So - I thought it would be fun to highlight the way our "bedroom" has changed over the four years we've lived here.
Here we have its very first incarnation, in 2007. I was quite proud of the dark blue accent wall, and and our Ikea bed with storage underneath. Note the cds (since ripped and discarded). In fact, I think the only piece of furniture in this picture that we still own is the kids' armoire from Andrew's childhood bedroom. It's currently in the closet and between you and me internet, its days are numbered.
Here's the view of the other side of the room. Looking back, I can start to see our current incarnation forming in this picture - the painting by Megan Myers, the drum and a couple of the little toy pieces are all still with us.
We eventually ditched the cradle for a crib, and finally even ditched our bed and moved out to the murphy bed so we could have our own sleeping space. We switched some stuff up - with most of the stuff on the walls - picture and art wise - from the bedroom going to the living room, and the fun bungee rocking chair from the living room coming to live in the bedroom.
Still, it seemed like we didn't live in this room as much as in the rest of our home, which was a shame because square footage wise, it's over a third of the total space.
Part of the reason for this was likely that J sleeps in there for fourteen hours a day, but I also felt like there was some wasted potential. Andrea's vision was the push I needed, and I started to make plans. And we're finally getting there.
May I present - our kid/play/sleep/family room:
I used IKEA picture ledges as front facing bookshelves, and we decided to hang our his and hers guitars on the wall for easy access, making that corner a fun play corner for all of us. Andrew picked out some of his favorite records to display as well, which helps us feel like the room has something for us grown-ups as well as some rock n roll flair. The futon, also from IKEA, is a place to cuddle and for grown-ups to sit, as well as somewhere for mommy to crash on those nights when J just can't make it through without someone in the room with her, or for both us big people to sleep if we have guests on the murphy.
All in all this transformation was pretty inexpensive, done over time, and I'm very happy. The room feels more like home, and more ready for eventual double occupancy.