The Trickle Effect has now moved into two bedrooms in our home, threatening a full takeover which we will not fight to withhold because you do not fight with Christmas cheer. Christmas cheer will win (as if I’d fight). This weekend’s trickle happened to line up with an entire room revamp which makes it even more fun. I know I am just the kind of person who would completely upturn a room and redo it simply for holiday decor–and I’m not saying that might not be the case someday–but that’s a Red Belt level Elf, and I am still at green. So this room revamp was already planned but coincidentally timed with The Trickle Effect; and that, my friends, is holiday serendipity.
And we now take this moment to pause and acknowledge Thanksgiving–the middle child I, of course, love and adore but sometimes forget to publicly share affection. I see you, Thanksgiving. I’m here for you. Just embrace the twinkle of your attention-stealing holiday sister and know we all love you too.
Where were we? For a while now, I’ve been wanting two twin beds in Nella’s room. We’ve done the big bunkbed thing for a few years, and it’s just so large–a bit of a wall-hogger that served us well for a few years, but it was time to move on. Thing is, I couldn’t justify buying new beds because we had a perfectly good one. So I stalked Craigslist for a set of simple twin beds–every. single. day. for two months which yielded nothing but Florida old people furniture (enough of the wicker, Doris) priced, like, six times for what you’d find it brand new–except you’d never find it brand new because Doris bought it twenty-six years ago. Then Heidi and I found ourselves in Fort Myers a couple weeks ago at this thrift shop megastore that I shall not name or else it will get discovered and people will steal all the cashmere sweaters and vintage books and furniture with good lines. Okay, fine, I’ll tell you–it was Family Thrift Store. As we were walking out with our little handful of treasures, Heidi looked in this hidden corner and said, “Hey, don’t you need two twin beds?” There, leaning against the wall, were two twin beds–disassembled with some boards–but definitely two matching headboards and footboards that just needed some love. And the price? All my little thrifters gonna love this…$1.99 for the set. You heard me, TWO DOLLARS FOR TWO BEDS. What?!
I’m making a short story long now, so I’ll get on with it. Fast forward two weeks later. I gave the beds some love–painted them white, had Home Depot cut me some more support boards–and if you give a mouse a cookie, what will he ask for? A gallon of paint. Sherwin Williams Tradewind Blue, to be exact. And some new bedding and some Christmas decorations, and I’m so in love with how this sweet little room turned out.
That dresser in the middle? That was a $25 Craigslist find from a few years ago. Yeah, we splurged hard to furnish this room.
The snowy tree print I found going through some old photos. I took it on a walk in Vail last year, so I turned it black and white, dialed up the opacity to wash it out a bit and printed it 20 x 30. .
Nella enjoyed a sleepover at my dad’s while I put the room together, so it was so much fun revealing it to her yesterday. She keeps saying, “I love my room so much, Mom.”
The big question…where are her Barbies? All the toys are stored in baskets that slide underneath the bed…
…and the bigger dolls and plushies fit in one big basket.
Gingham Duvet Covers – I’m so happy with these. Amazing price, 100% soft washed cotton, zipper closure and ties that hold the comforter in place.
Down Comforters – perfect weight for Florida.
Organic Dutch Floral Sheets – I’ve had my eye on these sheets for a girls’ room for quite some time. I’ve been buying Land of Nod (sadly now Crate & Kids) sheets since crib day. The quality is perfection, not the mention the sweetest collection of patterns.
And the wall book ledges (set of 2) are perfect for the end of the bed.
Santa plush on the beds.
And the North Pole that threw up on this dresser is all Hobby Lobby.
I wanted to make sure we kept the mirror in this room because both girls love getting dressed and having a full-length mirror to admire their outfits and play with their hair.
Reachable accessories, important for a girl.
The real question here though is…will she stay in her bed all night now? We are pulling for a Christmas miracle.
This morning’s 3:30 shuffle says no, but we will keep trying.
I think my favorite thing about this room is that the precious little beds were only $2. Trash turned treasures.
Happy Monday, everyone!