...because home doesn't happen overnight.

I am enjoying quality time with my family over the holidays. I hope you are too. I’ll be back to more regular posting next week but I wanted to (finally!) share a tour of the boys’ room. Happy holidays!

boys bedroom before

We had originally intended for each of our sons to have their own bedroom. We were a family of four when we purchased the 3-bedroom house. A few months into the renovation, we discovered we were expecting a third child. Surprise! We did some shuffling around and decided this room would become the boys’ shared bedroom. It had all the same problems as the other two bedrooms in the house: old / stained carpet, extensive termite damage (i.e., disintegrating baseboards), general neglect. The modest room faces southeast and receives a generous amount of natural light, but that was about the only thing it had going for it.

boy bedroom after 1

As in the other bedrooms, we demo’d the exterior walls and added foam insulation. We upgraded the electrical to include overhead lighting, installed new windows, ripped up the carpet & laid engineered hardwood, added chunky baseboards and switched out cumbersome sliding closet doors for hanging fabric panels. I painted the walls three times before finally settling on a black and white scheme which incorporates paint colors used in other parts of the house.

boys bedroom after 2

Functionally, we needed the room to act as a bedroom and playroom. (We don’t have a spare bedroom, separate playroom or basement.) To maximize open floor space for play, we brought in a set of bunk beds and hung floor-to-ceiling curtains around them to evoke the feeling of a hideout. A trundle provides an extra bed for sleepovers. Carpet squares form a rug and provide a soft spot for floor play. The low profile allows the trundle to roll overtop easily.

boys bedroom after 3

The beds are pushed up against an oddly placed recessed wall. Instead of trying to disguise the recess, we chose to emphasize it with wood planks. The warm wood also ties in to a vintage dresser on the opposite wall. Each bunk has its own book ledge and reading light. At night, we pull the curtains to enclose the bunk. The windows have blackout roller shades installed behind the woven blinds and we pull those down at night, too. The bottom bunk is THE BEST napping spot in the entire house. I can attest to it ;)

boys bedroom after 6

The majority of the boys’ clothing (warm and cold weather) is stashed in freestanding dressers. This one near the door is Everett’s. I tweaked it with vertical stripes of washi tape. When we tire of it, we can just pull it off without damaging the dresser. A round mirror reflects light from a south-facing window. White tins on the dresser hold whatever items the boys are collecting at the moment. The brightly colored fabric balls are actually lights. They’re a playful touch.

boys bedroom after 17

The closet holds toys, costumes, books, a few hanging items, pajamas, underwear and socks. Regular editing is essential but not terrible. The boys are very good about letting go of things that they’ve outgrown or broken. We’ve found that the curtain panels allow easy access to the closet’s contents. *BONUS* – They’re quiet, too. We hung a basketball hoop and painted a Calvin & Hobbes mural which speak to our kids’ interests.

boys bedroom after 8

Open shelves provide a fun display. Yarn-wrapped letters are a nod to the fabric ball lights on the other side of the room. The dresser is vintage. I cleaned up the finish and switched out some of the hardware. It holds Layne’s clothing with empty drawers to spare. Two floor baskets are sanity-saving catchalls. At the end of each day, I have the boys bring them out to the living room to gather toys then return them to their room. It’s a quick way to tidy up.

boys bedroom after 9

Layne and Everett are avid readers. They requested a reading chair in their room. I tricked out an Ikea chair with Prettypegs. They tie in beautifully with the midcentury dresser and wood wall. The table lamp swivels to provide task lighting. A vintage ottoman is the perfect spot to prop feet while diving in to a good book. A wood box on wheels corrals books. The art is a mix of thrifted finds & DIY projects and adds interest to the corner. The boys also requested plants. I chose a hanging planter to free up floor space.

boys bedroom after 5

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Aesthetically, I wanted the room to reflect the boys’ personalities without veering from our home’s overall vibe too much. It was a challenge. Repeating certain elements found throughout the house (i.e., natural wood tones, hits of black, cozy textures, woven shades, tribal patterned textiles, plants, etc.) really helps the room to feel like a continuation of the rest of the house. Fun accents like the basketball hoop, comic strip mural, colorful ball lights and art (Layne is obsessed with Sweden!) make it special. Luckily, the boys LOVE their room. My favorite is when I find one of them curled up on the bunk or chair with a book, unprompted.

