Our next room tour guest is Jessica Kraus, from House of Habit. She is here to share her boys' room with us!
live in a two story Spanish track home inside a new community aimed at
younger families with school-aged children. The house we are in now is
not what we would call our 'dream home' (or location), but it is a great
neighborhood seeing that it has a few really nice parks, a pool and
clubhouse. And it hosts all kinds of fun family events and holiday
gatherings that enforce an old school sense of community sharing that so
many neighborhoods seem to be lacking these days. It's the best part
about where we live, and for that we feel entirely grateful. Plus, we are
close to both sides of our family, and with three boys we need all the
help we can get!"
favorite part of their room would have to be the wood/pipe shelving
unit my husband built and designed to offer up enough space for toys,
books, crafts, and homework for the boys to enjoy. The wood planks are
handpicked from an old building renovation in downtown L.A., where he was
working at the time. The wood and pipe were all free, so we decided to
make the most of it seeing that it cost us almost nothing in material.
The planks are a good tone, aged and worn to perfection, so we
experimented with quite a few sealers beforehand to ensure the original
tone and texture were not compromised in the sealing process. We wanted
it smooth to the touch, but rugged to the eye. It involved a lot of
sanding and a lot of sealing, but the end result was well worth it. It's
a favorite spot for homework and doodling. It's also it's fun to
decorate with rotating trophies, maps and toys. I tend to switch things
up a lot, so shelves are always a good option."
have lived in this house a little over 6 years. It was a big change for
us to go from the tiny old house we restored as a new couple to a
bigger tract home with a newly expanded family. Initially I felt very
confused as to how to cozy up such a stark space. A track home really
tested my basic decor skills. Took me a long while to feel inspired.
Things that worked and felt effortless in our old house felt odd or out
of place here. I think it forced me to refine my natural (more eclectic)
taste and move towards a slightly more modern aesthetic. Less clutter.
More bold accents and cleaner lines. However, we did rip out most of
the standardized features the house came with, replacing them with some
of what we admire in older homes. Wide wood planked floors, subway tile,
bigger molding, arched doorways, ect. The boy's room is a fair example of our current style—lots of natural reclaimed wood coupled with some basic (affordable) Ikea pieces and lots of vintage accessories to break it up and add personality."
room was originally our master bedroom. When we had our third boy I
started to see that there was really no benefit in us having the larger
space, we don't spend much time in our room, plus I started seeing that
the older they got, the more the boys wanted to be together all of the
time anyway. Separate rooms seemed pointless, and the master bathroom
closet and bathroom attached seemed to make more sense for the three of
them to share than us. After some hard fought convincing on my end, we
moved into a smaller room and started to combine the boy's things,
making sure it felt age appropriate for the three of them (ages 2, 4, 6).
The bunkbed we bought was a cheap buy, so it didn't last long. Until we
decide to build something solid to replace it with, we just tossed the
broken bed frame and pushed a twin mattress underneath as a makeshift
trundle for the time being. It's not the prettiest thing in the world,
but for now it's working. We try to keep things simple and fun for them.
We all hang out in there so comfort over style always wins. The boys
love pulling their bed around the room. I've even seen it serve as a
couch when friends are over watching movies or playing games. I think
they'll actually be disappointed when the time comes for a proper bed