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It seems that by far the most requests I receive for inspiration are for shared rooms.  Our family has a farmhouse on our family farm where we spend a good bit of time, so I thought it would be a fun project to create a shared space for Vivi and Brigie that will hopefully also serve as inspiration for those of you looking to do something similar.  I know they are both girls, but I don’t think it’s too much of a jump to make this room a bit more neutral or boyish to suit your needs (in fact, all the bedding is boy bedding!).  I have to say this has been my favorite project thus far, and I think Vivi is just as in love with it as I am (a sure sign of a success!).  I’ll list applicable sources after each photo, as well as in the pink margin. (Union Rug; White Jenny Lind Crib; Pink Coat Rack.)shared room ideasThe door to the room came from the house where my great-grandmother grew up.  The fact that it has a window makes it extra fun; I love being able to peek in during naptime!  shared room ideasVivi is crazy about her little toddler bed.  I found it to be a great solution to save some space, and she is enchanted with it.  It’s actually a bed I purchased secondhand, and I enlisted the help of my father (i.e. he did it for me!) to replace the headboard and footboard and then we painted it glossy white.  I also love the bedding; it’s a twin duvet and cover from the Land of Nod.  I cut them both in half exactly and just stitched up the edges (adding a zipper to one of the duvet pieces so it is still removable) which left me with the perfect toddler bed sized duvet and a fluffy blanket to use elsewhere. (Charming Hamper, Jenny Lind Nightstand)shared room ideasThe black dresser and the white changing table are both vintage, and I love how the Jenny Lind crib and adorable nightstand fit in with it so perfectly!  Those arrows are just taped to the wall with washi tape, and the curtains are painter’s dropcloth leftover from my sister’s wedding which I stitched into panels with pom pom trip added to the edges.  (Cloud Pillow; Woodland Animal Art Panel One & Two; The Greater Outdoors Bedding)shared room ideasThat metal tole chandelier was a last minute find from one of my favorite secondhand/antique shops, and I think it adds the perfect little bit of girly charm to an otherwise understated girls’ room.  The yellow and orange tie in perfectly with the bedding!  I created the art panels with the woodland animals just for the room, which Daddy custom framed with heart pine.  I wanted them to have the feel of pages from a vintage children’s books.  (You can purchase prints here and here, and I’m planning to add another text option here soon. Here is the source for that cute little dog picture.)shared room ideasI adore that gold lamp from the Land of Nod; it adds the perfect bit of polish!  The arrowhead art is one of my favorite details.  All of those arrowheads and that tomahawk were found close to this house, and we attached them with copper wire to painted black pegboard.  (Gold Lamp; Jenny Lind Nightstand)shared room ideasThe crib is the Jenny Lind we used for Vivi, and it’s so sweet and perfect.  I really can’t recommend this crib enough; you can’t beat the price and they really go so well with any look (and the black version is stunning, too!).  (Numbers Pouf; Pink Coat Rack; Charming Floor Bin; Greater Outdoors Bedding; Field Guide Crib Sheet)shared room ideasI adore that field guide crib sheet, and it’s fun to talk about all the little animals and colors on it.  The cloud pillows add the perfect whimsical touch, and I added little “scout” pillows to their beds.  I’ll post a tutorial here soon.  It’s really pretty simple.  That pouf provides the perfect spot for reading and playing. (Cloud Pillow; Field Guide Crib Sheet; Numbers Pouf)shared room ideasThe changing table is a vintage buffet, with a changing pad tray added, and a matching adorable field guide pad cover.  That photo in the middle is of the sunset over the field where Chip and I were married.  The artwork is all hung a little high, out of reach of kicking little feet and grasping little hands! (Field Guide Changing Pad Cover; Changing Pad Tray)

shared room ideasI’m pretty crazy over this little reading corner.  We hung that vintage boy scout backpack with an arrow, and suspended it from the picture hanging molding (as we did most of the larger pieces of art).  I love that detail.  Daddy constructed that simple little bookcase, and it’s such a perfect solution for book storage without taking up any space.  I’ll be posting a tutorial on that as well; I know there are quite a few out there, but I figured I’d post it in case any of you are interested.shared room ideasSo there you have it!  I hope you are inspired.  Stay posted for those tutorials.  I have to give a very special thanks to my father for helping me pull this together; he makes all my crazy ideas come to life and is so patient with all my requests.  He is a true craftsman, and getting to work on such projects with him is such a joy!  Thanks, Daddy!


