This might be the first kid’s room I’ve seen that I would actually love to live in myself. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that Meg Spaeth would design a room that is equally suited to kids and adults. As the creator of Elsie Marley, a line of kids’ clothing, toys and accessories, Meg is an expert at blending modern designs and sophisticated color palettes with just the right touch of whimsy. Three kids sharing one room sounds like a recipe for massive clutter, but with Meg’s addition of under-bed storage, a custom cloud loft bed and plenty of bright, fresh white with pops of color, this room manages to pull of a minimalist Scandinavian vibe. I love the wall art, the vintage accessories and the fun mix of textiles. I’ll definitely be taking some design cues from this room for my own living space. Awesome job, Meg! — Kate
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Time: From start to finish, the redo took 9 months, but had the children been shipped off to grandma’s house, it would have taken a week at most.
Basic Steps: Mostly I wanted the room to look big, even though it’s small and looks sparse, while still full of my kids’ stuff. To make this happen, I painted the room white — ceiling and all (I have yet to do the trim, but it’s on my list). My brother built a loft bed, and then I cut out clouds to act as a guard rail for the bed. After the clouds were painted the same white as the walls, they all but disappeared into the background. For the dresser, I took all the drawers outside (in the summer) and spray painted them different colors. Then applied a top coat of shellac to each.
Figuring out how to fit three kids in a room is a challenge. After you know where they will be sleeping, the rest of the project is designing storage: hidden storage, attractive storage, storage that does double duty (our ottoman is also a toy box). Kids have a lot of stuff. Because of our small house, there is a natural limit on how many toys our kids can have. I say edit what you can and find pretty boxes to put the rest in. Good luck! — Meg