The Girls' Room: Before and After

We have moved more furniture around in the girl's room than we have ever moved furniture around in our life. Part of the problem is that the room is small, and both the radiator and windows take up some of the wall space. The other part of the problem is that we were originally trying to fit Reese's twin bed and Charlie's crib in the room ( we knew fitting a dresser in the room was out of the question). These are obviously essentials, but tricky in a small space.  I googled "shared toddler/baby rooms" a lot and could only find a few photos. We tried all sort of configurations (parallel, name it) and nothing seemed to work. I didn't want the crib by the window because of the blinds/curtains, and with the twin by the window Reese seemed to stay up all hours of the night just looking out the window. We finally resorted to putting the crib in the middle of the room at night and moving it back against the wall in the day. Not ideal. In all honesty I sort of gave up on the room.....UNTIL I found this Oeuf loft bed on craigslist for a deal. It single-handedly transformed the space.


Below is the horrific before shot. Here you can really see how small the room is....and how much paint Reese had chipped off her bed (for the 6th time or so!). Connor also gets a rare appearance on the blog.


 Our home has about five of these book case/radiator covers, and I am kind of in love with them.


I've recently started framing a few pieces Reese's abstract art, because I want her to see that she can create something beautiful and I want her to see the value in creating. She is SO proud of them, and is quick to show them off to visitors. The deer print is a favorite byEleni Paper Co.


 The curtains. The designer in me is annoyed that they are at the wrong length (higher please!), but the renter in me is trying not to poke holes in these walls unnecessarily, and the windows already had the hardware built in when we moved into the house. I'm trying to respect that- we will see how long that lasts.


I visited my friend Brittany and she had her books arranged in a crate for her daughter and I loved the simple idea since we don't have any wall space for shelves.


That guard rail came with the craigslist purchase, I think technically it's for the twin bed underneath the loft, but I think we are going to use it up top for a LONG time. 


Can you tell I had helping hands in the photo shoot? I spy a purple water bottle that made its way into the shot.


That's it! The room I hated the most has been transformed into a space where we love to spend time. What a difference a month makes!