Monday, October 17, 2011

Boy/Girl Room

This summer our family moved to a new home.  It was exhausting finding something we loved without getting outbid by someone else, but after six months of searching we finally bought a house.  My husband and I have been busy over the past few months peeling wallpaper, painting, decorating and making this home ours.  We're still far from finished but it's fun to see the changes unfold.

This home was an upgrade from our previous one, but with much debate I decided that once we moved my son and daughter would share a room for the first time (for a variety of reasons).  I almost chickened out, and it took them a while to adjust to sharing, but it has been worth it.

I thought a lot about how I wanted to decorate their room.  I wanted it to be cute without being too girly or boyish.  I've got the beds done but I'm still working on the decorating part.   Here's where we're at so far:

This is how the bed frames started out:

I spied them at a garage sale earlier this year for $5 each.  They're solid wood and I still can't believe I got them for such a great price. I knew they would be perfect for our new boy/girl room.  My husband worked hard to sand them down and paint them for me.

I bought some inexpensive down blankets for the beds and picked up some pillow forms at Ikea to make pillows.  I love pillows!

I was pretty excited to find the matching stripped fabric at JoAnns--one with pink and one with blue.  These are just about the simplest pillows you can make.  I didn't even cut the fabric.  It's one big piece that I sewed into an envelope.  Easy.

The girl bed:

The boy bed:

It's a work in progress, but we're getting there . . .

Check out the boy/girl shared room inspiration over at Tip Junkie too!


  1. Just wondering what the reasons were for you wanting to have your son and daughter share a room (if you don't mind sharing). I was just curious.

    PS: love the blog! :)

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  3. It looks great, I love the matching fabric pillows!!

  4. I was wondering the same thing about the two sharing a room. My niece and nephew did for years because they only had 2 bedrooms but, the figured out a differant solution as they kids neared double digits.

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  6. Your room is darling! Such great colors together. I shared a bedroom with my younger brother until I was 12 and he was 8, because there weren't enough bedrooms to go around. We loved being together (mostly) and I have fond memories of playing together and long conversations at night. Our parents finally separated us and I was devastated as I had to then sleep in a room all by myself. I missed the companionship.