Name: Orrin (9) & Thacher (7)
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Room Size: 20' x 17'
Orrin and Thacher's shared room is a sophisticated take on sleepaway camp, complete with a bunk bed and nods to nature and stargazing. The boys' parents are Nick and Erin Cloke - founders of KicKee Pants. Erin creates all the designs for the brand and used her design expertise for the boys' bedroom.
When the two brothers moved into their new room with bunk beds, Orrin decided to give Thacher the top bunk. The boys were involved in picking out the bed and it was a very important element for their room. The bed is upholstered which means a little roughhousing and no one gets hurt.
What was the inspiration for the design of the boy's room? Did you hire an interior designer?
We did not hire an interior designer; however, as a clothing designer I went about designing the room in much the same way as I design our collections. I utilized a simple and clean color palette and a consistent look to the various pieces in the room.
Can you share information about the bunk bed design.
The bunk bed is a full upholstered bunk made by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. The boys love it because it's a bunk bed. Additionally, the look allows for the bed to grow with them and the fact that they each have a full bed means that sleepovers with friends are a breeze!
How did you save on money for the design of the kids' bedroom?
Some of the smaller design pieces were ordered on Zulily and Overstock.com. You can find great pieces on both to accent the room for less. Also, the framed artwork in the room is a piece painted by one of the boys. If framed "kid" artwork is something you are interested in adding to your room, I recommend giving kids paint that works with the color palette in the room. It makes the artwork not only fun because they made it, but also a design element in the room rather than a distraction.
Has the design also turned out to be functional as well?
Definitely! The space saving feature of the double bunk gives the boys more room to play. The lounge chairs are comfortable for both adults and kids and most of the pieces are as easily utilized by "big kids" so, while the small decorative items will surely change over the years, the large basic pieces will easily integrate with their changing style and needs.
What is your storage solution for the bedroom?
My favorite storage item in the room is the play table that contains four drawers to stash toys, books and other items that can tend to clutter a room. It keeps the items at hand in the place where they are usually used (on the play table) while also ensuring that it is easy to clean them up and not leave them all over the floor (not that this never happens, but one can hope)!
Thanks, Erin & Nick!
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(Image credits: Raina Skye for KicKee Pants)