This is the doorway to the bedroom my sons share. Funny, you’d think this would be the messiest room in the house— two boys sharing a room. But guess what? It’s the neatest! Yes, after eleven months of paint-staking attic renovations (by my brother-in-law) and one home equity loan later, our boys prefer sleeping in the guest room downstairs. But I digress. The wooden arch was carved from a tree branch in my brother-in-law’s backyard. Double pocket doors slide closed for privacy when they’re older.
Whether the boys sleep up there or not, this is one of my favorite rooms in the house. We had to utilize every inch of space so we wouldn’t have to change the roof line of our house. The book Making Room was my bible and a source of “ewe”nique ideas for how to make the most of our small space.
• Matching closets on each side of the room with rolling doors that hold hanging clothes and shoes.
• Rolling boxes inside the closets house costumes, games and toys. The boys also like to use their
closets as secret play spaces.
• 20″x20″shirt stripe carpet tiles from FLOR.com bring out the boy in the room.
• Built-in dresser drawers on each side of the room hold the rest of their clothes and their favorite Lego drawer opens out 3 feet and has a sliding table top for easy lego construction and breakdown.
• Each trundle bed rolls out to full/queen size or half-way in for couch mode. When more room is needed for playing, the beds roll all the way into the wall.
Almost makes me with I was a kid again!
• The Wooden Arch— As I noted before, my brother-in-law carved the arch out from a tree branch that was in his yard. You can see the arched front door downstairs. There are several arched doorways in our house, so we carried the arches upstairs as well. This arch has double pocket doors.
•Interior Colors Reflect the Home’s Brown and White Tudor Style— We painted the tongue-and-groove walls white with dark stained trim to family with the traditional brown and white tudor exterior.
• The Star Light— If I had to pick a favorite thing, that star light would be it.
•The Other Rooms— The door to the left of the stairwell opens to the boys’ bathroom. And behind the door on the right is my husband’s office.
•Making Space for Storage— Wanting to make use of every available inch of space, we built shelves on either side of the upstairs landing that are actually “secret” doors to valuable attic space.
1. Shower—The bathroom turned out to be pretty big and with all the fantangled shower heads we put in, I kind of wish it was OUR master bathroom rather than the kids’!
2. Cabinets— Four foot high custom cabinets flank one entire wall of the bathroom bumping up to the slanted ceiling.
3. Secret Opening— The slanted wall to the left of the hanging red pirate hoodie towels actually leads to more storage space behind the shower. That’s where I keep my holiday decorations!
4. Pirate— That’s a pirate skeleton hanging on that towel hook. See “Ship’s Hull” reference. Hence, the pirate theme for the bathroom.
5. Mirror— In an effort to try and make the bathroom feel as roomy as possible, we had mirrors cut to fit counter to ceiling surrounding the sink.