The Treehouse: The Girls’ Bedroom

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

By Gabrielle. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom.

Would you like to see my daughters’ bedroom? If yes, this is the post for you. I have tons of photos and lots of details to share. This room came together slowly. There was lots of sketching of floor plans, moving of walls, trying furniture in different configurations, and pondering about closet space. We eventually took it down to a 14.5′ x 22.5′ blank canvas and created from there.

But all the work and patience paid off. The room is terrific! The girls love it. It meets their needs easily and it looks fabulous as well.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

As you may remember, all four of our daughters share the same room. That wasn’t the original plan when we moved in. But we hadn’t actually seen this house in person until after we’d purchased it, so we didn’t really have a true sense of the dimensions of the rooms and the best way to use the space.

I receive quite a bit of email asking me about this shared room situation, so I thought I would start this post with a few FAQs, then, you can click through if you want to see all the details and the thinking behind the design decisions. At the end of the post, I included four shots of the room taken from each corner, so that you can get a good sense of the overall space.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

Why Four Kids in One Room?
While doing renovations on this space, we could see that the bedroom in question was originally two bedrooms, and we weren’t surprised at all. Without knowing the history of the house, we considered doing the same thing — splitting the bedroom into two.

Interestingly, Maude, who has the strongest feelings among our kids about room-sharing, much preferred the idea of four people in one room, instead of two people in two rooms. When I thought about it, I felt like I understood where she was coming from. When there are two of you sharing a room, and you’re irritated about something, it’s easy to direct that irritation at your roommate. And those recurring negative experiences can make for a tense relationship. But if there are four of you in the room, the irritation gets dissipated. It’s easier to see that 3 people aren’t intentionally bugging you, that you are simply bugged and it has nothing to do with the people in the room.

That’s an oversimplification, but hopefully you understand what I mean. : )

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. Including freestanding closets.

Anyway, that’s how we ended up putting all 4 girls in one room, instead of splitting the room into two or trying some other household configuration. We also tested it out for many months before we jumped in and started renovating. By that time, it was easy to see the four-sister-in-one-room situation was working well for everybody.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

But how does it work? Do the different ages make bedtime difficult?

Good question. So far, bedtime hasn’t been an issue at all. The younger two go to bed around 8:00. They go through their bedtime routines (bath, pjs, etc.), we read a book, and then they’re off to dream land. By the time the older kids come into the room the younger ones are already fast asleep.

I would say it also works for us, because we have a specific theory about kid bedrooms. We set aside bedrooms for sleeping and dressing only. We have other spaces in the house for homework and toys — even other places for reading. It’s not a strict rule — we do keep a shelf of books in the bedrooms, and the youngest ones like to have a stuffed animal or two around. But in general, our bedrooms are only used for sleeping and getting dressed/ready for the day. I realize that not every house works like this — if you have a tiny apartment, the bedroom and playroom are likely the same room!

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. Freestanding closets create a dressing area.

Don’t kids need their own space as they get older?

Yes. I think they do. And we work hard to make sure the kids have personal time as needed. But I don’t think that means every child needs their own room. For most families in the world, the idea of each person getting their own space is simply not possible, and for big families like ours, sharing bedrooms is a no-brainer. In fact, I’ve shared a bedroom my whole life — with siblings, with college roommates, and with my husband. But I always figured out ways to get alone time when I craved it.

For our girls, since the bedrooms are generally empty of people during waking hours, if someone wants to be solo, their bedroom is usually the go-to option. But they can also use the reading loft, or one of our decks, or the family office, or even the master bedroom.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. Freestanding closets separate the sleeping and dressing areas.

I suppose sharing a room is not for everyone, but it’s also not out of the ordinary in any way. And I’m confident the alternative, a sprawling house with 7 or 8 bedrooms, would not be a good fit for our family at all.

So if the idea of 4 kids in a bedroom is stressing you out, just know that you don’t have to do it. Hah! Also know that it’s working for us, and that if it stops working for us, we’ll try another solution. Simple as that.

