Shared Spaces: Oh, Brother

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The best part about this shared space is that it works equally well for a 3 year old or a 13 year old. When creating any room, it’s important to think about how your needs and tastes might change as your children grow. That way you can invest in pieces that will transition from preschool to high school.

In this example, the simple pattern on the bedding is a great transitional element. It can be mixed with a variety of blankets and each child can personalize their bed with throw pillows or stuffed animals. It also has a lot of nice colors in it, which you can draw from to decorate the rest of the space.

And, let’s not ignore the obvious shared space solution, a bunk bed. This is a great space saver, and what kid doesn’t dream of having a bunk bed! Just remember that for safety reasons the top bunk needs to be reserved for kiddos that are 6 or older. The option shown here is a twin-over-full configuration. This would be great if you had two children of different ages. Your pre-teen can stretch out on the full size bottom bunk, while your elementary school kiddo can take the top bunk.

The use of a bunk saves floor space, which will allow for bookcases, desks and dressers that you need for the kids. You can also add a storage trundle under the bottom bunk for even more clothes and toy storage.  After all, have you ever met a parent that didn’t want more storage space?

By Danielle Kurtz

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 5-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 5 years old?

 

DIY Sparkle Rainbow Animals

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How do I make Sparkle Rainbow Animals?

Step 1: Spray paint each animal entirely. Wait for paint to dry. 

Step 2: Once spray paint dries, dip different sections into different colored paint. 

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Step 3: Or, use the paintbrush to create a variety of paint effects like dribbling, dotting and more.

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Step 4: Or, gently blend two colors and dip animals in for a swirl effect. 

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The Girls’ Room

Back in June Courtney of the chirpingmoms.com posted about putting together a shared bedroom for her daughters. She was swooning over our painted Jenny Lind Beds, but wasn’t sure how she’d pull the whole room together.  So, last month she reached out to me and asked for some help. After gaining a little insight into her style, her girls’ personalities and the room she was working with, I put together a design for their room.

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For the room, I suggested doing two of the Jenny Lind Beds in Raspberry paired with our Please Plie Bedding. It’s a really punched up color palette with lots of options for mixing in vibrant pinks, yellows and blues. (Did I mention that Courtney loves yellow?)

I added in a lot of accent pieces, keeping many of the items in white since the furniture and bedding are so loud. Also, I paired the beds with the Monarch Nightstands rather than the Jenny Lind Nightstand. With two of these beds, it’s an awful lot of spindles for one room, so I thought a more streamlined piece for the nightstand would be a better option.

For the walls, I suggested a soothing icy blue. The furniture will pop next to this and it pairs nicely with the original wood floors in the space. I also proposed the idea of a book corner, using our book ledges to create a wall of storage/display. The girls can house a mix of books and art here and keep an ever-evolving installation of their current tastes.

In addition, I mixed in some a lot of throw pillows and our Krafty Kraft Letters. This will allow each of the girls to personalize her own space within the room. In any shared space, it’s important to carve out areas for each child to express herself.

To see more details on the room design, visit the Pinterest page I created for Courtney. http://pinterest.com/bynodforyou/the-girls-room-v2/

(As an aside, if you’re designing a room and aren’t already on Pinterest, I strongly urge you to join. It’s a really great way to gather and curate yours ideas for a space. It allows you to see all the items together and pull inspiration from all over the web, as well as draw on ideas from other pinners.)

By Danielle Kurtz

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet, but all her supplies have a layer of dust on them about 5-years-thick, wonder if it's just a coincidence that her oldest kiddo is 5 years old?