This is the last time I’ll mention our anniversary trip. I promise.
I decided to make a singular post about the Regional Assembly of Text because this topic is definitely not interesting to everyone and I wanted to give folks the option to pass. If you have no interest in typography, design, illustration, books, typewriters, letterpress, creativity, or anything else cool like that, then you are free to move on. (See you tomorrow!)
But, if I’m speaking your love language, then KEEP READING.
There is a little shop on Main Street in Vancouver called the Regional Assembly of Text. It specializes in stationary, gifts, journals, typewriters and typewriter supplies, and everything else related to text. The owners, Brandy and Rebecca, design many of their own products, and if they sell someone else’s product, they make darn sure it’s unique and clever.
I spent 45 minutes in the tiny shop looking over every single detail. Every book, card, stamp, and button was interesting to me. My sweet husband waited patiently because I could not be rushed. The young woman minding the front desk was super helpful and fun to chat with, particularly since she had a beautiful Irish accent. (I asked her permission to take these photos.)
If this store could float in Knoxville, I’d totally open one. Y’all know that’s a big statement because running a business involves math. Major props to the Lonely Planet guide for directing us towards this amazing store.
We finished the shelving and other touches on my side of the library this weekend, so I finally feel like I can leave this room alone and go on to other things. Last week I showed you the homeschool side.
This side is mine:
Finishing this room was such a fun little chore. Most of these treasures were already mine, but I found a few deals around town in the last couple of months while anticipating this room. The lamp was a five-dollar find at the Habitat ReStore, as was my desk (which is only partly shown in the bottom righthand corner). The green rug on the floor was $20 at Ross and the yellow plate on the top shelf was fifty cents at a thrift shop.
With three desks and plenty of floorspace, this will be a wonderful homeschool room for us in the fall. Originally I thought we’d all need separate space but as it turns out they need my attention quite regularly, so being in the same room will work just fine.
Our mascot has already been enjoying it.
Even though it’s technically summertime, I was eager to organize the homeschool side of the library. Initially I thought I’d have the library all to myself, but then I decided I didn’t want to do school at the kitchen table anymore and the library seemed like the most logical place to keep materials. Easy enough. Half of the library is mine-all-mine, while the other half is for school.
My side is still under construction, but I’m pleased to show you how it’s come along so far.
We tend to stick to earth tones in our home but I wanted this space to be big splashes of color. The drapes are white to allow for plenty of natural light but still provide privacy. The bunting was clearance rack deal (one dollar per strand) and the white lamp was a five-dollar find at the Habitat ReStore. The white table in front of the couch came with the house (it was tucked away in a storage room), and all I had to do was clean and paint it. As you can see on the lefthand bookshelf, I’ve arranged my treasures chromatically. It would make more sense to align them according to author or book title, but the grouped colors are so much more pleasing to the eye.
Salem has been enjoying the library too.
And with this, we are nearly ready to start our summer French lessons.