Everett & Bryce's Ready-for-Adventure Shared Room

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Name: Everett (4) & Bryce (newborn)
Location: Houston, Texas

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.

My husband designed, built and stained our 4 year old's loft bed which provides not only additional space underneath for his stuff, but is a super sturdy and inexpensive alternative to most bunk beds. I was adamant about having stairs as opposed to a vertical ladder, and I couldn't be prouder of my hubby for executing this beast of a project! We plan to add a bottom bunk later on when the littlest has outgrown the crib.

Once I knew we were expecting another boy, it was a no-brainer to continue the color scheme of navy, turquoise, lime green, grey and white. As far as a theme, I wanted the room to conjure the notion of adventure in various forms. The bike wheel/paper airplane mobile, ship's wheel, world map, personalized railroad crossing sign, and various other elements helped me achieve that, I think.

Also, being on a budget combined with my love of all things DIY, I handmade a lot of the items in the room. The dinosaurs were spraypainted Target dollar-aisle finds, the hot air balloon print was made using my Silhouette machine and scrapbook paper, I sewed both boys' quilts, pillow covers, stuffed animal canopy and the crib skirt, built the fabric covered cornice, designed and printed the wall art in the Ikea Ribba frames, painted the Ewok on a spare canvas, and the art hanging board was simply a left-over bed slat I spraypainted and hot-glued clips to.

The things we did purchase we couldn't be more pleased with. The pendant light is from Serena and Lily, the crib is BabyMod's Modena from Walmart (what a deal!), the dresser was a charity consignment store gem that I painted, the metallic train which I spraypainted silver was on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and the bean bag is by Land of Nod which I bought off Craigslist.

The wall color is Revere Pewter from Sherwin Williams which I, like many Apartment Therapy readers, highly recommend!

The room was so much fun to create and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out! I'm thankful to Apartment Therapy for always providing such great inspiration for kid rooms — I've been a fan for several years now! 

Thanks, Erin!

(Images: reader Erin)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.