Growing up, I never ever shared a room. My brother, sister, and I each had our own space with our own four walls and our own doors for posting “Keep Out (or else)” signs. I remember looking at my friends in horror when I learned that they actually shared a room with a sibling for any period of time. They must have been miserable.
So, it’s a bit strange to say we’ve decided that Simeon and Frances will share a bedroom. They won’t share forever, of course. Eventually the whole you’re-a-boy-and-I’m-a-girl-and-this-is-gross thing will be an issue but, for the first few years, we think it should work quite nicely. Yes, I know it will have some challenges and yes, I know we have a three bedroom house so they really don’t have to share, but for our growing family this plan felt right.
Like any good decision maker, I did a full pro/con list before making it official. Here are my top “pros” for the shared room idea:
- Preserving the guest room. When we bought our three-bedroom ranch home, we were excited to have a place for out-of-town family and friends to stay. Our closest family lives over an hour away (most live much further) so the guest room makes it possible for folks to visit and stay comfortably in our home. Since visiting family members (*ahem* grandparents) like to babysit, we want to be able to offer accommodations should they decide to stay awhile and see the sights (by which I mean “take my kids so I can run errands and nap in peace“). The guest room also serves as Greg’s office and we didn’t want him to lose that workspace.
- Cost saving. I knew I wouldn’t have to decorate the baby’s nursery but I knew I would desperately want to. And decorating the baby’s room would make me want to decorate Simeon’s room (I never got around to it when we moved in). And decorating Simeon’s room would make me spend a million dollars. It’s an “If you give a mouse a cookie” situation. Sharing a room meant prepping just one space for both kids. I was able to reuse the leftover items from Simeon’s nursery and save a chunk of change.
- Sibling bonding. I want these two to be close. I think they will be no matter what sleeping arrangement we choose but I love the added closeness and bonding time that sharing a room allows. Late night chatter, secret sharing, even the unavoidable bickering are all relationship building. The friends I know who have children in shared bedrooms have told me again and again that their kids want to sleep in the same room. They find comfort in each other. Who could say no to that?
Now, on to the big reveal!
Frances and Simeon’s shared nursery and toddler room
A shared boy/girl bedroom forced me not to get locked into any particular color scheme. I decided to just go full rainbow by painting the walls white and adding loads of color in the details. Most of what you see are items from Simeon’s nursery with added pinks and reds to up the girly factor. I took inspiration from the book People by Blexbolex. I love the block colors he uses in his work and I used his framed illustrations (I cut them from the pages of his book) to decorate the walls of the bedroom.
- Wall art:
- Overhead light: Gambrell white plug-in pendant light from Lowes
- Toddler Bed: SNIGLAR children’s bed (painted yellow by yours truly) from IKEA. Read about why we chose this bed HERE.
- Wedge to help Simeon get out of bed: Fomnasium Wedge in blue
- Area Rug: Twisted Spokes area rug in light blue from FLOR (read about why we adore FLOR area rugs for wheelchair accessibility HERE).
- Curtains: MARIAM curtains in green from IKEA
- Racoon storage bin: 3 Sprouts storage bin
- DIY: The pom-pom garland and pom-pom mobiles I made using this tutorial. A friend gave me some old frames that I painted to fit the color scheme. The bed skirt and pillows were made for Simeon’s nursery using fabric from Sew to Speak.
- Thrifted: the old-fashioned toys, wooden trunk, globe, and guitar were found at local thrift stores.
Everything else is either a leftover from Simeon’s nursery, a gift, a hand-me-down, or something I swiped from my grandparent’s attic.
What do you think of the shared nursery and toddler room idea? Did you share a room as a child? Did you love it or hate it?
Any advice or things to consider for a first-timer?