Because of their vastly different nap patterns, we put Gwen and Maddy in different rooms at nap time. A few months later, Maddy indicated that she wanted to always sleep in her "nap room" -- even at night. This was a pretty big disappointment to me since I had hopes that my girls would cherish the time they spent sharing secrets in the dark. I never had a sister and always imagined how much fun it would be to share a room with a permanent friend so I quietly hoped they'd eventually want to sleep in the same room. But our girls had different desires so our pretty nursery was turned over to Gwen and Maddy's crib was moved to a room that we've used mostly to store excess junk while our other two spare rooms were reserved for guests. Until now...
After our Christmas guests left last Friday, we converted one of our guest rooms to Maddy's room. The walls were already painted a milky coffee color so we decided to try to work a theme into the room that utilized stuff we already had and didn't require repainting. I'm being very frugal since I'm still holding onto a shred of hope that the girls will share a room again soon.
I've collected small cat figurines since I was 16 years old but haven't had any place to display them since Andrew and I were married in 2001. Maddy loves our Kitty so I thought it might be fun to decorate her room with a cat theme. I framed some photos of our cat and Andrew put up some small shelves to hold my cat collection. Everything is just out of reach (thanks to our high walls with ten foot ceilings!). The treatment over the crib is the best part of the room though. It's something else we had in storage in the garage and it was extremely easy to do! The floral top was only $14 from TJ Max! The room is really sweet and charming and Maddy loves it. And it cost less than $200!
We took the front off Gwen's crib too so she's in a toddler bed at last. We weren't in any hurry to do this since both of our 3.5 year old girls were more than happy to sleep in their crib with their cozy crib tent all zipped up! But it was time and we're happy to report that it's going pretty well (so far)!