Today, you're in for a treat! Gilit from Shoes Off, Please.was sweet enough to send us her shared kids' room. And unlike most shared kids spaces, this one is fit for a princess and a prince.
I asked Gilit a few questions to get the down low on this utterly charming space....
What was the space like before you began?
The room is really big so it was like a giant blank white rectangle. It calls to mind some museums, but with less light...
What were some of the things that inspired the colors or other choices in the design?
I looove blue so we knew we were going to paint the walls some
shade of blue. We also knew we didn't want a baby blue. After that, we
were stumped. We went back and forth so much on the shade of blue,
whether we wanted to do stripes or one shade on top and another on
bottom... this literally took us over a year to decide! We finally chose
this deeper blue because we liked that it's more sophisticated and
Aiden could grow with it.
than that, it really evolved over time based on Aiden's growing needs
(read: ever expanding collection of books and toys) We wanted to include
personal touches, like his art, photos, meaningful gifts and then when
Mia came along we added some pink and more white. I can't wait until we
can include her art too!
What were any problem areas and how did you address them?
Hmm...thankfully, we didn't really
have a problem area. Unless you count making a boy's room into a shared
room... in that case we just added new crib bedding and some new art on
making the furniture layout work with the shape of the room was sort of
a "problem" we just kept playing with it (and playing with it) until we
found one we liked!
How did you get your resourceful/thrifty/think outside the box/DIY on?
how I wanted to more of that! We did a lot of waiting for sales (like
the huge Serena and Lily ones where we got the bedding) and searching
online for deals (like the Overstock 8x10 rug for $100). We tried to
think a little outside the box by looking at PB Teen where we found the
bed and trundle (also on sale). Other than that, we stuck to Etsy, Ikea,
were so lucky to have generous family that got us the crib, glider, and
armoire. I made the cloud mobile over the changer, the A-I-D-E-N train,
and the yarn-wrapped "M" but if we were doing it over I'm sure there'd
be a lot more!
What makes the space special and unique?
didn't find much inspiration online for rooms shared by a boy and girl,
let alone with an infant and a toddler. Most of the ones I did find
were white or very neutral, which can be really beautiful but it wasn't
what we wanted for our kids. We love color and I have yet to meet a kid
who doesn't love it also! I love that ours doesn't feel too masculine
or feminine to me and I don't feel like we sacrificed personality
How did you make this space work to fit your family's needs?
left room in the middle for big messes! That and finding storage in the
closet, under the crib, and in the furniture really make it fun and
functional for us.
Thank you, Gilit!! Pretty fantastic, right?! I'm in love with the deep saturated blue they chose for the walls, and how well they were able to create a gender neutral space without losing any character. The pops of color throughout the room make it such a happy space and I can see it being a room that will grow right along with Aiden and his little sis. What was your favorite part?