BEDS & BEDDING

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. Bedding coordinates but isn't matching

I’m going to start the tour with beds and bedding. Each girl has a standard size twin bed. The mattresses rest on a boxsprings with legs attached, and the closets act as headboards.

We kept the color scheme super simple. Black, white & red. Though really, I used very little black, and instead focused on grey and charcoal instead. The far wall is painted in Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams. The poster is a photo of all four girls taken by Sarah Hebenstreit during our French Greys shoot. It’s an inexpensive poster — the printout was made on an engineering printer at Office Depot and was only five bucks!

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

I wanted the bedding to be coordinating but not identical. The idea was to make each bed feel individual.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

Most of the bedding is from Ikea, but I sourced accents from lots of places. Hanna Andersson recently came out with a Scandinavian-inspired home line, and lots of their wares fit the black, white, and red scheme. So I ordered several items from their collection (including the red-striped sheets, and the black-striped throw blanket pictured here).

The red & black throw pillow we’ve had since Colorado. The red herringbone blanket at the end of the far bed is from Pinecone Hill. And the handstitched red and blank Kantha quilt I ordered online.

There’s enough space between the beds and closets that the kids can walk between them, but they typically don’t. The paths that go around the beds are easier to use.

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Also, there are two big cozy rugs that lie beneath the beds. My sister Jordan picked them up in Morocco. You can see them in the overall pictures at the end of the post.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. No room for a bookshelf, so a rolling library cart is used instead.

Instead of bookshelves, we used this rolling cubby as a moveable library within the room. We love these Ikea carts and own 3 — two in the office and one here.

FREESTANDING CLOSETS

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

I’m really into the wireframe closets. They are relatively affordable, they have an industrial vibe that I’m drawn to, they’re lightweight and easy to move around, and they’ve been really fun to customize. The girls thread scarves through the wires, use s-hooks to hang purses and bathrobes, and display tomorrow’s outfit by putting a clothes hanger on an outside door. Here, Maude shows off her cross-country medals .

To prevent them from falling over, we’ve attached them to the bed frames with zip ties.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

We hung the backs of the closets, which function as headboards, with a simple curtains + hooks. The curtains keep the closet contents a bit more private and provide a simpler background for the beds.

Wire drawers in a wireframe closet. A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

Inside, we placed a set of wire drawers that don’t come with the closets, but look like they do. : ) They fit wonderfully to one side, and eliminate the need for separate dressers.

Another nice thing about the free-standing closets, is that if we tire of this set up, we can move them against the wall, and move the beds against the wall as well, to open up the middle of the room. Or, we can even retire a closet as sisters move to college. I love the flexibility!

DRESSING AREA

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

We left plenty of space between the closets and the wall to create a dressing area. The closets also become almost their own wall — giving privacy to the dressing area.

Note the giant mirror at the end of the dressing area (it used to be sliding closet door — there’s a second matching door that is hung over the vanities/desks).

Cutest hampers.

These adorable hampers are as good-looking as they are functional — they’re another Hanna Andersson find. I chose one pattern with more white and one with more black, with the idea they’d be used for sorting dark and light laundry. Sometimes that works, sometimes they’re all mixed in.

Good looking hampers.

Don’t laugh, but I moved the hampers so we could also get a shot in the natural light.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. Jewelry storage on wall mounted bulletin boards.

We rolled two red-striped wool runners through the space. They visually lengthen the area, add a cheery pop of color, and provide a soft surface for bare feet.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters. Jewelry storage on wall mounted bulletin boards.

We’ve tried a few different jewelry storage options over the years, but I think this is our best yet by far! We tried one of the vanity drawers, but it quickly turned into a mess of knotted necklaces. Our solution: bulletin boards covered in charcoal grey fabric! We attached them directly to the wall, at a height that is accessible for all 4 girls. Standard pushpins hold the accessories.

Should the girls tire of baubles, the bulletin boards can hold notes or cards or magazine tears equally well.

LIGHTING

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.Ceiling pendant lamp. A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

We wanted the dressing area to be well-lit, so we installed an overhead light in front of each closet. We used a combination of these and these. Ben Blair rewired them to be plug-in lights, and also rewired them to have an on/off switch at a height that even little June can reach.

Sometimes all four lights are on, but late at night, or in the early mornings, the girls can turn on only one light so it’s not disturbing to the others.

I intentionally let the cords hang out in the open against the wall because I thought they looked interesting — sort of a wild or organic feature in an otherwise orderly space. But the neat-freak in me is wondering if I should have the lights hardwired into the ceiling instead — and have wall switches installed for each light. I’m still on the fence.

VANITY/DESK AREA

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

As you come into the bedroom, immediately to your right you’ll find two simple desks that we’re using as vanities. The drawers hold things like hair brushes and lip gloss. One of the old mirrored closet doors hangs above the desk. Moving some of the grooming tasks to this space means the kids’ bathroom is less crowded on busy mornings.

In theory, the girls could use these for homework as well, but really, we have other areas in the house that are better set up for studying.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

The aluminum chairs we’ve had since our New York days!

FROM ALL FOUR CORNERS

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

I know it’s sometimes hard to get a sense of the whole room in a tour like this, so I specifically requested photos from each corner of the room to give you a better idea of the space. I think it’s easier to see the walkways in these photos as well.

A shared bedroom for FOUR sisters.

I hope you like the tour! If there’s anything I forgot to source, please let me know. And I’d love to hear what your experiences have been with shared rooms.

P.S. — You can find all the posts about our Treehouse renovations here.

198 thoughts on “The Treehouse: The Girls’ Bedroom”

  1. I love the room. I don’t like the cords just hanging. It’s too jarring and messy looking for me and breaks the line of sight. I don’t know that I would necessarily need them hard wired with a wall switch, but I would at least want them to run along the wall better, instead of hanging. I would also be worried about things getting caught/draped on the cords with them that way.

    My kids have shared and have had their own rooms. I’m a firm believer that both work, as long as you provide other spaces in your house for the other side of the coin. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. It’s so fun to see a different perspective–I love wide open bedrooms with lots of floor space… but I can see how this would be really fun for your girls! I agree with the previous comment, though–I don’t like the cords hanging! Everything else looks great!!!

  3. Hello, Im in London so not sure this is relevant but where are the lovely striped mats from? Its beautiful by the way and we will be adopting some of your tricks- like the white/ darks laundry baskets and the jewellery handing board. Thanks for your reply x Angela

  4. Wow. And THAT is why you are a designer. I don’t think it would have ever even occurred to me to set up the beds and closets that way. So genius. I think your girls will have very fond memories of their shared time in the Treehouse Girls’ Bedroom! It is super sweet and so well-thought out! I shared with my sister and then when Grandma moved in, our younger sister joined us as well. We had the more typical non-designer one bunk, one twin model and it was boring but we didn’t mind sharing the space at all.

  5. Well done – an innovative use of the space; creative layout. I’m always inspired by your mix of utilitarian and aethestics.

    I’m a believer in shared rooms – we’ve done a mix of sharing between our 4 kids. By the time we’re ‘done’ everyone will have roomed with everyone at one point or another. And, everyone will have had their own room for awhile as well.

    And I too would secure those loose cords. I find it cluttery. :)

    1. Hi, I have four teen daughters who will be sharing a bonus room over our three car garage with dimensions similar to your girls’ room. I love this idea of having the closets behind the beds because the room has only one small closet and sloped ceilings and we’d have to build in closets otherwise. I was wondering after several years, how everything held up? Did you keep it the same, or was there any need to tweak the design?

  6. I love the super-efficient use of space! So nice to see since I live in Dublin, Ireland, where everything is a fraction of the space of American homes. Makes Pinterest even less realistic when you know you’re likely going to be living in a postage stamp house forever! Cheery and functional, bet the girls love it!

