When we moved into this house in 2010, I was ten days away from delivering baby number five, so unpacking boxes was a priority…but decorating? Not so much.
When I finally did start decorating, the first two spaces I wanted to work on in this house were two shared spaces… the little girls’ shared bedroom and our twin boys’ room. The older girls (who were 3 and 6 when we moved in) were happy with their new shared room. It was much bigger than their previous one, with vaulted ceilings, large closets and lots of natural light, but it lacked style and it definitely lacked organization.
Interestingly enough, my older daughter recently moved out of this room into her own ballet themed room that is currently “in progress” (paint, awaiting new French doors for closet, etc), and that baby I was due with when we moved in? She is 3 now and now shares the room you are about to see with her now 7 year old sister.
Before: (sorry there’s only one before pic–I’ve learned since to take more photos…you never know when something will turn into a blog post, right?):
Here were the problems with “before”
- Paint color made room seem dark
- No storage space for girls stuff; mainly stuffed animals, books and bags. Items kept ending up in floor. Girls kept sticking all their picturess and treasures into the wall with push pins to “decorate”.
- No cohesive theme or color scheme…no style or design
- Lots of quarreling due to one child being very neat and the other, well…not so much.
The girls (ages 5 and 8 at the time of the re-do) had a few “wishes” for the new room:
- green walls
- Fairy garden style (they didn’t want “Tinkerbell” per say, they wanted it to look like a place that fairies would like to be…English garden-esque
- A reading nook (very important to the then 8 year old)
- The younger sister wanted pink in the room; the older sister wanted it to look like a big girl room.
And Mr. Darcy and my wish list also included:
- A theme and color scheme that could make both girls happy AND be timeless ( a great thing in hindsight as this same room and theme is now shared happily by the younger two sisters though it started out shared by the older two)
- Pieces that the girls could not, would not outgrow so that we would get more bang for our remodeling buck.
Unlike Disney characters or popular commercial themes, this was a theme they would not soon outgrow. The new bedding, purchased via a clearance sale at Pottery Barn Teen, works for a 6 year old or a 16 year old.
Each piece refurnished (corner cabinet) or purchased (hanging bookcase, cream colored bean bag) can go into different themes, color schemes, or even be used in different rooms if we so choose, easily, for years to come.
- The organization pieces (bookcase, corner shelf cabinet, and pegboard rail) have been worth every penny. The girls and I use to have to pick up their room daily or be buried in clutter, books and stuffed animals. Now picking up is something they can do themselves, once a week, and the room stays looking nice in between.
- Curtains–5 total– one for the window and 2 for each closet were purchased at Target.
- (and this is the most important one) The girls loved it!