shared room inspiration

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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!

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110 responses to “shared room inspiration”

  1. Brooke Slater says:

    this is quite possibly the most amazing thing Ive seen yet! Ive always wanted to do a woodland type theme room for my child. This is just amazing! Awesome job.

  2. Julia Ryan says:

    this is so beautiful! It’s so real and lived in and not at all predictable or overly done. Such a beautiful mix of colors and patterns and personal touches! LOVE!

  3. If I missed this forgive me, but what is the wall color? I just love that dreamy aqua blue.

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hey Elizabeth – you didn’t miss it! I haven’t posted it – so sorry! I’m searching like crazy to find the name. It’s a benjamin moore color, and we painted it two years ago. I’ll find it and let you know when I do!

    • Heidi says:

      I’m hoping to find out, too. The whole room is gorgeous, and I just love the wall color!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Heidi!! It is Benjamin Moore’s Lido Green!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hey Elizabeth – just wanted to let you know I confirmed the color is Benjamin Moore Lido Green!

    • Megan says:

      it looks similar to benjamin moore blue bonnet or spring mint

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Elizabeth! I believe it is Benjamin Moore Refreshing Teal. I’m trying to confirm that – but I’m fairly certain that is what it is. It does have quite a bit of green in it, which shows up more in some photos than others. It’s really pretty, and one of those that changes color depending on the light in the room.

  4. Cami says:

    This is lovely in every way! Did you make the beautiful yellow valance!? Would love a turtorial on that!

  5. Ashley @ the handmade home says:

    I love everything you do. This is your best room yet. You just keep getting better ;} I love how you mixed in the darks and lights and kept it so fresh. GORGEOUS, JONI!

  6. Jamie Van Noord says:

    What a fantastic space, creative and greatt for kids to play in! Very inspirational! Love it!

  7. Your Daddy is a sweetheart. 🙂 Love all of the details, especially that strawberry fabric you used for the pillows. It’s all so perfect!

  8. Sara says:

    this is so gorgeous!!!

  9. Heather says:

    I am SO SO glad you posted this. I recently bought that same duvet for my son’s room which has a twin bed and a crib, but have been at a complete loss as to how to make it cohesive without getting too matchy-matchy. I absolutely LOVE this and think it will be a room that everyone will enjoy!

  10. meghanjoan says:

    I’d love to know the source for your curtain hardware. Those rods look awesome! Also, I’m intrigued as to how the large frames are hung from the moulding…are they just suspended on the ledge, or are they secured somehow? Thanks!

  11. meagan says:

    I just love the prints! Would you consider selling them in a little more masculine colorway? They would be perfect for my twin boys woodland nursery!

  12. Lauren O'Donnell says:

    Oh my, this is such a wonderful space. I can see many years to come filled with adventures in this room. You really did an outstanding job!

  13. Liz Toftness says:

    It’s so fantastic!! I’m inspired, thanks!:)

  14. Ashley Wiegers says:

    Seems like a silly question but, whats the feel of the rug? Is it rough? Soft enough for babies to crawl on? Love your design aesthetics!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Ashley! It’s not a super soft rug at all. I usually put a blanket down when Brigette plays on it, mostly because she is quite the spitter, but it’s not super soft. It’s great for Vivi – but it may not be as soft as you are looking for in a nursery. Definitely not a silly question!

  15. Lyn says:

    Looks Amazing! I wish you would come to my house (I don’t live too far).

    • Joni Lay says:

      Aww – I didn’t realize you are in Atlanta!! (Sorry if I missed that!) We should do a playdate!

    • Lyn says:

      My girls and I would love that but we don’t live in Atlanta anymore. We moved south outside of Macon to be close to my parents. Free babysitting. I frequent the city as much as possible and my husbands grandparents live in Smyrna so we are town often.

  16. Aly says:

    This is beautiful Joni! We are having another little boy and I bought the same crib and almost the exact same dresser as your sisters. Although my room is smaller than hers. I couldn’t figure how to make it all work- then BAM! You find an old boy scout backpack. I now know what to do! 🙂

  17. Jane Allerton says:

    Absolutely exquisite! I have loved your blog for a very long time and to see this room just makes my heart sing. What an amazing job you have done.

