The Reveal! A Shared Girls’ Room Complete with Built-In Bunks | One Room Challenge: Week 6

Designing and building this room over the past 6 weeks with Chris has been a lot of hard work and late nights but most of all, a complete pleasure and an experience we’ll remember forever. But even before Linda asked us to be a part of the One Room Challenge (we’re so grateful!), we thought about creating a shared room for our girls one day. Truthfully, we’ve been dreaming about this room for 6 years. The 4 years we struggled with secondary infertility, I wondered if Greta would ever get the chance to share a room with a sibling like I did with my sisters growing up. And when Faye was born, she asked the first week if they could share a room, and I said, “One day.” And now, 2.5 more years later, that day is today. And that room is this room.

I love these built in bunks with stairs!

This room that used to look like this:

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We used the room for the past couple years as a guest room. In the other direction, the 9×12 room had a wall of closets that we tore out in favor of built-in Ikea PAX closets in week 4 of the ORC, one for each girl.

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Ikea Pax Wardrobes instead of closets

Ikea Pax Wardrobes instead of closets

Although it’s a room on the smaller side, with standard 8 ft ceilings, we knew we could maximize the space by building bunkbeds and decided on a slim set of stairs instead of a ladder (it is the only way to do bunkbeds as far as this momma heart is concerned.)


Built in bunkbeds with stairs and a reading nook!

To the right of the bunkbeds, nestled in next to the window, we had just enough room for a reading nook. It actually started as a solution to combat the bunkbeds intersecting the window if they were built up to the frame, but now we can’t imagine the room without this sweet nook.

The sweetest girls roomThe sweetest girls room!I love the wallpaper behind the book shelves.Unicorn!

We ended up dressing the two beds identically, but with a great variety of texture, pattern and color. You can’t go wrong with stripes, fawn print and buffalo check (all the sources are at the bottom!). The pale green blanket and super textured throw add another layer of texture that makes the beds extra cozy and inviting. Right after I took the pictures, Faye came in, laid on her bed, closed her eyes and with the biggest grin said, “Night night!”

The sweetest bedding for a girls room!

The sweetest bedding for a girls room!The sweetest bedding for a girls room!

Since most of the walls were filled with bunkbeds, wallpaper (that wallpaper! <3) or wardrobes, we were able to keep the art minimal but impactful. I commissioned my sister (her Etsy shop is here!) to do a painting of two little girls (that look strikingly similar to ours) getting dressed.

Custom painting by Victoria Bradley

Custom painting by Victoria Bradley

I couldn’t hold back the tears when it arrived framed in Framebridge’s Valencia floating frame. On the wall behind the door, I hung two prints that lived in Greta’s old room that are still favorites.

Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You.

The former room lacked light, so we replaced the singular overhead light with 9 lights scattered throughout the room to maximize brightness (and Chris put them all on a dimmer switch, too) and we replaced this rarely used room in our home with one that brings our girls (and us) so much happiness.

Floor to ceiling pale pink curtainsThe sweetest shared girls room!

To say they love it is probably an understatement, but it’s also the only thing that matters. It was emotional seeing their faces see their room for the first time. And although it will probably be a few more weeks until Faye is completely transitioned to this room (she’s still sleeping in her crib),we’re so excited to watch them grow up together in here. (Now we just need more kids so we can keep on designing kids’ rooms–I’m convinced there’s nothing more fun!) I know this is the 6th and final official week of the One Room Challenge, we still have so much to talk about. So we’ll likely spill more details about challenges, design decisions, and answer any questions you may have in the coming weeks.

Week 1: Befores and the Plan
Week 2: DIY Bunkbeds for around $700
Week 3: The Book Nook
Week 4: Building the Wardrobes
Week 5: Painting the room

SOURCES

Wall Color/Bunk Color-Farrow & Ball Wimborne White; Carpet-Stainmaster; Ceiling Light by Visual Comfort-ATG Stores; Wallpaper-Forest Floor by Hygge & West; Light Pink Blackout Curtains-Martha & Ash; Ceiling curtain rod; Bamboo blinds; Reading Nook light-ATG Stores; PAX Wardrobes-Ikea; Faux Marble Wardrobe Knobs; Coral Striped Square Storage bins-Fresh American; Bunkbed Sconce-West Elm; Wardrobe Sconce-West Elm; Striped Sheets; Fawn Pillow-Chairish (similar); Pink Gingham pillow; Green Cotton Blanket-Pine Cone Hill; Bordered Duvet cover-Pine Cone Hill; Textured Ivory Throw-Pine Cone Hill; Wooden Stool-All Modern; Unicorn; Hamper; Girls Getting Dressed Painting–ArtbyVBM; Be Happy Print; Pink Balloon print; Starburst pillow; Blush Pink Velvet Pillow with Gold Piping-Arianna Bell; Black and white floor pillow; Folkland Fabric for small blue pillow; Whale bookends, Gold Gem sculpture; Giant bug sculpture; Piggy bank; Mirror-Rejuvenation; Twin XL mattresses-Leesa 

 

See how the other One Room Challenge Participants finished their spaces in the links below!

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Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelley | The Curated House

Driven by Décor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart

Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely

Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s

Waiting on Martha  Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

We’re honored and humbled to have been a part of the One Room Challenge this season and have the opportunity to create a happy and safe space for our girls to grow up in. And we’re beyond grateful so many brands wanted to be involved in that including:

Lowe’s Home Improvement



109 Comments

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Miranda

    This room is stunning! Every last detail.. <3

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Noelle

    This is STUNNING! And I love all of the floor space for play!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    brittanyMakes

    It’s beyond perfect!!! every detail is so well thought out, bravo for chris building the bunks (so impressed!). And all the positive thoughts as Faye transitions! She will do well, promise!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

    What a beautiful space. I love the little sconces in each bunk and those antelope pillows are to die for.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Lucy

    So well done! You guys never cease to amaze!

  • I absolutely love the way this came out! I’ve been following along and could not wait for reveal day, for your space in particular! I am an avid listener of your podcast as well.. I’m not sure if this room falls into the “clean” or the “chic” category – but I’m sure Chris and Preston have some ridiculous opinion ;) I love the wallpaper and the mirror as a little dressing area – we were thinking of doing something similar inside our master closet.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    LohiB

    Amazing Job Julia and Chris!!!! So much inspiration in this room!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Jenny

    Beautiful room. And the fawn pillows are to die for….but honestly way too pricey for me to buy for my girls rooms…$400+ for the pair….wow.

    • Reply November 9, 2016

      Julia

      I linked to a similar, more affordable one on Etsy! Chairish is one of the One Room Challenge sponsors, and they provided a $250 credit to their site–still a splurge. But the cutest splurge!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Barbara Meyers

    It looks fantastic! As one who grew up in bunk beds, I applaud the stairs! That ladder is bad news-
    So sweet that your girls will grow up there together. Great job!

    luxe101.com

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Karen Simon Peterson

    What a beautiful and functional kid’s room. I’m impressed that it only took you six weeks. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    lu

    You guys are so talented!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Erica

    I love this! And what a great idea for a family with more kids than bedrooms (like mine). What are the actual dimensions of the room? I would like to know if this is something I could do in my own apartment!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Sara

    The room looks amazing!
    I’m just wondering whether there is enough space between the two pax closets for another one?
    When the girls are older they will need a taller hanging space for dresses and coats.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Anneke

    Built in bunks AND closets like that were genius! This is such a special space for them!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Meredith McKinnon

    it’s perfectly sweet and beautiful! and i have those same West Elm sconces that I installed above our fireplace last year and I still swoon every time I walk by them. SO good and surprisingly inexpensive!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Chelsea Pepperman

    I am so curious about the lights… are they all linked or on different switches? Where are the switches? It absolutely amazing! You both did an amazing job…. it must feel so so good to have it complete!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Zoe

    Amazing transformation, would love for my rooms to look like this! Great work.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    monica

    What a beautiful room! Just lovely. I do feel like it is more of a guest room or late teen girl vibe that that of two quite young girls. Perhaps it will feel like a kids room once their stuff is all about. Wondering what you will move onto when they are actually older? Don’t mean to be critical at all (it is beautiful!)I think that it is just that my own kids are teenagers now and I really miss their “little kid” stage and would do anything to make it last longer instead of rushing it along ;)

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Dora

    Wow!!!!! This room is whimsical and beautiful and bright!! Thank you for sharing your home with us! I’ve been following your blog for a few months and I have to say that after each one of yours posts I feel more and more inspired to make my home feel more cozy, comfortable, balanced and inviting. I’ve started to make changes in decor in each room (we rent right now so I can’t make any major changes) and I can immediately feel it becoming more “us” and it feels fantastic. So basically I just want to express my gratitude to you for sharing your ideas and helping me create a safe and loving space for my family in a world where you increasingly need it. It feels so good to go home :)

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Nancy (Marcus Design)

    You did such an amazing job! I love every detail – that wallpapered spot and the wardrobes are so chic! Well done!! Was an honor to be in this group for the ORC with you! xox

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Erin Spain

    It is absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    KM

    While I like both sides of this room, they are so different that they don’t even look like they are part of the same room. Super dark and moody/glam on one side, and light and cheery on the other.

    • Reply November 11, 2016

      steph

      This is exactly my same thought. Even though there is a bit of the wallpaper in the nook, they don’t blend. Perhaps if the wallpaper were on the walls within the bed as well?

    • Reply November 14, 2016

      Alison

      Agreed. Maybe wallpapering the whole opposite wall would help balance it out and join it together. It also doesn’t look like children live in it.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Tee @ Beauteeful Living

    Absolutely gorgeous transformation for a shared girls room! Congratulations on a job well done for the ORC!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Marta

    Gorgeous room! I love how you thought of every detail. Your choice of pattern in the wallpaper, fabrics, and bedding are amazing.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Cassandra LaValle

    Love these sweet bunks, and especially the bedding! what lucky girls! This is so special. I loved sharing a room with my sister growing up!

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Preciously Me

    Love the mix of blush pink, black and gold
    And those bunk beds are just perfect! I wish I could be a little girl again to sleep in it…
    Congratulations!

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Vanessa

    Beautiful space! and agree on the dark colours not being just ‘adult’ (our baby’s nursery is hague blue from Farrow and Ball).
    Oh! glad you’re going to follow up with questions, because I still want to know how you got those PAX up and installed. I’ve had them before, but in a 10ft ceiling room of an older home. But I love their versatility and want them again and have 8ft ceiliings in this house.

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Joellyn

    You kill it on every project. This is my favorite blog, and listening to your podcast feels like hanging out with friends and laughing my head off. I’m not great at leaving comments but I needed to take a minute to say thank you for all the inspiration and hard work. (How are you working on a bathroom at the same time???)

    • Reply November 10, 2016

      Julia

      Thanks so much, Joellyn! (Also, because we’re a little insane I think)

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Theresa J Wahl

    What a beautiful room for your little girls! I have 3 kids and love hearing them whisper as they’re falling asleep during sleepovers :)

    I think this space looks especially wonderful because it’s cohesive with the rest of your home. You did an amazing job of choosing styles and items that work well for your family and home.

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Melissa

    It is so special! It looks like a normal room in the before–but you guys made it magical. They’re going to love it for a long time!

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Dottie Louise

    What a beautiful room! I love the colors and the built in bunk beds with the seating area! – Great job!! :D

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Vanessa

    Beautiful job!! Question, so what do you recommend when you have a small room like this and no playroom in the house for all the kids toys. I try to hide stuff in their closets but they are also small closets and its not like they have tons of toys. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  • Reply November 10, 2016

    Colleen N

    Love your blog and your style! I just created a nursery for our very long awaited first child (little baby girl just turned 3 weeks old!) and always thought of decorating her nursery like a teenager – a little grown up, a dash of whimsy! I love this room! I wonder if you can share more about the books between the whale bookends? Such a darling space for your special girls, thank you for sharing it with us!!

  • Reply November 11, 2016

    Sarah

    I love it! My favorite part besides all the build-ins has to be the pop of that pretty pastel pink that feminizes the whole space. Great job! The build in bunk bed is fantastic! But I’m a worrier, so one thing that concerns me is the spacing of that rail in the top bunk. I had a friend whose daughter almost died when her little body slipped through a gap between the mattress like that and was hanging by her head with her face smashed against the mattress. The only thing that saved her was her mother’s intuition to go check on her in the middle of the night. I wonder if adding another rail a little lower would negate that chance? Sorry to turn a positive comment negative because I love your design! I just had to mention it in good conscience. I love reading your blog, keep up the good work!

  • Reply November 11, 2016

    Mary

    The room looks fantastic.

    I have two daughter that share a room and are older so they have homework.
    We have two closets with a space in the middle like in your room but we added a built in desk for homework in the center.

    Let me tell you, I got so tired of seeing a desk filled with papers, books, granola bar wrappers, crayons etc that I finally put doors in front of it. :-)

    You may come to this point.

    I do think this room needs a darker floor. or a carpet border around the edge or wood. But honestly it’s only my personal taste that I like a constraint between the wall and floor.

  • Reply November 11, 2016

    Calling it Home

    Wonderful job! I still can’t get over how you did all of this, you guys are really talented. Looks like your readers might enjoy a high/low post for product ideas? Just a thought. One day, I will share some fascinating facts about the ORC, like the most expensive room was 75K and the homeowner paid for most of it. Wish I had a sister :)

  • Reply November 12, 2016

    Alicia

    Do you happen to remember the name or style of the curtain rod you used? The link goes to the website but not to the curtain rod. I just love how minimal it appears in your reveal room!

  • Reply November 12, 2016

    Melissa

    Wow. What a beautiful room!

  • Reply November 14, 2016

    Kelli

    Quick question: when you say the room was 9×12 – was that including the depth of the former “walk-in closet” or was that space in addition to the 12ft?

    • Reply November 14, 2016

      Julia

      The 12 is actually from the door to the window. The 9 is from the back of the bunkbeds to the front of the wardrobes, or former closets. They are nearly 2 ft deep.

  • Reply November 14, 2016

    Jen @ Noting Grace

    What an absolutely stunning room!! Any girls dream! It doesn’t even look like the same home! I love what you did with the closet and the touches of pink are the perfect soft touch. Congrats on this gorgeous reveal!

  • Reply November 14, 2016

    Nichole K

    Love, love, love your girls’ room! So sweet, but not too girly. I tend toward more masculine finishes and decor, so it’s nice to see a girly room that’s not overly, well, girly!

    We purchased (and L.O.V.E.) a mattress from Tuft & Needle for our master bedroom after seeing your recommendation, but I see that you got the girls’ mattresses from another (similar?) company. Wondering if you like the quality of the new company better? Curious George over here. ;)

    PS: If they’re a sponsor, sorry I missed that, and good for you for having such great content to attract sponsors!

  • Reply January 5, 2017

    Marianne J

    Love this whole room! We are currently building a bench nook in our nursery right now. I was just wondering where you got your cushion for the bench. I’m guessing it’s custom? Would you mind sharing the source of where you got it?

    • Reply January 5, 2017

      Chris

      It’s custom. A friend of ours sewed it for us using the fabric we gave her.

  • Reply January 31, 2017

    michelle

    This is absolutely darling and sophisticated! I am new to the blog and so very inspired by all of your work♥ One thought I had (although I’m hesitant to say it because if you wanted it, you would have done it and we know you are gifted:) but perhaps you take the black paint on the PAX and paint the base and crown above the bed? You could continue the small black molding you added around the PAX at the ceiling. That would really make the 2 sides of the room cohesive and tie in the black a bit more. Just some ideas I had. I’m so excited to keep digging into the rest of your beautiful work!

  • Reply February 10, 2017

    Dakiana

    I was wondering if you could tell me a little about the lighting in the room. I’m currently decorating a room for my two girls to share and I absolutely love the star shaped flush mount. My question is, how bright is it? You have a lot of lighting in the room but I only plan on having the one light. Is it bright enough to splurge on, because I love it but if it doesn’t brighten the room enough then it won’t be worth it for me. Also, do you know of any similar designs for less?

  • Reply March 1, 2017

    Sara

    We are having very similar bunk beds built for our cottage- thank you for the inspiration!

    Would you be willing to share the measurements for the items (stairs, bunks, sitting area) along the bunk wall?

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