The room is large but it felt so gloomy because it was so dark. The ceiling was a major issue; in some places it was a bubble wrap type insulation while the majority was a dark brown thick cardboard type material. The roof was really sagging in about half the room and honestly just needed to be replaced. I mentioned to our landlord that we'd like to fix it and would foot the bill. While we were in the US, he and his carpenter guys got in there and took down the existing ceiling and rebuilt it, leaving it higher than it was originally. Then they painted it white and oh my goodness has it changed the whole room. Then they primed the walls which were a muddy brown. When we arrived back from our trip, it was like a blank slate for me to work with. I was thrilled!
This is the only picture we have of the room before it was redone. I could just kick myself for not taking a better before picture.
We bought a nice bed with a wooden frame from our friends and picked up a night stand while we were in Johannesburg on our way back into the country. A while back, I bought a new duvet and throw for the bed. Right here in Mokhotlong I found up a couple pictures to hang on the wall and some curtains to hang in front of the shelves to hide their mess. The pictures are of two African women, one with a basket on her head (a common sight in Lesotho) and the other with a child. I cut and hemmed the curtains and had some extra to make two curtains for the small window. Hemming curtains by hand is real work, folks. Having light curtains that can open and close easily helps let in as much natural light as possible.
Trying to get over my aversion to hearts with these cuties I picked up. They have Afrikaans words on them.