Drew (6) and Henry (2)
Near Houston, Texas
10' x 12' (Seriously!)
Holly had finished designing the room as a nursery for baby Henry just 2 years ago and already it was looking like it was time for a redo. She thought long and hard about her decision to put her two boys in that same room -- she just couldn't bear the option of having her 6-year-old Drew upstairs alone at the top of some very steep stairs. So a shared room it was. And a small one at that. Small, but she didn't let that discourage her from making a happy, playful space filled with the things her boys love.
What was your inspiration for the room?
Two of the things they have in common right now: brotherhood and their love of animals. It was also important to me that I take their age difference into account; I didn't want the space to feel too baby-ish for big brother Drew.
Any advice for other people starting this process?
I think it's important to include elements in the room that reflect the interests of the kids. And the colors they like best. I also think it's important to choose items that will grow with them.
How is the room similar or different from the rest of the house?
The colors flow from the rest of the house and it all has a non-themed, eclectic style.
What is your favorite element in the room?
The rhino over Drew's bed!
Before starting, what did you know you wanted to include, for sure?
Those two large photos of my boys' darling faces.
What was your proudest DIY?
The burlap mattress cover is my proudest DIY. I was also happy with making my chalkboard paint from a recipe I found on Cottage Living (2 tablespoons of unsanded grout to 1 cup of latex flat paint ... works like a charm!)
Were there any surprises?
It was surprising how difficult it was to find the perfect thing to go over the crib. In the end we settled on a chalkboard wall.
What was your biggest indulgence?
There are two of them: the large linen pinboard and the barn light.
If money was no object, what would your dream source be?
I would love to have custom bunkbeds made for them. And I would definitely have more art in their space.
• Star quilt
: Pottery Barn Kids
• Linen pinboard
: Pottery Barn Kids
• Barn light
: Barn Light Electric
• Large photographs of Drew and Henry: Feather Nest
• Curtain fabric: discontinued
• Other items: vintage finds
• Wall paint: Laura Ashley Stone 2
• Chalkboard paint: Martha Stewart Sanguaro (which I turned into chalkboard paint)
Thank you Holly, it's been fun! Readers, to see some "before" shots of the room, before it went through the "de-baby" process, pop over to Holly's blog. Say hi and browse around at her impressive collection of inspiring interiors too.
(Images: Holly Mathis)
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