|Miss C's old room|
After A LOT OF thought, we decided the kids should, at least at this point in time, have their own bedrooms. Miss C has a lot of toys that are a chocking hazard for little A and, as we will not be setting up an official play room, we decided to house all these toys in her bedroom.
Speaking practicality wise, A still naps quite a lot (fingers and toes crossed this continues) and I would really like Miss C to be able to have her own "quiet time" in her own room. I find that kids these days spend too much time with adults and generally in organized activities. When I think back to my own childhood, I used to spend a lot of time playing independently or together with my younger brother. And I'm hoping to recreate a happy environment for a few hours of independent play. We also have some sibling rivalry going on and I think it would be good for Miss C to have a place to call her own.
So, anyway, back to the bedroom. I have a few goals in mind: (1) use what we already have; (2) make it as practical as possible; (3) make it at least a little girly (my kid LOVE flowers, ruffles, pink, you name it) but in a way that will not make me want to poke my eyes out.
You might remember I toyed with the idea of ordering a roman blind from Tonic Living for this room. I even chose the fabric. But things never felt quite right. I wasn't sure if I wanted a functional roman blind, or a faux one. I didn't know if I wanted it flat or relaxed, and if I wanted banding. The price was also a sticking point for me. I wasn't sure I wanted to spend on custom window treatments for a room that my little girl might want to re-do in a few years. And, God forbid, if we end up moving(no we're not planning to move, but with us, you just never know), the roman blind (unlike regular curtains) will not be able to come with us.
Sorry for going on a tangent, but I just have to mention the dollhouse. It took me forever to choose one because of the type of play I wanted to happen as a result of it. While fairly expensive, the dollhouse I chose is gender neutral so both kids can play with it. It is expensive enough that we will be collecting pieces for the house for a few years to come (which is great to teach my kid to wait, instead of instant gratification). It focuses on family, there is a mom/dad/sister/brother dolls, PLUS grandma and grandpa, PLUS baby twins. And it doesn't make me want to poke my eyes out, which is always a bonus. So if you're in the market for a dollhouse pool all your gift resources together(which is what we did) and get this dollhouse.
In the spirit of working with what you got we will be using our current master bedroom night stands as a makeshift dresser. This idea came about for a few reasons. I am not ready to decide on a long term dresser for this room without buying her a new bed. So far, she's pretty happy with her toddler bed. Once A is ready for a toddler bed, we will get C a new bed and he will inherit the old one. And I think it would be smart to wait and get the bed and dresser together. I also really want new nightstands for the master as the ones we have right now were a stand-in. Win win? I don't know yet, we will how things settle once we move in.
So this is the plan so far. As I said at the beginning, hope I haven't jinxed anything by posting it. It's happened too many times before.