Gunnar & Sawyer's Shared Social Studies Room

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Name: Gunnar (11) & Sawyer (9)
Location: Los Angeles, California

Every few years I like to give my children's bedrooms a little update, freshen the space and incorporate things that are current to their interests and needs. Gunnar and Sawyer are very interested in history, geography, and all things social studies related. So my husband and I thought it would be fun to incorporate an old pull down map, like what we used to have in school before projectors and iPads.

We found the map on Etsy, and it's pretty great because we have three maps to choose from. So depending on how we feel for the day we can easily switch to the world map, USA, or roll down Alaska. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Marlboro Blue, it's that perfect blue that isn't too light and not too dark.

As far as toy storage was concerned we really needed a better basket system, preferably one that you can see through for easy identification. We found all the wire baskets and bins from The Container Store. The beds were a labor of love, hand constructed by my husband from old pallets. The dresser is a mid century Craigslist find, with the faux antlers found at West Elm.

Shared bedrooms are always a challenge when it comes to meshing the needs and wants of each child with space constraints. But with good shelving and a lot of dresser space, it's enabled both boys to enjoy their own space and at the same time, keep the room cohesive.

We hope this room is a great update for two growing boys and gets us to the teenage years where we may have less of a say of what their room may look like!

Thanks, Deborah! Readers, say hi to Deborah on her blog My Life at Playtime. And check out Gunnar & Sawyer's sister Greta's room.

(Images: Deborah Harju)

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