Now that Alfie has settled into his new big boy bed I figured we were past the mark of jinxing our new sleep situation if I shared a peek into their space with you! Andrew and I didn’t think we’d be making the transition from his crib to an actual bed for awhile now, but like many things with mister Alfie, what’s another surprise? He’s truly full of them and his independent spirit is just one more thing we’ve come to adore. He is almost two years old, and starting around 19 months or so he learned how to climb out of his crib. This magical milestone introduced a whole host of problems and concerns that ushered in some much needed change. Instead of putting his crib mattress on the floor Montessori style, or converting his crib to a toddler bed, we opted to get both boys bigger beds at the same time. We hoped in doing so that they would be able to transition together, and thus be able to get on the same sleeping rhythm. I am happy to report: it’s working!
Theodore and Alfie are 20 months apart, and the older they get the more similar their needs as little boys have become. They nap at roughly the same time and go to bed at the same time most evenings. Having them share a room can be challenging, but because we try to stick to the same sleeping schedule they are comfortable in there together. While I often miss the squishy baby stage, I’m really enjoying how things are starting to flow more congruently over here. If you are at the stage where all of your kids and their needs are all over the place, take heart. Everything is only for a season. I try and remember that when sh*t hits the fan, which sometimes it quite literally does.
So a bit about their sweet shared space. This room sits at the front of our old house and, like the rest of our second story, it has the most beautiful walnut-stained floors. I didn’t want to cover them up entirely, so I went with small natural braided rugs at the base of each bed to ground their room and create symmetry. When decorating I wanted to keep things traditional like the rest of our home, so I went with many 1920’s classics with some old farmhouse touches to cozy things up. Most items in their room we’ve collected secondhand. These pieces always end up being my favorite pieces because of the story they share, which creates a special look and feel that cannot be entirely replicated.
I’ve found that when one decorates simply and minimally with carefully collected pieces, it truly makes for a beautiful space. Materials also matter. There are many natural fibers layered in here if you look closely, and it makes things feel more lived-in despite its simplicity. And you don’t need much in a room if you’ve got a few colorful antiques to show off a little. In addition to aged items with patina and the use of natural materials, one cannot go wrong with simple, well-made pieces, like their matching silvery birch metal beds. I love that they stand out against the white walls ever so subtly, creating a soft contrast. We are going to be painting the trim in here this summer and I think the end look will be stunning! Here is a full tour and source list of their shared room:
Dresser is an antique purchased already painted in a murky duck egg blue | Canvas Tee Pee | Metal Beds | Pinstripe Sheets, Large Ticking Pillows, Woven Toy Chest, and Stitched Quilts are from Home Goods | Jute Rugs | Large Woven Basket | Linen USA Map | Linen Triangle Garland | Vintage Barn was a gift | Cream Lamp is from Target | Enamel Tray was thrifted | Knit Sweaters & Scarf were handmade gifts | Red International Tractor was a gift | ABC Chalk Board was from an antique store in Iowa | Army Cot, Colorful Woven Basket, and Old Wooden Crates were found at the KC flea | Brass Wall Sconces | Amish Straw Hat was bought on a trip in Iowa | Side Safety Rails | Pillow Covers | White Shelves | Sheepskin Rugs | Accordion Wall Hanger was thrifted | Linen Curtains