leave my child and most precious possessions in her care, surely I can trust her with nice things – even though they don’t become hers because they’re in her room: they’re still my things. Third, it just felt really wrong for me to do the rest of the house and not touch her room. I want her to feel like she also belongs here.
Anyway, the room isn’t done-done yet: I still want to paint it a more interesting colour, maybe go for a two-tone look that includes black or some other dark colour, fix parts of the wall that got water damage, and to cover the closets in some matte vinyl once I get the money. I figure if I wait until that’s done I’ll take another six months to share this space, so here goes!
That’s it! That’s the room update I’ve been saying I’ll show you for weeks now. I still have a few more things to do, but I like how it’s come together. I’d love to know what you guys think, and if you have any questions, shoot.
Thanks for reading!
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