Thursday, November 15, 2012

from nursery to bunk beds

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:

(And I thought I had limited space then!  Ha!)

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:

(I don't really recommend hanging pictures over a bed in Southern California. Even though Jimmy is earthquake-proof-crazy, I still worried constantly that they would fall on Lena. This is why we used wall decals over the crib in the first place.)

We've been giving the girls a piece of artwork on each birthday, and I've loved that, but I think we're going to have to begin a different tradition soon. There just isn't much wall space left.  Jimmy never liked my idea of buying them one of a set of crystal glasses on each birthday, and Lena has been asking for a charm bracelet.  Any other good ideas?

(The two little prints in the middle are April and October from Sarah Jane Studios, and I adore them.)

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?

This is the only bit of layout I don't like - this passage is so narrow. But the girls haven't complained, and one day when that chair moves on it won't be quite so bad. For now, we're still reading the girls bedtime stories and giving them cuddles in that chair, and I'll give up floor space for those things any day of the week.

I really, really wanted to keep the fairy branch wall decal in view, and am so happy this layout worked out.  I'm still not tired of them.

(Yes, that is a pale pink lampshade with rickrack detail.  It is very clean, I promise.)

Admittedly, the Amelie poster is mine, (a gift from Jimmy), but it looks so good in the girls' room that I can't help myself.

New art wall for the girls!   I think I can fit one or two more up there...  Let's see if I can identify these prints for you, though.  The gorgeous bird prints are from Gennine D. Zlatkis.  The sweet Rapunzel and Princess & the Pea prints are limited editions from Heather Ross.  The Paris photograph in the center is from Eye Poetry Photography, and I'm so sorry you can't see it better here because I love it, so I linked directly to that one.  The fantastic square prints - the princess and the narwal, are from Rebecca Artemisa.  The dreamy elephant with balloons piece is from Coco de Paris, and the perfect Amy Butler butterfly cutout is from Ish and Chi.  If you have any questions about any of these, just message me.

I labored over choosing the girls' bedding, but I'm very happy with this.  The lavender quilt is from Target and was very affordable, also as a bonus it doesn't make my head spin (as so many options for kids bedding do).  The star sheets are from Garnet Hill, so I know they're comfortable and will last.  And since I waited to buy them on sale, they didn't even break the bank.  Bedding success!

Evie's shelf, for the most part.  The baby photo is mine, the doll was mine when I was little, and the pottery was made by a good friend of ours for Lena, but the cup, block, figurine and thimble are all Eve's.

Lena's shelf.  Again, the photo is of me and my dad, but the rest is hers.  The yellow mug was a gift from my mom and dad, delivered to me at my old office with white and yellow daisies in it the day after we'd told them we were expecting our first baby.

My Grandma Shannon made this quilt, and I love having it in my daughters' room. She would have loved those girls so much.

Jacket storage behind the bedroom door. Sadly, that wonderful Giant Robot print is about to be replaced with a Tinker Bell poster.  It's a crime, really.  The seafoam is made out of bunnies!  But it's their room and the Tinker Bell poster is cute, too, so I think we can deal.  And I'll keep that Giant Robot print in hopes that one day the girls will grow out of Tinker Bell and learn to love ironic tributes to famous Japanese woodblock prints as much as I do...

Fairy decals.  I still adore these.

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


lisa said...

really lovely, Melanie! You've done a great job! I love the shelves and the artwork :) There are many years we've bought each child a special book on their birthday, and signed the front of it with a special message. They'll always have it, and books don't take up much space. :) Thanks for sharing this!

Jennifer said...

I love all the thought you put into the room. It's beautiful!

melanie said...

Thank you, ladies! Lisa, I love the book idea. I think that might be a contender for future birthdays!

Mom said...

I agree with Jennifer, Melanie, about all the love and thought that went into every aspect of the room. It may not be very big, but every inch of it is filled with thought and purpose. You are such a good Mom! Love you!

mark said...

Color was so nice i love all the thought you put into the room. It's beautiful!thanks for sharing see more

melanie said...

Thank you so much, everyone!!