I think one of the hardest parts of raising children is transitioning from one stage to the next. It's so hard to know what will be important and what will be left behind - especially when it comes to their spaces and their belongings. When you have a family like mine, with several years between children, those transitions seem to happen a lot and are rarely in synch.
Lindsay left for college 2 years ago but since she was only 100 miles away, we largely left her room alone to see how much she would be home. Fast forward 2 years, and we have a college girl who has transferred to another school and lives full time in LA, a room that is rapidly becoming a storage room, and a baby who is quickly outgrowing her tiny corner in our room. There's a boy who is coveting that bigger room with the built in bookshelves (and that is on the opposite side of the house from his little sister). There's a little girl who has outgrown the decor of her room and the very bright paint job that was on her walls when we moved in. Time for some change!
A while back, I picked up a couple of bedroom sets on Craig's List that needed a some love - one for each girl. After painting those sets - well, one dresser is not quite done - we finally had a good weekend for the Great Bedroom Shuffle 2010. We're still hanging pictures and getting our act together on sewing bedding and curtains, but here's a sneak peak at Annika's refurbished space. Kit's room and Gunnar's room will have their own posts, and then we'll show it all again once they are complete. Exciting, huh? Just nod your head. At least I'm posting for a change!
Here is Annika's room before the paint job, but after we shoveled it out. I wish I were kidding about that part. There is no way I was putting the real before shot out on the interwebs. That girl knows her some clutter.
Fun, and done well for the previous little girl in that room. However, I have this funny idea about bedrooms being restful spaces, and that is so not restful.
After the paint was dry and the furniture was moved in.
That photo at the top of the post is her new bed. An unmade bed is an invitation for roughhousing around here. There's nothing that baby likes more than rolling around with her big brother. The bedroom set was a rather garish shade of yellow with bronze hardware (hence the cheap). Some paint in MSL "glass of milk" and nickel metallic spray paint for the hardware, and we were talking cute. The walls are MSL Stratosphere, which is the color of the Arizona sky. She loves this space, which is really gratifying.
Lindsay is handling the loss of her room (the one G moved into) well - at least in front of me. She still has half of the large closet in G's room for her things and a bed in Kit's room and she knows that there's always a place for her. However, she turned 20 yesterday and her life isn't here anymore. She's never here for longer than 10 days at a time, and that only happens twice a year. We're trying to gracefully segue into an adult relationship with her. Transitioning her out of that space when it's needed for someone else is part of that process - one that is a little touchy for all of us. I'm proud of her for accepting the change and not feeling rejected, because that was so far from our intent. Families are organic and they change over time, as do their spaces. What doesn't change is the love or the willingness to make space for her again if she should need it.
Next up is Gunnar's new man cave. Stay tuned!