A colorful shared bedroom for our two daughters… rainbows and reading and make believe.
When we moved into this house a couple of years ago, Louisa was still in a crib! She had her own cute little room and Martha got a palace! Louisa’s room transitioned her from a crib into a bed, but it was TIGHT. And Martha’s room got a few little changes like a corner desk area, but not a lot of attention. Until NOW.
The girls have been begging to move in together so midway through the summer, we let the permanent sleep over begin! They were already waking each other up every morning, so we figured letting them bunk together might help the rest of the house get a few more moments of shuteye every morning. The room didn’t need a ton of furniture but… I wanted to rearrange a bring in a few little things so Louisa felt like she wasn’t just moving into Martha’s old room.
The best thing I did was purchase this ADORABLE tufted loveseat (affiliate link)… we had been reading in this room every night and basically piling onto a single arm chair. You know what’s tricky to do? Read to 2+ kids at a time from a single armchair… That loveseat is fairly small so doesn’t overwhelm the space and the bright blue is the perfect color in there. The two side tables came from the Restore if you can believe it! (That floor pillow was a bit of a splurge at Homegoods… how could I resist??)
When I asked the girls what they wanted, their answer was “rainbow”… so I carried on with my original direction and just kept layering the colors around the room. Much to my chagrin, Martha wanted me to move out the large DIY ottoman in the center of the room. It’s one of my faves, but… it’s their room so out it went. I wanted a place for them to sit and draw, etc. and the two doll houses quickly found their way into the center of the room.
That bench seat along the wall is an Ikea shelf that I upholstered and added legs to. It’s a perfect seat and storage area for the jillions of tiny toys that seem to come with little kids! Hanging over the bench are those two DIY light boxes. I wrote a post about Martha’s and just posted a tutorial on my YouTube channel about Louisa’s.
I moved that fun “happy” tapestry from over the bunk bed to over the mantel. It’s nice to have a cheerful pop of color on that side of the room. The two sweet prints over the bed now were from Homegoods. Man, I love graphic art… turns out I have a lot of it in here! Both of the rugs are from Rugs USA and the dresser was an eeeearrrrllly furniture fixer upper. (And when I spell out the world “early” like that it’s mostly because I need you to cut me a break when you see the original post!)
I mentioned the little corner desk area. Martha helped me paint that desk and she’s started to sit over there to do her coloring or stickers.
Last but not least, I tried to jazz up the beds a bit with some new whimsical bedding from Ikea! It’s so sweet and the girls are crazy about it! That round wicker and white table is also Ikea… it’s slightly out of place in there, but I wanted to bring in another little table for them to help keep all the little toys off the floor if possible! Fingers crossed…
Of our brood, Martha and Louisa are the only two siblings who are the same gender and back to back which means they are thick as thieves. I wake up to them chirping and chortling with each other every morning. They’ve redecorated their doll houses dozens of times, and they often have an elaborate make-believe going on. Watching them together in that room makes my heart SO full and I can only imagine what memories they’ll make in there together!