the triple bunk bedroom!

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well, we bought and set up this triple bunk for the big kids back in july of last year (and somehow that feels like seven years ago this week?!). but all that time aside, i finally snagged some photos of the triple bunk and eleanor, samson and conrad’s updated room to share!

ABOUT THE ROOM:

it was never intentional, but somehow the space theme slowly took over the room over the last few years (probably has something to do with all three of them being very into outerspace and something they mutually like together). the room originally had a double bunk and a single bed (see the old room HERE), which was also a great set up, but then friends got a triple bunk and well, you know how that goes!

just like the old set up, we still have all the art supplies and toys and dress ups in the in the playroom. it works really well for us with city living and smaller spaces to have a play space away from the sleeping space (same with beatrice and madalena’s room.) with a shared room, sometimes someone might get up earlier than the others, and this way, they can come on out of the bedroom and head straight for the playroom. we have really tried to establish the bedrooms solely for where we wind down and read and sleep. when the kids have friends over for playdates, i like having everyone out in the open in the playroom and no one off in the bedrooms. this set up of having sleep and play areas apart has worked well for us in our city apartment.

we used removable wallpaper that chasing paper kindly gifted us just like we used in beatrice and madalena’s bedroom. we love how it turned out and how it brings the room together. it also gets crazy dark at night in there and i swear all three are sleeping so well between the dark wallpaper and blackout curtain at the window! ;)

you might remember the wood dresser used to be green! josh and i found it when it was green at an antique shop in lucketts, virginia a million years ago and it’s one of the most sturdy piece of furniture we own, i can’t imagine ever parting with it. it used to be in our bedroom (HERE is a full tour of our last apartment where you can see it in our bedroom), and then made its way to the playroom in our current apartment.  when we brought the green dresser it into this room, we knew we needed to change up the color but i didn’t want to harm it in any way applying more paint to it (although you all know how much i love doing that! like, hello yellow piano!). after doing some research, josh found an amazing woman in the village who works on restoring old furniture, and we hired her to bring the piece back to its original shape. she did an incredible job and i really love it.

ON SHARING A ROOM:

i love that our kids get to share a room, and right now, they love it, too! i know this may change in the future, but for now it is working well and everyone is happy. it truly fascinates me how often some people comment on our kids sharing a bedroom with lots of conviction against it. the main argument being that boys and girls can’t share a room, and need their own, or that each child needs his or her own space.  i understand that it is different for every household, family and sibling situation, but we don’t see any problems with our kids sharing a room, and i have not picked up on any issues between the three when it comes to their setup either. if anything it has helped them to stay connected and accommodate each other in different ways. part of the reason is because we are a very close-knit family living in a city apartment. while i acknowledge the sleeping setup may change with time as they grow older, i do not think children need their own private rooms. all three are very anxious for madalena and beatrice to sleep in their triple bunk bed room (lol, don’t worry, we’re not putting all five in there!). i shared a bedroom during my childhood and i loved it. we do our best to listen and observe our kiddos and what they might need and we’ll do what is best for them to the best of our ability, sleep situation included!

DETAILS ON THE ROOM:

the removeable wallpaper (it’s like a giant sticker! so perfect for city renters!) was gifted from chasing paper.

the triple bunk bed is from here. (full disclosure, this thing terrifies me most days. it’s just so high! but the kids haven’t ever had any trouble with it and as long as we keep ensuring the bolts are tightly fastened, it’s fine.)

the space themed rug is from here.

the wood dresser i mentioned above is from an antique shop in lucketts, virginia (where all the good antique shops live!)

the old children’s desk by the window is something josh found out on the street when he was a college student in the city years ago. it was being thrown out from a school near his apartment and he decided to give it a new home. somehow it’s found it’s way through all our moves and apartments since then. it was a great find!

the green settee was also a great find from craigslist so many years ago before we had kids. it’s held up with all five although it’s not very comfortable to sit on these days (we need to get the cushion springs fixed, someone maybe liked to jump on it!), but i’ll never be able to part with it.

the poster hanging above the dresser was something our kids made together this week and i love how they collaborated and made something pretty special. arguing was minimal for the most part as they worked together and the end result is so endearing. please appreciate conrad’s snowman alien on the left side under samson’s shooting stars and eleanor’s poem.

the metal space shelf is from here.

i got the idea of doing a kids locker from my friend amanda (she and her kids were also the ones who inspired the triple bunk!), and the kids love having their own combination locks that only they know (we have the codes written somewhere if they were to accidentally forget.) i told the kids they could save or keep or put whatever they want in these things so long as it is not food of any kind. we all had a good laugh though when after about a week of having the locker, we found conrad had hidden an open can of diet coke he’d swiped from the kitchen counter to keep and sip on occasionally at his leisure. bless his heart!

for bedding, the star sheetsand some outer space sheets similar to ours.
eleanor’s space quilt can be found here, samson’s yellow quilt here and conrad’s here.

