Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GIRLS' SHARED ROOM TOUR

So, this week I am talking about finalizing nursery details. This was a big undertaking lemme tell ya, but this list kept me accountable to get the job done! Sam was thrilled that we spent all of Labor Day toiling away (he just loves my projects) and the good news is... we're still married! Jokes aside, love that man. Thank you for putting up with me Sam and for making my weekend wishes come true.
One of the biggest problems with two little girls sharing this room was the tiny and I mean tiny closet. As you can see from the before picture that basically I shoved all of their belongings in and hoped for the best. I put all of the baby's clothes in shopping bags and held my breath. My goal was to add another rack for clothes, a place to store diapers and essentials, and to give each girl two drawers of the dresser. I am SO pleased to say... mission accomplished!

Here's what we did:
  • Added a 3 ft rack below the 6 ft top rack. We ended up buying something similar to this and having it cut. Home Depot can cut it on the spot.
  • We then attached five stackable hanging baskets over to the far right for diapers, swaddling blankets, wipes, etc. In the space below is their toy bin. I'm obsessed with these. They're sturdy and much cleaner looking than other options if you have wire shelving.
  • We moved the six-cube storage unit above the shelving so that it wasn't eating up valuable hanging space. We folded sweaters, leggings, knit dresses, etc and then used the other cubbies for out of season shoes and cold weather gear.
  • An over-the-door shoe organizer now holds in season shoes, hair accessories, kitchen accessories, etc.
  • We used a wire basket from Ikea to hold the next size batch of baby clothes.

    That's it! I love looking in there. It's such a breath of fresh air. For all of the toys, art supplies, games, and dress-up clothes that were thrown in there, we used these great boxes from Ikea that fit perfectly under Matilda's bed.
    now for the room tour...
    I don't really know what my style is, but I wanted something more modern and clean for their room. Slightly Scandinavian with vintage touches. You always want a room to reflect personality, don't you think? Matilda absolutely loves playing with her tiny kitchen. This amazing vintage Babar print was a gift from my sweet friend Brittany and just yesterday Matilda spelled out alphabet. That little smarty is learning so much and growing so fast.
    I got this BlaBla mobile from their big sample sale and I'm obsessed with the pink horse. I wanted her crib to be really simple and modern. Not a lot of fuss. This lady bug sheet was a gift from a dear friend. I love them. The rocking horse was a gift for my mama made by my great grandfather. A total treasure. Also, I selfishly scooped up that horse and donkey from seed factory because I had to have them.
    Story time is such a special part of our day that I wanted to pay even more homage to our favorite books. We used 6" and 8" l-brackets as the shelves and placed the books right on top.
    Now to see that little baby in there... I can't wait! I've pinned most of the resources here if you're curious.

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  • 38 comments:

    1. You all did such a wonderful job tying the room together for Big Sister Matilda and her new little sister. I just love it. Our daughter will be three in October and we are going to move a large piece of furniture out of her room that has been used as the changing table and use the space as a larger reading nook--we're pondering shelving ideas, book shelves, etc. I enjoyed seeing so many familiar books in your girls' room. One can never get enough good books!

      Sassy in DC

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      1. thanks SO much. ooh a reading nook sounds lovely. i'm all about the kids books. clearly!

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    2. Matilda's bed is so cute. Joe will be building a little man bed for Aaron soon. Why do they grow so fast?
      I second the reading nook comment. I am glad we are able to give our love of reading to our kids.

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      1. thanks girl! how is that possible maria? sweet baby aaron! they do grow up so fast but it's all so fun and awesome.

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    3. THe room looks sooooo great! We're so jealous of your book collection!!

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    4. Eeep! I LOVE IT! You guys did a great job!

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    5. It looks amazing. So perfectly Lesley. :) I can't wait to see pics of both girls in their room!

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    6. Wow!!!
      You guys did an amazing job maximizing your space!!!
      You have very much inspired Jon and I, as far as how we would do Ella's room if/when we get blessed with another wee one!

      Well done, Grahams!! :D

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      1. thank you sweet kellee!! can't wait to see what your creative minds come up with. :)

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    7. Looks great Lesley! And I am amazed at how well you fit everything' in there! Can you come do Olivia and Amelie's when I move them together in dec?

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    8. It turned out so great! Love the closet, so glad you were able to fit most of it. And it all looks so good together.

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    9. I don't do much blog commenting, but I really really loved this post! I want to redo the babies' room now. My husband should be very worried. :)

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    10. Oh, I love it! Your girls are going to LOVE sharing a room, so sweet!

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    11. Lesley, this room is absolutely precious! You have really outdone yourself! Your girls are so lucky to have you for a Mama. :-)

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    12. um, totally amazing! i LOVE it! you really came up with some smart, space saving solutions and i love the bedding and that rug too.

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    13. You did SO good!!! Love it all and can tell each piece is chosen with care and loved in a unique way. Very eclectic and bright. I think I mentioned once before that my younger sister and I shared a room all the way through high school. If teenagers can do it, than hopefully your two little ones can make it work too! They will be the best of friends no doubt.

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    14. I love all the treasures in this room! Matilda and the little one on the way are truly blessed to have such a special space.

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    15. I love your design style for girls--sweet and unique, not too fussy, with an emphasis on the books! When I have a girl one day this nursery will definitely be inspiration for me. And I just have to say that I love the name Matilda and can't wait to hear what you've chosen for your new baby! I have a 3.5 month old son named Felix, and if we ever have a girl I will definitely be pushing for Matilda--it was my favorite book growing up and I just love the name!

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      1. thanks so much jenna!! i love the name felix, too. so great!

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    16. omgee, where did you get that beautiful rug??

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      1. so glad you like it! i got it at anthropologie ages ago.

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    17. What a sweet shared space! I came over from Design Mom and I'm so glad she linked to you because I love everything about your blog! Can't wait to keep reading....

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    18. I am obsessed! We will most likely do a joint room. I will be pinning this post for inspiration later on down the road. And I secretly wish that Elle has a sister ;) (although I'll be happy no matter what as long as its healthy)! Beautiful room!

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    19. love this room! found you via apartment therapy today. where did you find the darling alphabet blocks?

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      1. thank you! they are by a company called uncle goose. thanks for stopping by!

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    20. one more question, where did you find the tea pot and cups. i am loving your blog!

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      1. thank you SO much! so nice. the tea set is by jack rabbit. i got both the tea set and blocks at seedfactoryatlanta.com

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    21. okay, at this point i am not going to promise this is the last time i ask something, ha. i am curious how you did the hanging bookshelf thing. is that just regular track type shelf hangers from lowe's? are they white? what about the boards on them? hope litte one comes soon!

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    22. Hi Lesley, new to the blog...just adore this room!!! I wanted to ask you about Matilda's big girl bed, is it a twin or full? Did you also purchase the mattress from Ikea??? And, do you like it (quality, etc)? We are moving our daughter into a "big girl" room to make room for a new sibling. Thanks so much for your help!
      Kelley

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      1. hi Kelley! it's a twin at full size. it expands from a toddler to a twin so you need ikeas expandable mattress. I love the bed. the mattress is kind of annoying but it is what it is. congrats on the new baby!

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      2. perfect! I feel like most Ikea stuff "is what it is" lol but more than half of our furniture is from there! thanks so much ;) I think it is just what we've been looking for!

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    23. Sorry, one more question...I found the bed on our local craigslist. Do you think it would take a spray painting ok?? I'd love to paint it pink or another fun color!

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    24. sequin dresses will never be outdated. They are so beautiful and cute that girls go crazy for them. They look so fabulous.

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