Lorena Canals

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

A Tour Of Our Bedroom

December 21, 2017 • Home Decor

our master bedroom may be the most neglected room in our house. after all, we’re the only ones who see it, and for the longest time it just made more sense to spend time and energy on decorating the living room or juliet’s room, for example. but with a second baby on the way i have started to rethink our current living situation – trying to figure out where the heck we’re going to put this kid – and it made me realize we needed to do something to make our room nicer, too.

we’re probably going to share it with the new baby for a little while, so it really needed an upgrade in terms of softness and coziness. once again it was LORENA CANALS to the rescue, with the prettiest terrazzo rug you ever did see. just like juliet’s colorful rug in her room, this one is super soft and washable. i was going to add something here about that being a big plus in a home with kids, but i just spilled candle wax over our wool rug in the living room myself last night – so really washable rugs are a good idea for anyone?

i admit i went to juliet’s room to steal some of my favorite items to decorate the rest of our bedroom, because i like to experiment a bit before i commit to a new style. i’m so in love with juliet’s color scheme of pinks and mustards, i wouldn’t mind copy-pasting it to our room, but that might not be masculine enough for every member in our household, ahem. i guess juliet is getting her cushions and blankets back, but that’s ok because it gives me the opportunity to try something different entirely.

the rug we chose has different colors – pink, yes, but also blue-ish grey and a kind of dark beige. i think i feel most attracted to the beige to further explore. maybe i should add some natural color linen bedsheets? it would also play well with white, black and light wood scheme we’ve got going on above our dresser. i might even consider painting the wall behind our bed – though i’ll have to figure out how to paint this awful chalk paint they put on walls everywhere in swiss rental homes… if you’ve got any advice for me – i’d love to hear it!

photos by stephanie duval • rug by LORENA CANALS • string shelf unit via KIDS LOVE DESIGN • black lamp from SERAX • wall hooks are from MUUTO • camel sweater from M BY M and scarf from EMOI EMOI • white laundry baskets from SERAX • mustard home wear with bird print from PLUTO ON THE MOON • quilted pink blanket from CAMCAM • dusty pink pillow from HVID • yellow flower print pillow case from CAMOMILE LONDON • natural woven basket from LORENA CANALS • knitted blankets from HVID • house pillow from CAMOMILE LONDON • amber vase from HOUSE DOCTOR • black bedside table from ANNE LINDE

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