A Modern Kids' Bedroom Makeover (+ Giveaway!)

Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes, makes the most of her small space and creates a room for her two boys to share with help from DHP.
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Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes, makes the most of her small space and creates a room for her two boys to share with help from DHP.
Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

When my oldest son was born, we planned and primped every corner of his small nursery. There was not an inch untended or a book misplaced (until he was old enough to move said books himself, of course). When my second son was born, we had moved into our new house one week before his due date. While it seemed a bit ambitious, but not completely crazy, at the time (thank you pregnancy hormones!), it is generally not something I recommend. Needless to say, his nursery was not primped or even really prepped for that matter. When the time came for him to transition to his own space, we put up a hodgepodge of décor and his crib, as apparently one does when it is the second time around.

My goal has always been for my boys to share a room, even if it is a small one. I love the idea of them giggling after bedtime, playing early in the morning and having a space that is their own. Since their age difference is four and a half years, the timing has been a little tricky. But now since the baby is sleeping through the night (editor’s note: he is not really a baby, he is a full-on toddler, but he will always be my baby and potentially referred to as such for the rest of his life – bless his heart), and the two of them are engaging in “activities”, which mostly consists of wrestling and running around chasing each other, I thought it a good time to let the bonding begin.

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

This move also served as impetus and inspiration for creating a room that represents them both while being functional, thoughtful and fun. The one catch is that I know this won’t last forever; they will simply outgrow the space as they get older and the age difference could also prove to be problematic. Bottom line: I did not want to spend a lot of money on what could be a move that would not last more than a few years, nor did I want to sacrifice on style or durability – the latter being imperative with my boys, the former being imperative for me.

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

After poring over Pinterest pages and searching for inspiration, I discovered DHP. Their affordable and stylish options were perfectly aligned with our aesthetic. We narrowed down the selection, unfortunately having to forgo the bunk beds (or as my 6 year old calls them, “funk beds”) for now with a thrill-seeking 20 month old on our hands, and decided on a modern and space saving bed, and to keep my youngest in his crib as long as we can…or until he jumps ship!

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

We chose to make temporary wallpaper - perfect for this stage of the room’s evolution- the focal art in the room and needed simple and modern furnishings to balance out the bold print. A design was chosen, appropriately named “Wild”, and the rest of space was filled in with favorite décor and artwork we have collected for both boys through the years.

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

The process, while perhaps a bit overdue, was worth the effort! The boys now have a room they love, that was created with attention and care, and we have accomplished the long-standing goal of having the two of them together (Added bonus: the entire project cost less than $500)! I call that a win, win.

Great news! DHP is giving away a piece of your choice - enter here! While you are there, be sure to like their Facebook page to be in the know for future giveaways (they have one monthly!) – good luck, friends!

This post is brought to you by DHP, who will be at the Miami Home show March 18-22 2016! Thank you for supporting the brands that make Clementine Daily possible!