Ashby & Madeley’s Room

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 #1


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 🙂 .

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  • Bernadine November 22, 2016 at 4:58 am

    WOW, it looks amazing!!! You guys did a great job, Shay!

  • Therese November 22, 2016 at 5:07 am

    What an awesome idea! We moved last year to a bigger house. Love it except the kids’ bedrooms are a bit smaller. We also have a small attic space. I like this creativity.

    I also feel your pain on changing the sheets on bunkbeds. We thought they were such a good idea when we bought them for my son. He has a severe dust allergy so the sheets have to be changed often. I’m not my best patient mom when I’m having to change those sheets a couple times a week!

  • Beth November 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Such a cute room! I love how pink everything is and that chandelier is a great final touch!!!

  • Sara November 22, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Love the room! I’m sure they will enjoy having a special space of their own! Can I ask where you got the Paris-inspired canvases next to the dresser? I’m expecting a baby girl in March, and I would love something similar.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 5:37 am

      I think Home Goods, but it’s been a while. They were in her room originally.

      • sara November 22, 2016 at 6:25 am

        Thanks, I’ll have to keep my eye out! I found similar prints on Etsy.

      • Cindy November 22, 2016 at 8:15 am

        Hi Everyone,

        Here what we used to do to change the top bunk sheet. Two people take the mattress off the top bunk then you put the sheet on while it is off the bed then two people put the mattress back. Then have an older kid go up and lay the top sheet and blanket, move the bed away from the wall then tuck in the sides. No more climbing up the ladder to make the bed. There you have it a bed made without standing on the ladder and fitting the sheet to the mattress.

  • Lindsay November 22, 2016 at 5:28 am

    LOVE it!!!!! That hallway looks like a secret passage way. 🙂

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt November 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I love this! And they are really going to appreciate it once they are older, too! So sweet to share a room with sister 🙂 On a different note, do you remember what color your trim is? I love that it looks more creamy instead of a stark white. Thanks!

  • Brooke Resnick November 22, 2016 at 5:36 am

    It looks so good! What a great job you all did! I know you’ll probably get a ton of these requests but where are the little Parisian prints from in the girls’ main room? They’re so cute! Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 5:36 am

      I believe i bought them at Home Goods. I bought them a few years ago, but I’m pretty sure that’s where they’re from.

  • Loren November 22, 2016 at 5:37 am

    What a beautiful room! I love all the details. The girls must love it. `

  • jamie November 22, 2016 at 5:37 am

    wow! that is stunning! what a fun space for the two {three} girls to make memories! i am LOVING the full length mirror. and a question: what is the thing to the left of the lamp on the little shelf? is that a sound machine? enjoy your first thanksgiving with madeley.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Haha! Yes :).

  • Deirdre Lennon November 22, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Looks fabulous Shay! Great idea Andrew! My sister & I had our own rooms but always slept together too. We still reminisce about the fun we had! I love the big, ornate mirror over the dresser. Do you remember where it’s from?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 6:14 am

      I bought that at a flea market :).

  • Christy Latimore November 22, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Absolutely darling!!!!

  • Tara G. November 22, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Well, I want a loft closet! So practical & pretty & fun!

  • Jessica November 22, 2016 at 6:09 am

    The room is perfect! I love that Kensington talks about all three girls sleeping in that room and rotating sleeping spots. My three youngest boys (8, 7 & 3) share a room and although it does get wild and crazy at times, I think about the bonds and memories they are creating and it makes my mama heart happy!

  • Ashley November 22, 2016 at 6:15 am

    WOW! This is so neat. Love the idea!! Growing up, Ashby and Madeley will definitely have the coolest room around.
    I can only imagine that now all the kids want cool 2 story bedrooms 🙂

  • Dustie Day November 22, 2016 at 6:31 am

    It’s beautiful! Where did you get the tall skinny shelf with baskets? I’m glad to see their 1,423 stuffed animals in a basket too 🙂 I thought we were the only ones. ; )

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Pottery Barn Kids!

