J&E’s Style Cure

Shift of plans!  The kids’ shared room is now the focus of our truncated November Style Cure.

The truth is that we are good at starting projects and not so good at finishing them.  It’s an unfortunate dynamic that leads to lots of frustration, and I’m glad for a plan like the Style Cure to coach us to the finish.

We return, then, to square 1, the Style Cure Interview for J&E:

E’s Favorites:

  1. Actor/actress: R2-D2, Princess Leia, Queen Amadala, Aviva, Chris, Martin, Henry and Jonah
  2. Art/Artist:  Collage, Mom, paint
  3. Writer/Book:  Fancy Nancy, Jane O’Connor
  4. Music:  Rachel Zylstra, Ingrid Michaelson
  5. Restaurant:  IHOP, Culvers, McDonalds, Noodles & Co
  6. Automobile:  Sienna minivan, light neon pink convertible
  7. Movie/TV Show:  Wild Kratts and Frozen and Star Wars, Peg + Cat
  8. Clothing:  Flower girl dress
  9. Furniture:  The white chair in the living room

Three words to describe your personal style:  Pretty, between beautiful and fancy

Favorite room in our house:  The family room (because the tv, my desk, the playroom and a comfy couch are there, and mom and dad’s bedroom with their cozy bed is around the corner.)

Favorite room somewhere else:  My room

Who is your role model and what do you admire?  Mom: pretty, help daddy cook breakfast; Dad: cooks breakfast

What parts of our house do you think are beautiful or just right?  My desk.

How would you like people to describe your room?  Pretty, amazing, nice, awesome, cool, great.

J’s Favorites:

  1. Actor/actress: R2-D2
  2. Art/Artist:  Eric Carle
  3. Writer/Book:  Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Mo Williams (esp the Piggy and Elephant books)
  4. Music:  Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, Pink
  5. Restaurant:  McDonalds, IHOP, Culvers
  6. Automobile:  bright lime green convertible
  7. Movie/TV Show:  Star Wars, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat
  8. Clothing:  My Mine Craft Star Wars t-shirt
  9. Furniture:  “A spinning, rolling, rocking lazy person whatever it is”

Three words to describe your personal style:  Star Wars, computer playing

Favorite room in our house: Playroom (because of “all the legos scattered around on the floor and that 2 days after I clean it it’s a mess again”).  He can be free and creative there and it’s nice and cool there.

Favorite room somewhere else:  Public Museum space room

Who is your role model and what do you admire?  S.  He’s a comedian.  He makes people laugh.

What parts of our house do you think are beautiful or just right?  The globe, the family.

How would you like people to describe your room: Messy, just right.

As I reflect on their answers a few common themes emerge:

First, they both like their own space.  Eden likes the desk she has taken over in the family room. She does her work there and “organizes” it to her own standards.  Jonah likes the playroom where he can make his own creative mess.  This revelation shows me that they need to have their own carved out space in their room.

Second, they both like comfortable spaces.  We got new comfy comforters for their beds, so I think we’re on the right track there.  I’ll consider ways to enhance the maximize the comfy factor as we go on.

Third, they both pointed out an affection for our family, and they liked the idea of having family photos in their room.

Other points of intersection include a love of collage or Eric Carle, all things Star Wars including R2-D2.

While they both mentioned things that blend gender aesthetics, Eden has a penchant for the slightly more feminine (“between beautiful and fancy) with an appreciation for pink, and Jonah responds to a techy vibe.  His favorite color is green.

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