For the last six months, maybe longer, I have been hunting for a twin bed for Eva’s French, vintage-y, old world style bedroom. Since that room lost the beautiful round crib that was its centerpiece almost a year ago, it’s been in transition. She has been sleeping on the toddler bed that used to be Lola’s, which is bright white and doesn’t match the creamy-colored furniture in the rest of the room. The pictures above show the room, the way it looks with the toddler bed in it. Please ignore the playhouse in the corner – it’s on its way out. As you can see, there is a big, empty hole in the middle of the room, where the table and stools stand, that used to hold the beautiful round crib with tulle canopy. So I have been searching for a canopy bed that will have the same impact. Almost immediately, I settled on my dream bed for this room:
Sigh. Isn’t it beautiful and so perfect for the room! It’s from Brighton Pavilion, and it’s called the Venice bed. Unfortunately, it’s more than $9000, and I would have to choose between my marriage and the perfect bedroom for my Eva. It’s a tough call… : ) So I came up with a second-best option, from Corsican Furniture, which is about $2000. The colors actually work better in the room.
So Sunday, as Kevin and I were measuring the room to see how much height it could handle, he hit on an idea. Lately, Lola has been very clingy, and always wanting someone to sleep with her, and Eva has been fearful of everything in her room at night, from the decorative woodwork on her dresser to the rocking horse. Kevin suggested putting the girls both to sleep in Lola’s room. We could move Eva’s little toddler bed, for the time being, under Lola’s loft bed, and see how they did for a couple of nights. I remember how much I loved sleeping in the same room with my sister, and thought about how much closeness that could bring them, and I immediately loved the idea, even if it meant postponing a big purchase that I’d been dreaming about. So we tried it, and so far, it’s been WONDERFUL! I really thought, at 3 and 4 1/2, that the girls were still too young to sleep in the same room without waking each other up, but I was wrong. They have both been so happy. The first night, as I tucked Eva in under Lola’s bed, she kept saying: “I so ‘cited! I so ‘cited!” So sweet. So we are trying it. If it becomes a permanent arrangement, we will get a twin bed for Eva that slides under Lola’s loft bed, and eventually raise her “castle” bed up a little. We might start with a little trundle bed, on wheels, until she gets a little bigger. Here’s the setup the way it is now.
The bare spot in Eva’s room where the little bed used to be. Now we have an extra room to use for play. I’m a little sad that it’s no longer a bedroom, especially since it was so recently a beautiful nursery, but Kevin’s idea of making it a dressing room/playroom cheered me up a little.
The first bedtime story in the new shared bedroom!