March 20, 2015

House Tour: Girls' Room

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

This is technically the room that the two big girls share.

But Ani has never actually slept a single night in here.

When we came back from Europe, she wanted to keep sleeping in her tent and since we didn't yet have a new baby, we stuck that tent in the baby's room next door to this room and Ani has slept in there ever since.

Once Star starts sleeping more through the night, we'll probably move her into her own room and move Ani in with Ella, but of course this week, Ani threw up in the night and so we put her back to bed that night and the next day for her nap in the crib (which she'd shown ZERO interest in since our return) while her tent dried and now of course she loves it and wants to sleep in there every time which is really cramping the idea of putting Star in there in a few weeks.

So. . .who knows how this will all play out?

Plus, I'm not chomping at the bit to move her from the contained tent or crib into a toddler bed, and I'm not sure where Ani would take a nap while Ella does quiet time.

Anyway. . . that's more than you wanted to know about this room set-up.

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

I wanted this room to be easier to play in (and do quiet time in) than Ella's room in our old house was, where the room was always a disaster because there was no good places to store toys and crafts.

We already owned a fair amount of the furniture from our old house (although we got both of the beds after we moved back here) and I worked with Home Decorators Collection on a couple of items to make the room work better. They have a lot of fun nursery and kids' furniture and lots of good decorating inspiration on InstagramPinterest and Facebook.

This ottoman not only added a little more color to the room, but also added a lot of toy storage to the room. Plus, I always like something to put my feet on when I'm reading to the girls or nursing the baby.

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

When my mom came out for Star's birth, she brought the little pom-pom pillows for their beds, and both girls were totally disdainful of this blue one. The pink one was the only acceptable one and it was several weeks before I could even put the blue one on the bed without Ani completely losing her mind.

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

We knew Ella needed somewhere to keep her clock collection (the black clock has the (almost) real time on it so she knows when she can get up in the morning and can see it in the middle of the night, and then the white clock we set every day during quiet time to 1:00 regardless of what time it really is so she can do her two hours), plus the never-ending rotation of library books and our own books that come upstairs and downstairs, so this bookcase was the perfect solution.

It was one of those things that, as soon as we had it set up, it instantly made the room feel significantly more put together.

Also, that blue box is usually on top at the back where Ani can't reach it because Ella has filled it with all her special random treasures and lives in total fear of Ani getting into it.

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Also, when we got the bigger play table for the play room, we could move this tiny table and chair set up to this room, which has made a huge difference for Ella's quiet time. She loves doing endless art projects on it or having a place to do her puzzles while she listens to her books on CD (the CD player and the ridiculously tall stack of books on CD are behind her door).

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Of course, now she's always saying she needs a bigger table because her stuff doesn't fit on this one. It's hard to win with a four-year-old sometimes.

We'll see if and how the room sharing ends up in the next three and a half months we have left in this house, but for now, this room works really well.

Also, I hemmed those curtains the day Star was born and I'm happy on a daily basis I just finally made it happen because I know I wouldn't be getting around to it now and it looked fairly terrible when they were six inches too long and super bunchy. It's the little things that make me happy.

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

Sources:
Bookshelf: c/o Home Decorators Collection
Metal Toddler Bed: Hand-me-down from a friend
Wooden Toddler Bed: Craiglist
Sheets and Pillows: Target
Curtains: IKEA
Couch: IKEA via Goodwill
Storage Ottoman: c/o Home Decorators Collection
Decorative Pillows on Couch and Bed: Made by my Mom
Table and Chairs: IKEA
Bulletin Board: Michaels
Lamp: c/o Lamps Plus
Name Canvases: Michaels

Shared toddler bedroom with room for reading and art projects

11 comments:

  1. My third baby slept in the bassinet for 6 months so we didn't have to set up a crib for her :)

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  2. Are those their real names on the canvases? Just curious. :)

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love your clock idea! I think I need to implement that into my daughter's morning!

    I just posted about shared rooms! Anything you might want to add to my list of pros and cons?

    http://www.susanstange.com/2015/03/shared-rooms-pros-and-cons.html?m=1

    Sue

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  4. After my third was born, we had the same dilemma. My oldest would have quiet time in the baby's room, my second would nap in their shared room, and I set up the porta-crib in the second bathroom and the baby would nap there. It worked for us for quite a while.

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  5. What an adorable room! So bright! I often wonder how room sharing works out at this age (even though I always shared a room with my sister, I, of course, have no memories how this worked in real life when she was a couple months old and I was a toddler...) Seems like the logistics of it can be overwhelming, but I'm sure you and your girls will figure it out!

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  6. Such a sweet little space. I love the mini couch! It looks so comfy.

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  7. I need that bookcase in my little girl's room! It's so beautiful!

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  8. Very cute room! I really like the idea of a couch with a big ottoman like that in a shared girl's room. I think I'll steal that idea for my house.

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  9. Oh, so sweet! I just need to get over my emotional block and turn my nearly 2 year old's room into more of a toddler's room. So hard to watch how babies become big kids!

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  10. I really like the idea of a loveseat in the room! I'll have to stow that idea away. I hope to hear more once the girls are actually sharing a room. It's something I'd like to do with my kiddos.

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  11. Your girls' room is precious! and I can totally picture Ani throwing a fit over the blue pillow, because my 2-yr old would do the exact same thing. Everything must be pink for her, which does NOT make me happy. I really wanted to paint her room a pretty lavender color and get some gray and white bedding, but she insisted on PINK walls and PINK bed and PINK bedding. Ugh.

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