Imaginative Play Needs Room

Even though they are twins, Lile and Sábha are very different. They look a bit similar in a 'they must be sisters' way - but not everyone singles them out immediately as being twins. They are also very different in personality. Sábha is an all-singing, all-dancing, people-pleaser with a flair for the dramatic while Lile is more reserved. She prefers quiet games and one-to-one interactions - but her quick temper makes sure she keeps us on our toes.
Lile & Sábha
Even the way they play is different. Sábha is so much more physical than her sister. Role playing is what she loves most. Dressing up and being the game. She's not really bothered by toys and will play just as happily with a feather and a piece of string as she would with an expensive toy. The one exception to this is soft-toys... she has an army of them... including a giant teddy called Béar Mór who is her best friend.

Lile on the other hand loves to play with tiny things. The tinier and cuter the better. She prefers her figurines to have all the adventures while she is the boss who tells them what to do. She can get lost for hours creating her own little world.

Though they have different styles of playing, their games have one thing in common - they both take up a lot of space! I love witnessing them using their imaginations but Lile's figurines can often be found trailing out of the bedroom, down the stairs, across the living room and onto the kitchen table. And Sábha's dancing and costumes and teddy-bear accomplices follow a similar path - so every day our small house gets completely cluttered.
The sum total of the floor space in their bedroom.
Now, since the addition of all the stuff they got for Christmas, things are slightly out of control and most days our living room looks like a toy factory exploded in it.

With no option of creating a play-room in our house to corral their possessions, what they really need is more space to play in their shared bedroom. I know playthings will still 'migrate' but if everything has a home to go to and if the girls had more room for setting up their elaborate villages and for twirling it would really help.
There are plans afoot to redecorate their room - and create more floor space while we're at it. Their bedroom hasn't been painted since before they were born and badly needs doing. Because they arrived five weeks early I never actually got a chance to 'design' the room as a nursery and once they had arrived there was no time for such frivolities so they've been living with plain white walls, some animal curtains from the charity shop and some Ikea furniture.

I'd really love them to have some beautiful bunk beds, like these from Ollie & Leila (actually all their beds are lovely). The extra storage underneath would be perfect for storing Sábha's dress-ups (and some of the teddy army, maybe) and it would give them each a space to call their own. I can imagine they'd even use the beds themselves in some of their games. There's nothing like a bunk-bed pirate ship/mountain/castle! These beds would free up some much-needed floor space but they also come apart so if, in the future, they decide they'd prefer separate rooms we won't need to go out and buy new ones.

We'll also be painting their room and reorganising the large walk-in cupboard that takes up a huge chunk of space (it's a former, ill-planned en-suite) but is amazing for keeping their things accessible yet hidden.

A new window treatment will also be needed, but I don't know what that will be yet, maybe a blind rather than curtains? Anyway, Devo re-decorated our kitchen just before Christmas (I'll share more about that soon!) and while he's 'in the zone' I'm trying to make this be our next big house project. 

I'm excited to get started and even more excited to see where their new room will take my girls' imaginations!


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  1. The floor space in your girls' boredom looks about the size of the space in mine - we have bunk beds, and without them, we'd be lost!

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    1. God damn these tiny Irish houses! I'm constantly wishing I could push out the walls to have more breathing room. How do you find the bunk beds? Any safety issues I should consider? and... is making the beds really annoying?

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  2. Those bunks are fab. We are currently looking at redesigning our box room for our oldest who is growing up fast and wants a grown up room by herself with bunks for future sleep overs!

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    1. They're so pretty aren't they? Good luck with the redesign - you know I never thought about it but I guess it's possible I'll be looking for another set of bunk beds in the future for that very reason! Sleepovers are big business through the pre/teen years!

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  3. Oh wow the bunk beds are gorgeous. I've been toying with the idea of getting some for my boys but any attempt to put them in the same room so far has ended in disaster. One needs a lot more sleep than the other. Best of look with the redesign!

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    1. Thanks so much Laura. I'm just anticipating the fights over who gets to go on top!

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  4. We have bunk beds for the boys room and they are great. Currently doing a complete 'makeover' of my tween daughter's room, bunk beds would be a great solution as the room is small and completely taken over by the current double bed.

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    1. Bunk beds would be great for future sleepovers. I imagine she's at prime sleepover stage now in her tweens! Hope the makeover is a great success.

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