A Shared Room With Beauty And Brains

A Shared Room With Beauty And Brains

Janie Lee
Apr 12, 2011

Names: Elias (age 4), Lioba (age 2)
Location: London
Room size: 12 square meters

Remember when we showed you little snippets of the dark neutral paint Mo used in her son and daughter's room? The bright color popping off the almost black painted walls had me wanting to see more. Mo came through and sent us these beautiful photos of a room that not only looks good, but is smart as well. Jump below to tour the room and read about all of the clever storage Mo used throughout the room.

We decided to put our 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl in a room together - partly because we wanted to have a room for an office and partly because we thought they would prefer to be together during the night.

We live in an old Georgian mill house and decided to put the kids in the attic room, which is cute as it has 'secret' steps leading up to it. It's not a huge room and I was determined to try and keep as many of their toys in their own room as possible (rather then all over the house as they have been). There was great wardrobe storage already in the room (some of which I use for my clothes) - so I put some box-drawers from Muji in the bottom of the wardrobe for bricks, cars and musical instruments.

DIY touches in the room.
Then I got my Dad to build a specially designed 'big-boy' bed for my son with HUGE storage drawers underneath for lego, train-set, Playmobil and stuffed toys. The mattress is a small double so that if he has a sleepover he has space enough for a friend - also lots of jumping space.

My daughter's bed, also made by my Dad, is painted in Elephant's Breath (Farrow & Ball).

Vintage and sentimental pieces in the room.
There is an old double-desk (mine, when I was a kid) with bright orange Robin Day kid's chairs.

Artwork and decorative accessories.
There are three prints by the Cuban 1950's graphic-designer, Bach - I saw similar ones in Liberty's before my son was born and fell in love with the bright screen prints so searched for the artist online and found a place in Cuba (via eBay) that sold them - they are old film advertising posters - one is for Robin Hood, another is for a Charlie Chaplin movie and the other I don't know but has a cool cave-man with a burning foot!

My sister-in-law bought us the floral stag-head in a museum shop in Berlin because we live near The Deer Park in Richmond, I think it looks great against the dark walls.

I love the light fairy-lights give and I found these sweet ones in coloured balls that droop down the wall at the end of Lioba's bed - they fall next to a nice print I bought on Etsy, which read's 'You Mean the World to Me'.

Storage ideas.
We have a huge number of kids books, they are stored in old apple crates which I screwed onto huge bright blue castors so they can be easily moved around. We have 5 altogether put only keep one in their room at any time, the other 4 are on the upstairs landing next to a big chair for reading in - we rotate which box is in their room every so often (but they are HEAVY to lift!).

I like using unusual storage ideas - We have an old silver-plated champagne bowl that we keep all the plastic animals in.

Next to their beds I have painted small IKEA drawer boxes in black-board paint. They are their places for treasure - Elias keeps his story CD's and sticks in his and Lioba has beads, hair-clips and Maileg mice in hers.

Next big thing Mo will be doing...
The room is still work in progress - I'd really like to put a bright yellow cast iron radiator in there at some point!

Thank you to Mo for sharing this beautiful room with us! Readers, remember you can always find Mo over at Babyccino!

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