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07 Mar 2016
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Creative Shared Bedroom Ideas for a Modern Kids’ Room

Creative Shared Bedroom Ideas Kids Modern Bedroom

Check out this article at Freshome.com which features HAUS custom shared kids’ room – project photo #15.

By Neila Deen 

Laughing…crying…playing…fighting. A shared sibling bedroom is a beehive of activity and needs. And that means there’s a lot for parents to tackle when creating their kids’ shared bedroom. With twice the amount (or more) of evolving personalities and necessities, it’s often a daunting task for parents to accommodate storage, space and the individual style of each child.

Here are some helpful tips to overcome common design challenges and create a happy and functional room for your young roommates.

Creating a Boy and Girl Shared Room

Designing a room for a brother and a sister doesn’t have to be challenging. In fact, it’s probably the easiest challenge to overcome when planning a shared room.

Your first step is to select an underlying color palette for the main elements of the room (walls, rug, furniture) that is gender neutral…and, if they’re old enough to chime in, that each sibling gives the thumbs up. Color combos such as white and grey, turquoise and white or a mix of primary colors work well for both boys and girls.

To complement your underlying palette, layer complementary colors and patterns on top of that. For example in a grey and white room, try accenting with yellow accessories. For patterns, lean towards stripes, chevron or solids with large geometric shape(s).

When selecting furniture, opt for furniture with clean lines and that’s non-themed (steer clear of the race car or sleeping beauty beds) and pair with neutral colored essentials such as lamps and window treatments.

The exciting part of creating a super fun bedroom for your young brood is accessorizing and customizing design elements to match their budding personalities. Select design elements that make the room feel like it belongs to both of them. Personalize accessories throughout the room such as wall art or coat hooks. Marquee lights with their names or first initial add a pop of energy and excitement to any space. Likewise, subtly add gender specific themes in one or two accessories, but keep them color coordinated. For example when accessorizing with red, try a throw pillow with a red fire engine for him, and a pillow with a red flower or heart for her. Storage that is complementary to the design scheme but specific for each gender (think charcoal for boys and yellow for girls) can also seamlessly pull a room together.

Creating a Room For Different Ages

Sometimes its not just Jeremy and Sarah that you need to accommodate, but a 3-year-old Jeremy and a 4-month-old Sarah can definitely add another layer of design anxiety.

The first thing to tackle is the furniture layout. If you have a baby, chances are you’ll be in and out of the room at night to tend to the baby. If possible, place their beds in opposite corners or walls with the crib being most accessible to the door. Obviously structural elements such as windows and heaters can dictate otherwise but your design objective is to give each child the most comfortable night’s sleep without one waking the other.

Creating a play area that both siblings can enjoy, even simultaneously, is super helpful, especially for tired mommies and daddies. Floor mats, cushions and soft larger items like a rocking horse and tents are perfect to outline the area and fun for both to play in. Place your older child’s toys in accessible storage containers, but higher than the floor so your youngest can’t easily touch it.

For example, whether it’s a bookshelf, storage cube or wall unit, place baby friendly toys and items on the lower shelves. Your toddler or older child can stand and reach for the basket of Lego.

Incorporate elements that show your children their growing family. Photos of the kids together, framed handprints of when they each were newborns encourage them to appreciate their younger or older sibling while adding a warm family atmosphere to their bedroom.

Creating Ample Storage for Two or More

Finding the space in one room for twice as much furniture and storage is one of the most daunting tasks when designing a shared room. This is where your resourcefulness and editing eye need to kick into high gear. Less is definitely more in a shared bedroom, as is multifunctional and shared design.

As a baseline, selecting streamlined furniture is essential to keep the room feeling as spacious as possible and allow for storage and playing. If your kids are old enough, bunk beds are always an excellent choice. Whether L-shaped or vertical, a bunk bed is an efficient use of space and oftentimes has built-in storage underneath.