  • Sharon S November 22, 2016 at 6:33 am

    When you mentioned construction going on at your house I wondered what the heck you were doing on such a new house – but this makes perfect sense. When my now grown girls were small and our bedroom situation was also tight, a co-worker with 2 girls advised me to have them share a room. She hadn’t done it with her two girls and regretted it. She said it makes them work together, sort out their differences, become friends – one of the best bits of advice I ever got. Mine shared until the eldest was 13 when she moved herself into a storage room with a sleeping bag and declared it her room…lol. Yes yes, we turned it into a bedroom for her – but sharing up til that point was the best decision ever. They still talk about sharing and their bedroom ghosts and how they helped each other through so many things.

  • Kelly Stamps November 22, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Sooooo cute!!!!! They will love this!

  • Sheaffer November 22, 2016 at 6:35 am

    And the pictures don’t even do the space justice. It’s just so pretty up there!!! A little girl’s dream!!!!

  • Sarah November 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

    This is so adorable!!

  • Leslie Z. November 22, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I’m obsessed! I want MY room to look like that! You guys did such a good job! What a good idea to transform the attic space into extra house space! Who even uses that much attic?

    I’ll be posting my “Day in the Life” post soon! My first one!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life November 22, 2016 at 6:45 am

    What an awesome new space you guys created!! I love that there’s a loft too for hanging out 🙂

  • Laura November 22, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Where did you get the paisley bedding/duvet (and of course the pink pony sheets)? My daughter would love their room! It is great inspiration

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Pottery Barn Kids!

  • Amy Hyman November 22, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Precious!! Love!! Magical memories to be made there! I have a question about those wrapped canvas prints of your girls…..some of those looked like some you post on Instagram. Were they taken with your phone? And where do you have them printed? I’ve wanted to do the same but didn’t know if the quality of my phone pics would turn out enlarged. Love your blog and cookbooks also! I too have a precious pumpkin from China. So hearing your journey and stories speak straight to my heart!

  • Jenna November 22, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This is amazing! Where did you get the chandelier? I’m looking for one for my baby girl’s nursery!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Pottery Barn Kids 🙂

  • Jenny November 22, 2016 at 6:54 am

    We have an attic space that we might use to expand my son’s room at some point. This gives me hope that it can be done!


  • Brooke Richardson November 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

    This looks fantastic! It’s like a secret passageway to a secret room. How fun!!!

  • Kelly November 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Oh Shay! THIS! ! What a wonderful idea. Everything looks so fabulous. I would love to be a little girl living in your beautiful house with such a fun room with so much space for all the pretty clothes. Just LOVE it all! My sisters and I had a bunk bed and we did the exact same thing – rotating sleeping arrangements. So much bonding and so many memories created! Happy days!

  • Jenni Young November 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Love the addition! And please post again where the hair bows and head wraps are from. I have 3 granddaughters!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 7:34 am

      The bows are from and the head wraps are from Ruby Blue Originals on Etsy :).

  • Kathleen November 22, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Their room looks great. We have a bedding set called beddy beds. They zip up and might be good for your bunk beds. Check them out on IG.

  • Renee November 22, 2016 at 7:23 am

    It is very beautiful. Wondering if you could share where you purchased the full length mirror in the attic?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Hemisphere’s Furniture 🙂

  • Leisha Hemphill November 22, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Love the pillow case! Where are they from??

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Pottery Barn Kids!

  • Erika Slaughter November 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Looks SO good, friend!! And you added so much extra space. Sometimes (notice I used sometimes ;)) that Andrew Shull knows what he’s talking about.

  • Narci November 22, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Dear Ashby and Madeley: we will be over asap to craft on those desks and play in your super adorable closet!! So fun!!! –Narci and Presley 😉

  • Francie November 22, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Just beautiful!

  • Kimberly Penson November 22, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Absolutely perfect. The dimmer on the chandelier is my favorite.

  • Michelle Nordstrom November 22, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I have to echo that when you said construction was going on, my first thought was “But it’s a new house!”. Great use of the space to give them some place special and fun. I love the carpet in the closet!! Do you know who it is manufactured by?

  • Krystal November 22, 2016 at 7:40 am

    To help with changing the top bunk sheets look into I have them on every bed in my house. They aren’t the softest at first but after several washes get better. They are a life changer for cribs and for kings too because I hate changing sheets!

  • Laci Murray November 22, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!! What a creative little space that ALL the girls will love and grow with!!! Brilliant idea!!!

