We have several needs that our second bedroom needs to accommodate; an office and place for baby to sleep. I know that there will come a time when she needs her own space, but for now we are maximizing our square footage. Hey, it’s California living and what ya gotta do, yo!
At first we worked pretty hard to make it the perfect office for me, since I work from home. Now we have made it a wonderful spot for two.
Here is an idea of what it looked like as my office:
Of course we had many other personal items that came in afterwards, but these are all the pictures I could find after we put in the bamboo floors and got all the new office furniture. I was in heaven and loved my grown up space.
When we were becoming three it was apparent that my grown up space was going to be a little smaller. I don’t mind one bit, really didn’t need all that…well, maybe the closet space was nice.
Somewhere along the pregnancy my husband came up with the idea of doing stripes on the wall. I thought it was a great idea, but not too sure how we would pull it off. Aren’t stripes supposed to be difficult? Especially the ones he wanted to do, horizontal. He was sure he wanted to do it (and I thought it was a great idea), so once we decided on the colors it was settled. During the painting he did confess he wished he hadn’t been so ambitious.However, now it looks so AMAZING! He did such a wonderful job and we both love it.
Then, we moved onto the furniture and accessories. We haven’t finished everything that we wanted to do with decorating, but decided that we didn’t really need the shelves just to prop up pictures and nicknacks. Those can come at a later date. What we did decide on was to use some of the paper lanterns from our wedding and bells from my childhood. One of them became a light and the other two decoration with the bells. I am in love with them and so happy to have that little piece of my past for our daughter.
Next we have the furniture, which we had initially wanted to be all white. We bought the crib from a neighbor and it is perfect! I decided to weave green tulle (that we didn’t use for the wedding) on the bottom to cover up the drawer and below the mattress. We have some pillows for decoration from our living room and then toys that we acquired at the shower. Aren’t they cute!?
We also have the chest of drawers, which is a piece we had in our garage. You see, when I was a kid my parents thought it was a good idea to get us a nice set of bedroom furniture. We got to pick it out and it was ours keep it once we moved out. I have to say it’s been everywhere with me: Louisville when I was a kid, my parents house outside of Philadelphia, two apartments in Philadelphia right after college, three apartments in San Diego, and now with my husband in our home. I have to agree with my folks, that it was a superb idea – thanks Mom & Dad! It isn’t white and it’s the taste of a 14 year old me, but who cares, I still love it. The sentimental value along with the cost savings outweighs matching white furniture, in my book. Don’t you think?
That’s that! What do you think?