  7. What a great use of space! I love the industrial closets and the fun pops of color against the pretty and neutral greys, whites and blacks. I always shared rooms growing up and while I think it was a great experience, it would be have been nice to have it customized so well with organization for each occupant. Lots of great ideas to steal here, thanks for sharing!

  8. Lovely room – the girls will have such great memories. One question about the windows? Did you deliberately choose not to have window coverings? Does the sunlight wake the kids up early? Thanks for giving us another glimpse of your home.

    1. Good question! I should have mentioned window covering (or the lack thereof) in the post. Our house is quite secluded and surrounded by trees. With the exception of the bathrooms, there weren’t any window coverings in the house when we moved in, and we found that we loved being able to see the trees all the time.

      So that’s why we skipped curtain here — and also why I wanted the closets to create a private dressing area.

      As for light coming in, it does, but apparently we are fine sleeping through it. : )

  9. I love the part you included about 2 vs 4 kids sharing a room. It is so logical but easy to not ever realize. Thank you!

    1. I feel like I should have added: it also depends on the kids. Oscar & Ralph share a room, but they don’t seem to have any trouble getting along. Maybe it’s when two siblings are really close in age. Who knows.

  10. I love the room! Our kids also share, even though technically we have enough BR’s for each kid to have their own. We do this in order to use our 4th bedroom as a tv room. Works so well. I actually like the cords, and think the colors look great. However, I think the worry-wart in me would use clips, or a wall sleeve, to secure the cords on the lower portion of the wall, and then let them hang in a droopy fashion higher up where no kids could accidentally get tangled in them. Just my two cents. It’s a really well done room. I’m going to copycat the beds, and get rid of my kid’s bulky head and foot boards!

  11. so many great ideas!! I am especially loving the idea of using the utility cart for books. I followed the link for ikea and was pleasantly suprised to see how reasonable it is. But then checked out the Ikea Canada site and it is more than twice the cost–ugh!!! It is just too bad that there still such a disparity in prices between our countries!

      1. You should see the price difference between Ikea here in the US and in Australia. We have two of the Besta Burs desks that you used as the vanity. The first one we bought back home in Australia for almost $700 (which admittedly is super pricey by Ikea standards even in Australia). The second we bought when we moved to California for only $269! Exact same desk! And at the time the Australian dollar and US dollar were pretty much even.

  12. Wait! Don’t hide those cords away just yet! Love the cord colors and they do offer a fun interest to the wall! Maybe clean em’ up a bit? White hooks/nails to string cords along in a fun geometric design? Just a thought!
    I LOVE that your girls all want to share a room together and the thought(such thought!) behind it, evokes what an awesome group of individuals you are raising! The poster on the wall could not be any cuter, and once again, you’ve nailed the design out of the park!

  13. Lone voice of dissent so far, I’m afraid. Very utilitatarian – but without any design charm as far as I can see. It looks like a dorm in some low budget boarding school or even a shared prison cell – but not in a fun, friend-filled way. And certainly get an electrician to tidy up the cables for the lamps. What with the one, random board of necklaces (not a bad idea in itself, but just looks wrong being toute seule, plus in a totally different colour to your ‘designed’ color scheme) those wires look an uholy mess.

      1. When I saw your closets, I, too, was reminded of dorm life. I went to a boarding school across the bay from you….way back when. My freshman year I lived in a dorm room with a string of wooden closets across one wall. Hey, it worked! We each had one closet. Our bedroom cubbies (big enough for a dresser, a bed, and a student desk) however were separated by 6 foot wooden walls with a white sheet curtain (door) for privacy. So your configuration is more homey to me than institutional! Good job!

    1. Not alone Gerry…I felt the same way. It seemed dorm room/summer camp-isn to me, but like you said, not in a fun way. I too like industrial, but feel like a bedroom (especially for kids) should be a little more cozy.

      BUT Gabby, it looks like you and your kids love it. So there you go. Different strokes for different folks.

