Two weeks ago, I got it in my head that I wanted to switch the kids' rooms around. Lucy's old room was a tiny bedroom in the middle of our hallway, right next to the front door which was always slamming and waking her up. She was too close to the rest of the house and all the thumping and rowdiness that comes with two big boys. The boys' old room was right next door to Lucy's. It was a huge bedroom in the back corner of the house, which made it very quiet since it was so far away from the activity of the rest of the house. Plus, the boys' room was much too big for them; they only slept in their room, and rarely played in it. It seemed obvious that switching the rooms was the way to go.
Mark agreed, so we worked like mad people in a single afternoon to dissemble the bunk bed, crib, and switch everything around. A few days later, this was the result: Baby Land.
That's what we are calling this room because it is so stinkin' adorable that I want to move my bed in and live there. I love this room because it is bright and fresh. It's feminine and sweet without being garishly pink and girly. We plan to foster-adopt another girl within the next two years, so it makes sense to have a bigger space for a crib and a toddler bed, along with all the stuff that goes with a baby and a toddler or two toddlers. It also doubles as a guest room once we move some things around and blow up an air mattress. We had weekend guests and it worked out wonderfully (Lucy slept in Mark's office).
We already had most of the stuff that went into this room. The only thing I bought was the leaf above the crib, the curtains (both from Ikea) and these super cute wall decals from SkipHop.
Changing table and dresser conveniently hidden inside the closet.
Major props go to my mother-in-law for the idea of hanging Lucy's dresses on the wall clothesline-fashion. It's one of my favorite things about the room.
The boys are happy with the move. We had talked with them a while back about switching the bedrooms, so they knew it was somewhere in their future. Their new room is just big enough for their bunk bed, dresser, and small toy bin, and a bit of floor space for stretching out and reading books or working on their projects. But really, they spend the bulk of their day either in the kitchen with me, the living room, or outside, so their room is more of a resting place. In this room, the rug is from Pottery Barn (via Craigslist for us!) and the curtains are actually a duvet cover from Ikea made into curtains by Mark's grandma.