Romane's Happy, Downsized Bedroom

Romane's Happy, Downsized Bedroom

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Carrie McBride
Jun 18, 2015

Name: Romane (7)
Location: Montreal (NDG), Quebec

Romane grew up quite a bit since her first bedroom was featured on Apartment Therapy 3 1/2 years ago and our house changed quite a lot as well. This January, we had to move her to the tiny office space, at the back of our apartment, after opening up the living room into her bedroom (to set up the dining room there).

Her new 85 square foot room is almost half the size of old bedroom, and maybe not as nice from an adult point of view, but she loves it ten times better because of the loft bed. Also, instead of seeing the neighbours' brick wall from her window, she now sees trees.

The fit was so tight that we had to remove parts of the baseboard, or else we would have had to get rid of the dresser. It is enormous, but it stores all of her clothes (her closet is packed with her toys) and has a great sentimental value (my parents bought it for their own bedroom when they were newlyweds).

The biggest challenge was to assemble the bed and its many parts. It took two adults and six hours straight! It was also a challenge to fit all of Romane's things in a room that size. But strangely, now that we found a way, the room is less of a mess, because everything has a spot and it is so small that you cannot let it get out of control.

Still, the bookcase is so full that it overflows. And we have to keep Romane's costumes in a wicker trunk under the desk. She loves theatre class at school and is always dressing up.

It was a lot fun to find new ways to use what was in her old room and to finally hang things that I liked but didn't fit anywhere in the house before (like the scratch map and a poster from the Canadien architecture Centre).

In the end, the change benefits the whole family, as we now have a much bigger office/playroom and a much bigger living/dining room, where we spend a lot of time together.

Source List:

  • Paint color : Benjamin Moore Ivory White
  • Stuva loft Bed (with desk/bookcase/armoire) : Ikea
  • Wicker trunk under desk : Ikea
  • Bedding : Carré blanc (hand-me-down from a friend's daughter who outgrew pink)
  • Desk chair : Zone
  • Pendant light : Zone
  • Decorative elements (stripped rug, metal picture frames, hooks with numbers on them) : Home Sense
  • Cloud shelf : Cirrus (bought on clearance. I covered it with wrapping paper as it was a too bright white)
  • Cork cloud on the wall and whiteboard cloud on the door : Omer de Serre
  • Strings : of lights (La case de l'oncle Tom), of birds (Folklore 1)
  • Magnetic puzzle world map (wall behind door) : Janod
  • World map that you can sratch (above desk) : Amazon
  • Poster of house (underneath the bed) : Centre canadien d'architecture in Montreal
  • Color photocopies of a book of the works of Jean-Jacques Sempé.

Thanks, Marie-Claude!

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