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Scheming: Boys’ Bedroom in Florida

What do you think of unfinished/unpainted furniture? I’ve pretty much always hated it. But when we were faced with furnishing the condo in Florida on a tight budget, I found myself buying several pieces from Ikea’s Tarva line. Namely, a pair of twin Tarva bed frames and Tarva chests to put beside each.

In my defense, my plan was (and still is) to do the condo in glossy whites and light woods. (White + wood inspiration photos here and white + wood shopping guide here.)  So far so good. I’ve been able to stick to the white and wood scheme in terms of furnishings.

I had planned on having a contractor put in a plywood floor (plywood wall and floor inspiration here), but after several false starts, a neighbor referred me to Steve Gee at Tiffany’s Flooring, who (re)sold me on a cork floor instead. The new cork floor is amazing. Sneak peek coming Tuesday. Today, I’m trying to decide what to do in the boys’ room. So, back to the unfinished wood beds and chests. The bed frames are staying as is, that is, unfinished.

I am playing around with the idea of painting part of the little chests that are beside each bed as night stands. I don’t want to paint the drawer fronts—that seems really dated (or too DIY “see what you can do with a coat of paint”). But what about painting the top and sides? Or just the legs (or are we done with dipped)?

I realize this scheme looks a bit too plucked right from the Ikea catalog, but I’ll remedy that. I have promised them a rug, but that’s a whole other post.

B O Y S  B E D R O O M  i n F L O R I D A 

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Ikea furniture, cork flooring, and Etsy artwork in the boys’ room.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE CHESTS?
Leave both chests unfinished?
Paint one white, leave the other?
Paint the tops of the chests white? 
Paint the tops & sides white?
Dip the legs in white paint ? 

Here are half a dozen rooms with unfinished elements. Thoughts?

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Photo by Martin Cederblad

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Dutch houseboat on Airbnb

Girls Room With Unfinished Wood Furnishings

Children’s furniture by Bedzrus

Plywood Decorations For Kids Rooms

VT Wonen

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Ikea hack via House & Home

Crafty Quirky Boys Room With Plywood

Photo by Sam McAdams Cooper for Home Life

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Montage: 30 Kids Rooms with Teepees

Teepees, wigwams, play tents  (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time.  However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend:  Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway.  I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.

The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.

I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?

 

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Photo by Lönngren Widell

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L.A. home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne
Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

Nursery With Teepee Style Files

Home of architect Clare Cousins
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Sukha Amsterdam  •  Vosgesparis

My Bedroom Retreat Contest  Kids Room

Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest

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Weekday Carnival

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Pour Jolies Momes

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Time of the Aquarius

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Little Birds Boutique

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Interjero Patarimai

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Little Kind

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge

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Photo by Krista Keltnanen

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Desire to Inspire

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6th Street Design School

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Aesthetic Outburst

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Varpunen

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Moozle

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Home of Minnie Mortimer
Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue.com

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The Handmade Home

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IKEA Family Live

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Mokkasin

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Fawn Over Baby

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The Design Files

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Bolig Magasinet

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Jute Interior Design

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Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard for Bo Bedre

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Montage: 20 Rooms with Surfboards

Since we looked at homes with surfboards propped up outside yesterday, I thought we’d go inside today. The owners of these twenty homes store their surfboards inside, where it functions as a design element. In the kids rooms, I suspect, the surfboards are solely decorative. Hey, my bike’s in my living room (and both my kids’ bikes), so why not a surfboard?

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Studio Guilherme Torres

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Studio Guilherme Torres

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Zecc Architects

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Chandelier by the Sea

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Beach Chic Design

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ducduc

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Aerin Lauder’s home
Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Brunelleschi Construction

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Cynthia Walker Designs

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Femina

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unidentified

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Jeffers Design Group

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Artist Mandy Shadforth’s house in Real Living
Photo by Toby Scott | Styled by Kylie Jackes

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House Beautiful

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Photo by William Waldron for Country Living

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Lohrbach Studio

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Mary McDonald

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Hamptons Showhouse 2011
Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior

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Photo by DABITO for Old Brand New

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Photo by Erin Kunkel for  Design*Sponge

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You can order a preppy monogrammed surfboard at
the C.Wonder Nantucket Pop-Up Shop 

C Wonder Summer Hostess Gifts

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Montage: 23 Beach House Bunk Rooms

I’ve done a couple of bunk bed montages, and just recently built-in alcove beds, but today’s entire post is dedicated specifically to bunk rooms. Most often, kids bedrooms with multiple built-in bunk beds. They tend to be done in summer houses in nautical styles, though not all of them. The very simple Scandinavian ones are lovely. I like the idea, and the design of these quad bunks, but I’m not really into having four or more kids sleep over; two boys are enough!

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 real estate in Australia

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 Scott Christopher Homes

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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Charles Myer Architects  –  Andra Birkerts Design – Photo by Eric Roth

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 Elle Decor

Cottage Living

Cottage Living

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Quad Bunk Room Justine Hugh Jones

 Justine Hugh-Jones

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Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House

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Goli & Bosi

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Sally Markham
Photo by Thomas Loof for House Beautiful

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Superkül  |   Tom Arban for House & Home

bunk-room-photographer Jason Busch for vogue

Photo by Jason Busch for Vogue

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Design Nehez

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unidentified

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Traditional Home 

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House Beautiful 

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Kelly Abramson Architecture

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unidentified

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Melanie Turner

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Marie Claire Maison 

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Montage: 20 Kids’ Rooms with Storage Lockers

I know I did kids’ rooms already this week with 20 Sleeping Nooks, but it’s a kids room kinda week. Not just because I’m on the Cape where I love my kids’ rooms (one is absolutely orange, the other turquoise), but because I also rounded up contemporary kids rooms for Design Milk on Wednesday, and today, I guest blogged for Wayfair with 10 Kids’ Storage Solutions. Definitely click over there; it’s a useful post with great photos. Below, I’ve concentrated on one specific storage solution for kids’ room—storage lockers.

Storage lockers look really cute in kids’ bedrooms and playrooms, and obviously help control clutter (assuming you actually use them). I love the way it adds color to these rooms too. I was thinking of getting the white locker from IKEA for our Delray Beach condo as a console in the living area, but my husband is not a fan. Tall, school-style lockers are great for coats, obviously (I’ve seen mudrooms decked out with them), and for dress-up clothing. Or, you could do a whole row of them, locker room style, as an armoire-like substitute for a closet. Cubby style storage lockers are obviously better for toys. A low storage locker makes a good nightstand between two single beds. Get more ideas below.

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 The Woodsman Store

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ElizabethGordon

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via Apartment Therapy

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Photo by Julie Ranee

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Living Agency

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Glädje

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Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living

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6th Street Design School

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House & Home

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Photo by Sharyn Cairns  –  Inside Out

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Vt Wonen

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Milk Magazine

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Milk Magazine

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Restoration Hardware

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 The Woodsfolk Store

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Maison du Monde

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House & Home  –  Photo by Angus Fergusson

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101 Wonnideen

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