At Home With Jessica Kraus

At Home With Jessica KrausOur next room tour guest is Jessica Kraus, from House of Habit. She is here to share her boys' room with us!

Cutest kids' room"We

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!"

Sweetest little boys' room

Adorable kids' desk area"My

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."

Lovely room bitsBoy's room details"We

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."

Adorable boy's room"The

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

frame. But I'm always up for another project."Playful boys in an adorable roomThank you, Jessica, for sharing your home with us!  Be sure to stop by Jessica's blog House of Habit and her teepee shop on Etsy! 

  • Is there a tutorial or a list of supplies used to make the above pipe shelving and desk? Would really love to find that…..WANT to make this for my boys room!

  • Hi Jessica,

    I love this project, and would like to do it for my 11 year old son, but don’t want to drill holes in the floor. Do you think it would be possible to just leave the floor flanges resting on the floor without attaching them?


  • WOW!! This is exactly what I am looking to do. Can I ask where you got the pipes for free? Is this piping I should be able to get from anywhere and then paint? Where there plans that your husband used to build this? Thank you for helping my find a picture of EXACTLY what I was looking for!!!!!!

  • I’s so great, not only to SEE the room, but to get know all the story, how the house change into it ! Well done Jessica, I think it’s really great and stylish room.

  • Love this!! I was curious of the grey paint color name/brand used on the wall that held the awesome shelves?! Thanks!

  • This room is very Moonrise Kingdom! I love it all. The simple colour’s are still so homely and stylish. Beautiful boys room 🙂

  • Wow, this room belongs in a magazine! It is so gorgeous.

    <3 Melissa

  • This is gorgeous! The shelving is my favourite too. x

  • I love the single gray wall, and shelving! So beautiful!
    xo eden

  • What a great space. Thanks for sharing. We’ve got two little boys and I find it very inspiring to see people combine practicality with beautiful design.

  • This is so cool. I have been a fan of her blog for a long time now so it’s nice to get a little peek into their home! I love that they were able to give a new house an older feel.

  • this room is great! i just made a teepee!

  • first the headdress, then teepees, then Chicwish who sells “Aztec” print goods. Check your white privilege.

  • Loving all these “At Home” posts. I also love that teepee! So cute.


  • As a mama of three boys, I loved this. Thanks for some new ideas! I’ve thought about giving the two that still share a room our master one, so you’ve gotten me thinking about that again, too. Thanks again!

  • She has such great style! Her boys are so cute, she’s an inspiration to me because i’ve got two of my own and no hopes for having girls, so it’s nice to see how she decorates around the craziness of boyhood. Love it!

  • The Kraus family (and style) has totally captured my heart. They are so inspiring!

  • At first I thought all the white must get dirty fast, and then realised it must also be easiest to clean. The room looks wonderful. That rug looks perfect to play on. Thank-you for the tour.

  • Oh my goodness that home is gorgeous! I seriously need a teepee.
    xo Heather

  • Wow definitely the most sophisticated boys room I’ve ever seen! It’s sweet they gave up the master so the boys could be together, too.

    Strive to Thrive,

  • Love the bookcase and the chairs!

    xoxo, Femke <

  • I love it, little desks for projects and lots of musical instruments.

    I like the fact that it is not overwhelming, the kids can focus on what they want to do rather then all the ‘stuff’ around them.

  • Lovely!

  • Such a beautiful, but real, home!

    xo Jennifer

  • Oh my gosh I love how she decorated the room. It’s a very similar style to how I want to decorate my son’s room. Wish I had hardwood floors though.

  • I absolutely love these new posts. I am absolutely obsessed with home decor and love seeing how people decorate their spaces!

  • The perfect kids room!!

    My daily outfits in MIAMI in

  • Thank you for proving that you can still be fashionable and stylish with a house full of boys!! Stop by my blog if you can, mine is all about thrifting and saving money; plus I just did a post on my new Paraders dress and a floral crown, plus I’m doing a give-away tomorrow! Hooray! Thanks so much!


  • Ladies, how do you pick who to feature in your posts. We completely renovated my son’s room before he was born. We live in a tiny ugly apartment and his room is super tiny. So it was a challenge! Bunch of DIYs and some art was made to make it all cozy and with a character. Let me know if you’d like to check the photos.

  • I absolutely adore Jessica’s warm tone rustic/vintage style! Great example of how to create an intriguing yet cozy space! Thank you for sharing! Perfect inspiration for the day!

  • Oh Wow, the teepee is sooo awesome!! When I was growing up we were always making tents out of blankets…but a teepee takes it to a whole new level!

  • Thank you Jessica, I love your room tour. It’s great to hear about how people really live – broken beds and all! And, by the way, it all looks stunning!

  • I love it! We have have baby boy number three on the way and I’m considering putting the three of them in the master bedroom when the youngest turns 2.

  • This is amazing! It looks like a really fun, simple room. Probably my favorite boys’ room tour ever . . .

  • Love the cozy simplicity and neutral color palette!! Oh and that teepee is awesome! 🙂

  • My favorite Christmas gift as a child was a Tee Pee! I wish I could still crawl into a big one now!

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