we live in a pretty spacious apartment here in switzerland – we’re lucky enough to have a large guest room and separate guest bathroom, so that friends and family who visit us can enjoy some privacy during their stay (and us, too, of course). it might not be a must in ever house hold, but if you live 700km away from your closest circle, it’s not a luxury. so when i got pregnant with eloise, we started imagining different scenarios as to where she would sleep. obviously she’d stay in our room for the first few weeks or months – as long as wakes up in the middle of the night to be fed. but when she starts sleeping through the night, what’s next?

we deliberated putting her crib in the guest bedroom, but even though i like the room, it’s nowhere near as cozy and warm and welcoming for a baby as juliet’s room or ours. then we considered putting juliet in the guest bedroom, but it just feels so sad to move her from the room she loves so much, only to share one with a giant bed and two huge cupboards filled with our office supplies, paper work, sports clothes, suitcases and whatnot. getting rid of that stuff is not an option, and we really don’t have anywhere else to put it all. getting rid of the king size guest bed is not an attractive thought either, since we love having our friends and family over and would hate to put them in the living room on some air mattress.

and honestly, i have always loved the idea of having the two girls share a room. i’m probably romanticizing the entire idea – imagining them getting in to each other’s beds to share secrets and plot against #teamparents, going to sleep singing each other songs or throwing their favorite stuffed animals around… i suppose i am hoping it will strengthen their bond and force them into a kind of camaraderie. i know, i know, i’m aware you can’t force that kind of stuff – but one can hope, right? anyway, long story short, we have set up eloise’s beautiful WOOD MINI+ crib from OLIVER FURNITURE in juliet’s room, and we’re hoping to start calling it the girls’ room soon.

first, let me tell you about this crib, because it is all sorts of amazing. firstly, obviously, i think it’s crazy beautiful. it has a typical scandinavian design – classic, iconic, stylish and understated. but secondly and more importantly, it is the mother of all convertible beds. when you buy the bed, the package includes everything you need for five different settings. right now our crib is set up for the first stage, with the mattress fairly high so it’s easy to reach for eloise, which is still safe since she’s not able to sit up yet. you can then lower the mattress until it’s way down, for when baby starts to sit and stand up. three bars at one side of the bed can be removed for when your kid starts climbing out of bed and you’d like them to be around for a little while longer so you can give them a safer way out. then the bed converts to a small and cozy toddler bed with a rail to keep them from falling out, and finally you can extend the bed for when they grow. if you’d like to find out more about this bed, you can check out the website of OLIVER FURNITURE, or you could swing by HET LAND VAN OOIT, where i found it, and where it’s set up in their BEAUTIFUL SHOWROOM.

but the best part is this – you can get an extra set to transform the bed into a low loft bed – which is a lot lower (thus safer and less scary for littles) than a high sleeper, but still offers the cool playroom underneath. words can’t describe how much i love this feature, and honestly i can’t wait to transform the bed to this setting in a few years. we figure we might let eloise sleep in the crib/toddler bed until juliet is old enough for the low loft set-up, and then switch eloise to juliet’s old bed and juliet to the loft bed. that way they get to enjoy the playroom much earlier together – one more way for them to band up and plot world domination.

for now, i am trying to prepare juliet for the moment when eloise joins her in her room by matching their beds. she is over the moon whenever i put on the duvet cover that matches her sister’s bed bumper, and she often steals eloise’s cuddles or replaces them with her own when she feels like a change. she frequently asks when eloise will start sleeping next to her, and seems excited about the prospect of not being alone at night. but tell me – am i setting myself up for disaster here? do you have any golden tips that might help us with the transition? what were your experiences if your kids share a room? help a mama out here!

P.S. funny story about eloise’s crib – when it arrived during my pregnancy, we were going through a tough phase with juliet where she only wanted to sleep on a mattress in our bedroom. separation anxiety and all that. but when the crib arrived and we set it up in her room, she seemed super curious and excited, so we set up the crib with the mattress lowered all the way down and without the three bars on the side. juliet loved it and wanted to sleep in it – so that’s actually how we got her to return to her own room! you can see some of the story’s highlights on my INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT RIGHT HERE. it was quite the saga. i eventually convinced her to go back to her own bed when i used some of the things i had originally bought for eloise’s crib on juliet’s bed. that’s how she got the bed bumper and new duvet covers. when she saw how pretty and cozy it all was, she was more than happy to reclaim her own bed and she’s been sleeping soundly in it ever since. can i get a high five? also, she’s clearly my daughter, caring about decoration so much.

photos by stephanie duval • thanks to the brands and shops that allow me to experiment, discover and only share what i genuinely love with you • most of what you see can be found at my all time favorite children’s shop HET LAND VAN OOIT • wood mini+ crib from OLIVER FURNITURE • crib bumper from GARBO & FRIENDS • house cushion from CAMOMILE LONDON • pink polka dot cushion and duvet cover from LIEWOOD • pear soft toys from MIKANU • brown bunny and peach octopus from JELLYCAT • juliet’s outfit from BONTON • star hair clip and rainbow purse from MIMI & LULA • musical mobile from POUCE ET LINA • gold speckled sleeping bag from LES REVES D’ANAIS • custom name pacifier from MIJNFOPSPEEN.BE • cushion and duvet cover in green fauna print from GARBO & FRIENDS • pink bed bumper from KONGES SLOJD • pink canopy from NUMERO74 • washable rug from LORENA CANALS • tassel basket from LORENA CANALS • pink dress on hanger from MINIMALISMA • flower tunic on hanger via FLORENCE AND THE BOYS • long-sleeved pink dress on hanger from LITTLE FOREST • woodland print duvet cover from GARBO & FRIENDS • mustard blanket from PETIT STELLOU • mêlée mustard knit blanket from HVID

Pink Is Taking Over

July 11, 2018 • Home Decor

pink is completely taking over our bedroom (and the rest of our home, for that matter). the minute we found out we were having another baby girl, my brain short circuited and i went online to order ALL OF THE PINK THINGS. maybe it’s because when i was pregnant with juliet i only bought monochrome clothes, and i regretted it almost immediately after she was born. i was not gonna make the same mistake twice – my last baby was going to be the girliest of all girls ever born.

months before eloise arrived, i started collecting cute tiny clothes, shoes, baby books, memory boxes, and so on. instead of hiding it all away in a closet or in the girls’ bedroom, i put it right where i could see it every single day – our bedroom. if my husband minded, he was wise enough not to let me know, and let me pretend i was decorating a children’s shop instead of the parental bedroom. hormones, am i right?

our bedroom doesn’t look like this anymore right now – i’ve put that beautiful SKO SHOE RACK in the hallway to make room for eloise’s crib. i fell in love with this design by SIMON LEGALD the minute i laid eyes on it though, so i’ll probably be moving the rack back into our room once eloise sleeps in the girls’ room. i mean, why buy all of these pretty shoes if you can’t display them to admire every day? and it helps that the rack in itself is so pretty, too.

photos by stephanie duval • thanks to the brands that allow me to experiment, discover and only share what i genuinely love with you • shoe rack from normann copenhagen via MISTER DESIGN. check out their website for more beautiful DESIGN STORAGE • most of the clothes and baby things i found at HET LAND VAN OOIT, but if you’d like to know anything specifically, please let me know in the comments and i’ll help you out!

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