When my husband and I designed our home, we had no intention of having another kid. We (and by we I mean my husband) were content with two. Long story short, we are now the proud parents of Ariella- our 11 month old daughter. But we only built one really large bedroom that our boys were supposed to share. How were we going to incorporate Ella into the mix?
The first thing that happened was my eldest son, Mason, decided he wanted to sleep in the guest nook. We rarely have guests so I figured why not. That left just Toby, my middle child in the large bedroom. Before Ella was even born, Toby insisted she sleep in his bedroom! Once again I figured, why not.
The room already had a navy blue and green color theme, so I just added some turquoise and a few feminine touches, like the pretty rug seen above. The space to the left is a book nook my husband built. The kids love to lounge on the bean bag and read.
On the other side of the room is a matching nook, so that is where we put Ella’s crib. I had the bumpers and sheets made by a lovely woman on Etsy. Here is a close-up of the fabric:
It really incorporates all of the colors you see in the room: turquoise, navy blue, and different shades of green. The floral motif is more feminine, but the colors don’t scream ‘baby girl alert’, which I think my son would have hated.
On the far end of the room, opposite the bunk beds, is a Jenny Lind bookcase full of books and toys. I have been nostalgic for Fisher Price toys, so I purchased a few I used to play with from Etsy and eBay.
So as you can see, the colors and patterns work together to create both a masculine and feminine room that brother and sister can share without one or the other feeling like it is really their room. In addition, the room is not split into two with a boy’s side and a girl’s side. We are very into sharing in our household, so the decor reflects this spirit of cooperation.