A Little Make Believe

We’re kind of weird about the TV in our household.  I really don’t like the kids watching a ton of TV, and probably five days out of the week they don’t watch any TV.  We do, however, read a ton of books.

I thought it was funny this spring when Ender spent an entire afternoon pretending to be the bat from the book, Stellaluna.

Here’s a picture of him hanging upside down by his feet, just like Stellaluna learns to at the end of the book.

LOVE IT!

stellaluna

Plans for Ender’s New Room

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to set up Ender’s bedroom in our new house.  Thus far, we’ve painted, but that’s about it.  With his birthday coming up, I thought it’d be a fun surprise to fix it up a bit.

Here are some of the idea’s I’d like to incorporate into his room.

Bed

The most important part of any bedroom is the bed, right?  We’ve purchased the Ikea KURA bed.

Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com
Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com

This bed is unique in that you can flip it upside down so that it can be at either ground level or at bunk level.  We think that Ender will like the bunked option, but if we have problems with that, it will be simple to flip it so that it’s at ground level.

Admittedly, this bed is exactly Montessori style, however, I believe it does follow some Montessori principles as Ender will be able to climb into the bed independently regardless of how it’s positioned.

Clothing

Space in the bedroom is valuable.  For the past year or more, I’ve used a small dresser that fits into a closet to store  Ender’s clothing.  So far, so good.  He doesn’t own enough clothes at this point to warrant buying a larger dresser.  The dresser I bought has four drawers.  It’s simple for him to find his own clothes, which helps him to dress himself.

Books

As I’ve mentioned before, books are big with this kid!  There are so many neat ideas floating around the internet for book storage.  Here are some of my favorites.  I’m not sure which one we’ll go with yet.

I love this Ikea BEKVÄM spice rack turned into bookshelves.  Simple.  Easy.  Effective.  Just my style.  Plus, the birch wood matches the birch used on the Ikea KURA bed above.

Image found on Pinterest but originally found here:  http://mysparkle.blogspot.com.es/2011/09/ollies-room-sneak-peek.html
Image found on Pinterest but originally found here: http://mysparkle.blogspot.com.es/2011/09/ollies-room-sneak-peek.html

These books slings are a little more work than the easy to install spice racks, however, they’d be a great way to incorporate a fun fabric and some color into the room.

Image found on Pinterest but originally found here:    http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2014/03/how-to-make-book-slings/
Image found on Pinterest but originally found here: http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2014/03/how-to-make-book-slings/

In the past, we’ve stored a few books in small decorative baskets.  This is nice because I can take the basket out to our larger bookshelves in the living room and rotate the bedroom selection periodically.  I like to keep seasonal bedtime books in the basket, and this allows me to easily change what’s accessible.  The baskets I’m currently using are these ones.

Image from www.target.com
Image from http://www.target.com

Activities

Although most of our play happens in the living room, I like having some activities available in the bedroom for when Ender wants to play without his little brother interfering.

We currently own this table.  It was incredibly cheap and is the perfect size for toddlers.  Overall, I would definitely purchase this table again.

Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com

We also own this easel, which was a gift and is also the perfect size for toddlers.

Image from www.ikea.com
Image from http://www.ikea.com

Somehow, I would love to get a climbing rope into the bedroom.  Seriously.  Check out this picture.  This would be amazing.  Ender is too young for it just yet, but it’s certainly something he could grow into and it’d be great for his balance, coordination, confidence…

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Image found on Pinterest – link to original image would not work. If this is your image, please let me know how I can credit you!

Artwork

There is some seriously amazing artwork I’m finding Etsy that I’d love to have in my boy’s room.

I’m seriously obsessed with this wooden artwork from RightGrain on Etsy.

Fantastic artwork from RightGrain on Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/156090932/full-moon-original-painting-astronomy?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=wood+moon&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery
Fantastic artwork from RightGrain on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/156090932/full-moon-original-painting-astronomy?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=wood+moon&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery

I also have a Marushka fabric canvas that was anniversary present from my mom to my dad decades ago.  Somehow, I ended up with it and I think it will be perfect in Ender’s bedroom.  I love the color and modern style.

Vintage parent's anniversary gift
Vintage parent’s anniversary gift

I’d also like to incorporate some canvases that the boys paint themselves, as well as some family photos?  We also put a lot of his own artwork on the walls.  Does anyone have any great DIY decor ideas to do with toddlers?  I’d love suggestions!

So – there are some of my ideas!   Check back in a few weeks for a reveal of his room after it’s complete.