The boys have been sharing a room for a few months now and it’s going great! Many of you already know that we downsized from a huge 4 bedroom house outside of the Tampa area, to a smaller 2 bedroom condo right in the heart of Disney’s Town Celebration, FL. I love it out here, it’s very reminiscent of Star’s Hollow on Gilmore Girls, mixed with just the right amount of Stepford. There’s really nice dining options, Starbucks, a couple boutiques, a community pool, and a Farmer’s Market every Sunday! I’m going to share tips on how to downsize without cramping your style, and show you room-by-room what we did to achieve each goal aesthetically. Starting our Clark Crib posts with the boy’s room because it’s actually clean today, and THAT is rare hahaha.
Moving to a 2 bedroom place obviously meant that the boys would have to start sharing a room. Combining a nursery with a toddler’s room was a lot easier than I thought it would be to be honest. First we got rid of Cash’s outdated crib that had been converted into a toddler bed. This gave us a LOT more room and we were able to find a small toddler bed frame brand new that was only $10 more than what we were able to sell his old one!
I wanted Cash to feel like his bed was special to him, and have a lot of fun in it. So we added this adorable bed canopy from IKEA that hangs on the wall. Both boys have always had more modern room aesthetics with black and white colors and bold eye-catching prints, so the black and white stripes on the bed canopy matched perfectly.
With two large windows that bring in great natural light, I decided to be bold and paint the whole room white, to reflect that great natural light and make the room feel so much bigger for the two of them. Then, rather than do a ton of artwork which I had done in the past in their rooms, I opted for a few wall pieces with a black and white striped accent wall. To create this wall, we literally just measured the wall, divided it by the number of stripes we wanted (came to 16.5) and taped off the stripes. My amazing stepdad helped me take on this task and carefully painted all the black stripes for me. We let this dry overnight and viola, accent wall done!
The wall really works to bring the boys beds together in a fun way. I pulled the stripes out again in some accent pillows and a throw blanket to make the entire room more cohesive. In between the beds, I placed this great washable black and white patterned rug. Washable rugs are so crucial in a toddler’s room, and I love that this one matched the overall theme of the black and white modern room. Since most of the patterns and textures in the room come from the black and white stripes, adding another pattern didn’t overdo it, with all the solid black furniture pieces we have in there.
The only other thing we really had to tackle in room sharing was the toy situation. I purged 3 boxes FULL of toys from their rooms at the old house collectively, only keeping the ones that meant the most to either of them, and ones they played with frequently. The ones they play with daily are displayed on the end table & toy bin in-between their beds, while the ones they love but only play with here and there are organized individually in the gray striped canvas storage bins on their cube bookshelf.
My favorite (and the boys and all their cousins favorite) aspect of the room is the teepee. The gray pattern mirrors the black and white patterned rug and brings a bohemian element to their modern room. Adding the faux fur rug in the teepee makes it feel homey and warm. Seriously all the kids love playing in this thing SO much, we’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth on this one. I love watching Cash go in there with Brando and tickle him or “read” him a book.
Having them share a room early on is such a wonderful way to get them to spend more time together and develop a more intimate bond. Since they started sharing a room, Cash feels more like a big brother and will often go check on him when he’s taking a nap, he’s become so much more affectionate towards his baby brother too. This has also taught both Cash and Brando how to become better “sharer’s” although we still have some moments when it comes to the iPad.
Do your kids share a room?