Room to grow

We finished painting and decorating the girls’ room this weekend. I have  a tendency to go with the very last option on the paint swatch (why paint something purple when you can paint it PURPLE?) but Bryan talked me into a lighter shade of lavender. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

The beds certainly aren’t space savers, but the colors make for a pretty cute set up. (As I expected, I’ve found two sisters snuggled into the top bunk on more than one occasion.)

This is the cleanest this bookcase will ever look. And, of course, I had to prominently display the Madison terrace chairs and table from American Girl.

Halfway through my photo shoot, I had a volunteer model. Ava’s been spending way too much time perusing direct mail catalogs, it would appear.

We found space to hang the birth samplers my mom made…

…and a spot for the “Pickle Dish” quilt, which Karyl made for Ava. “Night Night Duck,” which Ava loved/loathed for years, took a spot on the shelf next to the book Gramma Great used to read to me, and to my mom before that.

The cradles in the above shot were made by my stepdad and mom—they crafted them with pine from the trees that grew in front of my grandparents’ house for decades. I’ve always intended to do a separate post on this topic, but to be honest, the gesture continues to render me tearfully speechless. (See also: The Dresden Plate quilt Karyl made for me with blocks created from scrap calico by my Great Grandma Wallen, which now hangs just outside of this bedroom.) We are VERY blessed to have such talented and thoughtful family members.

Our final project for the weekend was updating the room just down the hall, which is ready and waiting…



5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karyl on May 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love the beds! What adorable rooms you have created for the kids! Wow!

  2. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on May 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    You have accomplished quite a lot in the past couple of weekends! So very pretty!

  3. Posted by Laura on May 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    This makes me so happy. What a sweet family you have. Olivia needs to spend more time with your catalogs so we can get a photo of her in her new digs, too!

  4. Posted by Gramma Great on May 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I love what you have done with both rooms! You’ve really been busy.

  5. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I so want to have that bedroom!

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