Well, we’ve been busy little bees around here. We have (finally) finished fixing up Ashby and Madeley’s room.
Let’s back up, shall we?
Last October, Kensington started sleeping with Ashby and from then on, those two girls basically started sharing a room. I mean, Kensington has her own room, but she hasn’t slept in there in over a year now, so pretty much, it stays all nice and neat, the bed is always made and the two girls stay in Ashby’s room. So…Andrew and I scratched the idea of every kid having their own room and decided to make a spot for Madeley in Ashby’s room. (Because it just seemed wrong to let Ashby and Kensington sleep together but make Madeley sleep by herself.) So, last October, we bought bunk beds and thought we were done. The room was finished. Ashby and K like to sleep together on the top bunk, so we thought Madeley could sleep on the bottom and Kensington said they could all rotate sleeping with each other. But then…fast forward to August of this year…and I started putting Madeley’s clothes in Ashby’s closet and everything suddenly started feeling tight. Out of all the kids, Ashby has the smallest closet. So, we pondered all of our ideas: move Madeley to her own room, just put Madeley’s clothes in her own room, move Ashby to Kensington’s room, move everyone back to their own rooms…I mean, we went round and round. And then I said, it’s too bad we don’t just have one extra closet in Ashby’s room because that would solve all of our problems…and thus, the wheels in Andrew Shull’s head began to turn. He was like, we could turn the attic into a third floor with a closet. And I was like, what? Huh? How? We have more than one attic and the one he was referring to was in the middle of our house (not next door to Ashby’s room but across the hall and above), but he got an idea, came up with some plans, talked to a builder and before I knew it…we were leaving for China to get Madeley the same week they began demolition on Ashby’s room. And a few weeks ago, they wrapped things up. We had so much space upstairs that we included a loft area for studying and a big closet. And now, we have all of this fun extra space that keeps everyone in the same room with plenty of storage.
So, this is what Ashby’s room looked like before…
And now, it looks like this…
…there are two steps that lead to a staircase to their new loft and closet.
So, here’s a little tour. Welcome 🙂 .
‘Tis the season.
They have pink sheets with little white hearts on them when it’s not Christmas sheet season 😉 . And FYI: my least favorite thing in the WHOLE WORLD is changing the sheets on a top bunk. One of these days, I’m going to break my leg doing it.
One of these days, Madeley will sleep in here too. Right now, she’s in our room, but she knows this is her room too.
Both pictures were taken two weeks after they came home. Love these girls so much.
So, up the stairs we go…
At the top of the stairs are built-in drawers. We have loads of storage now! And we also have a pretty little chandelier that’s on a dimmer, so we can always have a little fancy light if we like.
Do you see the circle at the top of the stairs? That’s a solar tube. Since we’re in the middle of the house, we couldn’t put in a window, so we put in a solar tube to bring natural light into the space.
We have two desks up there for them to do homework when they’re older. Right now, it’s craft central. I had to remove Kensington, Ashby and Smith’s crafts in order to take these pics 🙂 . All three big kids are obsessed with doing crafts up here.
My sweet friend gave me this frame with Madeley James’ initials.
We have a bookshelf that for now is empty…because Madeley keeps just taking the books off. I’ll add some books back when she’s a little older.
Desk #2 with a bulletin board for them to add their art and such.
And we have a pocket door that separates the loft area from the closet.
And a cozy little picture with the main lights off to end the post.
So…a new little space for two (typically three if we’re being honest) little girls.
That’s Ashby and Madeley’s room 🙂 .