We Don’t Live In A Yellow Submarine

Well, you asked, and I’m delivering.  Here’s a quick peek into our kiddo’s humble abode.  When I set out to design their room, I truly wanted a blank canvas. I wanted space for them to dream, play and live.  However, I also wanted it to be completely gender neutral, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to pick up.  It was going to be very interesting molding two little lives into one small room, but I was determined.

Alongside two active kiddo’s and their toys, we also needed a space for our homeschooling endeavors and materials.  Since we are currently residing with my husband’s parents, the goal was essentially to fit my homeschool room, play room, and each of the kid’s bedrooms all into one well designed space.  I’m pretty happy with the results, and the kids seem to love it.  The only thing truly not pictured is our massive Lego collection which is mainly in storage for the moment.

Walking into the room you are met with the book nook and the school corner.  Since space is key, our goal was to get as much up off the floor as possible, providing ample play room for the babes and keeping their toys and reading material at hand’s reach.  We keep all of our current library books in the basket under the extra chairs, and the books on top are usually the ones that are ready to be returned.  (For all my homeschool mamas reading this, the back half of the books are all unit study related and the front half is free read approved material).




Up high are all the schooling goodies like math blocks, CDs, and flash cards.  Safe from little meddling hands.  Below is our doll house alongside our collection of ‘bebes.’  Keeping all her babies in a basket makes for quick and easy pickup that she’s already capable of managing with gentle instruction.  Notice the loving glare when asked to do so.  Below, a more contextual feel for the corner.

motherhood-menagerie-room-tour-kids-shared-space-homeschoolThe toy baskets with table top shelf are our own Ikea hack.  Their basic $20 wire storage units, with an $8 table top drill mounted from underneath.  Another handy play surface, and brilliantly doubles as a place to lay out daily school work without overtaking the work space.   For the work, play, create space – we opted for a simple table saddled with two chairs (see top photo).  The table legs are height adjustable so the table can grow with them.  We also keep extra chairs nearby for family game and art nights.





Both of the larger play areas in the room are imagination based, the play kitchen and the doll house. While T may never admit it, he throughly enjoys playing with both alongside his sister.  I definitely enjoy my invites to the chef’s table.  Sleeping space also doubles as sitting space for lots of story time and cuddles.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.



And yes, that’s what the room actually looks like on most days.  S/O for the permanent mom uniform (leggings, top knot, and coffee).



And that’s about it!  All the major furniture is Ikea,  including the rug, tables and storage baskets.  Paintings and art by the amazing Bump Galletta.  The Dollhouse is Lundby.  The muslin swaddle is from Modern Burlap.  Wooden bunny wall hooks from Knobbly.  Wall dots from Urban Walls.  And lastly, the doll carriage is from the Land of Nod.  I’m sure you saw something else I didn’t call out, so feel free to ask and I will gladly let you know!

And for those of you who are still wondering, why in the heck we decided to shove all this into one average sized bedroom now that we live OUTSIDE of NYC?  Well, we’re crazy.  Ha, may be not fully, but we are quite committed to paying off our remainder of debt, and saving to buy our dream property and build.  So, until that property comes along, we live, graciously and humbly in community with our eyes on the prize.

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  • Reply Brenda G Thomas

    You ARE amazing! I love it!!

    January 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    I love it. So you! I know you are able to function happliy:) I loved getting a peek into yalls little kingdom cuz I so miss being a weekly part of it. Love you! Xoxo

    January 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Wendy Stains

    Love love! Good for you paying off that debt 😉

    January 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm
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