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

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