A Journal of Detailed Moments

smallrooms® is a journal of past and present detailed moments. You might call it a hobby or a creative outlet. As a graphic designer, adding to this journal allows me to continually hone my skills and experiment with the latest digital trends while chronicling my current projects and future plans.

Country Retreat

Tumble Moon (Update 16)

(clockwise from top left) The stained wood floor; braided rug, one for upstairs and one for downstairs; coverlet no. 2; sheets; ticking for 2 pillow cases; grey-green fabric for 2 pillow cases and coverlet no.1 and then again for puffy duvet; it’s complicated; chintz is for the chaise longue

February 1, 2019. Charley and I selected Tumble Moon’s bedding and some other fabrics from Mary Cates and Co. I was going for a simple rustic look like the Shaker style. Click the link below to see my inspiration photo.

Country Retreat

Tumble Moon (Update 15)

The Viasat satellite dish was installed at the rear of the house.

January 18, 2019. Other than electricity, there are no other available utilities for Tumble Moon’s rural vicinity. Even my iPhone’s Verizon service is extremely unreliable when out there. So I arranged to have Viasat satellite internet installed. In a perfect world, I would have loved to be unplugged when out there, but as a single gal, this would not be prudent. With satellite and wifi, I can now use my iPhone, have a security system, and stream channels on my smart tv.

Country Retreat

Tumble Moon (Update 14)

This frame is one of a pair, and the woodworking style is called Tramp art.

November 15, 2018. This frame is one of a pair that I have purchased for Tumble Moon. I’ve been trolling online quite some time searching for this style called Tramp art to use as vanity mirrors at Tumble Moon. Charley ended up finding them right here in Dallas. Not only are they quirky and rustic, but they have the perfect dimensions to fit in the wall space above each bathroom sink.

Country Retreat

Tumble Moon (Update 12)

Mounds of Asian lady beetles colonized Tumble Moon’s interiors. My photos weren’t near as impressive, so I’m sharing a photo taken by John Gavloski of Manitoba Agriculture.

May 2, 2018. I, Charley (architect), and Michael Parkey (landscape architect) met with multiple contractors at Tumble Moon in Saint Jo. It was a very long hard day. One of the contractors was the son of my general contractor, who has been undergoing extensive treatment for some serious illnesses. The son had been brought into the company to take care of things while his dad took care of his health. He had not met any of us and had to be filled in and brought up to speed which included going over the building of the side-door deck and steps and of course, the front porch’s elaborate system of steps and terraces. This was at least the third time, and hopefully the last, going over all this. I had construction documents drawn up to give Jacob, the general contractor’s son. He’s an engineer, so this was helpful.

Just Because

A Little Farewell

My little studio, Bell Designs, is currently undergoing a transition, shifting its focus from providing design services to selling unique artifacts online. Originally created for social media, this video reassures everyone that the previous decades of design and production experience will not be abandoned. For these skills will be indispensable when it comes to marketing the new boutique and its products.

Country Retreat

First and Last Post for 2019

An antique Swedish toy horse, circa 1850, now greets me at the top of the stairs.

Tumble Moon status updates are currently being created. This year’s construction progress had quite a few hiccups, and then there were months where no progress was being made. Needless to say, it’s been an extremely frustrating year. Since it’s been a year since the last update, I have decided to break up 2019’s developments into multiple posts. This will take some time, especially since there will be a ton of photos to organize and then upload. So check back sometime in late January 2020. In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Interior Design

Ornamental Knickknacks

Ever since my kitchen was remodeled in 2006, I have kept Betta fish bowls on the lower two shelves on each side of my sink. However keeping one Betta per shelf (4 bowls total) without a companion just for decorative purposes didn’t seem right to me. Recently I decided not to replace them as they passed on. I have exchanged my fishbowls for additional Fenton milk glass pieces. There may be sophisticates out there that may consider this decorative choice a bit twee, but Fenton glass has the right vibe for my kitchen and is VERY affordable.