      1. Ohh Gerry it seems like you got out of bed on the wrong side!
        This room is not to your taste, but your comment is so scathing.
        I usually hate commenters rushing to stick up for bloggers and attacking any less than glowing comments, and I’m not even a regular reader… but your comment just seems so un fun, unfriendly, and lacking charm.

        Gabby, it’s been so interesting to read about how you manage the logistics of your large brood. I’m struggling along with my two little boys (one almost 3 years and the other 9 months old), and it’s inspiring to see you managing your six children with such grace and style :)

    2. My goodness, what a weirdly mean comment.

      Take note: there’s *always* a nice way to say anything, even voicing a dissenting opinion.

      And if you can’t find the nice way to say it: keep trying.

    1. Years late to this thread, but wanted to add that when I was a kid, the idea of living in a dorm room seemed so cool that this would have been my fantasy room (with more siblings as a bonus ;)! ). The clear boundaries for personal space and the the easy, clutter free arrangements seem like an awesome set-up for stress-free space. Plus, it always seems so insane to me when people spend a fortune decorating a room for kids at one specific stage in their life – kids change so quickly, it is so much better to figure out something modular that can be switched out/easily altered to their new tastes!

  14. I just wrote a comment that was not in favour of what you had achieved here, but my comment vanished. Do you not publish comments that are uncomplimentary?

  15. I so miss the days when all my kids were in the same room. Somehow, I felt it to be more secure for both them and me (I’m not sure why?). Anyway, I think the design is great. It looks fun in a high school/dorm-ish sort of way as well as functional. I kind of like the exposed cords, but might try something a little more intentional with the design as someone mentioned above. Question – does the wire framework hinge away for access to the clothes? Or do you access them from the bed-side? Perhaps this is obvious and I’m not seeing it….

    1. I think it’s hard to tell in the images. Maybe the photos that show it best are the two with Betty in the yellow jacket. She has one door open and is reaching in. The doors open into the dressing area. Does that make sense?

  16. This is an award-winning room from a design standpoint. Very clever use of space, and reusing the mirror sliding doors is genius.

    Can you share the dimensions of the room? It looks spacious, but it would be helpful to have a frame of reference.

    Great job.

  17. I love it. Really innovative layout. (and I like the cords!) I LOVE the closets and the colour (English spelling alert!) scheme the most. I like how you have incorporated a 3-colour scheme so well to give cohesion, but not made it look too “matchy matchy”

    I don’t think I’d mind sharing (as middle of 3 girls, in a 3 bed house, I was always the one sharing a room with one of my sisters -I just graduated to the top bunk when the youngest moved in and the eldest moved out) – but if it were me, I’d want the end bed, nearest the wall (I think because I’d feel more anchored?!) – was there much debate about the sleeping order? I would have thought Maude as oldest would have got that prime spot, but apparently not! (Judging by the medals). Do the older girls ever read in bed at night? Or is that not possible with sharing, and only having the main lights in the dressing area?

    Would love to see the other spaces next – could we get a glimpse of the home office? Is that where the kids tend to do homework. Have I imagined it or have you mentioned a den too (not the reading loft)? Is that the same space? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes! I need to share a tour of the family office and the family room. I feel like I’m still working on them so I haven’t been ready to share yet. But they are on my list!

  18. I love it! All of it (except the cords, but I think the neat freak in you can appreciate the neat freak in me)! Especially the idea of keeping bedrooms for sleeping and other areas of the house for doing things. Its functional, super clever and really darling! I love that each girl can customize her “headboard” and appreciate your less is more sensibility with their clothing and genuine needs.

  19. I think the room looks great! For me it is like a model home bedroom – notably lacking any of their personal bits and baubles. Where do they keep their personal momentos/photos etc?

    1. That’s another good question. Some of their personal momentos are out in the open (like favorite jewelry and the cross-country medals). Other are kept tucked away — each daughter has a storage bin beneath her bed. And they each personalize the closets as well. New purchases or gifts are displayed on the vanities/desks or on their closet doors.

