(Hello again to Megan, trying out for a spot on the Ohdeedoh editorial team. Enjoy the nursery tour she put together for us - comments are welcome.)
Names: Maggie and Boston
Location: Spokane, Wash.
Seven-month-old Maggie wasn't supposed to have her own room. My husband, Jay, grew up sharing a room with three of his siblings, and as hard as it was at the time, the close relationship he has with them now was worth every imaginary line he had to draw around his bed.
So when Maggie was born, her crib was set up in her 2-year-old sister Boston's room....
Several months later, once she graduated from co-sleeper to crib, reality set in. Maggie is a very light sleeper, so Boston's E.T.-like shuffle to our room around 4 every morning would wake her up. Maggie also has a cry that goes from zero to 60 faster than a Corvette--certainly faster than I can run down the hall to soothe her before Boston wakes up thinking it's time for Cheerios.
So Maggie moved to the playroom, Boston stayed put, and their toys and décor shifted about so that the girls now have joint custody when they visit each other's rooms.
We're going for a "folk modern" look in our 1955 rancher, so many of the items in the girls' rooms are from the Made by Mom brand (I write a blog at www.pennycarnival.typepad.com that follows our adventures in craftyland). Just about everything else was salvaged from a thrift store or a generous friend.
Admittedly, the girls' rooms are heavier on "folk" than "modern" compared with the rest of the house.
In Maggie's room, to display artwork, I glued clothespins to a wooden board and mounted it on a wall. Above it is "reverse appliqué" bird art inspired by this book.
An antique quilt top--a $17 find--makes a bold statement above Maggie's crib.
Other details include a framed series of photos of the girls' grandfather taken when he was about Maggie's age and a vintage bread bin that holds diaper supplies.
In Boston's room, a storyboard made from fabric scraps encourages choose-your-own-ending storytelling. Wooden pegs display her favorite dress-up clothes, including a homemade dinosaur cape and bonnets I made following the Angry Chicken pattern.
The latest addition? Photos of Boston's favorite dolls, taken secretly after she arranged them during an afternoon of make believe, framed and hung above an art table.