  18. Mandy Sadlon says:

    it is so adorable, I love everything about it!

  19. Caitlin says:

    I can’t even full express how AMAZING this room is! I . . .just . . . can’t . . . Nice work!!

  20. hailey says:

    this room is gorgeous!

  21. Emily Miller says:

    Did you ever figure out what color the room is?? I love it!

  22. Tiffany Horton says:

    Joni, this is just so great. I am in awe! Can’t wait to see it in person one day!

  23. Ashton N says:

    I can’t wait to see the other quotes you are planning on offering. These prints are so perfect for my daughter’s room!

  24. This is so good, Joni! I’ve been seeing it all over pinterest, a sign of success! congrats!

    My little sister and I have always called each other scout since we were little….started out girlscout, then g scout, now scout, so many of the things here feel personal to me. 🙂

    It’s such a good mix and I can’t wait to hear more about the process.

  25. Toni Ricksger says:

    So stinkin’ adorable!! Love the room color!

  26. Tonia P says:

    Hi! So very cute. Could you tell me what size your deer and mouse print is? Thanks.

  27. Molly says:

    OMG, Joni, I am DYING over this room. You are so, so talented. I want you to keep having kiddos so you will continue to create more gorgeous spaces!! Love it all. Well done!! 🙂

  28. Rhonda says:

    I think this is absolutely one of the sweetest rooms ever. I do not have a creative bone in my body and have absolutely no idea how to decorate. I am curious (because I want to learn how to decorate, therefore why I look at so many blogs) about the dark blue rug. I would never ever think of putting that in there. Can you explain the thought process to me?

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Rhonda! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! The rug is actually black – I just got it because I loved it. I kind of wanted something a bit stronger to offset the lighter tones in the room. I really like the approach of buying things you really love and then making it all work together. Hope that helps!:)

  29. Amanda says:

    My goodness, this room is adorable, refreshing, and amazing. I’ve found so much inspiration and can’t thank you enough!

  30. Tammy @ the colored door says:

    This room is so beautiful! Such an inspiration, I love all the detail you did an amazing job!

  31. Allison says:

    I love this! Literally obsessed. I have two girls also, nearly the same age as your two girls. This room brings to mind a couple of little kids dressed like The Lost Boys from Peter Pan, exploring and creating magic! 🙂 I hope your girls love it. I’m off to duplicate that bookshelf!

  32. Asia says:

    This is insanely wonderful… These are the kind of rooms I dream about. Amazing touches and overall sense of Aww

  33. Kellie says:

    Love this room! Gorgeous in every way. I’m crazy about the wall and ceiling planks. Any specs or details on the width and how to? I also love the floor and ceiling moulding. I’d be grateful for the specs on that as well! Thanks for sharing!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hey Kellie! I am so sorry I haven’t responded to your sweet comment yet!! The wall and planks are 12″ spruce (I believe – it’s definitely 12″ – but I’ll have to double check about the spruce) and the moulding is a really simple trick. The top piece where the wall meets the ceiling is a simple, thinner strip of crown moulding, and then we mounted picture hanging moulding (like this: 12″ below. We painted both pieces of moulding white, as well as the space in between so it appears to be a bigger, more intricate piece of moulding. It’s a great way to get a more fancy, polished look with much less cost! And it’s also fun to get to use the picture moulding. Hope that helps!!

    • Kellie says:

      Genius! Super duper impressed. Thank you so much for the specs and the link. I’m such a beginner…but a motivated one! I’m so doing this for my girls! You’ve got a faithful fan here!

  34. Anna says:

    Hi I was just wondering where you got the fabrics from that you used for the pillows you made and the little sign on the door? So cute! Thanks!

  35. Sarah&Ella says:

    Stunning and inspiring! I wish I had known about land of Nod prior to putting my little girls room together! Where did you find the shopping cart? Thanks!

  36. Jenn says:

    This is by far the cutest most amazing room i have ever seen!! i sure would love to mimic every last thing! love!!