      I’m still hunting for small bins or baskets that they could hang from the closets right next to their beds — almost like a nightstand. A place to put their watch and hairband at the end of the day.

  20. I love the room! Thank you for sharing it with us and for your thorough explanations–I always enjoy reading why you make the choices you do. They make so much sense and help me look at things differently. xo

  21. I hope I didn’t overlook it, but is there a source for the desks? I like that you can fit 2 per desk … something I didn’t think would be that hard to find but I am having trouble!

  22. I love that space! Makes me want to move my son and daughter in together.

    It really is a smart use of space. Those are some lucky girls.

    I’m guessing you have a strict rule about making beds in the morning?

    1. I do love a made bed.

      The girls are happy to make them if reminded, but it’s actually become a habit for me in the mornings. I have 20 mins of oil pulling and I use that time to tidy up, make unmade beds, and start some laundry.

      On weekends though, the beds are more likely to remain unmade the whole time.

      1. This one thing continues to puzzle me: I, too, love the look of a made bed, but I find myself pulling back the covers/blankets of all the beds each morning because I want the mattresses to be able to breathe/air out. That wins out over the esthetics of made beds for me, but know so many people who always make their beds each morning. Any thoughts on this dilemma? Is it a cultural thing? (From the Netherlands)

  23. What a great use of space! I love the dressing table idea… it would be fun to get a picture of all 4 sisters getting ready for the day, each at their spot. :-)

    I do have to say that the one jarring note for me is those exposed cords. I too am a neat freak, and it seems less cool/interesting and more messy/disorganized. I think it would look lots better if the wiring was hidden. But I see others love it!

    Thanks for providing so many great ideas!

  24. Love it!

    Thanks for taking the time to write so much about it and all the pics. I can appreciate all the time and effort involved and wish I had a bit of your talent and eye.

    We try to do the same thing in our house….bedrooms are for sleeping or changing clothes. This tends to make us more interactive.

    Ann

  25. Ok this is all just AMAZING. It’s like the coolest dorm ever! And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. LOVE the slightly industrial, yet feminine vibe. Just fantastic. And also, thank you times a million for the pinboard solution to necklaces – i’ve been racking my brain for 2 years trying to figure out what to do with my daughter’s Necklace Problem. Just found my answer! LOVE IT ALL.

  26. LOVE it!!! Lucky girls having such an awesome room which they will treasure as they grow – a super memory making room!!

  27. This reminds me of the sleeping porch in my sorority house in my college days! Three girls shared a room with 3 dressers, 3 closets and one bed. Only one girls slept in the room (typically the one with the earliest classes or the fussiest sleeper) and the other two slept on one of two sleeping porches on either side of the house. It was awesome! Best sleep of my life! Adorable!

  28. What a fun, unique room! Thanks for sharing it with us. I’ve never shared a room (besides with my husband) but I really wish I had a opportunity to do this at some point in my life after seeing this!

  29. Some of my very happiest memories stem from sharing sleeping quarters with other girls. Huts at summer camp were always filled with 6-8 of us, and it was a very merry chaos. In college I lived in a sorority house where we lived 4 to a room very similar in size to this. We had bunk beds, but it never felt cramped or crazy, just very efficient. If anything I think we all valued access to each other’s closets more than personal space! :) The set up felt really special at the time, like something we knew wouldn’t last forever.

    Do the girls mind or even notice the absence of bedside tables? Do they have a handy place to put a book or drink of water?

  30. I always disliked sharing a room with my sister, but we were pretty close in age and our house didn’t have any other spaces that were private. When my brother went to college, we kicked him out of his room (still feel bad about that- he got to move downstairs, but his room didn’t have any doors, just curtains) and I moved into his room. I’ve loved having my own room. I think I’m a person that needs plenty of alone time. I’m also a VERY light sleeper, which made things difficult when sharing your room. I love this set-up, though! I’m glad it works well for your family! And I think Maude might be right- in some ways it probably is easier to share with 3 other people rather than just one! Lovely room!