Resources of note:

white wall paint & trim – Benjamin Moore white dove
black wall paint – Ace Paints besalt, mixed in the Clark + Kensington line, flat finish
ceiling light – LampsPlus
rug – Flor
curtains – Ikea
curtain rod & track – Ikea
bunk beds – Ikea
sconces & book ledges – Ikea
peel-and-stick wood planks – caramelized bamboo, Stikwood
linen duvet – etsy
gray & white striped pillow – Ikea
Hmong lumbar pillows – DIY
tribal pillow – H&M
Mexican blanket – vintage, ebay
framed Lego art – Joe Shymanski, gift from the boys’ aunt who lives near DC
Sweden poster – etsy, framed by JoAnn’s
ball lights – Bright Lab Lights
4-drawer dresser – Ikea
round mirror – Ikea
midcentury table lamp – LampsPlus
white tins – Ikea
basketball hoop – Amazon, spray painted gold
wall mural – DIY
wall shelves – Ikea
cardboard deer head – Cardboard Safari
mini mannequin – Ikea
Garfield chia pet – Amazon
yarn-wrapped letters – DIY
wooden spools – vintage
dreamcatcher – etsy
floor baskets – Nate Berkus for Target
woven shades – petite rustique from Overstock
midcentury dresser – vintage Drexel, ebay
streamline knob – Anthropologie
task lamp – Serena & Lily, discontinued
chair – Ikea
chair legs – Prettypegs
ottoman / footstool – vintage, ebay
faux leather pillow – etsy
Hmong pillow – etsy
Hudson Bay blanket – vintage, etsy
framed engineer print – DIY, frame & mat via Amazon
bullseye art – DIY
hanging macrame planter – etsy
rolling book box – custom piece from the boys’ grandfather

This room didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took a few wrong turns along the way. If you’re interested in seeing how this room evolved, here are a slew of related links:

FURNITURE

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/02/03/bunk-bed-hideout/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/07/08/lego-my-table/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/07/17/the-boys-bookcases/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/08/13/the-boys-dresser/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/04/17/midcentury-dresser-revival/

DECOR

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2012/09/12/smoking-in-the-boys-room/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/03/19/bunk-beds-made-easy/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/04/09/peel-and-stick-wallpaper/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/08/16/a-closer-look-at-the-boys-room/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/04/21/awry-in-the-boys-room/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/07/16/a-3-decor-trend-you-can-afford-to-try/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/08/05/a-hanging-plant-in-the-boys-room/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2015/01/16/diy-yarn-wrapped-letters-a-k-a-the-most-tedious-craft-known-to-mankind/

ORGANIZATION

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/09/02/making-the-most-of-small-closets-boys-room/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2016/01/26/living-with-toys/

DIY

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/08/14/who-left-the-lights-on/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/05/07/i-painted-the-boys-room/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/06/23/diy-bullseye-art/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/09/02/turn-your-childs-favorite-comic-strip-character-into-a-wall-mural/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2014/12/11/a-wood-wall-in-the-boys-room-a-stikwood-giveaway/

*http://www.housetweaking.com/2015/01/16/diy-yarn-wrapped-letters-a-k-a-the-most-tedious-craft-known-to-mankind/

You can access the boys’ bedroom tour (along with a general house tour and individual room tours) under the “See My House” tab in the side bar. I’ll be adding THE SECOND BATHROOM soon! Thanks for reading!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

05.24.14 / Made Me Smile

chardonnay pearls

We’ve had nothing but gorgeous weather all week. It lured me away from my laptop and for that I am so thankful. Yesterday Steve had mulch delivered and by the time he was home from work I had spread it all. That wife-napping thing is really working in his favor ;)

Anyhow, a few smile-worthy ideas to take you through the weekend…

*A local nursery suggested I use Chardonnay Pearls (seen above) in our backyard flower bed. Now I’m obsessed with them! (…more outdoor pics coming next week…)

*I have treehouses on the brain and this modern one doesn’t disappoint.

*On a similar note, treehouse reading picks from Kate DiCamillo. Her own book, The Tale of Desperaux, is Layne’s all-time favorite.

*Living room built-ins that incorporate Ikea cabinets.

*An Ikea home tour that actually feels homey.

*Orlando is killing it with his Homepolish designs. I especially like this one and this one.

*Pretty Pegs now offer pretty table legs.

*Lauren’s house is black!

I hope you have a wonderful (loooooooong) weekend! The boys and I are headed up to the clubhouse to start painting. Should be interesting…

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking