If you've been following us for awhile, you'll know that the girls have always slept in creative bed rooms. When we first moved into this San Diego House, they slept in this space in the main bedroom.
In the studio they again slept in a closet. And on the boat? They had the quarter berth.
While we don't bedshare (nothing against those who do, it just isn't for us), we do co-sleep (the definition of co-sleeping being sleeping in the same room as our kids), and after five and a half years of having our kids within site of us as we slept, it was time to switch things up.
We turned the office/guest room into the girls' new bedroom.
Everyone is loving the transition. The girls have their own room to play in, and their own place to go for alone time when they want it or need it.
Eric and I have our bedroom blissfully to ourselves.
It's been a long time, baby.
I took the closet door down, added book shelves on either side of it, and turned it into a reading nook.
Instead of using the closet to store clothes, I got one of these Ikea kids' dressers instead. Each drawer is organized by shirt/pants/pjs, etc, and the girls put away their own clothes when laundry is clean.
The official Women Who Sail burgee hangs proudly in their room. One day it will hang from our new boat.
The piano is a hand-me-down from our friend Taylor. The girls spend a lot of time making music.
I asked my friend Victoria of Red Wave Creative to help me design the text poster. It is from a Serbian proverb, but I added the line about water. I thought it suited us more.
Be humble, you are made of earth.
Be fluid, you are made of water.
Be noble, you are made of stars.
And those awesome mermaid decals? They were a gift from our friend John. He is like the dad I don't have. Thank you, John.
This is how the girls reacted when they saw the mermaids for the first time.
The mermaids are art from the Sarah Jane Studios' fabric line called Out to Sea. I'm currently using the fabric to make the girls their own quilts. The mermaids on the walls will match the mermaids on their quilts; I die with the cuteness.
Here's a a sneak peek of the quilts before they are quilted to the batting and back fabric.
The bedding is all custom designed by yours truly. We used the same mattress I had made for the space in our bedroom and then I bought two more pieces of foam, one to extend the bed along the far wall of the room and one to create a second 'headboard'.
The girls sleep feet to feet; they get to feel close while each having their own little area of the room.
The second headboard matches the first one. I had JUST enough of the starfish fabric and white vinyl piping to make it work.
Each girl got a custom pillow case too because I just can't leave well enough alone and stock pillow cases are SO.BORING.
These are made with French seams, because life is too short to not have a pillowcase with French seams.
Am I right?!
Being a stickler for always-having-a-spare-set-of-bedding-for-little-kids, I made a second waterproof cover for each of the two mattresses and a second set of sheets. We have green. We have orange. I can't decide which color I like more.
I also made two little draw string bags to hold the second set of waterproof covers and sheets when the others aren't in use.
When I die there is one thing for sure you can say about me, "that Charlotte, she took her bedding seriously."
This what happens when I ask Lyra to stay still for a photo.
Oh, and lastly, we don't sleep with top sheets. Top sheets are a waste of everyone's time. The girls have their own blankets and one thing that drives me nuts about little kids when they sleep is that they wiggle and worm and kick off their blankets. Then they wake up in the middle of the night because they're cold and well, I really appreciate my beauty sleep and cold kids tend to interrupt that.
I sewed their fleece blankets into little sleeping bags and now the girls scoot into them each night. It's really rather genius and honestly works like a a freaking charm.
If I were truly, super cool, I would have sewn them in the shape of mermaid tails, but a person can only do so much. Besides, it'll be fun to have something to look forward to when we kit out their berths on the new boat.
Okay, this post is done, but I'm still curious on your thoughts.