These are not the before or after shots - these are the during shots! On Friday night with my parent's help we switched around a bunch of stuff between Lillie's room and the guest bedroom. As of a few months ago we thought we had the room situation all figured out. We moved Lillie from her crib to a full sized bed thinking when we had guests they could just sleep in her room and then we were going to keep one of the twin beds in the guest bedroom and put the other one in storage for a while and replace it with the crib once it got a little closer to my due date. We have family visit quite often so we figured this would still allow us to sleep three guests even though we wouldn't officially have a guest bedroom anymore. Well, a month or so ago Lillie decided she was petrified of her bed (after sleeping in in wonderfully for almost three months) and bedtime became a nightmare. I won't bore you all with the details but it took us a over a month to figure out it was the bed she was scared of. Anyway, we decided to move the twin beds into her room and that has worked like a charm! She has slept wonderfully the last few nights - what a relief! As a mom, I am thrilled about this, but the designer in me is now trying to scramble and figure out a whole new plan for our nursery - squishing a full sized bed AND a crib along with a dresser, chair and end table into the other room which is rather small is going to be quite the design challenge, especially because I already had that room designed in my head and that is out the window now - I will save that for another post though (I think we finally have the layout figured out but we haven't set up the crib yet so we will see if it actually works)! Anyway, the good news is we played around with her room and found a layout that was able to fit everything in and gives her way more room to play than before, and we now can sleep four guests instead of three!

Because we switched beds and even a dresser and changed the whole layout of her room I now have several bare walls that I need to address and I want to play around with the bedding a little bit before this room will be finished. I have figured out what I am going to do with the bare walls and am planning on working on those projects this weekend and I also plan on making some new pillows for the beds that have pink and gray in them to add some pop. I liked the all white on the beds when they were in the guest bedroom because they were in front of some wallpaper, but they are looking pretty boring to me in here.

I actually had planned on doing the ottoman tutorial post today but I didn't finish it until late last night so I couldn't take the finished shots without natural light. I will take those later today and try to do that post either tomorrow or Friday! Then I was planning on doing the post with Lillie's room once I had done all of the projects for it and it had a more finished look but seeing how I can't do the tutorial post without photos of the finished product and I had taken a few shots of Lillie's room today so I could show one of my sister's the new layout I figured I might as well just do a quick "during" post for now! These aren't very good shots either - I didn't feel like going downstairs and switching lenses seeing how when I took these I wasn't planning on doing a blog post - was just planning on e-mailing them to my sister. Now I am wishing I wasn't so lazy!

You can't see it in these shots but the other twin bed is on the other side of the window seat area, and now there is so much more room for her to play both between the beds and in the area between the foot of the beds and the closet. Will try to get shots of that next time!

I picked up a bolster insert for each bed and some fabric and trim yesterday and can't wait to get started on some pillows! Once I make them the doll will go in her window seat but for now at least it helps make the bed look not quite so terribly boring.

Hopefully I will have some better photos after the weekend! And check back either tomorrow or Friday for a ottoman slipcover tutorial.

Although I can't show you the other projects I am planning on doing for Lillie's room because they are in my head I can show you one thing I want to add to her room for Valentine's Day. Melanie over at Pretties and Posies just did a tutorial for a gorgeous carnation Valentine. Her blog has always been one of my favorites (I did a feature on it back in July) and her last two posts with beautiful Valentine's ideas are gorgeous! I have never been a fan of carnations but after seeing this I have to change my mind! Here are two photos by Melanie of her beautiful carnation heart:

Oh and our children's Valentine's shirts and onesies with this print are on SALE now in our shop!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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