Eleanor's Room

Decision Made.

Eleanor will be sleeping in a Jenny Lind bed.

I know the peacock headboard is cool/unique/cute/awesome, but almost everyone that had one when growing up admitted to breaking off the circles. And the Minnen extendable bed is a great size (twin-sized width but adjustable in length), but the thin mattress and difficult bed-making would have bothered me. The only downside to the Jenny Lind bed was the higher price.

OK, I could have tried to be patient and waited for one (in good condition) to pop up on Craigslist or eBay. I could have even hoped that the poor review was wrong and went for the more affordable one at Sears/Kmart, but then I’d have to pay $90 for shipping. And either way I’d have to find bed rails and slats or a box spring. And prime and paint the frame. And really, with a basement renovation in progress (and plenty of work ahead there), and me being seven and a half months pregnant, the ready-to-go bed from Land of Nod was looking pretty good. And hello, it just happened to be on sale at a store that never puts their furniture on sale, for one day only on the very day I wrote about it? Yeah, I went ahead and took that as a sign. I ordered the bed that day, and Brandon picked it up at the Naperville warehouse Saturday morning.

Of course, we can’t set it up until we get the studio moved down to the basement. But soon. And by soon, I mean hopefully before the new baby arrives.

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  • Laurie @ House to your Home
    December 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I think you totally made the right choice, I liked the other beds but the Jenny Lind bed is such a classic and can be used for many years to come without you getting tired of it, plus the one from Land of Nod is so nicely made that Eleanor can even pass it down to her daughter many many years from now!! Of course it seems like its too soon for Eleanor to be moving into a big girl bed though, I mean it seems like just yesterday I was reading that you had her!!

  • kristine toward
    December 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I love Jenny lind. Good choice! Wish I had gotten the Jenny lind crib for my little girl. I actually wanted the matching crib and toddler rocker like I had when I was little. Alas, she is six now, life goes on. No time for wishing.

  • Mommy G @ 40 weeks and then some
    December 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Great pick! I would have chosen the same bed too. I thought the peacock bed would be difficult to clean, and the extendable bed… uhmm, I’m not a fan of extendables. Love, love, love the bed! Can’t wait to see the final result!

  • J. Anderson
    December 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I definitely enjoy this bed (the Jenny Lind) far better than the other choices. My only concern would be making sure that the slats aren’t wide enough for an enterprising little girl to get her head stuck in. From what the picture looks like, it doesn’t seem as though that will be a problem.

  • liz
    December 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    : /
    You must get her one (a peacock frame) when she gets older

  • Alicia
    December 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I think you made a good choice. It will look great, and it’s not too style specific, I think you could do lots of things with it. Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  • Leanne
    December 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    fate…love it

  • Amanda
    December 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I love it. I also love the Jenny Link bookcase on the website too. May have to check into that for my office!

  • A. @ Umbrella Island
    December 20, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I love love love the one you picked!!! Great choice!!

  • Janice
    December 20, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I loved the peacock originally, but this is definitely the better choice for the long term. It’s a classic.

  • Caroline Shields
    December 20, 2010 at 6:35 am

    New follower. Fellow Oak Parker. Love the bed. (!!)

  • Lisa
    December 20, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Good choice – super cute and functional!

  • Michelle
    December 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Awesome choice! I’m excited to the see the room…and your upcoming nursery!

  • Clare
    December 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Love it. So classic, yet so update-able. I can’t wait to see how her room and the nursery turn out.

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    December 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Great choice! I love the Jenny Lind bed! And you could always use the peacock headboard for another project. I like the idea of putting it behind a low dresser, so the detailing peeks above the top of the dresser.

  • Nat
    December 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Excellent choice :) Eleanor is one lucky little lady.

  • Robin Grey
    December 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I swoon for that bed. I dream about that bedroom with the two JL beds in your last post. Literally. I dream about it. My Emmaline’s (a very small) 18.5 months right now and in no danger of coming out of her JL crib any time soon, but that bed is also in her future. I just can’t imagine a more perfect, versatile style of bed. It just will NEVER go out of style.

    Good choice! I second it.

  • Corie
    December 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I love that with the first baby, the nursery is PERFECTLY set up with time to spare but with the second, it’s a “hopefully”. Hahaha! My second slept in his infant seat b/c he had reflux and wouldn’t sleep any other way, so it’ll work out even if “hopefully” becomes a “didn’t happen”.

