A Shared Bedroom for a Little Boy and Girl – Just the Beginning

Last year I published Lily’s Toddler Room. Her room was my favorite room of the house. It was the only one that I would considered finished and it was organized and tidy. Toward the end of last year we were having a tough time keeping Lily in her bed and when she was in her bed she would talk to herself and not go to sleep. After several different tactics we thought we would try a bigger bed (she was in a toddler bed) and we let her sleep in the twin size bed in Townes’ room. We wanted to “test” it out before dismantling it and moving the storage filled Ikea day bed into her room. Well, she liked being in there with him. We weren’t sure what what to think about this because we were afraid she would wake him up when she went to bed and he would wake up in the middle of the night (teething and other reasons) and disturb her.

After a couple of months of her insisting to sleep in his room we decided to move her in there. Yes, I was sad but it seemed impractical to keep her original room to simply store her clothing when space was a premium. We decided to convert her room into a playroom. My current challenge is creating a shared boy/girl bedroom that is cohesive yet embraces their individuality.

For starters, I needed to ditch the old green quilted comforter for something more Lily’s style. No biggie but the problem came when I was trying to match Townes’ bedding – ugh.

Lily’s bed before

I settled on a multi-colored Pottery Barn Teen zip and zag duvet. It had the pink that she loves and the green and turquoise that is in Parker’s sheets. I also think it’s something that she will be able to keep as she transitions into school age.

DSC_0373-001 {The pillow sham was on back-order

DSC_0376-001 I purchased the Hello Beautiful pillow on the flash sale site Joss and Main but it can be found here.


More to come as I look for curtains, a rug, paint colors and storage solutions to make this 10×14 room a comfortable and personalized space for a 3 year old girl and 1 year old boy.

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  1. Sue Deege says:

    I love it!!! This brother and sister are so lucky and will grow up with such class. Great colors…bright and cheerful…stay warm….hugs…Sue

  2. Kristy says:

    Have you updated this room anymore? I am looking for inspiration :) Currently my daughter’s room is green with the owls and we are adding a little boy in there in 2 months!

    • guyerfamily says:

      Kristy, First off CONGRATULATIONS on your recent arrival! How exciting! I have been meaning to post an update on the kids rooms and I hope to get to it soon. Unfortunately their rooming together didn’t last long. I waited about 2 months before I actually moved my daughter’s stuff into my son’s room and within 6 months she was over it and wanted to be back in her own room. I only had time to buy bedding (hers was multi-colored chevron and his was safari animals that pulled the green, turquoise and blues from hers), move in a dresser and install a closet system to accommodate having two in one room. I didn’t even get pictures of it before they split. I too struggled finding ideas online for a shared boy/girl room so I would love to hear what you did! Congratulations again and good luck to the adjustment with your son!

      • Kristy says:

        Thank you! We kept the owls for our daughter and did Safari for our son! It is short lived as well because we are moving to a bigger home where they can have their own rooms. I will try and find a photo though!

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