I recently put my two youngest in a room together, and seeing as they are a boy/girl combo I knew that decorating would be a bit of a challenge.
I debated for a while over how to arrange things and decorate. I wasn’t sure if I should just keep it totally neutral, or give them two distinct spaces. In the end, I decided I would divide the room into two areas, one for Cal and one for Ella. The walls are a sage green, so they at least are gender neutral, and I had a good base to work with!
So, for part one of this post I will focus on the Little Man Cave portion of the space… lol.
Mini man cave in all its glory…
I’m keeping it simple, partly because that’s just my taste and also because it will become far too busy in there if I go overboard on BOTH sides of the room. So essentially, Cal has a sporty little paradise with some pretty cool wall art that I made just for him!
His Pottery Barn bedding is a hand-me-down from one of my nephews, and it couldn’t be more perfect for my little sports fanatic. I bought a complimentary sheet set at Target for $30, (grabbed the rug there too for $20 – Ella has the matching pink one on her side!) and his night stand is an old Ikea piece that I bought used 11 years ago! It was a natural wood, and I painted it white a while back and switched out the ugly wooden drawer pulls. His lamp is also from Pottery Barn (purchased with a gift card I got when he was born) and finally, the canvases on the walls were made by Yours Truly!
I spent a few months collecting old sports shirts from my local thrift shop – that was step one. I wanted to have some variety, so I ended up with something representing his four favourite sports (and even his dad’s favourite NFL team!).
So, we have “Property of the Canadian Soccer Association”, “Official Snow Plow Driver of the Buffalo Bills”, an NBA shirt, and then the good old Toronto Maple Leafs.
(I searched endlessly for a Toronto Blue Jays shirt, to no avail.)
The first thing I did was buy a 4 pack of canvases from WalMart, which cost all of $9. Then I cut the fronts off the tshirts, and laid them face down with the canvas face down on top of it.
Then I trimmed the edges, being sure to leave about an extra inch all the way around, and started by gluing a spot in the middle of each side…
Once that was done, I started gluing all around the sides and folding the fabric over like I was wrapping a gift. It was VERY simple. The corners are always a little trickier, so for those I just started on one side of the corner, pulled the fabric taut, glued it down, and repeated that until I reached the other side of the corner. I trimmed off all the excess once I was done, and they were ready to hang!
They’re so cute, and Cal loves them! I love that they’re very light weight, so I don’t have to worry about them hurting him if they fall, and I always like the added bonus of having made something for him myself! It just seems to mean more than buying something from a store. : )
I was going to hang them each from a nail, but I thought it may be tricky to get them perfectly even that way, so instead I used the velcro 3M strips. Not only do they hold them perfectly in place, but they also keep the walls free from damage which is a HUGE plus considering we hope to move in the next year or two. The less we have to fix, the better!
Now that I’ve completed that, I just have this big ol’ wall to figure out…
Not entirely sure what I’m going to put there just yet… I’m thinking maybe Ribba picture ledges from Ikea used as book storage… we already have two of them and they aren’t currently being used.
Totally adorable AND functional!
I think if I ran a few of them above Cal’s bed, and then ran a few more above Ella’s bed, it would go a long way in tying the two sides of the room together, ya know? We shall see!
What I REALLY want to know is – anyone else have brothers and sisters sharing a room? How did you bring the space together? Did you split it right in half? Go neutral all throughout? There are so many options and I hope that I’m able to create a really great space for my littles!
Stay tuned – tomorrow I will share Part 2 of this post and reveal Miss Ella’s corner of the world!