 

 

DETAILS ON THE ROOM:

the removeable wallpaper (it’s like a giant sticker! so perfect for city renters!) was gifted from chasing paper.

the triple bunk bed is from here. (full disclosure, this thing terrifies me most days. it’s just so high! but the kids haven’t ever had any trouble with it and as long as we keep ensuring the bolts are tightly fastened, it’s fine.)

the space themed rug is from here.

the wood dresser i mentioned above is from an antique shop in lucketts, virginia (where all the good antique shops live!)

the old children’s desk by the window is something josh found out on the street when he was a college student in the city years ago. it was being thrown out from a school near his apartment and he decided to give it a new home. somehow it’s found it’s way through all our moves and apartments since then. it was a great find!

the green settee was also a great find from craigslist so many years ago before we had kids. it’s held up with all five although it’s not very comfortable to sit on these days (we need to get the cushion springs fixed, someone maybe liked to jump on it!), but i’ll never be able to part with it.

the poster hanging above the dresser was something our kids made together this week and i love how they collaborated and made something pretty special. arguing was minimal for the most part as they worked together and the end result is so endearing. please appreciate conrad’s snowman alien on the left side under samson’s shooting stars and eleanor’s poem.

the metal space shelf is from here.

i got the idea of doing a kids locker from my friend amanda (she and her kids were also the ones who inspired the triple bunk!), and the kids love having their own combination locks that only they know (we have the codes written somewhere if they were to accidentally forget.) i told the kids they could save or keep or put whatever they want in these things so long as it is not food of any kind. we all had a good laugh though when after about a week of having the locker, we found conrad had hidden an open can of diet coke he’d swiped from the kitchen counter to keep and sip on occasionally at his leisure. bless his heart!

for bedding, the star sheetsand some outer space sheets similar to ours.
eleanor’s space quilt can be found here, samson’s yellow quilt here and conrad’s here.

MORE OF OUR APARTMENT:

you can our living room (and some of our bedroom) HERE

tour our kitchen HERE

and also our dining space gallery wall HERE

check out the playroom HERE

and madalena and beatrice’s room tour RIGHT HERE

HERE are five tips for small space living, and HERE are five tips for closets in city apartments

also, HERE is a post about choosing to raise our family in new york city

enjoy! and let me know if there’s anything i missed you may have a question about. xo

  1. That triple bunk fits so perfectly in that space! I’m sure they think it’s so much fun!

    We had four of us in one bedroom growing up and one of us was my brother. We had a bunk bed with a trundle and then my little sister’s toddler bed in the corner. Never had any issue sharing between boys and girls (there were 5 girls and only the 1 boy, so it just wasn’t feasible to separate). It always confuses me when people think boys and girls can’t share (maybe when older I could see the argument, but at such a young age, no way!) or sharing a room in general. We loved it and I think it taught me SO MUCH about sharing a space and being a good roommate that came in very handy when I went off to college and then eventually got married. I wholeheartedly believe that you are doing what’s right for your family and your kids at this point in time and will continue to assess if that were ever to change – you know your family’s needs best!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com

  2. Alicia

    Their room looks magical :).

  3. Valeria Wells

    We live in St Louis downtown area and our kids also share a bedroom. Theg would think your triple bunkbed is the best thing ever! Our girls would kill us at this point if we ever separated them sharing a room has been such a good thing for them. Never commented here but just wanted to say i love how you guys are not afraid to think outside the box and do was is best for your family :)

  4. Aurore

    Hello Naomi.. the room is beautiful but i Wonder how can tou bave 3 kids cmothes on ne single dresser ? My 4 kids gave a minimalist wardrobe and also share a room but one dresser would never be enough!!

  5. Katie

    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your sharing and inspiration for living in small spaces with children. We live in a different small city and have a 900 sq. foot home, so we also have to be creative about our space. It’s helpful to watch as your kids grow up and you evolve to what works for you at different homes, different times in your life, etc. Thanks!

  6. Monalisa

    Ohhh my god..,!!!! This has to be the best kid’s room i have ever seen… Everything in this room is so perfect inthis room and it goes really well together… triple bunk are so amazing, wish we had it when we were kids( four siblings)

  7. Jennie

    Love the room! I’ve got three girls and they share a room too. Bunk beds stress me out but I think we’re on that path if we stay in the same room. This is really adorable

  8. briel k.

    Cute room! Is that specific wallpaper still available on their site? I don’t see it. The “night sky” wallpaper looks similar but this one is way cuter!

  9. Logan

    Oh my gosh please sell prints of their artwork above the dresser!!! I love this space 💗💗

  10. Amber

    Um yes. Is there a closet? Where do you keep all their clothes?
    I love the wallpapers you chose and all the cute pillows 😊

  11. Ángela

    Love this. The collected old and new feels fresh and love that the kids agreed on a theme. What about the old timey yellow, vintage banquette? Is that old or new?

  12. Laura

    this all looks awesome, but I am just in awe of how well the dresser was restored!!

  13. S

    so darling

  14. Tracy

    The picture they made together is incredible. Such a special piece of art by the three of them.

  15. Jen

    I love that your kiddos are sharing a room! When I was in high school, my family had a huge financial change and I ended up sharing a room with my little brother (starting when I was 16 and he was 12) – it was great! We’d stay up late chatting and are still best friends! You guys do what works for you – it’s obvious your kids are happy and loved.