  31. wow. brilliant. Can we continue to get updates on this room? I think by the time I start to think of updating changes to our house inspired by this, you’ll probably have added a couple more changes here.

    also, i’m not sure if i should post elsewhere for this comment, but i have to thank you for the post about parenting an introvert. it was very helpful to read — a little light bulb clicked for me and I really appreciated that. Would like an update on that also sometime also.

  32. I really like the color scheme and the mix of patterns you chose. I also love that you have the option of reconfiguring everything because nothing is built-in. You have the most beautiful views from the windows in The Treehouse…very calming. I do have a thought on the cords (apparently, lots of readers do – ha!). For fun, you should take a peek at what Kristin at Hunted Interior did in her daughter’s room. Sorry I don’t have a link. She wrapped the cord to a lighted ampersand sign hung on a wall with colorful yarn or floss, then tacked it to the wall in a playful wiggle pattern. Some variation might be fun in this room…. It might help the hanging portion of the cord drape a little better. Just a thought. Anyway, great job and thanks for all of the pictures!

  33. Love it – such a great, inspiring use of the space! I have 3 older sisters and we were usually 2 to a room and we were mostly fine with it as we knew nothing else. I think back, however, and I laugh that one bedroom was kept as a sewing space for my Mom – even tho it contained a bed and the only thing ‘sewing’ about it was that the dresser was filled with patterns and notions!

    I do think that living with siblings is a great learning experience for kids. I had next to no problems with my college roommmates – probably due to the fact that we had shared bedrooms with sibs. Of course I’m biased and when I was a kid, I wished I had my own room!

  34. Thank you for the detailed tour. We are in the process of moving our three children into one room for sleeping to use the other room for studying, playing etc. Your room is very inspirational!

  35. Oh I love this post… We have four boys sharing and it really works – actually they have no choice(!). Eight kids in a two bed-roomed house, that we all love for so many reasons and mostly because it is almost on the beach…. it has to work. We have a similar philosophy that bedrooms are for resting and not so much playing and creating… we have a large kitchen, outdoor area as our living space and the outside is as important to us as the inside. I love your industrial look and have been thinking of changing the look… it is time for a change that’s for sure. There room like yours has a color scheme, but their is plenty of space within that scheme, for them to be individuals.

  36. I love it! My 70 year-old mom has five sisters and when she travels with any of them, they always share a hotel room like old times. :)

    I’m intrigued by the wire closets – do the clothes get dusty at all? Or do the girls wear their clothes often enough that that doesn’t happen?

    Great work!

    1. We’ve had the closets for a couple of months now and dust doesn’t seem to be an issue. Possibly, not enough time has passed yet, and possibly we just wear and use the clothes often enough that dust doesn’t have time to gather.

  37. I absolutely freaking love the cords. The red is awesome. The only thing I was hoping for is some of those awesome colorful light ball chains that Jordan featured on her blog. Of course, I pretty much think those lights belong everywhere. I think that the rolling book trolley is a good idea for now, and maybe down the road you’d like to add shelves over the windows? It would be perfect to hang some cute lights off of them… ;-) Thank you for the post- I seriously want you to style the entire world, starting with my wardrobe!

  38. With 4 girls in a room, how do you escape clutter? I have only one child, and clutter is clearly a problem for me. Your home tours are awesome, but I have always wondered how you keep clutter away? Please share your system!

    1. We’re no strangers to clutter! In fact, just this week, after Maude & Olive got back from Alt Summit, they had a pile of business cards and brochures and travel documents on the vanity we needed to sort through.

      I try to be pretty ruthless about what we get rid of. But if there’s something they want to keep, we figure out a place for it to live. Perhaps on a bulletin board or in an accordion folder or in the storage bins under their beds.

  39. I noticed the hanging cords right away because my daughter is June’s age and I still worry about her choking herself on hanging cords even though she knows not to play with them.