Speaking of…under the bed storage such as rollaway drawers is always helpful in creating more space and can hold seasonal or limited use items. Storage chests with cushions can be used as a seat to a play table as well as conceal a mountain of toys. A wall unit with drawers can pull double duty as a dresser and desk.

Shelving is super convenient for toy organization as it doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be placed above dressers, desks, even above the door for hardly used items. Similarly, placing a bookshelf at the foot of the bed doesn’t take up valuable wall space and may even give you another surface near the bed for a lamp or nighttime book.

For clothing, wall and door hooks are helpful for every-day go-to items. In the closet, install two rods (i.e. double hanging) so each child can have separate hanging space.

Regardless of your design challenge, when creating a shared room for your little ones if you stick to resourceful, efficient, fun and creative choices, you’ll no doubt create a bedroom your kids will love!

How are you going to design your kids’ bedroom?

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14 Jan 2016
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11 Dreamy Master Suites

Article:  11 Dreamy Master Suites – Shabby Chic Master Bedroom Suite in HAUS’ Broad Ripple Bungalow featured in article, “11 Parental Suites of our Dreams” (interpretation).  Suites of differing styles from around the world are highlighted – check out the article here.

Interpreted Text Below:

11 Parental Suites of our Dreams

And if parents finally had the right to their own space for cocooning?

The Romantic Suite:

The decorative element of strength in this Shabby Chic bedroom suite is of course the raw barn door.  Sanded and whitened to match the minimalist and romantic style of the room, she separates the sleeping quarters from the spa.  The white walls and big mirrors placed behind the bed bring in a light that almost seems poetic.  We will particularly salute the ingenious sliding door system that allows for a flexible gain of space.

 

09 Jan 2016
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North Meridian Historic District Party

The design proposal for North Meridian Historic District Party Space transforms the backside of this home to make inside-outside connections.  The party space is the main driver for this home design, which includes an all new interior, a new rear patio and grill area, a new outdoor pavilion space, and a space for pull-in Airstream/bar.  The design concept works to enhance the existing traditional Colonial Revival design elements with a slightly modern interpretation to the rear. This is done by opening the new kitchen space directly to the inside and outside entertainment areas.

21 Nov 2015
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Treesdale Sod

New Modern Home – Carmel – Treesdale Sod installed along with some landscaping.  It’s great to see this project nearing completion in about 9 months from ground-breaking.  A few final touches on the exterior (front porch, metal shed roof, gutter adjustments) and we will be about there!

24 Oct 2015
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New Modern Home Ditch Road

We are really excited that the New Modern Home Ditch Road is finally underway.  This Mid-Century Modern (MCM) inspired design is on a large plot affording ample privacy in this understated design.

12 Sep 2015
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New Modern Home Chicago

New Modern Home – Chicago in Indian Head Park Village is breaking ground this week.  We are looking forward to seeing progress on this guy in the next 9 months.  Thanks to our client and Joe Trojanowski for a good collaboration.

06 Sep 2015
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New Modern Home Treesdale

New Modern Home Treesdale is scheduled for completion in late Fall 2015 just in-time for our client’s new arrival (baby girl)!  Please check back for more updates as this modern home nears completion.

20 Aug 2015
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HAUS Featured in Wall Street Journal Article about Foyers

HAUS Interior Project focusing on Foyers, Entrances, and Hallways, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal – here is the text of the article written by Alina Dizik.

 

“In Luxury Homes, Foyers Get Functional—and Fabulous

Irked by what they see as wasted space, some luxury homeowners are asking designers to reimagine home entryways

Entryways and hallways are often an afterthought for home buyers. Now, some homeowners are asking designers to reimagine them as versatile spaces. Photo: Drew Kelly for The Wall Street Journal

By ALINA DIZIK

Updated Aug. 20, 2015 1:53 p.m. ET

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When Gary Loeb and David Fraze host a party in their 1897 Elizabethan home in San Francisco, many guests barely get past the front door. Instead they gather inside the wood-paneled foyer, which has 16-foot ceilings, an original fireplace and a vintage rug. “A lot of people just spend half the party standing in the foyer,” says Mr. Loeb, a 46-year-old executive for a health technology firm.

