I am the oldest of three sisters. We grew up in three-bedroom houses though, which meant that two of us had to share a room at any given point in time. I can’t tell you how many teenage arguments and tears were shed in the decision of who got her own room. It changed over time, and eventually we each got the opportunity to have our own room at one point or another. It usually depending on which two girls were arguing the most… Mom figured that we’d have to learn to get along if we shared a room. (It worked! 25 years later and we are still each other’s best friends.)
Today, my own family of five lives in a modest three-bedroom home. One son, two daughters. Guess who gets to share a room?
Well, some days the baby likes it better than others.
Lila is four, and Charlotte is almost one. So at first, it was a challenge for me to think of ways to accommodate them both. We have tried out several different configurations, and have been inspired by so many beautiful rooms and clever ideas. We are still rearranging and evolving their space, adding a few things to the walls, and rearranging the play area on the other side of their room. We hope to have it finished up before preschool starts for Lila (and before Charlotte’s first birthday). All of which is happening in the next few weeks.
For now, here is our girls’ room… just a little peek during nap time.
It works for us because…
- Lila adores her baby sister. And Charlotte loves Lila too (except for when she’s squishing her).
- They both listen to white noise throughout the night. This does double-duty by soothing them at bedtime and also masking the sounds of tossing, turning, and midnight trips to the bathroom for the four-year-old. The baby sleeps all night, thankfully, so we haven’t heard Lila complain about the baby keeping her awake so far.
- Lila doesn’t mind sharing any of her toys with the baby, and she’s very good about keeping the toys with smaller-sized pieces stored very high, out of Charlotte’s reach. Books, dolls, stuffed animals and dress-up costumes can all be safely shared by both girls. The room is baby-proofed with Charlotte in mind, however. (I usually tie back the canopy over the crib during bedtime, but I left it down for the sake of today’s photo.)
- The color scheme meshes well. By sticking with calming neutrals, I can mix an antique white headboard with the espresso crib, and natural linen duvets with white ruffled blankets. The girls’ bedding is different — Charlotte only has a white crib sheet at this point, while Lila’s bed is covered in thin, lightweight layers. But overall, the room is balanced, it incorporates lots of wonderful texture and has a consistent aesthetic.
Just for fun, here are a few favorite shared spaces from across the internet that I thought I’d share with you. Of course, you can see more of my favorite shared spaces on my Pinterest board.
via Little Green Notebook (I remember this room being featured in Domino magazine years ago!)
What about you? Do your children share a space? What tricks have you found that make it work for your family? I’d love to hear from other mamas who have conquered room-sharing!