Look at this sweet shared room! I had to show you all since I was just discussing whether to move the boys together in one room or not. My long time internet, instagram, tumblr, mom friend, Amber of Eva & Owen and her family just recently moved, they live in Brisbane, Austraila. I think she did an awesome job creating a space for her little ones, Eva and Owen. Love that rug! Read what she says about their room…
After we sold our first home, we decided that once we moved, Eva and Owen would share a room. While they’re not going to share a bedroom in the future, I like the idea of siblings having a shared space when they’re little.
The idea behind this decision was to also create a playroom, rather than two separate bedrooms. With the majority of their toys and puzzles in the playroom, this room is primarily used for sleeping and “quiet time” activities like reading. And for sentimental reasons, I love the Oliver Jeffer’s print above Owen’s cot. It’s from one of my favourite Children’s books The Way Back Home, which begins with “Once there was a boy…” I love that it evokes the idea of adventure and exploration.
I never really had a theme or idea of what I was going to create, so it has slowly evolved as I’ve added new pieces. The Oeuf mini library would have to be my favourite piece in their room. I’m a huge book lover, so this is perfect for storing some of their book collection, as well as a nice way to display some of their toys.
The biggest challenge with creating a girl / boy shared spaces was creating something that reflected each of their identities without having to be completely gender neutral. Eva’s bedding is very girly using mismatching pink patterns from a variety of stores (Country Road, Serena & Lily, Dwell Studio and Land of Nod); whereas the artwork over Owen’s cot and above the bookcase add a boyish element. I needed something to tie it all together, and the Gold Bar rug from Land of Nod seemed to fit perfectly.