Today we’re talking about a small space that’s stumping us at the duplex and we’d love to hear what your family would like to rent most. You’ll also hear how an unexpected Christmas request from our daughter sent us on quite the hunt for a house-related gift – and how we stumbled across a new 4-in-1 tool that’s extra handy to have in your junk drawer. Plus we’re asking the hard-hitting questions, like can your astrological sign really help you decorate your home?
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- That’s the dollhouse we built back in 2012 for our daughter (when she was 2!). Here’s the tutorial on constructing the dollhouse and a follow-up on finishing/decorating it.
- As you can see in this post, it lived in our daughter’s closet until last year when she was 7 (it had a good run!) when we swapped it out for the desk she requested instead.
- The intricate old dollhouses that we got are still hiding in the attic until Christmas morning, but here’s a photo Sherry snuck up there to take so you can see one of them. This is the smaller of the two (facepalm) and it’s definitely a fixer upper, but still a great score for $20! Check out those arched windows, roof shingles, and the staircase that we can’t wait to fix up with our girl. Also on the agenda: working lights and a frosted pantry door.
- We also promised some old episodes for you to check out if you need something to listen to in our time off.
- And here’s Domino’s article about Let us know how accurate you think yours is…
- And Sherry mentioned that she’d link to that older episode where she shares her love of rocks & crystals – so here you go.
Duplex Bed Nook Dilemma
- That room above is the small “bed nook” room that we were discussing (that’s the left side shown above). Both are about 7.5′ x 7.5′ and the doorway I’m taking the photo from is centered on that wall, with a pocket door (so we don’t have to worry about door-swing clearance).
- Again, we primarily envision it as a kids’ space (much like the bunk
bed roomat the pink house) but ideally it would be comfortable for adults to sleep in as well (hence not doing bunk beds again).
Option 1: Side-by-Side Twin Beds
- The image above was our original inspiration for the room. Two twin XL mattresses would fit with about a 10″ aisle down the middle, and we would build a platform like this to raise them off the ground a bit. This is the option we would choose for our family.
Option 2: Twin Bed With Trundle
- We probably wouldn’t do something quite as built-in as the photos above (we’d just put a twin bed with a trundle underneath) against the back wall – but this gives you an idea of another option. It would leave more floor space when the trundle is pushed in, but with it pulled out one sleeper would basically have to crawl over the other one to get into bed – or to go to the bathroom (which also feels less conducive to an adult couple sleeping in there).
Option 3: A Large Wall-to-Wall Mattress
- This is like Option 1 kicked up a notch. Instead of twins with a center aisle, we’d get a mattress that goes nearly wall-to-wall (maybe even a king?). It would work great for adults and for kids who do well sleeping in the same
bed,but might be more challenging for cleaning and changing the bedding each week. Plus if you have kids like ours who don’t share a bed very well, it could be a deterrent.
What do you think?
- There’s more explanation and rationale in the episode (do we do something fun and special – like Option 1 or 3? Or something more straightforward like Option 2) so be sure to listen to the episode first for more clarification before voting please :)
- Ok but if you’ve already listened, what option would work best for you? (Keep in mind there will be 2 additional bedrooms, both with queen beds)
- That’s the that Sherry recently tried on our nail-hole-dappled living room wall. It totally did the trick for small holes and was extra convenient since it’s everything you need in one item.
- Again, you probably want to stick with the more traditional spackle tub + putty knife for larger jobs, but we’re considering it $7 well spent!
- Also, here’s I’m reading (actually just finished last night!) which has become the latest addition to our Book Club page. It’s Paula Hawkin’s follow-up to and I was pleasantly surprised by it!
- And as Sherry mentioned, I recently made our Book Club page visual, so you can check out all the books we have been digging over the years (murder-y and otherwise).
If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes.
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Thanks for listening, guys!
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