The main road block to my sharing was that their room resembled a FEMA disaster zone for some time, and I was way too embarrassed to show you pictures of the destruction. You might have thought we let a pack of baby wolverines loose in there!
After some decluttering and primping over the weekend, I decided to show you guys the beginning stages of their room.
The room the girls share was Michaela Byrd's, and the window treatments (I'll show you another day) were a really pretty color combo of purples, blue, yellow, and green. When I saw twin bedding sets in Target (on sale!) that coordinated with our Waverly fabric to a "T," I just knew I had to snatch them up.
Of course, before I could snap any pictures, I had to fix the blankets. And to fix the blankets nicely enough for photos, I had to pull the bed out. (Have you ever tried making a top bunk? It is close to impossible. Fyi, those ugly blue things are their music boxes, which they refuse to part with.)
This is what greeted me:
A newborn sized clog (?!), clothing tags, MY old stuffed animal, doll clothes, books, and lots of dust.
And that was just the beginning. Because I am easily distracted, I forgot all about taking pictures of the bunk beds and just started chucking stuff into piles left and right.
There were enough books under the bed to retrofit a small library, and I filled two trash bags with just junk. See?
Why, yes, that is a child-size golf club sticking out of that bag. Because no girls' room would be complete without a plastic putter that is bent in half.
I won't even speak of the bookshelves or dresser because I am still so traumatized. When I recovered sufficiently from the shock, I was ready to take some more photographs of the bedding.
The room stays pretty chilly because the pull-down attic stairs are in there, so I layered the end of each bed with a blanket.
Natalie's was a gift from my aunt. I love items with a personal touch or family history:
Michaela Byrd's was a Salvation Army find that matched the purple in the bedding perfectly. (It was cleaned very very well before we put it to use) I hate that someone "threw it out", but I love that we have something so pretty!
There's not much going on up on the walls yet, but I did score some fab lighting on my last IKEA Shopping Trip. The wall lamps are a muted apple green, and they coordinate so nicely! I think they were $16 a pop.
Michaela Byrd sleeps on the bottom bunk, so T screwed hers right into the bed frame:
There was plenty of room on the top bunk, so Natalie's went into the dry wall.
Hers is a particular life saver because she likes waking up at the crack of dawn, and was waking her sister up out of boredom. Now she knows she can grab a book and flip her light on until the rest of the house begins to stir.
They think their lights are the coolest!
I think we're off to a decent start now that I've done some decluttering. We have a long way to go, but the girls are enjoying the roommate life.
And lest you think I am some cold mother who forces her children to live a lonely, stuffed animal-less existence, I can assure you otherwise. The children and their menageries happily coexist here...without any wolverines.
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*Linking to Leslie's Purge Party at Goodbye, House! Hello, Home! and Sarah's Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick.