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:


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.


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


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!


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


  • Reply November 9, 2016


    What was donated for this room?

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      I’m curious about what you were gifted and what you had to pay for as well. The room is beautiful but there are some very pricey pieces. It’s always so wonderful to gain inspiration from blogs but its seems lately a lot of posts are sponsored in some way and include many high priced items. I saw a lot of things in your girls’ beautiful room that would be nice to bring into my own toddlers’ shared room but to the tune of almost $3000 (and thats just some of the bedding, a couple pillows and a light or two in your room!!!), thats not happening. It’s disappointing. Any time I click on an item in you house from recent posts and they come with a higher than average price I immediately assume they’ve been gifted to you.
      I know this has been a reoccurring theme, but I really do think transparency is so important and the blanket statement of “___________ sponsored this post” does not state what you actually had to pay for and its also casts doubt on whether you’d actually pay that if you had to. Everyone is different but I am designing my 3 yr old twins room and because they are 3 I am doing it on a budget, one that would not include $430 throw pillows.

      • November 10, 2016



        Have you listened to their podcast? There are at least 3 episodes around budget decorating and things you can do to your house for little to no money. There’s also an episode about blogging and affiliates and how they’re compensated for things and how that doesn’t effect their choices. Julia even says she was complemented by one of their sponsors for choosing more moderately priced items. I’d recommend listening to episodes 6, 9, 10, 17, 19, 22. I know it won’t answer your questions about this specific room but it may clear up a few things for you. They are incredibly transparent about these things on the podcast.
        CLJ: I am speaking from memory here. Hopefully all that I’ve said here seems accurate.

      • November 10, 2016


        Thanks, Sarah!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    This is lovely! I also have two little girls who share a room, it is so special for them. You guys did a great job!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Abby J.

    It is absolutely GORGEOUS!! What are you going to do with the furnishings in Greta and Faye’s old rooms?

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I love the bunkbeds! hopefully you can find more XL Twin sheets as time goes on.

    could you share what lens for your camera you use to photograph most of your rooms? I’ve been searching and super curious what you guys use!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Love it! You did a wonderful job – those are lucky girls!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Beautiful! Great job!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I was actually so worried about that wallpaper – I thought it was so dark and harsh for a little girls room but I love it!!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Such a beautiful room! Love the built-in bunk beds, stairs and that cozy reading nook! I also love the combination of textiles. Great job, you guys! Lucky girls!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Makes me wanna be a little girl again! Love childhood glam feel and definitely still such a fun space for you girls! Congrats for a fabulous job! the girls must be so very happy!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Every detail is AMAZING!!! The sophisticated yet playful look can be
    hard to accomplish, but you did so just perfect!! Love this design?

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Wow! Everything you two touch is just magic! This room is unbelievable. I loved the mood boards and everything from the beginning but had a hard time totally envisioning how it would go. It did not disappoint! And girl, your photos are AH-MAZING! Amazing job you guys.

  • That wallpaper is by far my favourite element in the space, but there is truly so much to love! It feels fresh and feminine but quirky and witty at the same time. Fabulous job!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Susie @ Maddie G Designs

    Such a perfect space and your girls must be in heaven! Especially love the use of space for the bunks and your sister’s art. Fantastic Job!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Wow this is so adorable and so much lighter and airy than I would have guessed given the sneak peeks you gave! One detail I’ve always loved since spying it on Sarah Sherman’s blog is curtains on these types of bunkbeds – I thought for sure you’d do the same but in a small room maybe it wouldn’t work or not right for your girls.

    Link here:

    We are transitioning our little babe from his crib to a low platform framed house bed we built (He just turned one) as soon as the stain off gasses. I would love to hear an update on how your transition went and if you have any tips!

    This room is just too sweet, awesome job! Look forward to hearing more of the details in the coming weeks.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    It is such a beautiful room :) Do you think it seems like you should carry a bit more of the wallpaper on the left side of the room?

    • Reply November 9, 2016


      We like it as is (and have a whole roll left) but everyone would put this room together differently, I’m sure!

    • Reply November 9, 2016


      Was thinking the same thing! That it should go behind the bunks too- feels so white in that one area of the room.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I love the room completely but have some very serious concerns about the top bunk safety rail. The space between the rail and the mattress is wide enough that a child, especially a small one, to slip through, and perhaps even get stuck and hung by the head or another body part. I’d absolutely encourage researching rails and figure out a better way to configure it without the spacing between the mattress. Beyond that one concern it’s simply lovely.

    • Reply November 9, 2016


      I thought the same thing. It just looks a little kid may be able to slide though there. Other than that the room is beautiful!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Hi, when I clicked on the whale bookends for the source, it links to the hamper. Can you fix? Thanks! Room is gorge.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Such a sweet room! You guys accomplished so much in those 6 weeks – a job well done!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Jaw on the floor. It’s unreal! The pictures are gorgeous and magazine worthy. I’m obsessed with the heavy pink drapes and the lighting fixture! I’m just a bag of swooooooon over here!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Kim | Yellow Brick Home

    There are so many things to love, but the way you left the stair treads natural plays so nicely with the brass accents in the room. Also, THAT PAINTING. (Also? You guys built all of that! In 6 weeks!) I’m feeling so inspired right now.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    WOW! My jaw is on the floor!!!!!!! I LOVE how it looks like a precious and sweet little girls room, but yet sophisticated enough to be a room for ANY age!!!!!!! It is perfection!!!!!! Bravo!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Sarah Ridenour

    Wow. I am just blown away by this beautiful room… although not surprised because CLJ and beautiful spaces just go hand-in-hand. I hope you all are able to enjoy some well deserved relaxation!!! :-) and your podcast… my favorite thing ever!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Heather Laura Clarke

    This is STUNNING! I audibly gasped (all alone in my office) when I saw the first photo. What an absolutely beautiful, beautiful room.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Oh my word! That is amazing, beautiful, creative, and fun all wrapped into one. I’m just visiting from the ORC and your space totally takes the cake! Wow. Just wow!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Absolutely gorgeous! I love everything. There’s a lot of ugliness going around today as well in the world and I am so delighted by the distraction of the challenge! Perfect timing :) Perfect, perfect room!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Absolutely amazing.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    This is a truly beautiful room. I love the drama of the black wardrobes and striking wallpaper with the quiet calm of the rest of the room. Masterful work. ❤️

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Jana Bek

    Wow every detail is spectacular! Obsessed with the bunk bed & your sister’s artwork is so sweet!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Sarah @ 702 Park Project

    I want to be a kid again just so I can live in this room. It’s magical!!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Brittany W.

    So beautiful! Great job! That little nook between the wardrobes- so perfect for dress up!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Your creativity and designs are so inspiring! Every detail is perfect. I love how you have created a room that fits your girls and the overall design of your house. Sophisticated, yet playful. This room is stunning!!!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I`m in love with your design work, especially this girls`room! The contrast is just right and I cannot tell how much I admire this painting (!), the reading nook and light fixtures.
    Is the mirror the one from your upstairs bathroom and did you find time to address the window wells as well?

    • Reply November 9, 2016


      The mirror IS from our upstairs bathroom, good eye! The mirror we ordered for the room got damaged in shipping and we watched it stop and return to the sender on the tracking. It was a dramatic event. Haha. But this one works so well in here, I’m not even mad about it. We didn’t have time to address the window wells, but we’d still love down the road!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    This is just darling! What a perfectly glamorous and girly space.

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Ling Wang

    You guys totally nailed it. That nook! Wallpaper! Sconces! Ahhh, it’s all so lovely and perfect! It’s amazing how obstacles (like the window frame) can encourage great design :D

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    How beautiful! What a wonderful, lovely gift to your girls.

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I have to admit… in the progress pictures I just couldn’t see how this would look balanced with the large black wardrobes on one side of the room. Well… what can I say… you NAILED it and I admire your vision!! LOVE the finished room! :)

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I love it. So much inspiration for my two little girls’ shared bedroom. It’s delightful!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Slow clap ??? This is beautiful. Your girls are going to have such great memories with a beautiful backdrop

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    It’s beautiful! Great job!! :)

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    CONGRATULATIONS! This is SO beautiful! I can’t believe you did this in that short amount of time.

  • What an amazing space for two young girls! I love the contrast of the wardrobes. This room is something they can grow into. Great job!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Holly Phillips

    This is fabulous. Lucky girls to have that bunk room. Bravo on completing a wonderful One Room Challenge!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    sherry hart

    Your girls must be over the moon with this special place! Beautiful job….love the sweet bedding:)

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    I’m having a hard time putting into words how blown away I am by this space.

    It’s next level perfect. You really nailed it. Every colour, print.

    The special touch of the painting!

    I’ve been waiting for your reveal and I couldn’t be more pleased.

    Amazing job you two. Very inspiring.

    Also your photos are on point!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    You simply nailed it. Can I move in??? Better yet, can you come design rooms for my boys? I found designing a room for a gal came naturally but my boys? They literally have posters of cars on the walls that they hung up with scotch tape. The bunks, the textiles, the wallpaper, the interesting flush mount light fixture. Your girls’ room is absolutely perfection!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Wow! This room turned out AH-MAZING! I’m sure I will spend a lot of hours staring at this for inspiration. Now to recreate this room…but for boys ;)

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    Rachel B


  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Amazing! You two never disappoint!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Cassie Bustamante

    what an absolutely magical space, and your story gave me chills! so happy that one day has arrived, and it’s arrived so beautifully! lucky girls you have!

  • Reply November 9, 2016


    Absolutely precious and pretty amazing accomplishment in 6 weeks!! All that construction. But such a magical room for them to share!

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