  37. Monika says:

    i absolutely love this room!!!! I think all the pillows on Vivi’s bed make for such a cute and cozy place for her. I love the little animal pictured with a cloud and scout pillows on one of the pictures, where can I find it?

  38. kathleen says:

    Hey Joni! Congrats on the House of turquiose feature, the room looks incredible! I’m Lesley’s friend , I met you at Tilda’s b-day party 🙂

  39. monika says:

    i LOVE this room!!!!!! its so cute and charming!!! i was wondering where can i get a little animal doll that was pictured with pillows on Vivi’s bed?

  40. Haley says:

    This room is amazing! Where can I get the little arrows you taped on the walls?

  41. Kimm says:

    I love this room so much, it is totally inspiration for my daughter’s room. Can you tell me where you found that adorable fruit fabric for your throws?

  42. Bree says:

    Hi Joni, please can share any info on the drapes. I love them and would like to have something similar in my toddler’s room. Do they have blackout liners too? Thanks for any info!

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  45. Ashley says:

    I love the rug! Where did you find it?

  46. Lianne says:

    That book case is awesome! Everything in here is awesome, actually!! Love it!! Great inspirations, thanks for sharing!

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  49. Sara says:

    This is the most beautiful nursery/child’s room I’ve ever seen. I’ve always loved eclectic, vintage, and color and this combines all of those things. Will definitely be an inspiration for a room I decorate in the future!

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  54. Audra says:

    This is SO creative… Love your style! And those prints?! I’m dying. We are doing shared rooms as well, but for a girl and boy… This idea is totally doable. Thanks for inspiration!

  55. Sally says:

    So inspired by this room! May I share it as inspiration with your credits on my blog post? If I can find a cute gender neutral nursery (and i think i did!) I may just wait to find out the sex of our baby this time!

    Thank you!

  56. Lauren says:

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

  57. Hi Joni!! LOVE your work! What was your source for the tole light?

    • Joni says:

      Thanks so much, Rachel! It’s a vintage light I found at a thrift store, but here is a similar-ish one! It doesn’t have the colors, but has a similar feel.

  58. It is just PERFECT in your room! Thank you for the recommendation!

    • Joni says:

      Thanks so much, Rachel!! Also, I should have mentioned that it’s called a “tole chandelier”, in case you haven’t heard of it. If you want to search for something vintage that is similar, that is what it’s called! You can find quite a few on etsy and ebay in a range of prices.:)

  59. Jenny says:

    We are trying to recreate this room for our son and daughter, Joni, and I’m curious where you picked up the arrows from? Just a sporting goods store? Have you worried about your girls trying to get them down and play with them? Thanks 🙂

    • Joni says:

      Hi Jenny! So fun! I bought the arrows off of etsy from here – they are vintage. I have them hung high enough where they are really out of reach, and the points are sort of blunt. I can understand how it could be a concern, especially if you have kids that are on the more adventurous side! Some of their collection have blunt tips, and if you are concerned about the points, you could just trim them off, and hanging them up high certainly helps.

  60. makenzie says:

    Where did you get the rug? I love it!! Sorry if I missed it!

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  62. Sylwia says:

    love your room. what color are the walls? pls I am about to paint my girls’ room and this looks perfect.

  63. Jessica says:

    love this!!! I’m thinking of trying to recreate the arrowhead art in my baby boys nursery. my husband and his dad collected arrowheads together when he was a child. 🙂 any tips on putting it together? did u have it framed or buy a premade shadow box? love this look.

  64. Linsie says:

    Hi Joni! Among many these – everything really – I love your curtains (the blush/peach drapes). My daughters room is similar in color to yours and the curtains are a great contrast! Did you make them? Or, do you mind sharing where from?! Thanks 🙂

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    Beautiful room!
    Did you put together a tutorial for the bookcase? I’ve searched and checked the comments, but I wasn’t able to find it!

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  68. Abby says:

    Hi Joni! Did you end up ordering the navy rug or the black one? It’s hard to tell in the photos! Thanks!!

  69. Paulina says:

    Hello, where can I find the Wall book storage tutorial? I love it!

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