So she turns nine this summer and I can type it easier than I can say it. We’ve been noticing a few things that she’s outgrowing in the room – the biggest thing is her little table and chairs that sit in the middle of the rug. The table stays piled with projects and books and homework and only gets cleared off when it starts to drive me nuts. She works instead on the floor, on the edge of her bed, on a lap desk somewhere else. She’s just too tall to fit there anymore.
I also have been reluctant to consider a larger bed in her room because it’s not a huge room, and a twin bed gives her more room to pull out toys and play. But she’s getting bigger as well, and I don’t think she’s going to be comfortable in a twin bed for the long haul. (Have you seen her dad? She’s going to be tall, no doubt.) We got the latest Land of Nod catalog about a week ago and there’s a new bed in there that caught my eye (and her dad’s, and E’s). The wheels started turning and I’m thinking that the number nine might usher in some new changes to her room.
- a custom made desk by her dad that fits to the top of the kneewall in the front of the room
- a new aqua chair like in the mood board (we already own 4 – I snagged a set off Craigslist right before Christmas)
- a full size bed and mattress – I have samples of the red and aqua beds coming
- one of my grandmother’s quilts – I don’t have a photo of it, but it’s way more gorgeous than the stand in’s on the mood board. It’s predominantly white, with square borders made up of vintage fabrics – mostly primary colors and lots of reds
- that gnome light to sit on the knee wall or desk (E loves gnomes, and that looks like a fun birthday present)
- a lot of the books will move downstairs to the new library wall, so that should free up some space on that front wall
- her current twin bed will go into storage for F – it will look great in her room one day once she’s old enough to be trusted to stay in her bed – I’m thinking twelve, thirteen years…
- I’ll leave most of the artwork in her room like the flowers on the knee wall, and the mantel will stay the same, but maybe change out the map at some point with a more detailed vintage school looking one. I’d love to incorporate one of Famille Summerbelle’s city paper cuts as well (that’s the Paris one in the mood board)
- and I love Laura Gunn’s fabrics – anything with those red poppies would be gorgeous in there
So there are some thoughts on how this room might evolve from a nursery to a kid’s room to a bigger kid’s room. Thoughts? Ideas? Just don’t tell her about it!