My husband and I knew early on that our kids would be sharing a room for at least a few years. Thankfully, our 1400 square foot condo has two generous bedrooms that provided, we think, ample space for a cool and adequate shared room.
If you're hoping to inspire your little one to dive into that homework pile this school year, try setting up their own special workspace somewhere in your home. A functional desk area gives your children a dedicated place for their books, backpack, and all of those papers that they come home with (and helps to keep your kitchen table clean). And decorating the space together to make it feel personal and fun will help to make sure your child will actually use it. Here are a few favorites to get you started:
It seems that, increasingly, it's becoming the norm for kids to have their own bedrooms, especially if there's adequate space for it. But what if you have two rooms, two kids, and no playroom? Is it a better use of the space to have the kids share a bedroom?
Name: Jasper (7) & Wylie (3) Location: Petaluma, California
When our family moved from Oakland, CA to a small town in Sonoma County last year, we decided to start rooming our two young sons together. I decided to move our then two year old Wylie into a twin bed straight from the crib, and created a little bunk room for them so that their visiting cousins and future sleepover buddies could spend the night.
Name: "Baby Bud" Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
This is the second time around for our small nursery. When it was revealed that baby #2 was a girl, we initially wanted to repaint and do a complete overhaul. But the blue is so soothing, we decided to update the space with new curtains instead.
Name: Tyler (2 years) & Lucas (8 months) Location: Los Angeles, CA Room Size: About 10x12 ft
Joy Dolan was just starting her interior design business when she and her husband Mike decided to add adoptive children to their family of 4 biological children. When they fell in love with a sibling pair from the Los Angeles foster care system, they fostered them and completed their adoption in about one year. Only a few weeks later, they were notified of another sibling born, who was also up for adoption. The family decided to take all three children, and of course they needed new rooms for their kids. Joy put together a beautiful room for Tyler, her 2-year-old daughter, and Lucas, her 8-month-old son.
You may recall my dismay at this old-school, hand-me-down sleigh crib, that I (frankly) hated, but it was what we had. Well, I know we were only meant to be researching products today, but...check out what I bought!
It's easy to get over-excited when decorating a kids' room, right? I mean, planning a room full of fun items, colorful things, cute things - I know from experience - makes it really hard to keep that cash in your pocket. And yet, as a parent I also know that overwhelming pressure to keep costs down for the family. So today we're broaching the un-fun but essential topic of how to make that nursery creation or room-redo budget work.
Zara is our third child so I had already experienced decorating two other bedrooms prior to her birth. After using bright colors for the 2 other rooms I knew, even before knowing the sex that I wanted this room to have a calm, neutral palette.