  40. Decorating to suit 4 different ages and personalities seems like it would be hard, but you make it look easy with your simple, classic, sophisticated choices.
    Seeing this room& thinking about all the memories your daughters will share in it makes me wish I’d grown up with sisters. ♡

  41. I love seeing what you (and other designers) do in their own homes!

    I’m curious: How much say do you allow your kids to have in the design, decor, etc. of their rooms? My daughters are not quite seven and already have strong opinions about what they like and don’t like when it comes to clothes, bedding, where they want things, etc. I try to steer them towards things I like — and I’m the parent with the final say here — but I’m wondering if your kids just accept your decisions, or if it’s a team effort. Do they tend to have the same taste as you? Or do any of them have a really different style than you? Do you find yourself trying to talk them into what you want, or is it all super smooth?

    I’m a big fan of room sharing, btw. It’s not that common anymore because most people have small families. But I grew up in a big family and know many other big families. Room sharing teaches you so many things that come in handy when you go to college, get married, and just for life in general!

    1. In the case of this room, I involved them the whole way. We talked about different possible configurations and color schemes, and if I bought something for the room, I’d run it by them to make sure everyone was on board before I cut any tags off.

      But at this point they also trust me. I’ve created some great spaces for them and they know I want them to have a bedroom they love. So when I do have to make a quick decision without their feedback, they don’t seem to mind.

  42. You are AMAZING! I love this space! I think the industrial hanging wires look great with the closets & add personality. It’s touches like these that make it a unique space. I like that you didn’t conform to the usual. I also love the color scheme. Love it ALL! I have 4 girls also & this makes me wish I had a big enough bedroom to have them share. I think it is good for kids to share. They learn so much from the experience. Most of all, that the world doesn’t revolve around them. ;) I’ve been looking forward to this post and your remodel posts are by far my favorite, even your small bathroom refresh was fun! Keep ’em coming! You have such great taste and are an inspiration. There’s obvious reasons why you do what you do! Did you mention where the beds are from? Did I miss that? Thanks for the post!
    P.S. I also enjoyed your haul video. I would love if you did more of those. And the lighting and sound didn’t phase me at all! I just enjoyed seeing what you purchased & why. So fun!

    1. Oh Amy, your comment MADE MY DAY! Thank you for complimenting the posts I create, and for mentioning the bathroom refresh and the haul video in particular. I really appreciate the kind words. Thank you!

  43. I think the room looks great. Functional and fun? The kind of room the girls will have fun telling their friends about when they’re older and reminiscing! But you didn’t tell us about the most eye catching part – that huge black and white print! Do tell!

    1. Isn’t that fun?! It’s a blown up print of a photo of the girls in France. It was taken by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids. I had it printed on an oversize engineering printer at Office Depot — the print out was only about five dollars!

      1. It looks like the poster is clipped onto something sturdier behind it so that it holds up better? What did you clip it on to to make it straighter/less flimsy?

        1. Hi Amy! It’s actually not mounted to anything. I have binder clips on the four corners, and pushpins in the wall keep the binder clips taught.

          That’s it!

          But it’s not sturdy and could be ripped easily if someone knocks into it. I was thinking just yesterday that I really should mount it to foam core.

        2. Hmm, ok. I am wanting to print a 24″ x 72″ photo. I had just been thinking a canvas print but when I saw what you paid for the poster, I looked into poster prices (way cheaper!) I’m just not sure how well a poster as big as what I want to do would hold up…. Any thoughts?

  44. I’m from a big family too, so I always shared up until I was 16. The biggest difficulty I remember (besides fights) was different tastes about lights on/lights off at night: I wanted darkness but my sister insisted on a lamp on all night. I was going to ask how you work that and/or when reading lights can be on, but it looks like you don’t have reading lamps at all. Is reading in bed off-limits altogether to avoid the light problem, or am I just not seeing them?

    1. They don’t currently have bedside lamps because I haven’t been able to figure out where I want outlets installed yet. I was imagining something they could clip on to the lockers/closets.

      For now, they do any late night reading in another room, or by using a small book lamp.

      When I get the bedside lights figured out, I’ll be sure to put an update on the blog!

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