Mermaids and Whales: a Shared Kid’s Room

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As I prepare to pack up my home of the past 10 years, I have something I want to share with you. I want to show you the shared room that I put together for my baby boy and 5 year old girl. Our current home has just 2 bedrooms, so when we found out we were having a boy I knew I wouldn’t be putting together a nursery just for him. A shared boy and girl room seemed like a challenge, but I put a lot of thought into making it a space that my girly girl would love while still keeping some boy-friendly areas. My daughter chose the theme, but then I took over from there. She wanted mermaids, so I generalized the theme to make it a little more gender neutral. We went with Under the Sea… mermaids for her and whales for him!

We painted the room a beautiful light aqua color (BEHR Clear Aqua). Most of the furniture was left from my daughter’s original nursery and we added a mini crib for the new baby. The bedding and accessories are a mix of handmade, Target, Pottery Barn, Tiny Prints, and a couple DIY projects. Some of my favorite details can be found below.

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  • Mermaid Scale coffee filter wall art
  • Big girl bedding of mermaid sheets and a wave quilt
  • DIY bubble chandelier
  • Coral, the handmade mermaid doll
  • “A Mermaid Sleeps Here” pillow (see below to make your own!)

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  • Navy and aqua quilt that was handmade by my aunt
  • Personalized name pillow including all of his birth stats
  • Wood California rattle
  • Customized whale canvas with the quote “Dream Big, Little One”
  • Handmade wood rocking horse that was lovingly crafted by my uncle
  • “You Are Loved by Me” watercolor painting from my baby sprinkle decor

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Not long after I completed the kid’s room, we decided to put our house on the market. It sold quickly and we’re all excited to move into a new, bigger house where the kids will have their own rooms. I guess you could say that the mermaids and whales will be going their separate ways soon. They did look awfully cute together while it lasted though. I hope you enjoy the details as much as I do.

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If you have a little mermaid of your own, I’m happy to share the file so that you can make your own “A Mermaid Sleeps Here” pillow. Just download the file here and upload it to Tiny Prints to make a Favorite Memory pillow.

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Wave Quilt Set and Whale Wall Shelf: Target Pillowfort | Portraits of the kids: Stills by Hill Photography | Canvas Art and Custom Pillows: Tiny Prints | Full of Heart Mermaid Print: Ann Shen | CA State Rattle: Bannor Toys | Mermaid Doll: Green Stitches | Bailey Sheet Set: Pottery Barn Kids | Baby Memory Book: Lucy Darling | “You Are Loved by Me” Watercolor Painting: The Prints and the Pea

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