We debated for days — nay, weeks — about which bedroom Kate should have. The house has four bedrooms and each one, excluding the master, had pros and cons to being her room. Bedroom 1 seemed the largest and got great light, but it faced the front of the house (which somehow made me more nervous about kidnapping … I know, I know). It also was the only bedroom without a mini walk-in closet (although the closet is quite wide). This was Chris’ pick.
Bedroom 2 is probably almost as large and has a mini walk-in, plus it faces the backyard, so it was originally my top choice. The downside was that it had a lingering smell, felt dark and there was a weird energy. I can’t explain it!
Bedroom 3 is definitely the smallest, but it has a mini walk-in closet and is close to our bedroom. It’s farther from the stairs and faces the backyard, so many pluses in the safety/security category. We didn’t seriously consider this one in the end, mainly due to the size as she grows older, plus the anticipation that she won’t want to be right next to us as a teenager when there are other rooms down the hall.
We finally chose Bedroom 1 and we’re all really happy with it! We painted it the exact same color gray (Gentle Rain by Behr) as her nursery in our old house since we liked how that looked with her ivory furniture and it’ll be a neutral backdrop as she grows into a big kid room. Painting it was a nightmare, though, for our trusty helpers (my Dad and Jen) because the new paint kept bubbling up and pealing off. There were some messy areas to patch and a sizeable hole where the door knob had punctured through the drywall. We’re thinking that the walls may need to be resurfaced before we paint again in the future, but that’s a problem for another day!
In an effort to keep some continuity for Kate — and because she LOVED them in her old room — we ordered a smaller version of the owl/bird/butterfly/tree decal from Wall Art & Design on Etsy. The two branches are significantly smaller than the life-sized tree she had in our first house, but she says goodnight to these owls just like before and it makes my heart happy!
Since then we’ve added just a few things — a corner shelf and some decor items we had in her old room. Very soon we’ll be removing that changing table top and converting the crib to a toddler bed, but I’m not rushing either 🙂