It may just be a hole in the wall, but it's my hole.
Some of you have asked what the purpose of this room is for. Some have asked to see the interior. This post is for you...
The purpose of the room? I'm not really sure...which drives my relatives absolutely mad. What! You're adding a room on your house and you don't know what it's for?!?!
Yeah, I guess that does sound kind of lame. I mean, most people (normal people) add a room because they need it to serve a certain function in their family's life.
So, if I look at it from that angle, I need a study. You see, when we moved here I lost my newly remodeled study and I've missed it ever since.
We also need a classroom since we homeschool. Even though school is done all over the house (and outside with the cat as well), we need a "room" to house our curriculum. Go here to see other learning environments which, I admit it, I have cast envious eyes.
The problem with this new room is that it's the first room one enters into my home so it isn't practical to have a messy study strewn with papers and other study whimsicals. I can't just close the door on mess and clutter and tell-not-show. First impressions and all, ya know.
DQ voted to call it the library. That's a good idea. A study that has to be kept presentable would naturally be called a library. A "library" would encompass both ideals.
And, of course, there are other terms...sitting room, parlor, music room (though I'd have to put the piano in it to call it that), the Velvet Room (there's a story to that one, so keep reading)...so what to call it?
For now I just refer to it as my "hole in the wall." I mean, if Margaret Mitchell could refer to her beloved little apartment where she wrote the classic Gone with the Wind as the simply elegant endearment "The Dump", then I should be able to have "A Hole". Right?
I cannot find who mentioned it---I'm thinking it was my friend Willa---but someone mentioned living in a "hobbit's hole." And I thought...Exactly! That's the atmosphere I want. So I have the phrase "a hole in the wall" resounding in my head and I'm thinking we'll just call it "The Hole" in remembrance of author Margaret Mitchel. Of course, my family will look at me as though I have a hole in my head and will call it whatever they want anyway.
A more refined, elegant term would be "a room with a view." The room does have a view. It has a huge windowseat where even my six foot, two inch son can sit and stretch out his legs upon. And this is where the term the "Velvet Room" comes in. I plan to sit with DQ and Starr the minute it is finished and read to them The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (recommended to me by Jenn). I won't say more. You'll have to read it to see why.
Still, "a room with a view" is a little too formal. I prefer to call it my "hole in the wall" because a home with a large family living in it (all of whom I dearly love) is anything but formal. I rather a "hobbit's hole" with all my little hobbits to an elegant showroom any ol' day.
I'm sure the room will be christened once we begin to use it. As far as it's purpose, I have no illusions. It'll get used...abundantly. Already we are feverishly trying to complete it because a certain eight-yr-old has an up-coming birthday party and she wants to have an American Girl Tea Party in this room. We are trying to oblige her.