Back in September I wrote a sentimental post about how our office-turned-nursery was about to change again into a room for two little girls. Honestly, making the decision to sell our crib and toddler bed so we could replace them with bunk beds was incredibly difficult for me. Selling the crib was hard enough, and then I just couldn't figure out how bunk beds would fit into their tiny room at all. But I have to say that now that we're on the other side of the transition, I feel very good about it. I even think the room works better for the girls this way, even though floor space is much more limited, now. Here - you can see for yourself!
First I want to show you the original nursery layout, way back in 2007 when we were still waiting for Lena to arrive:
In 2010 when Evie was born, we had to juggle the furniture in order to accomodate a toddler bed for Lena and clothes and toys for two children. We bought the Oeuf crib on Craigslist for an almost criminally low price after Lena's crib had been recalled, and that's the crib we managed to sell just a few weeks ago without any violent sobbing on my part. It was a gorgeous crib, but was nearly obscured in our cramped little nursery:
It was a good nursery. Not perfect, but I loved it, and I loved having little babies live in it. So long, nursery. I know it makes me the biggest sap in the whole world, but I'll never forget you.
Anyway, now on to our fabulous little girls' room. Hello, bunk beds! Come on in:
The bunk beds were bought from a local dealer, and I can't say enough good things about them. They were custom made and built extremely well, and although they cost much more than the other option we were considering - buying the cheapest bunk beds available from Ikea - they were still less expensive than buying similar products from some of the major children's furniture retailers, and my hope is that these will last us all the way through college and beyond. They even separate into lovely twin beds, on the off chance that we ever live in a place with three whole bedrooms. I know, right? Dream on, Melanie!
The dresser, nightstand, and PAX closet (below, left, with the mirrored door) are all from Ikea. But you probably know that already, because I'll bet you have the same furniture in your home. Don't you?
|(Yes, that is a pale pink lampshade with rickrack detail. It is very clean, I promise.)|
So that's it! A room for two sisters. As for Lena and Eve, they love their new room, especially the bunk beds. I'd love to hear from you, though. What do you think?
bunk beds - Kids Bedrooms USA
rug - Pottery Barn Kids
wall decals - Apple Pie Design
Hemnes dresser, Hemnes nightstand, Pax closet, and Billy bookcase - IKEA
chair - Tiny World
bedspreads and lamp - Target
star sheets - Garnet Hill