Long the doormat of home design, entryways and hallways are often an afterthought for home buyers, who typically spend their money on other rooms. In a recent survey at The Wall Street Journal’s request, 46% of respondents on home-design website Houzz.com said hallways are the most overlooked spaces when decorating a home.

Now, irked by what they see as wasted space, some homeowners are asking designers to reimagine entryways as versatile spaces that double as dining rooms, dens and entertaining spaces. “People are not just hanging art on the walls and walking through,” says Jennifer Roberts, an associate broker with the Fisher Roberts team at Engel & Völkers in New York.

When renovating their Sacramento, Calif., home, Randy Reynoso and Martin Camsey removed part of a wall to open up the entryway and create a homey feel where the two would want to linger. The long staircase in their Monterey Colonial-style home now has a custom wrought-iron railing and a vintage French chandelier that can be mechanically lowered for cleaning. The foyer also includes a powder room, and shelving in a seating area holds Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha” and other vintage tomes from Mr. Reynoso’s great-grandmother’s library. “We reimagined what [the foyer] would look like in 1928,” when the house was built, said Mr. Reynoso, a 57-year-old financial institution executive who worked with local interior designer Curtis Popp on the project. He estimates the foyer cost about $35,000 to create.

Modern, open-plan architecture poses a particular challenge for clients looking to bring back that Old World grandeur of entrances, says Gisue Hariri, co-founder of an architecture and interior-design firm in New York. “Historically, entrances were very much celebrated,” says Ms. Hariri. “In general, we try to make sure these neglected areas do make a comeback.”

In newer condos that lack formal entryways, Ms. Hariri suggests a partial wall to create an intimate space with a gallery feel when walking in the front door. For a client in Manhattan’s Sutton Place neighborhood, she created a wall that features a modern mural of walking figures by artist Julian Opie. Other wall designs by Ms. Hariri also include hidden storage—a way to keep clutter to a minimum without adding extra furniture.

Foyers, Entrances, Hallways - Wall Street Journal
In his Indianapolis home, Phil Salsbery created a faux hallway with cabinetry to help define the home’s living area.  Foyers, Entrances, Hallways – CHRIS SMITH FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

In Indianapolis, Phil Salsbery created a false hallway using cabinetry with hidden, built-in storage. The new corridor allows access to the master bedroom without cutting through the living room, where someone may be relaxing and watching television. The hallway cabinets provide much-needed storage space, since the condo has many floor-to-ceiling windows, says Mr. Salsbery, 52-years-old and owner of an investment firm. He also worked with designer Chris Short to create a circular entryway, with a blue-lighted ceiling, that leads to the false hallway. “It creates a spectacular entrance that cuts the harshness of the angles” in the home, says Mr. Salsbery, who estimates that he spent $50,000 on building out the hallway and foyer.

Ms. Roberts, the New York broker, says sellers see more value in homes where transitional spaces have been put to work. A recent buyer turned the hallway between a two bedrooms into a den with a television. She has also seen homes where owners used a spacious entryway for formal dining. When selling a home, Ms. Roberts tells clients to be more creative when showing off their foyers and hallways. “You should definitely stage it so people can see how they should be utilizing it,” she says.

Regardless how foyers are used, they still need to make a good first impression. Melody Adhami, a 34-year-old who runs a mobile-app agency, says the foyer in her Toronto home is the one room that’s off limits to her two young children. The space is often used for side conversations when guests come over and has an oversize velvet ottoman and art created from metal disks, along with a console table for a wow factor when guests enter, she says. “It’s not necessarily used by the kids, so we could do nicer things,” says Ms. Adhami, who worked with designer Ines Mazzotta but declined to disclose costs.

Pamela O’Banion, a 62-year-old homemaker, wanted to create a sense of surprise when guests entered her 1,500-square-foot Nob Hill condo with views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. First, she and her designer, Matthew Turner, closed up several doorways that led to other rooms and painted the walls a dark green to better define the entryway. Then they added dimly lighted sconces, a woven Versailles-style parquet floor and gilded furniture for a sense of romance. In all, the entryway project cost about $50,000.

