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Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Finian and Declan’s Twin-Sized Room

Finian and Declan’s Twin-Sized Room

Like many kids in the Del Ray area, Finian and Declan, 3-year-old identical twins, share a bedroom. It’s the classic small-space dilemma: How to fit furniture, clothing and toys for two kids in an 8×10 foot room without feeling cramped or disorganized. We’re always amazed with what you can fit in a small room and the stories they tell. The layout of Finian and Declan’s room is the same as the one we’ve shared for my boys and Leslie’s girls in the standard Del Ray rowhouse. Finian’s toddler bed is opposite the door. Declan’s bed faces Finian’s, on the wall to the left of the door. The beds, from www.albeebaby.com, converted from crib to toddler bed, with a drawer underneath for storage. They keep more clothes in a tall dresser in the far corner. Finian and Declan are twins, but Declan is actually a size or two larger than Finian, so they can’t share all their clothes just yet. And something you don’t always see in small kids rooms, there’s an antique...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 | 4 comments

Edie’s Woodland Nursery

Edie’s Woodland Nursery

Two-week old Edie is a lucky girl. Not only does she have a big brother and parents who love her dearly, but she has a pretty awesome little bedroom designed by her stylish mama, Liz. The room is fresh and modern and the charming woodland creatures and accents make it a cozy place for a child to grow. Best of all, except for a few purchases, almost everything in the room was a hand-me-down or something repurposed from around the house. For one, the brown and white chevron rug (from West Elm) used to be in the master bedroom. Your eyes are drawn to it once you walk in the room. The removable decal above the changing table/dresser, purchased from Blik, is one of the few new things in the room. Liz originally bought this for her five-year-old son Angus’s room, but then thought it worked better in Edie’s nursery. The white IKEA dresser/changing table, as well as a few other white IKEA storage pieces in the room, were in Angus’s room when...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 | 0 comments

A Girls’ Shared Bedroom Two Ways

A Girls’ Shared Bedroom Two Ways

My daughters’ shared bedroom started out with their hand-me-down bunk beds (passed down three generations) set up side by side. I wrote about their 8 x 10 room, a “perfect fit,” when we repainted and redecorated two years ago almost to the day. It was a happy arrangement… …until, over the winter, they began clamoring for bunk beds. So, in doing so, we made other changes to make this alternate arrangement work. And, in the meantime, we had turned their closet into Ana’s hideaway office. And I created a bird “paint-by-numbers” art wall on their door. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me share one big revelation and piece of advice: If you’re going to rearrange and redecorate your child’s room and if you don’t repaint the room in doing so, it will retain a decidedly “lived in” look, which may, very likely, include an accumulation of stickers. That is, if you didn’t enforce a “no sticker rule on walls and furniture” in the first place. As Ana...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 | 7 comments

My Vintage Green Bedroom Makeover

My Vintage Green Bedroom Makeover

When we started this blog two years ago, one of our goals was to share all the different ways you can decorate and arrange similar spaces, especially Del Ray’s signature rowhouses and bungalows. We’d love to know what you are working on in your homes — do you have a room you are in the middle of decorating? How do you overcome design challenges? Have you finished a room and want to show others what you have done? Email us at info[at]diydelray.com and let us know! Today I’m sharing a room I’m currently working on, my master bedroom. Since I bought my rowhouse almost ten years ago, I’ve never been happy with how the master bedroom looked. It’s kind of a mish-mash of various pieces of furniture collected at different times in my life, there are three bookcases taking up valuable space (there’s no place for them in the rest of the house) and I have a bad track record with picking paint colors. Instead of getting rid of everything...

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Quinn and Sloane’s Shared Nursery and Bedroom

Quinn and Sloane’s Shared Nursery and Bedroom

When Quinn was three and a half, her baby sister Sloane was born. To make a way for the sisters to share a room in their small Del Ray home, Todd and Kimberly redesigned Quinn’s room. They were ready for Quinn to graduate from her toddler bed to a twin-sized bed and they wanted to fit a crib in the room for Sloane as well. They also wanted Quinn to welcome her baby sister into “her room,” so they wanted to involve her in the design choices. The room has an l-shape with Sloane’s nursery space on the far left and Quinn’s “big girl” space on the far right. The door is in the middle. It’s a challenging layout because although it’s 146 square feet, furniture doesn’t easily fit in the space and leave room to walk around. Here is the part of Quinn’s room that had already become Sloane’s changing area before the redesign: And the other side of the room where Quinn slept: And, now, the remarkable...

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