Kids Rooms : Dilemma

I am loving these children’s rooms designed by  Jane Eleni 
(heard about her via the lovely Swish & Swanky blog).  I could not just pic one picture to share with you.  They are all so great.  Jane also contributes to Cookie Mag (is that any surprise).  Now if I only lived in New York and had plenty of extra dollars to spend, I would so have her design a room or to for me.  But since that is pretty much impossible, perhaps you can help?
Here is my dilemma…..
Baby boy coming and I can’t decide whether I should make my two oldest (boy & girl) share a room until the baby is about 1 or so and he and his brother can then share – OR- if I should just put the crib in my guest room (leaving the guest room functional as well and well jazzing it up a bit) and let the baby sleep in the there for the first year or so?  If I put El & L together than I think I will def try to do something like above….white walls with some color so that when it turns into an all boys room it won’t be too hard of a transition.  Any thoughts or ideas???? You are all so very helpful! 
ps- we have that dancing spider man in image #4… and why is it that the tacky toy looks cool in that picture but in my house looks like a tacky toy sitting out…hmmm
{images via Jane Eleni}


  • melifaif
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 10:38am

    I say make your guest bedroom into a dual purpose nursery! Turn your guest bed into a day bed type setting that you and baby can hand out on too…best of luck!

  • Laura
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 11:19am

    I am currently going through the mess of seperating my two kids girl 2 and boy 1. We had decided to keep them both on the first floor with us… and while it has had a few advantages… it really is noooo fun now! They are used to living together and yet can't be trusted anymore alone with a door shut soooo…. what do we do….? I guess it means crying for a few days at bedtime. So if you can I would keep them seperate to start with!

  • Analisa
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 11:30am

    I think the merge of the baby guest room might work best. Less distubing for baby and the older child.
    You might even consider changing your guest room into a nursery. Using a neutral sophisticated color palate with pops of color and hidden storage.

    When guest arrive they can use the room and the children can share.

    Hope it helps

  • Mademoiselle Frou-Frou
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 11:39am

    wow, these are the coolest children's rooms i've seen! i love how they are stylish, edgy yet completely appropriate for a child!

  • my favorite and my best
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 12:29pm

    ok im gonna put it out there…don't hate me.
    i think it is a TERRIBLE idea to put the 2 kids together when the baby comes. they are already gonna feel slightly threatened by the arrival of the newborn, lets face it. so this move might make them feel less important. most newborns sleep near their mother in the first few months at least anyway…why not set up a bassinet by YOUR bed and then when the time is right move the babe into a crib in your new baby room/guest room. also you might find that sleeping near the baby in the guestroom suits you better. bottom line is i think El and L deserve to not have their worlds turned upside down too much.

    that's just the way i see it

  • A-M
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 2:54pm

    Guest Room! You are so going to use that guest bed for reasons you haven't even thought of yet… nappy changing, clothes folding, sleeping by accident when totally exhausted! A-M xx

  • Jane
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 7:06pm

    I am with the others – guest room definitely. And when your guests come to stay they can help out with the little baby. !! Don't put the other two in one room, I think that would cause problems. They need their own space at this time ..

  • Miz.November
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 7:55pm

    My personal opinion: DO NOT put a boy and a girl in the same room together. Better safe than sorry. I grew up with a bunch of boys and I will say this… get curious. I'm not saying that terrible things would happen. Don't get me wrong. But kids can't really be trusted by themselves. Plus, they've had their own space all this time.

  • Josephine Tale Peddler
    Commented on August 27th, 2009 at 9:51pm

    Those rooms are lovely! I love the pink girl's rooms the best. I think the baby should be with you. That's just my opinion. I think little ones need to sleep near their parents for as long as possible. In their own cot in the same room. I firmly believe that it helps their immune systems adjust to this world. I know that doesn't work for everyone but that's my penny's worth! xx

  • Christine
    Commented on August 28th, 2009 at 4:56am

    Thanks for sharing those nice rooms :-) I really like them!

    And I'm with the others – baby guest room.

  • Melissa
    Commented on August 28th, 2009 at 5:36am

    Those rooms are cool! I think its nice for kids to share a room, my to boys are sharing and they seem to have good times together…

  • Dreamgirl
    Commented on August 28th, 2009 at 7:40am

    I would probably put the baby in the guest room and let the other two sleep in separate rooms…

    I don't know how often you have guests, but in our house that room is sort of empty most of the days of the year anyway… And there is no need to do a lot of changes to the room. Keep it simple, but with some fun colorful accent-pieces that the baby can look at.

    The overly decorated babies rooms are sort of a waste when the baby is very small. Sometimes it's more for mom to show off to her friends. (Don't get angry at me now…) Now, when the baby turns one and he starts discovering the world outside the crib, it's time to make a fun make-over. White is perfect because it's so easy to jazz up with lots of fun colors and accessories..

    That's just my opinion…

    Have a fab weekend!

  • paula
    Commented on August 28th, 2009 at 8:19am

    that is a tough one, but i am sure whatever you decide it will be perfect. Great help I am, huh. have a lovely weekend.

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