Mr. Menace built a fantastic Ice Castle playhouse and bunk bed combination for one of our granddaughters years ago. Then she outgrew it, and the Ice Castle came to our house.
And so the dilemma.
How do empty nesters (or anyone!) decorate a spare bedroom around an Ice Castle.
A few weeks ago I realized that the room would be so much more fun if I created some distinct and separate areas. If I were a child I would love to have a reading area, a dress up area, an arts/crafts area, along with the playhouse, and ice castle bunk bed.
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I began with the reading nook and as I was working on it, I began to realize that there are four things needed to make it a true success:
- Bookshelf with books
- Comfortable seating
Scouring the thrift stores you can find some cute stuff for really cheap. Most of the items I purchased for $2-3 each. It does take time and patience when shopping thrift stores. You can’t shop as you would at a traditional store. Your mindset has to be flexible and able to maybe figure out a new way to use an item. Selection is always a gamble and my items were collected over a period of a year or two.
But now it was time to put them all together and it came out very nicely!
You can of course go to traditional stores and find everything you need in a day and put this look together, but I rather enjoy the hunt, and of course I prefer the price of thrift store shopping.
Just remember to find something that is not only looks nice to you, but will appeal to the children. Our girls really love the mosquito netting. They may even prefer it over the ice castle play house. But shhhh… don’t tell Mr. Menace that!
Do you shop thrift stores? Do you have a special place in your home for your kids or grandkids?