Setting Up Our Boys’ Shared Bedroom for the Holidays

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It seems like just yesterday I was sharing Cayden’s tween room reveal from our last house, but now we’re onto our new house and we are starting to get settled.  While I wasn’t 100% sure of the direction I wanted to take the room in for the long term, I knew one thing for sure, the two youngest boys (11.5 and 5.5) would be sharing a space for the time being. 

Here’s a look at what we started with:

And where we are today.  (The main differences are paint on the walls and the floors being refinished.)

For now we gave the room a phase 1 makeover inspired by winter, because what better way to feel cozy in a new space than to feel the warmth of the holidays?

We started with a paint job, and the Leighton Bunk Bed from Better Homes and Gardens.  This bunk bed is priced so well (under $200.00), especially since it has the ability to be used as a bunk or two twin beds!  My boys really wanted a bunk bed, but I decided to keep them separate for now, until I’m able to swap out the ceiling fan. Also, I’ve secretly always wanted to set up a room for them like this.  I think beds placed side by side are charming, and are great for those late-night sibling conversations 🙂

Kids room holiday decor

This bunk bed was super easy to assemble.  I actually involved the two boys in assembling it, and I’m pretty sure we had them both put together in less than an hour!

I paired the bunk beds with a vintage campaign chest to add some warmth to the space, and for the bedding, I ordered another of the Buffalo Plaid Oversized throw that I had previously purchased to keep them cozy at night.  For some reason everyone seems to fight over this blanket in our house, so I can definitely see it being added to a few other family member’s Christmas lists

I also picked up this windowpane floor cushion.  I legit have a soft spot in my heart for windowpane patterns and when I saw this released from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart in the fall I knew I had to have one.  Plus the boys, just love it!  I always find them lounging on it when gaming or while watching a movie, if the cat hasn’t already taken it over, lol.

I’m a HUGE fan of garlands, big, small, real, fake, beaded, (you get the point!), because I just think they are instantly festive.  I layered two beaded garlands from Walmart over the window.

Lastly, I got a little creative and put together these cute little holiday wall displays, using a poster frame, wrapping paper and this adorable acacia serving board

To create this wall art:

  • Grab a large frame.  
  • Wrap the frame backing in your favorite wrapping paper or fabric.
  • Re-assemble your frame and hang a wreath, large ornament or (in my case) serving board on top of the frame using a ribbon and hot glue.

I love how this space, so easily feels “together” with minimal effort.  Do you add holiday decor to the bedrooms in your home?





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  1. Jen
    November 30, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    Super cute! What lucky boys you have. Can you please tell me where that great dresser inbetween the beds is from?

    • madebycarli
      December 5, 2020 / 5:22 pm

      Hi Jen, thanks so much! It’s actually thrifted! I love a good campaign dresser ☺️

  2. Carrie
    December 4, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    What a sweet room! I have a soft spot for matching twin beds set up like this. Probably because the room I always slept in at my grandparents house growing up had them, but I feel you on that! I really love the wall hanging you did over the bed! So creative! Absolutely love the pops of green too.

    I decorate in all the bedrooms too! But mine is my favorite. Haha! I was admiring my dresser set up this morning and decided the white, silver and gold was totally fine to stay up through February. Sure there’s a Christmas tree, but I can just call it a tiny evergreen and it will be totally justifiable. 🙂

    • madebycarli
      December 5, 2020 / 5:21 pm

      I’m thinking of adding a little Christmas cheer to our bedroom this year too☺️

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