Lauren"Just wanted to say that I LOVE this room. So sunny and happy. Thanks for inspiring us for our nursery! "

Joni"Sure thing - thanks so much, Sally, and congratulations to you!:) "

Sally"So inspired by this room! May I share it as inspiration with your credits on my blog post? If …"

Audra"This is SO creative... Love your style! And those prints?! I'm dying. We are doing shared rooms as well, but …"

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vivi & brigette’s shared room

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shared room inspirationI’m working on a room for Vivi and Brigette to share when we spend time at our family farm.  I’m pretty excited about working on a shared space, since I get frequent questions about how to make this work.  Of course, they are both girls, so that makes it a bit easier, but it still needs to work for an active toddler and an infant.  The beds will be different than pictured; I will likely use Vivi’s white Jenny Lind crib, and we are working on updating a cute little toddler bed (had to include that gorgeous iron bed, though – it’s so beautiful, and on sale!).  I’m going for sort of a wildlife + camp feel, since it is at the farm and in the woods.  Vivi has also been taken by the thought of camping since she saw a Yo Gabba Gabba episode about it awhile back.  We’ll have to have a real camping adventure here soon, but I thought it would also make it extra fun to take it inside for her, too.  Those pretty illustrations above are from one of my favorite children’s books, the Color Kittens (used them here), and I’m planning on some wildlife art with a similar look.  I won’t actually be including that gorgeous James Harrison chair, either – it’s not in the budget – but I’m still working on the seating part of the room, and it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?  Thanks to the Land of Nod for the adorable bedding, that pouf, and some of the other charming details – can’t wait to put it all together!


jonilay"Hi Jeanette! It's Benjamin Moore Lido Green! "

Jeanette"This room is so cute! What color did you end up painting the girls' room? "

emilylo"Where did the 2 animal prints come from super cute! "

Kristine"Okay, duh! I didn't see the links in the sidebar. Sorry :-) "

Kristine"Lovely concept. This might be a stupid question, though what do the numbers in the mood board correlate with? I couldn't …"

Aly"I love this! :) Very pretty! Vivi is all about Yo? Ryan can't stop talking about it. And he only …"


Little Choux + Shop Belle Giveaway!

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playroom-boardI have a super exciting giveaway today: an adorable tent made exclusively for Little Choux featuring Hibou Home fabric, along with a $100 gift card to Shop Belle, which has some of the cutest tiny clothes around.  These sister sites are celebrating their second birthday, so they are generously offering these two items as a giveaway.  To enter, visit both sites and leave a comment under this post with either a Little Choux or Shop Belle item you’d love to have!  Winner will be randomly drawn and announced Monday morning, May 20th. (adorable photo by  MoxieSox).  And, just for fun, above is a playroom that would pair well with this tent.


so happy together:

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On BHG today – another shared room!red baby room ideas


Ann"Red hot! "

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sharing spaces on bhg

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Another “so happy together” board on BHG this week!  Go here to check out all the links . . . this would be a great room for a brother and sister!shared room ideas


Cami Fields"Just had to add that I have the rug featured in this board, and it is SO soft to crawl …"

wmbg"you always find the BEST PRINTS. thank you for making my life a lil' easier. "

Billie Emory"I wrote you about a month ago asking for a combo-room and I am pretty sure fate was in play …"

Coryann"I love seeing more of these boards where siblings can share rooms! "

Joni Lay"Of course, Andrea! I love your work, and I was really excited when I stumbled upon it this week! …"

Andrea Lauren"Can't thank you enough, Joni, for featuring my prints in this wonderful collection. All the best, -Andrea "