At The Nest

There’s nothing like the joy of a toy-filled Christmas… to make me reassess our home organization- specifically the kids bedrooms. Oh, the inspirational clutter of packaging,ย Lego pieces and Barbie clothes. Although to be fair, I’ve been contemplating a plan to take down the nursery for a while. We are fortunate to live in a home that provides 5 bedrooms upstairs, which gives each of our kids their own room. Except, one of the rooms is significantly smaller than the others. When my grandparents built this home, they had six children in mind. Their oldest son was given the smallest room, but the trade off was that he didn’t have to share. The only daughter in the family was given her own room, and the other two bedrooms were shared by two boys each. When we first bought this home, my desire was to turn that smaller room into an upstairs laundry area (dreamy sigh). However, when baby number four arrived, it was the perfect solution for the nursery. Now that he had outgrown the crib, it was time for another transformation. Originally I thought of one of those cute raised beds, which offers more floor space or a little area for a desk.ย Then in a stroke of brilliance (possibly overstated) it came to me… the youngest two boys could share a room and I could turn the smaller room into their own personal play area!

It worked out well considering my youngest son received a wooden train table for Christmas, that wouldn’t have conveniently fit in his room with a twin sized bed. (And I really didn’t want it in my living room). I must admit, that my motives might have also been a little selfish- in that I was hopeful the two boys might be more apt to sleep through the night in their own room if they weren’t alone. I think that’s actually why my second-youngest son was so keen on the suggestion. Well that, and the promise of a play room.

I wanted their playroom to reflect their bedroom somewhat, so I kept the blue and white theme with the curtains and toy box. The boys’ bedroom was easy to complete, we just had to steal their sister’s bed frame; which originally was part of a bunk bed set that she split with her brother. As luck would have it, Pottery Barn Kids still carried the striped quilt to match the other. (Well actually to make it a perfect match I need to wash it a couple more times.)

Thankfully, I still had my old bed frame in the basement. And I finally made my first Wayfair purchase! I ordered a made in the USA pillow top mattress, shipped to my front door for free! (Which sure beats trying to slide one over the top of my kids heads in the minivan. Hurray!)

I think the best part of this whole undertaking was the car load of items we were able to drop off at Goodwill, and the broken toys,ย odds, and ends we kicked to the curb. Sayonara!

(And if you’re wondering, the “Sadie’s Nest” pillows were a thoughtful Christmas gift to me from my parents created at collage.com)

23 comments

  1. This is awesome, Sadie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your idea for the play room … such a fun idea! And … I LOVE your “Sadie’s Nest” pillows … what a FUN gift!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you Anna ๐Ÿ˜Š It has been fun watching all of the kids enjoy the play room. And the pillows were such a sweet surprise! My family has been so supportive of my blog. โค

    1. Yes they do… and those sharp little plastic corners hurt when stepped on! We have tried to keep most of the Lego pieces in my oldest son’s room (not shown) because of choking hazards. But now that my middle son is interested in them we are headed toward uncharted waters. I imagine them to take over the whole upstairs. Thanks Van ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Love the rooms! You still need a light saber rack for possibly the largest collection of light sabers this side of the Death Star.

  3. The rooms look great! I like the way you photographed the twin beds, with one being viewed in the mirror. I won’t ask if that was intentional, I’m sure it was!

  4. Absolutely adorable๐Ÿ˜And yes I was wondering where you got those cool pillows-what a great gift!!! All the rooms turned out so cute; you have a beautiful home:) (P.S. Isn’t it so fun shopping for playroom accessories?? The kids’ rooms are always my favorite to decorate ๐Ÿ˜Š)

  5. Love those pillows Sadie, so sweet! I have been doing the same thing. My son told me,he thinks I have moved around the whole house, lol! I love your ideas and that picture in the playroom is awesome!

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