We recently made the decision to move the big girls into a room together so that we can convert Raley’s room into a nursery. I talked about it a little more in my latest pregnancy update, but our choices were 1. convert the office into a nursery or 2. have the girls share a room. We ultimately decided to have the girls share a room since David has been working from home and will be for the foreseeable future, especially since the pandemic situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
We decided to move Raley into Audrey’s bedroom because of the way the room is laid out. We wanted to be able to let them keep their full size beds, rather than having to buy bunk beds or two twins, and this option would not have worked in Raley’s room because of the placement of the closet door. By allowing them to keep their current beds, it saved us a good chunk of money, plus it’s less of a financial risk if it ends up not working out.
Audrey’s room was already decorated in flamingos. Raley’s room was Frozen, but her latest obsession is mermaids. We decided to make it a mermaid and flamingo bedroom because they’re both tropical and go together. It also very much represents our two girls at this stage of life.
Mermaid + Flamingo Shared Girls’ Bedroom
We got Raley a pink comforter to match Audrey’s. Audrey has flamingo sheets and Raley has mermaid sheets. My sister drew the flamingo and mermaid framed drawings above their beds. My dad and I made Raley a headboard to match Audrey’s. The handmade headboards and drawings are so personal and special!
We needed a new dresser that would hold both of their clothes. I found this beautiful french provincial dresser at the Rustic Faith booth at Vintage 72. If you’re local and need a unique piece of furniture or are wanting custom work done, I can’t say enough good things about Rustic Faith. I had previously bought two pieces of furniture from them – our china cabinet and a side table with drawers that we use as our coffee bar. They also do custom work, so I recently had them paint our old changing table white to match the baby’s nursery. They did such a good job on this, I also took our dining chairs to them to paint as well! So we’ve got Rustic Faith all over our house!
I used flamingo and mermaid decor that I already had on top of the dresser and created a mermaid and flamingo gallery wall. Pretty much everything you see here is from Hobby Lobby. Most of the flamingo decor was found in their Spring Shop, but there is some flamingo and mermaid decor that they keep year round.
I needed a spot to display the girls’ birthday trains, so I put up these floating shelves to hold those. Since there was no longer room for a tall bookshelf, I lost space to display some of the more sentimental items that the girls had in their rooms.
Shared bedroom organization
Making sure there was enough space for the girls’ clothes and some toys and books was a little bit of a challenge. Like I said, there was not space for a book shelf, so we lost storage space. Previously, in their separate bedrooms, they had storage baskets with toys on their bookshelves. They obviously stored books on these as well. They also have a ton of clothes. We decided to put up a lower shelf in the closet so that they could each have a row of shelving for their clothes. We also got this cube organizer from Target to hold some toys and books. We store their shoes in baskets.
Boxes of clothes that don’t currently fit/are out of season, their keepsake boxes, sleeping bags, etc. are on the top shelves.
I’ll give you a little peak inside their drawers. They each have two drawers specifically for their clothes, and one shared drawer that holds socks, panties, gloves, etc. Raley’s drawers are on the top and Audrey’s are on the bottom. Raley can reach into hers by using a stool.
Do your kids share a bedroom? Do they enjoy sharing a bedroom? If your kids share a room, did you have any trouble getting your kids to go to sleep at night? It was pretty rough at first, but they have gotten a little better about going to sleep and not playing. We decided to go ahead and make this transition in the middle of the summer so that hopefully by the time school starts back, they are more used to it and will go to sleep much more quickly.
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Pink comforter sets: JC Penney
Flamingo sheet set: Target
Mermaid sheet set: Amazon
White bed skirts: Amazon
White 11×14 picture frames: Amazon
Blue lamp: Walmart
Lamp shade: Walmart
Cube organizer: Target
Pink storage baskets: Amazon
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