“I wanted [visitors] to think they were walking into a jewel box,” she says.

Corrections & Amplifications: 
Jennifer Roberts is an associate broker with the Fisher Roberts team at Engel & Völkers in New York. An earlier version of this article incorrectly misspelled the firm as Fischer Roberts. (8/20/2015)”

 

11 Apr 2015
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New Modern Home Treesdale

New Modern Home Treesdale is breaking ground this month in Carmel, IN. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team integrating a slightly more modern design into the final lot at Treesdale off of Towne Road between 96th and 106th.

27 Sep 2014
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Broad Ripple Historical Home Tour

This year our clients are honored to be participants in the 10th Annual Broad Ripple Historical Home Tour!  Construction was substantially complete just in-time to let the community at-large take peek inside this newly-renovated, light-filled space.  Thanks to the entire team that made it happen!  Check our client’s blog, BRUSFO. Also check this PROJECT PAGE for completion photos.

20 Sep 2014
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AIA Architects Home Tour

Thanks to our client (Classic Butler-Tarkington Tudor) for participating in the 2014 AIA Architects Home Tour!  This is going to be the best turn-out yet!  The AIA holds this semi-annual home tour to offer the community at-large an opportunity to see a collection of creativity-driven design solutions, some may be in your neighborhood.

17 Jul 2014
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Clearwater Nearing Completion

Our major renovation project at Clearwater is nearing completion after a 10-month construction process. Project scope includes new expanded chef’s kitchen, all new interior finishes, two new stairwells, new second level, and lots of nice details. Please check-in for progress and finish photos!

24 Oct 2013
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Custom Bunk Beds

C’mon now, everybody can use some Custom Bunk Beds

This design negotiation between daughters and father ended in a successful compromise for all.  Daughters requested all pink with windows and shutters.  Father proposed, “…how about something simpler and neutral including some nooks to display stuffed animals and the like?  We can always add pink pillows and accessories.  Then if you decide you want to change-up the color, it can be done with ease.”

Thanks to summer intern Alex Webber for building this bad-boy.

19 Jul 2013
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New Modern Lakehouse 2

New Modern Lakehouse 2 located on Lake Wawasee sets the bar higher – hey, I just want to jet ski!

01 Jun 2013
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Alexander Boutique

HAUS enjoyed participating in the design and execution of the Alexander Boutique at The Alexander Hotel located in downtown Indianapolis.  The hotel and boutique gets design inspiration from Scottish engineer, Alexander Ralston‘s layout for Indianapolis in 1821.  A motif of the one-mile square with radiating 45-degree streets is utilized in the boutique concepts and details.  Thanks to Buckingham Companies and Justine Sharp for the collaboration.

01 Feb 2013
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Midcentury Modern Completion

We are happy to announce the Midcentury Modern Completion at Bramshaw on the northeast side of Indianapolis.  Our collaboration with the homeowners included a remodel of the primary living spaces to stay true to the architectural style, complete with period furnishings and accessories.

15 Jan 2013
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Adagio Penthouse Interior Featured

ADAGIO Penthouse Interior feature in Indianapolis Monthly, January 2013.  The feature made their Top 5 most popular photo albums of 2013.

From IMM – “At this downtown penthouse, Chris Short of HAUS Architecture and Nikki Sutton of Level Interior Architecture + Design put their modern mark on every inch—even the ceiling—to create a contemporary space rivaling the beauty of the condo’s sweeping views. Take a photo tour of the home’s most striking features. Photography by Ryan Kurtz.”

02 Jan 2013
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New Studio Complete

New Studio Complete at HAUS | Architecture, ready for business 01/02/13.

New studio is connected to house via a private observation deck on second floor of new modern carriage house.  The detached live-work arrangement allows just the right balance of privacy and proximity for this growing family of four.