  • Tracy Doubts November 22, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Such a special, girly space Shay! Thank you for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  • Kelly November 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

    What a wonderful space for your girls! I know it’s helpful now but I can see it really being useful in the years to come. What little (or big!) girl would not love a huge walk-in closet, full length mirror and chandelier? Not one, that’s who;). It’s lovely, Shay. Thanks for sharing!

  • Whitney Pegram November 22, 2016 at 7:50 am

    That looks amazing!!

  • Jenna November 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

    What a beautiful space and what a fun room to have! I love the chandelier, but I also love all the girly/sister touches you added. What a great space to grow into.

  • Dana Vissage November 22, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I love this!! You may have answered this before but where do you get your canvases made?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 8:20 am 🙂

  • Debbie K. November 22, 2016 at 7:59 am

    When we are done paying the college bills for our two kids, can you just come to Indiana and redecorate my house? I love everything you do and this space is just gorgeous!

  • Britt Hensley November 22, 2016 at 8:01 am

    So stinkin’ adorable!!! 🙂

  • Katie Williams November 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

    What a dream room for two sisters! Great and creative use of space!

  • Linda Grunbs November 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Oh my! What an adorable space! I’m sure the girls are thrilled. I love, love the carpeting in the closet!

  • Lisa biedebach November 22, 2016 at 8:13 am

    After seeing this I have some concerns. I’m not sure your girls have enough stuffed animals, hair bows or dresses. It might keep me up at night. ????

  • Shay November 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Oh my goodness!! What an absolutely perfect, most darling space ever! Love the chandelier!! And that closet?! Swoon!

  • alice h November 22, 2016 at 8:30 am

    another blog I read used something I think called Beddy’s (?) it is a zipped up bedding set that is supposed to be easier to change.

  • Megan Butler November 22, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Love love love. This is such a cool space!! I shared a room with my little sis and I would have loved a loft space

  • Marisa November 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Hey! I have a single over double bunk from pottery barn. Making the bed ALONE is torture. My husband and I do it together and we literally slide the mattress off the bed and stand it on its side and make the entire thing while in its side and then slide it back up. (After you put the fitted sheet on lay the blankets and comforter on and get them even before you do any tucking and then once even tuck them both in at the same time) It actually takes just an few minutes and the back side (against the wall) get so neatly tucked in it’s amazing. No more wrestling with bunched up blankets And no more sweating!

  • Angela Ellingson November 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Gorgeous! That is incredible! I love it so so much! What a dream.

  • Megan November 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

    What a great idea to use the attic space. I love the little loft area. I’m sure they will love it even more as they get older. And that animal print carpet is my favorite every time I get a glimpse of it in your home.

  • Meg November 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I need that leopard carpet in my closet!!! Where did you find it? Thx❤️❤️

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      I’ll try and find the source! We ordered it online and had our carpet people here order it.

  • Jacqueline November 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

    This looks amazing!! It’s so crazy to think of all the extra space people have in their homes that they don’t even know about or use!!! These girls have the perfect room!!

  • Elise Welch November 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    That is so cute! I love sharing a room with my sister! It is so fun!

  • Marcy November 22, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Such a great space!! Love the closet and loft

  • Kelly Miller November 22, 2016 at 9:27 am

    This is adorable! My sister and I are 2 years apart. We always had our own rooms, but always slept in the same room. So much more fun that way! Love it.

  • Meggan November 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This is beautiful! Where are the desks from? Santa is bringing my little girl a craft desk this year. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      They were built in. 🙂

      • Meggan December 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

        Thank you!! My hunt continues 🙂

  • Renee November 22, 2016 at 9:34 am

    So pretty!
    Do you mind sharing where you found the white Christmas tree?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Hobby Lobby 🙂

  • Valerie November 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Can I ask what Ashby’s grey canvas says? I love it!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      I scrolled back through and couldn’t find what you were seeing?

      • Bernadine November 23, 2016 at 4:29 am

        I think she refers to the first photo, the one with the different dates on it (Think its when she was born and when she became a Shull etc).

  • Kristen November 22, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Looks great! I soon will have 3 girls in one room. The baby is still in our room. And yes, storage is the hardest part!! What a great idea!

  • Fenny November 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    So the easiest way to change those sheets up top….have Kensington do it, lol. That’s how we do it at our house…my daughter is doing all the climbing and I just help from the bottom.

