If I had to pick a favorite room in my house…this is it. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s airy, there’s splashes of color (but not too much color,) it’s whimsical, but it is also peaceful and cozy. What began as our “guest room,” turned into Hadley’s room when Sadie was born, and with Reese coming into our lives, it turned into Hadley and Sadie’s shared room (this room has been through a lot! 😆 ) I have such fond memories of Aaron and I turning this into Hadley’s room–focusing more on making it a canvas that could unfold as she grew. We didn’t need to change much when Sadie moved in, other than rearranging a few things when we added her bed into the room, including some photos of her, and moving her clothes into the dresser and closet.
About a year ago, we transitioned Hadley into her twin bed. Yes, she had been in a crib until about three, but with the side gate removed. 🙂 It was such a fun milestone letting her pick out her bedding, going with the adorable rainbow sheets. I chose a white quilt to tie it together, so that when the time comes for different sheets, it can easily transition with such a neutral piece (plus, who doesn’t love white bedding!?)
Since we have an upstairs playroom right next to their bedroom, we wanted to avoid having toys in it. To keep with the calming feel of the room, we wanted to have a reading nook for the girls to have access to their books whenever they want. With open bookshelves (we cut Ikea photo ledges to the size of our preference,) a basket of books I change out (the ottoman also stores books,) and a chair that is just their size, it’s a conducive and happy part of their room to relax. I cannot believe how much use that little chair has gotten, as I see at least each child reading on it every day. At night, we love to sit in the big, white chair and read two stories, a part of our bedtime routine.
We restored the dresser and nightstand that was handed down to us by Aaron’s grandma. When I say “we,” I mean very-pregnant Christie had the vision of which shade of white as well as the hardware (I LOVE the faceted glass knobs,) while Aaron so kindly and patiently made the vision come to life. A major lesson when painting furniture white: go with the best and highest quality paint possible (which ended up being Kelly Moore for us,) as you need this when painting furniture white (some paint scratches, some never dries…who knew!?) Anyways, we love how these transformed into fresh pieces of furniture that still had a vintage feel to them.
While Sadie’s crib is identical to the one in our nursery, it is an older model that has the option of removing a side. I actually got it on Craigslist; Aaron gave it a fresh coat of paint, and it looked good as new. When the time came that she needed to have the side removed (why must they learn to climb out of their cribs!? ha!) we were a bit uncertain with what to do, since she was much younger than Hadley was for this milestone. The poor thing would somehow roll over any pillows or pool noodles we had stuffed under her fitted sheet, that I was just about ready to put the crib gate back up. I was initially planning to get a Dockatot for Reese to have, but when I opened it, Sadie immediately showed interest. I hadn’t thought about it for a toddler (even though this one is specifically for ages 9 months to 3 years,) but it was worth a try! I put it in her bed, and she’s never fallen out of her bed since. She. Loves. It. I think it adds a degree of comfort and safety to her bed, especially as she continues to transition being in a “big kid” bed. Plus, Reese will get plenty of use out of it once Sadie outgrows it. 😉 We’ve even taken it on trips and to her grandparents for sleepovers, and it helps her to feel like a little bit of home is with her (thus making for better sleep!) 🙂
One of my happiest memories about designing this room was picking out and creating the art for it. I got to watercolor paint the floral piece in the gallery wall, as well as the little bird atop the bookshelves. I even went outside of my typical style and had fun making a collage of colors to tie in the room’s hues with up-cycled paint swatches. One of the girls’ favorite pieces of furniture is the quilted frame, where we switch out photos of family members, fun pictures, or anything special they’d like to have on display (I’ve even seen photos from our wedding that Hadley put up there, ha!)
All in all, I never knew how enjoyable it would be to get to create this space for my daughters. It is a room I’ve watched them dance around in their dress-up clothes, read stories, snuggle up together in bed, and begin and end their days in. In just it’s short time, it is a room that has been filled with some of the happiest memories I hold in my heart. Thank you for reading and for letting me share this special space with you. 🙂