Ok, it was definitely not the plan to do a make-over in the first weekend that we were back home from our holiday. Yet, most of the changes in-and- around my house are totally unplanned and spontaneous. And updating the boys’ room with this swap around is therefore no exception. With the new school year on our doorstep the timing could actually not have been better.
I landed the idea of changing ‘a few things around’ on the Friday evening which resulted in a full day’s work on Saturday. Luckily my hubby was on board. Because we soon realized that both beds did not fit through the door. So there was a lot (!) of unscrewing and re-screwing. And have you ever tried moving a book case with all the books in it? Doesn’t work! Although the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos might look good, the ‘in between’ was a total chaos.
Work with what you have
You might know by now how we feel about kids rooms. We feel that it is important to invest in a few key pieces and create an environment that kids can grow into, not out of. We also believe that to create a new vibe, you do not have to go furniture shopping. Just shop around in your own house and find what you need. You will discover that working with what you have, just in another environment, can look great!
It helps if you can work with a good base and color pallet to begin with. For this swap around I didn’t invested in any new items. You probably know the Oeuf NYC bunk bed from a long time ago. And my grandmothers cabinet and table have been with us for a long time as well. You might even recognize some golden oldies like the artwork, the collection of storage units and cute accessories in these pics from the archive. The point is that we do not pull out our bank card every time we do a make over. We love re-using items and re-purposing furniture that we once fell in love with.
One new item
The result of a days hard work for this swap around is that we have two different looking rooms again that make more sense for the boys. The only new item is the Surf Sign we developed in collaboration with Zoe Rumeau. Her works of art are also not new to us, we have worked with her many times before, yet this wall art was created with growing kids like mine in mind. And it is the cherry on the cake.
Spontaneous one-day make overs are the best! We are ready to start the new school year with this new vibe upstairs.
With our summer holiday coming to an end soon, the list of projects that we would like to start on is growing. One of them can start as soon as we are home: the kids rooms. Updating the kids rooms always makes sense after a summer break and at the beginning of a school year as kids mature so quickly in their time away from routine, homework and school uniforms. As surfer boy Sam just turned 9, we have his room in mind to start with. He got his own room earlier this year (after sharing a room most of his life with Jack) and we were still working of the ultimate finishing touch.
Whether we are designing a commercial space or working on a room in our own house, we always try to make the furniture and accessories relevant for who ever will be spending most of their time there. Using wall art is great way to update or upgrade, and we had something specific in mind.
Working with Zoe Rumeau
You have probably seen us work with Zoe Rumeau before in our installations. We love her art and have used it in play rooms, kids rooms, nurseries and even in adult spaces. And what could be better than working with her art? Working with her to create a piece of art! So that is what happened at the beginning of this year. We bounced some ideas back and forth, quickly coming to the conclusion that this sign is a winner. In her atelier in Paris, she worked out what we designed together.
And now, (finally, after a little delay due to a pandemic that made shipping nearly impossible…) we have our hands on it. As it is a perfect fit with our holiday home at the coast, we have already put one up at Live Loud Girl Stays. When we are back home, the one in Sam’s room will go up and we will share the results with you of course.
The good news is…
But listen to this: it’s not a one-of-a-kind to make you jealous… We have a limited number of these beautiful surf signs for sale for €120 / AED 525 (excluding shipping). So if you are interested, please let us know. We ship to Dubai and Europe. So send us a DM or an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
For nearly a decade, my boys have been sharing a room. At first it was a necessity as our New York apartment where we lived when Sam was born was tiny. When we arrived in Dubai, they started in separate rooms. But when I invested in the Oeuf NYC bunk bed (which had been on my personal wish list for a long time) the boys happily chose their obvious bunk. Jack up – Sam down. They loved being together in the mornings and evenings and I can tell you, it made the bedtime routine easy for me.
We often write about how we love creating spaces that kids grow into, not out of. When it comes to our own homes we obviously try to do the same. Jack and Sam have been sharing a room for quite some time now. Basically it was because I fell in love with the Oeuf NYC bunkbed before I even had children. Luckily it was also to their liking. As they grow up (so fast) we felt that we wanted to upgrade their room with some small changes, making it perfect for starting the new year.