Shared Boys Space

Land of nod shared boys room

My story starts when I moved to Indianapolis about 12 years ago not knowing a soul and within minutes of arriving at my new job a girl that worked a few cubicles down from me came over and welcomed me to the office and I’m so lucky to say she’s been my friend ever since. 

When I got pregnant 7 years later my friend told me about her sister, Sarah Beth Hill, who was an amazing natural light photographer.  I immediately booked a session with her.  Unfortunately I had some heartbreaking losses that put off my newborn baby photo shoot until I welcomed my son in October 2012.  I was so excited for the photoshoot it was a long time coming and I was so anxious to meet Sarah and have her take photos of my newborn son Cooper. 

At the end of the shoot I got out my checkbook and asked Sarah how much I owed her and she looked at me and smiled and said, “Nothing, I’m so happy for you and your family I want to give this to you as my gift to you, it’s the least I could do.”   This was the first time I had ever met her and one of the nicest acts of kindness a stranger had ever given to me.

A year later when I booked Cooper’s one year photo shoot Sarah suggested we trade services, she would take Cooper’s pictures in exchange for me decorating her sons Ethan and Maddox shared bedroom space.  I quickly agreed and the planning began.

I wanted to do something special for Sarah to repay her for the kindness she gave to me and so I reached out to Land of Nod to see if they would help me create a fun shared boys space for 2 young boys.  Lucky me they agreed and I got to work!

The inspiration for the room were some canvas photos Sarah Beth took of her sons that took on a nautical theme.  Once I knew the inspiration picking out some great items from Land of Nod was super easy!

  Land of nod moodboard


First thing first the orange room was painted a light gray and the bunk beds were moved to the other side of the room.

The room is super small so the bookcase was a great choice, it held so much but it wasn’t the slightest bit bulky.  Maddox the youngest loved his decorative life preserver pillow and Ethan the oldest loved having his very own book light on the top bunk to read late into the night.  Mom/Sarah loved the owl tree rack to keep the boys clothes off the ground.  If I had to pick my favorite element it would be the map rug that helped pulled the small room together.






I had such a great time putting together this room and to see Sarah and the boys reaction to the space was priceless!  Thank you so much Land of Nod for helping me put together this room!!

Sarah Beth Photography:  A natural light photographer from Indianapolis

Laurie Jones:  An interior decorator from Indianapolis

Photographs taken by Sarah Beth 

Moodboard and Graphics by Laurie Jones