If you can answer that question please come live with us for the next month.
You may remember our bedroom conundrum a few months ago? Well I’ve decided to go ahead and give Eloise her own room for her ninth birthday, which is exactly a month from today.
I’ve agreed to this with certain terms understood between all parties(this is where I pretend to be a lawyer):
1. Eloise is not allowed to close her door to keep her sisters out
2. We cannot afford new furniture so we need to make a design that works with what is in the house
3. We will paint – but I still get some veto/gentle-nudging towards better colors power
4. There will be no peace sign comforters or peace signs upon the walls. Now I love peace. Especially World Peace. But Peace signs from Justice make me want to gag. A random peace sign pillow is acceptable. But not made of fur or faux fur. 😉
5. We need to figure out how to decorate her room AND set-up a decent room for her sisters to share all within a budget of $500
6. There will be no other big type birthday or Christmas gifts – this IS their gift.
7. If Esther has a sleep over – Eloise must give Esther her room for the night OR take Astrid into her room so Esther can accommodate a guest in her room. Or I sleep in the living room with everyone and no one sleeps which is all kinds of awesome.
8. These terms can change at anytime based on any whim I get or I can change my mind because I’m the mom and well, just because I’m the mom.(i.e. no backtalk from the peanut gallery)
Our bedrooms are small. We have a 100 year old home and both of the kid bedrooms measure about 11×11 or actually 10×10 for Astrid’s current nursery. It would be ideal to get a loft bed but that is just not going to happen right now – maybe in the future – as we just need to deal with what we have. I have also been scouring thrift and antique stores trying to find other inexpensive furnishings.
Here is the current configuration and planned configuration of the room Eloise and Esther now share. They sleep on a pulled out trundle bed which takes up almost the entire room. Eloise will keep the trundle but push it back into a single. She now has my desk from college, an old ugly bookshelf we need to paint and she wants some kind of bean bag or lounge chair that we need to buy to make a reading area. We also need to buy/build some shelves and bulletin board areas. The bulletin board Eloise picked out from PBTeen was $405 – HA! (crazy – not happening unless we win the lottery tonight – also crazy – a $400 cork board – really?)
Here are some color palettes we are looking at – turquoise/purple, turquoise/pink, turquoise/white – and some inspiration rooms from Pinterest.
So we need to buy:
Esther will move into Astrid’s room. Their room unfortunately is probably going to be unfinished and odd. For now we will leave Astrid in her crib or move her to an Ikea toddler bed that we still have from Esther, and haul up a very old bamboo daybed from our office for Esther to use. Esther would love us to find some kind of desk for them to use and also of course wants a lounge area and a place for books. So I’m looking for an old desk/vanity and will buy them some lounge bean bags and a small bookshelf and of course we need to paint. At this point I am not sure we will swing bedding to match until Astrid moves out of her crib and we will probably have to get bunk beds to have any space in this tiny room.
Here is the current and future configurations and some of the color palettes Esther has asked for – Blues/pinks, Blueish greens/reds
This weekend I will take pictures of ‘before’ and will document our progress.
Trying to do this on a strict budget is already frustrating and emotional as I know they want these super special places – but I like the challenge and hope we can find some fun finds at local thrift stores. I also sew – so I can make duvet covers and pillow covers if we find some fabric that works.
I would love any tips you have for designing on a dime. Resources? Experience? Local shops in the Twin Cities that I should check out? Someone’s phone number at HGTV? Maybe I need to call my friend, Ree?
Anyway, thank you for joining us on this design journey. And I assume this will give me some great experience for when they are teens and want a room redo and then hormones are involved and we all end up crying. Joy.