  • Kristian November 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

    What a beautiful, dreamy space, and what a sweet husband for having the idea! I love everything about the new space. Where did you find the adorable furry desk chairs? I am pretty sure my girl would swoon over one of those!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Pottery Barn Teen 🙂

  • Lesley McFarland November 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Love this new space. And what a great idea!! The girls will ABSOLUTELY love this now and many years to come.

  • heidi November 22, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Shay, can I move in ????????????… how cute is that, and such a cute place as they grow older to hang out with friends etc. I love it. What a treasure! . My daughter Ella has the same PB bedding and its washed and held up so well.
    You need to do an update in your room too, I know you were changing things there. I love house stuff!

  • Ashley M November 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

    That is such a great idea! Their room is so cute!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World November 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Oh Shay, what a dream! Those are some lucky, lucky little girls right there. I would have died to have a space like that when I was little! It is all beautiful!

  • Kelly McNellis November 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    What a gorgeous space!!! Your builders did an amazing job. The closet carpet is to die for! Love love LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Kelli November 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Love this space! We are about to start building in January and will be in Dallas area this weekend- any must go places you recommend for lighting? Decor?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      I love Passion Lighting in Colleyville :).

  • Laura November 22, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    This is so awesome– I love the loft closet/desk area! Just out of curiosity– does Madeley have her own room? So when they get older they can separate and each have their own rooms (like Kensington?). Looks great!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Totally! They can all have their own rooms later if they would like!

  • Theresa November 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Way to think outside the box. I’m impressed!

  • Charmaine Ng November 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    If their own room wasn’t beautiful before, it’s even better now! So pink and girly. I love it!

    – Charmaine

  • Chelsea@ Married Filing Jointly November 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    I love it! Where did you get their Christmas sheets?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Pottery Barn Kids

  • Jenn November 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Shay, have you heard of Beddys? The inside of the blankets are lined with minky so they are super soft and they just zip up so they are reslly easy to make in the morning.

  • Jaren November 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I love it Shay! That was my main problem with putting my two girls together. It’s overwhelming with all the shoes, bows, etc. I now keep all their off-season stuff in our playroom closet. I just love all the sweet framed art and the canvas photos of the girls. They will love that space!! Go Andrew for getting on that one!

  • Ashley Goins November 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Your girls need a Beddy’s for their bunk. They’re comforters are LIFE-CHANGING for us mommas having to change that top bunk.look up beddys on insta. I absolutely love ours for my boys bunks. love their cheetah carpet!

  • Alexandra November 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Love the bunk beds! We will be on a hunt for bunk beds soon, where did you find yours from?

  • Karen Martin November 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I love how creative you and Andrew were with this space! It is so beautiful. As one of four girls my sisters and I would have loved to have a space as cool as this. At one point in our lives we lived in a two bedroom house, so all four of us shared a room with a double bed and bunk beds. I slept on the top bunk, so I had to change those sheets so I know exactly where you are coming from with that. Thanks so much for sharing the new space with us. I enjoyed seeing the new space and now I need a new closet because I am loving these closets!!!!

  • Brenda November 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Looks amazing!! Where do you get your canvases printed?

  • Sherry November 23, 2016 at 5:46 am

    The coolest room
    Ever for the girls! Love everything about it. Blessed girls!

  • Michelle Dwyer November 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Shay! I just read another blog this morning and she has a top bunk bed issue too.. She suggested these looks like a good idea! The girls’ new room is beautiful! Here’s the other blog:

  • Holly Hopkins November 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Amazing!!! What a great idea. These gals are going to love this soace and the big closet as they grow. It makes sense for them to share being the two youngest and I love that Kensington sleeps with Ashby right now. adorable. You have hit the kid jackpot!

  • Mimi Hom-Cochran November 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Love, love, love! I wish that was my room…and I’m 40 years old, haha!

  • Bernadine November 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Please post a link to your closet post. The one linking to Sheaffer is not working. Thanks x

  • Joyce November 29, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    What size do you order for your Canvas prints?

  • Kelsey Vacher November 30, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Where did you get the comforters for the bunk beds? I have been looking everywhere for something similar and can’t find anything!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Pottery Barn Kids 🙂

  • Ann Marie December 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    How did I miss this post?? This is ADORABLE!!!! I spy a precious frame too! 🙂

  • Lauren December 13, 2016 at 8:05 am

    That is INCREDIBLE!!!!