  16. Jenny

    I LOVE the kids’ rocket art. What mediums did they use? It looks so professionally done! This will be a family heirloom.

  17. Allison

    That bed is amazing! I’m thinking I may need to have a bunk bed for my girls because they love being so close in their cribs. The room looks out of this world ;)

    Allison
    https://clementschronicles.com

  18. Kelly

    There room is oh so cute, I really love the space thing and the lockers!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  19. Lacey

    Thanks for linking the bed. I’ve been looking for something like this for our three little girls. I grew up always sharing a room and I wouldn’t go back and change it for the world. Thanks for continuing to post during stressful times, having these connections helps make it through hard, lonely days 🙂

  20. Kelly

    What a fun room. That dresser is breathing a sigh of relief (gorgeous).

    Our four shared two bunk beds in one room. While the older boys would have been fine with their own room, the younger two wouldn’t have it. Third son wanted to be with the “big boys” and daughter didn’t want to be alone.

    Bedtime was earlier for the younger two. Their room was never the play room. Just where they slept. I finally was able to split them up, but “The Bunk Room” was perfect while it lasted.

    Regarding your R.V. trip. BRILLIANT! (and way to be upfront and honest probably knowing you could get some negative reactions).

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  22. Carole

    This room is lovely. Your children are blessed to have parents who obviously love them deeply and are interested in supporting their interests and imaginations. Also encouraging great sibling relationships is a gift that will last long after their parents have departed this life.

    And while comments are closed on your travel post on instagram, huzzah to your parenting again, for getting your kids out of NYC for a while. Parents should always do what’s best for their children and family. Sometimes, oftentimes actually, that goes against societal norms. The government (and media) do not know best. Even throughout this viral pandemic they are responsible for spreading misleading or downright untruthful information for benefits that don’t necessarily support the public good. (“No need to wear a mask” is one thing that will be found to have been very detrimental in stopping the spread of the virus.) One of the horrors from 9-11 was the tremendous loss of lives (moms, dad, brothers, sisters, friends) who were told to return to their offices in the second tower. Had they evacuated as was their instinct, it is quite possible the number of lives lost that day might have been halved.

  23. Christina

    I shared a room with my sister, I never had my own room until I moved out of my parents’ place.
    Honestly, I think it was the best thing for us. We were (and still are!) the best of friends and even when we had disagreements we had to solve them immediately because we had to share the same space.
    I wouldn’t change it for the whole world!

  24. elena

    Hi! I absolutely love your children’s shared room. It’s admirable and refreshing that you listen to your own beliefs and sound judgement regarding the notion of room sharing, as well as life in general, especially in the light of the contrarian responses you receive; it’s sweet, wholesome and old fashioned in the most wonderful way! the bond your children will share will be unparalleled and last a lifetime :)

    In addition, could you kindly share the bunk mattresses you have chosen for the children’s bed? It’s such a task attempting to narrow them down!

    Continue enjoying life and your darling family!

    With much gratitude, Elena

  25. Jill

    I have noticed how much negativity you’ve gotten regarding the decision to leave NYC at this time. I find those comments disappointing. You need to do what’s best for your family and it seems to me you have done so responsibly. So sorry people can’t adopt an “until I walk in their shoes approach” to your choice. Stay safe

  26. elena godi

    Hi! Gorgeous room, your children are so lucky!

    May I please ask what mattresses are you using for the bunk beds, I truly will appreciate your reply!

    With gratitude,
    Elena

  27. Theresa

    Hi! I miss you and your sweet family. That is all.

  28. This looks cozy and beautiful. I am also thinking of a bunker bed for my children. I love all the decoration and wall arts around in this little room. My children would really love it. Can’t wait to give them. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  29. sirma

    i am in love with that couch. such an amazing shape and color!!!!

  30. These are all such great design ideas! I am definitely going to share this with my wife and brother right now. My brother has another kid on the way and this is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. This is such a gorgeous room! I love the wallpaper and the lights – my twins would both love this. I can understand the apprehension of the triple bunk – I’d be terrified but mine are younger than yours. Lovely design – thanks for sharing!

  32. Scarlet

    The triple bunk bed is such a great space saver! And I love the outerspace theme for the room.

  33. Kelsey

    I’m somewhat disappointed in your silence during this time. I’m sure the situation has been hard on you, but it’s been hard on everyone. As a blogger, you have a platform to help provide inspiration, motivation, and some fun during this difficult time. And if you’re finding that difficult during this time you have a platform to share that so people don’t feel as alone. I’m sure many people wish they had the ability to give their voice during this time and don’t have the ability to on such a wide scale. I just think going completely silent isn’t being true and honest to your many followers and fans. A crisis shows who’s willing to step up and who’s not. I’m not trying to be mean, I just don’t know if you’ve realized that some people count on you and silence isn’t helpful.

  34. Reba

    This is super cute, but I’m mostly writing to tell you I miss your posts and positive vibes on the internet. I hope you find your way back here with minimal hostility, if that’s what you want. Heart you.

  35. What a beautiful and inspirational room, Well done!

    Regards,
    Uchechukwu