Henry & Adela’s Playful But Peaceful Shared Room

updated Jun 27, 2019
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Names: Henry (almost 3) and Adela (2 months)
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Room size: Approximately 100 square feet

Amanda de Beaufort who pens the always delightful children’s style blog, Coos and Ahhs, has completed her tour de force. After years of squeezing into a bedroom with her husband and young son, her second pregnancy finally forced the space issue. So they moved to a larger Brooklyn abode, and Amanda worked her magic on this 10′ x 10′ shared room for her daughter and son.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

How would you describe the look and feel of this room:
I wanted a room that felt classic and nostalgic but also modern…calm but still childlike.

Your choices are so specific and beautiful. How did blogging about children’s style influence your choices?
Blogging influenced this room a lot. So much of what I love about children’s decor comes from European companies that I have discovered through blogging. I also had a lot of help putting this room together from relationships I have made blogging.

Do you have a favorite piece?
That is a hard question – I wanted everything in the room to be special. I really love the Egmont duck lamp. I feel like it’s something that the kids will love and remember from their childhood – that is my hope!

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What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
As a New Yorker I am so used to working with tiny spaces, so the large size of this room was really hard for me to decorate. I didn’t want it look like bits and pieces on the large walls, so hanging the artwork salon style helped a lot.

What factors did you consider when creating a shared room for a boy and a girl?
I stayed away from a theme, not that I am a huge fan of themed rooms. And I kept the overall palette neutral with grey, black and white as the main colors. My thinking was that if either of the children ever wanted pink princess or lime green dino decor I wouldn’t have to repaint and buy all new accessories.

What do your friends say about the room?
Lots of wows, but probably also because it is a big room by New York standards. My friend Vicky nailed it when she said “Playful yet serene.”

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Make a room that you love to be in as much as your children.

If money were no object, what’s your dream source:

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  • Wallpaint: Gravity by Valspar
  • Furniture: Oeuf Sparrow Crib and Dresser and Oeuf Classic Toddler Bed, CB2 Green Metal Bookcase, Spruce bookcase from Babyletto, Ikea Poang Chair, yellow dresser and side stool are vintage.
  • Crib bedding: Smiling Planet
  • Animal Pillows: Areaware
  • Bunny and crib pillow : Lucky Boy Sunday (from Shak-Shuka)
  • Pink zig zag blanket, Muny
  • Owl musical toy: Ferm Living
  • Knit garland: Oeuf
  • Pom Pom garland, I made!
  • Toddler bedding: Ketiketa
  • Toddler sidetable: CB2
  • Toddler lamp: Land of Nod
  • Ergmont Duck Lamp from Pomme NYC
  • Early Bird Lamp from Perch Ceramics/Alma’s Room
  • Artwork: Bear and Kitty prints Seventy Tree (from Shak-Shuka) NYC ABC’s from Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Owl Print from Gingiber, Cloud Mobile from The Flying Butter, Mustache Moon by Martin Krusche (from Little Baby Company), Pear Print from Fine Little Day
  • Boy and Girl Chalkboard Silhouettes:
  • Squirrel hook, Pomme NYC
  • Incredible. I can’t believe how seamless it was for you to create one space for the whole family to equally enjoy. Thanks for sharing with us, Amanda!


    (Images: Amanda de Beaufort)