Name: Eva & Owen
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Creating a sleeping space that not only works for both a boy and girl—not to mention both a baby and preschooler—is no easy feat. Mom Amber was able to create not one, but two bright and airy rooms that are both stylish and comfortable for each of her kids. I also love that she was able to combine modern furniture pieces with more classic ones in such a seamless way.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Light, airy, eclectic.
What is your favorite piece or element?
The Oeuf mini library would have to be my favorite 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.
And for sentimental reasons, I love the Oliver Jeffer’s print above Owen’s cot. It’s from one of my favorite 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.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The biggest challenge with creating a girl/boy shared space 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.
What do your friends say about the room?
They usually just comment that Eva and Owen are two very lucky kids!
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
It might sound obvious but try to create something they will love. When Eva transitioned into her “big girl bed,” I made the mistake of buying grey and white striped sheets. Eva didn’t seem to think they were as chic as I did! Ha!
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
I have my eye on the Oeuf Perch bunk bed for when they are a little older. And if money were no object, I’d love a limited edition size print from the Animal Print Shop.
Oeuf Mini Library: Kido (Australia) or Oeuf NYC (USA)
Leander Cot/Toddler Bed: Kido
Gold Bar Rug: Land of Nod
Personalized Acrylic Name Frames: Pinhole Press
Bed frame: Domanyne
Knit pillows and dolls: BlaBla
Pink Wire basket: Hello Polly
Oliver Jeffers Print: The Way Back Home
Side table and lamp: Adairs
Whales: Faye Bradly on Etsy
Octopus: Okti on Society6
Boy and boat: Oliver Jeffers Store
Geometric gem: Tabitha Brown on Etsy
Girl and boat: Penelope & Pip on Society6
To the moon and back - Yellow Button Studio on Etsy
Metal "e”: Urban Outfitters
Wicker Baskets - Thrift shop
Felt garland: DIY using felt balls from 8-natur on Etsy
Thanks, Amber! Readers, you can see more of Amber by visiting her blog, Happiness is Eva.