A few months back, my husband and I decided on a whim, to move A and C into a shared room. Instead of renovating another room for the baby nursery, we decided that it would be best for the older boys to share a room, so that we could re-purpose one of their rooms for the baby.
In the last year, they’ve become the best of friends. While it won’t be forever, we know that sharing a room will be a special bonding experience. Their daily interaction (both good and bad) reminds me how thankful I am they have each other. My husband and I smile often at the stories they tell each other at bedtime. And while we are always in need of more sleep, even their early morning shenanigans of sneaking out of their shared room makes us laugh.
Like I mentioned already, we didn’t plan for the shared room AT ALL and figured out in one day, the physical logistics of the room and furniture layout. With some guess work and heavy lifting back and forth, we successfully moved A’s twin bed and bedroom furniture into C’s nursery.
Because of the ‘on the fly’ (re: crazy) decision to move the boys into a shared space, I didn’t get a chance to make their ‘new’ room feel like their own. A few weeks ago, the boys and I browsed through Mouse + Magpie’s website to pick out new decor and bedding for their shared ‘big brothers/boys” room. A was so excited to look through each of the different themes and collections. There were so many designs that piqued his interest, it took some thorough browsing to pick out their new bedroom decor.
Mouse + Magpie is a child inspired, adult curated collection of delightfully designed products and furnishings created specifically for little people with big imaginations. They partner with international artists and illustrators from around the world to exclusively design one-of-a-kind products. I absolutely love the quality of their products. The sherpa blanket is so, so soft and the artwork on each of the products in the collection is so beautiful and detailed.
The boys are in love with their construction truck room decor and sherpa blankets. The entire collection A chose for their room is called “Under Construction,” which included (1) framed art, (1) lamp, (1) clock, (1) throw pillow and (1) Sherpa blanket. Luckily, C is a huge construction trucks fan, so he didn’t have any objections.
Mouse + Magpie offers you the opportunity to choose a complete collection of artwork and products to start a new room design or to select just the right piece to breathe life into an existing space. Visit the Mouse + Magpie website to view artist collections.
Oh and if you’re wondering how the transition went for the boys; let’s say that it went smoothly for the most part. We didn’t have any expectations or plans of how the boys would adjust to this new shared space. They were unicorn babies (thank you sleep gods!) that slept through the night early on as babies. So we didn’t know how they would adjust to having a roommate.
The first few days, bedtime was a bit louder (and later!) than usual. But, they both fell back into their sleep routine later in the week. A few months in and the only thing that has changed is their wake up time which varies from 6:30-7:30 in the morning. Sometimes, we have nights when each of the boys wakes up from a bad dream (or loud fireworks). But, they usually sleep through each other’s random middle of the night wake ups. The early AM wake up is still a work in progress, but I love how well they’ve both adjusted to their shared room. And the best part is just how much they enjoy their newly decorated shared room even more!
Do your kids have a shared room? How did you set up the room?