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When we moved into the Greenfield Remodel, it was our second move in the last 18 months. More than that, we were moving into a complete construction zone. I suppose that’s just the nature of what we do – one of those temporary but necessary sacrifices. Our girls are still young and extremely resilient about these types of changes. Nonetheless, I wanted to ensure they had their own (finished) space in the midst of renovation chaos.
The girls’ shared bedroom was the first construction-free zone at the Greenfield Remodel. In fact, when we first moved in, all four of us shared this space for several weeks – the girls in their beds and us on a mattress on the floor. Granted, every morning I’d wake up to all four of us together on our queen-size mattress.
Honestly, it’s one of my sweetest, most dear memories – one I never want to forget.
While the rest of the house was in complete disarray, this shared bedroom was our sanctuary. It was our calm in the midst of a proverbial storm, and I can’t help but note the similarities between that and life in general.
Despite this room being the first finished space, I’ve been putting off photographing and sharing it for a long, long time. “I just need to finish that one thing…,” I keep telling myself.
Oh, the woes of being a perfectionist…
There’s something so daunting about publishing a room tour – when you know the space will change 20 times in the next couple months. But knowing my current workload, a couple months could easily turn into half a year. So, in an attempt to defy my debilitating perfectionist tendencies, and to inspire you to do the same, I’m giving you a tour of the shared bedroom as it is – in all of its perfectly imperfect glory.
There’s another equally-important reason this room holds such significance to me.
Ever since I first found out that our second child would be a girl, I’ve dreamed of our daughters sharing a room.
Isn’t it just the sweetest thought? Two sisters just 18 months apart, growing up so close – in every sense of the word. I pray to God this shared bedroom helps foster a lifelong friendship and unbreakable bond.
First, let me tell you about my favorite piece in this room – or possibly our entire house. I spent months, quite possibly years, searching for the perfect antique armoire. I had this vision in my mind of it housing their dress-up clothes and accessories and being sort of this magical, transformative wardrobe – something like The Chronicles of Narnia.
I’m so ecstatic to have scored this beauty on Facebook Marketplace. Let’s just overlook the fact that it took me years to find it, ha!
It’s from England, which is a story in and of itself – one I may share at a later time. What’s more, the seller was so sweet; she shared stories of how she and her husband bought it at an antique shop when they first married. Of course, stories like that make items like this all the more special.
The girls love having their “ballerina” dresses all in one spot; ballet is their ultimate obsession, so any princess-like dress is a “ballerina” dress in their book.
The two bottom drawers of the armoire house all toys from our latest rotation. I’ve shared about the toy rotation concept many times throughout the years, but if you’d like more info, check out this post.
This space has quickly become the family hangout room. Although there are several projects here and there I’d like to complete in this room, we adore it as is and spend so much time here on the daily. It’s a space that’s enjoyed by littles and adults alike. I love hosting play dates here and sharing this magical space with our friends.
One of these days I’ll hang our copper bookshelves behind the bedroom door, and maybe even create a comfy little reading nook where the pile of balloons currently live. I’m also hoping to find a secondhand indoor swing to hang in the space where the Nugget currently sits. Wouldn’t that be fun?!
I need to find a bigger rug, too, and to expand the kitchen area a little more by adding a peg rail, maybe a fridge or some sort of pantry for additional storage. As you can see, I love thrifting interesting copper dishes, baskets and pots for the girls’ collection.
The blush canopy will probably end up coming down. It’s been with us several years and has lost its novelty with the girls. It’s only ever enjoyed when their friends come over – but perhaps that’s reason enough to keep it up.
As much as I’d love to wallpaper the ceiling, or paint scallops on the walls, I had to keep in mind that we’re in this house for a short time. In case you’re new here, the Greenfield Remodel is one of our investment properties. As soon as we’re done updating it and making it beautiful (hopefully later this spring), we’ll be listing it on the market.
So with that in mind, I had to get creative in terms of design. I chose mainly “renter-friendly” decor so as to not have to remodel the entire space a couple months down the road. We’ve already done so much to this space – all new hardwood floors, new paint, new fixtures, etc. Check out the “before” tour of this house to see a true comparison.
I added lots of playful elements throughout their space – the elaborate train tracks (we have 2 sets), star decals, a star garland, paper flowers that we made together, and a peg rail with all the pretty things. My favorite item on the peg rail is the tiny birdhouse; the girls are convinced that a family of lady bugs lives there.
To me it’s a constant reminder of children’s innocence and purity.
Another fun element is the light fixture, the “Eris” from Kichler Lighting.
The ceiling height here is a standard 8 feet, so I couldn’t do an elaborate chandelier. At the same time, I didn’t want to go with a boring option; it is a kids’ space, after all. This crystal and polished nickel semi-flush option is equal parts fun and pretty. It casts the coolest shapes on the ceiling when turned on!
I’m working on assembling a roundup of pretty semi-flush lighting options for you – Lord knows I’ve spent an eternity combing through the Internet for all the projects we have going on. So stay tuned for that.
The rest of the items here are pretty standard – beds, a dresser that I updated the hardware on (read about that here), a kid-size table for crafts or tea parties, a play kitchen – items you’d expect to find in a girls’ shared bedroom.
What I love most about the girls’ matching Jenny Lind beds (besides how stylish and budget-friendly they are!) is that the crib can easily be converted into a toddler bed with the help of an extension. Our older daughter has the toddler version, and our younger daughter is still in the crib. Yet I’m able to create this nice symmetry in the room, which you know I love.
So, what do you think of the girls’ shared bedroom + playroom?
I hope this space inspires you to see interior design as more than just pretty rooms. Our surroundings have a big effect on our moods, our emotions, our behavior, our relationships and our lives in general. That’s why a kids’ room, of all the spaces, is so much more than “just a room.”
I’ve included all the source links below, and I’ll be sharing a video tour on IGTV later on, so tune in there for that! Let me now if you have any questions or if there’s anything I missed!
Thank you to Kichler Lighting for kindly sponsoring this post. All writing and opinions are always my own and never influenced by gifted products or any type of compensation. Thanks for supporting the brands that make FOXYOXIE.com possible!
Shop the Room, by Category:
DECOR: Light fixture | Star decals | Peg board | Rug (discontinued) | Russian alphabet print | Waffle print blanket (thrifted) | Kids bedding sets | Pom pom pillow covers | Baskets (thrifted) | Paper flowers (DIY) | Lucite and chrome dresser pulls
TOYS: Pink ballerina tulle skirt | Train tracks | Trains | Dollhouse | Blue ballerina dress | Blush ballerina dress | Copper kitchen accessories (thrifted) | Play food | Play kitchen utensils | Vintage doll crib (thrifted)
Looking for more inspiration? Check out the following posts about kids’ spaces:
- Playroom Tour + Design Inspired by Montessori Ideas
- Wooden Wall Art and Decor for the Playroom (or Nursery
- Multi-Purpose Baby Shower (or Birthday Party) Decor that Can Transition to the Nursery or Playroom
- Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Playroom Redesign: The Reveal
- The Sweetest Nursery Reveal You’ve Ever Seen