    Love the Jenny Lind bed. It really is lovely.

  • christina winters
    December 20, 2010 at 11:00 am


  • Christine
    December 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Ah, a sign from the sale gods – it was totally meant to be!! I think you made a great choice, I just love that bed!

  • jbhat
    December 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Done and done! I love Land of Nod. We have one just minutes from my house, fortunately/unfortunately.


  • Shoshana
    December 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

    You know what they say–buy the best and you only cry once!

  • Donna
    December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Perfection! No need to justify.

  • Rachel
    December 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I had Jenny Lind cribs for my twins. So timeless and very pretty. My daughters are still sharing a room, one loves pink, one loves purple. Most of the pink/purple bedding I’ve come across is way too bubblegum for me. I’m wondering where I can find the purple/pink bedding in the picture of this post, it’s the nicest I’ve come across so far. :)

  • Lori
    December 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Congratulations! She will have it for years. Totally worth the money. The sale was definitely a sign! Good for you I say!

  • Melissa @ HOUSEOgraphy
    December 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Great choice! Glad you went with your gut. She’ll have that for years. As for getting things ready for the new baby… well, I had to pressure my hubby to get the crib set up just days before our second baby was born.

  • Erika
    December 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    So glad you chose this one. It’s perfect and timeless!

  • Zoryana
    December 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I love this bed as well. Are you going to keep it white or paint it some other color?

  • Fiona
    December 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Not that my opinion matters, but I think this is so much nicer than the others! Beautiful.

  • Sanja
    December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Here’s to following signs :) Wishing Your girl many happy moments in her new room.

  • Laura Gaskill
    December 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Gorgeous and totally classic, nice choice!

    And I think you were totally right to avoid the cool headboard for exactly the reasons you mentioned in that previous post – maybe for a grown up bed it would work, but I could def. see a child’s pillows always getting squashed between the wall & headboard!

    And here’s to convenience!! As mama to a 5 month old boy, I know you can’t go the diy route every stinking time! lol xo Laura

  • Felicity
    December 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    My first choice too!

  • Laura
    December 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    We have this bed & love it. It’s worth the price. I just happened to look at the Land of Nod site the other day as well to look at dressers. I also took it as a sign and bought the matching dresser I’d been thinking about. I knew I’d be kicking myself later for not buying it when it was on sale. I told my husband it was shopping karma & he bought it!

  • Emmmylizzzy
    December 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Good choice! Def my favorite too.

  • Lindsay
    December 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Love it!! Such an awesome choice. It was because of you that we got the Jenny Lind crib for Oscar. :)

  • christina winters
    December 21, 2010 at 4:28 am

    @ rachel: that looks like it could come from garnet hill, but i could be wrong

  • luuve
    December 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

    ha! lol i loooove alll the reasons you gave and besides…its your baby’s room..no reason’s needed..

    it’ll be cute and when the baby boy gets bigger…you can use it for him..

    good choice..btw..you’ll only have to buy her the twin mattresses once…

  • shortie
    December 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I love Jenny lind beds! We were going to get a crib in teh same style!

  • Oldfangled
    December 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I had a Jenny Lind bed growing up, and when I moved out on my own, my parents gave it to me. I still love it. Classics like this never go out of style.

  • cottage of stone
    December 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I am searching for a cheaper version for my two youngest sons. The Kmart one is getting terrible reviews… Or course, what would one expect for less than $200?

  • Michaela
    December 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    So sweet! I adore the bed. I would have loved to sleep in a pretty little bed like this one when I was younger (: Great choice!

  • Alana
    December 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Kmart carries a Jenny Lind bed and does free shipping to store.

    I ordered one a couple of years ago for Sophia’s room and was completely satisfied with the quality when compared to the Land of Nod version.

  • Alana
    December 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Oh— And I don’t know if you’re the sort of person who geeks out about stuff like this, but I was interested in finding out exactly who this Jenny Lind person was!

  • Lesley
    December 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I loved that bed, but I watched Craigs list there were many to choose from in our area at the time. I found one with larger circles and painted it.And I was thinking I could post a pic here but I can’t whoops

  • kate
    January 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    looky what I found in Oconomowoc, WI! (it’s probably about 2.5 hours from Oak Park, IL. A Jenny Lind bed on craigslist, cheap!!! Need another one?


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