We planned for our second child about the same time our older daughter was ready to move into a regular bed. Since we wanted to re-use the nursery furniture, we opted to move Alyssa into a different room with new (to her) furniture. In order to completely separate Alyssa's transition from the new baby's arrival, we put together her new room as a surprise for Christmas, and Zoe was due in late May. That worked very well for us; Alyssa's didn't associate her new room with her baby sister at all.
We based the color scheme for Alyssa's room on a beautiful play quilt that my extremely talented Mom made for Alyssa when she was a newborn. Her previous room had been pastel pink, green, yellow and purple and I wanted to incorporate some brighter colors into a similar color scheme (so we could re-purpose her curtains, but more on that in a minute!). This was perfect!
Then I found these canvas prints and pillows at Target and they coordinated perfectly!
We chose a white bed and trundle that can also be made into bunk beds with the purchase of a second bed, in case we ever decide to have the girls share. We repainted the dresser and nightstand from my teenage bedroom white for use in her room, and painted the walls a soft lavender. I chose a quilted coverlet that is bright pink on one side and lighter pink on the other side and simple lavender bedding, all of which could stay in the room with different accessories as she gets older if we choose.
My super talented Mom also helped transform the window-length curtains she had made for Alyssa's nursery into a coordinating valance for the new room by shortening them and adding custom appliqued flowers in brighter colors to tie in with the accessories in the room.
Someday we'll add a hang-up bar for clothes, but right now the closet is all about toys storage. We use natural bins from IKEA to covertly stash toys all over our house, including here in the closet. Dolls and doll clothes go in a slightly larger basket and vehicles are parked here as well. The top shelf gives Mommy a little extra storage for over-sized items. We'll put the doors on sometime when the girls are both a bit bigger, but for now it is easier access with them off (and they still haven't been sanded or painted, to be honest!).
At the end of her bed, Alyssa also has a play area where her imagination can really run wild. Since she loves to help her Daddy works on cars, she spends just as much time at the workbench fixing things as she does playing in the kitchen - so awesome!
This room has all the different areas a pre-school girl needs. How do you coordinate the sections of your children's rooms?
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