4 Moms Open House: Bedrooms Part 1

Welcome to the 4 Moms, 35 Kids open house tour.  We’ve toured the yard and entryway, the kitchen and dining room and the school/living areas.  This week we’ll peak into some of our bedrooms (more bedrooms next week) and you’ll have the opportunity to link up your bedroom tour posts.

Boy’s room

Home to our 4 boys ages 11, 8, 4 and 2.  (I posted about how I decorated this room for $20)

Our kids enjoy being able to keep some of their books beside their bed in the rain gutter book shelves, perfect for bedtime reading.

Each of our children’s bedrooms have a CD player and I generally put the Bible on CD on for the little ones to listen to during nap time.  We also often put on stories in the evenings since our kids have early bedtimes.

We don’t have any dressers in this room because both beds have built in drawers under them. However, things still seem a little crowded, perhaps I should move the beds around…Like my window mistreatment?  Not as amazing as the master (if you’ve never visited her home decorating site, you should), but it’s my first try and I’m pleased.   The ‘valance’  is an old shower curtain.In yesterday’s post about keeping bedrooms tidy I mentioned that we use hooks in each of our bedrooms, here are the boy’s set of hooks.  They get some heavy-duty use.

Inside the boy's closet

The treasure box is where one of our boys keeps his junk priceless treasures.  You can see another one over on the right side of that shelf.

Little girl’s room

After Bella was born (7 weeks ago) we moved the three oldest girls out of this room into an extra bedroom downstairs.   Now this room is home to our 7, 5 and 7 week old.  (Well, the 7 week old isn’t in living in this room, yet.)

Just a note about the paint color in this room, it’s a nice light, bright apple green.  It’s  not as dark or as yellow as it appears in these pictures.

Here is another mistreated window.  We purchased the pink tulle at a yard sale and used silk flowers as accents across the top.

The area rug is from Pottery Barn via another yard sale as are the white spreads on the beds and the butterfly hangings on the walls.

Rather than me continuing to tell you, just assume that if you see it in our home it came from a yard sale or Freecycle.  God provides more than necessities, He also provides a bit of beauty.Here are our little girl’s hooks, not currently as well used as the boys, but give it some time.  I have a wall shelf with a sweet, scalloped edge that hubby is going to hang above the hooks to finish out this wall.

I love having enough room in the closet for the dresser.

The basket under the crib/toddler bed stores dress up clothes.

Next week we’ll continue the open house tour with our two remaining bedrooms, the big girl’s room (I’ll be asking for suggestions here) and the master bedroom.

Now visit the other moms of many to see their sleeping areas:

Then  link up your open house bedroom post.  Please link directly to your post (and not simply to your home page) and link back to one of the 4 Moms, so that your readers can join the tour.

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Raising Olives Open House:

Yard and entryway
Kitchen and dining area
Living and school area
Master bedroom and big girl’s bedroom
Laundry area and tips

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32 Responses to 4 Moms Open House: Bedrooms Part 1
  1. Celee
    August 26, 2010 | 7:43 am

    I really like the idea of rain gutter bookshelves above the top bunk. What a great place to store current reading material in a way that it’s easy to find! The hooks are great, too.

    I didn’t realize this was going to be a two part thing so I’ve been working for 3 days to get my bedroom post together. I’m not saavy enough to split it into two posts without re-loading all the pictures, so I just left our bedrooms in one post.



  2. Kimarie
    August 26, 2010 | 7:52 am

    Beautiful! Window “mistreatment” ! I just LOVE the boys’ bunks with the drawers! What a great idea with the hanging shoe bag in the boys’ closet – I’m gonna have to find one of those. And the little girls’ room is simply dripping with little-girliness – it looks good enough to eat!


  3. Phoebe @ GettingFreedom
    August 26, 2010 | 8:31 am

    I absolutely love your rain gutter bookshelves. We’ve been meaning to put some up in our boys’ room, but just haven’t gotten around to it. You’ve done a great job decorating your kids’ rooms and keeping clutter down. Wanna come to my house? 🙂


  4. Shannon
    August 26, 2010 | 8:59 am

    Your rooms are so pretty and uncluttered! I’m inspired. 🙂 Is that birdhouse doors hanging in the girls’ wall?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Those are actually miniature garden gates.


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  6. Tracy
    August 26, 2010 | 10:20 am

    Wow! I love those rain gutter shelves. I’ve thought about making some before, but never for the bunk beds! That is really nice. I also love the hooks in your rooms- we have them in our little boy room right now but they are just not strong enough to hold anything well. You are inspiring me!!! Thank you for sharing pics!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hubby made the hooks in the boys room. He screwed a 1×6 into the studs and then attached hooks to the 1×6. They are heavy duty!

    We’re considering doing something similar in our bathrooms as the kids have pulled down our towel bars multiple times. 😮


  7. Abigail
    August 26, 2010 | 11:14 am

    The little girls’ room is so cute!


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  9. Deb
    August 26, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    I too, love those rain gutter bookshelves. I have been working up the nerve to do it in my own house. I think it would be a great place to corral all their bedtime books. Great score on the Pottery Barn bedspreads!


  10. Jenn
    August 26, 2010 | 1:03 pm

    I love the green color in the little girls’ bedroom AND the chair rail. The gutter bookshelves are cute too. I’ll have to keep that in mind for when my daughter gets older.


  11. Shannon
    August 26, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    So nice. The coverlets are so pretty. You must have really great garage sales near your house.Love your house very tidy and organized.
    Great happy colors too.


  12. Jenn
    August 26, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    LOVE the rooms! I was wondering if two of your boys share the lower full bed on the bunk? I’m just curious because we are about to move our girls (2.5yr & 1.5yr) into a twin bed together for empty the crib for new baby and I have yet to come across someone else who is sleepin’ their kids Little House on the Prairie style! 🙂 I think it works GREAT when they are small! and they love it too…


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Yes, our little ones share the full bed. We’ve also had bigger ones share full beds and little ones share twin beds. You’re not alone!


  13. Grateful for Grace
    August 26, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    These rooms are just darling. You have me seriously considering putting up the rain gutter shelves. I have never heard of them. Had always liked the shelves that displayed books, but none looked truly practical for kids. These do. Thanks!
    Also, love the window mistreatments. The curtains in my girls’ room are actually shower curtains. 😉
    I’m soooo impressed/stunned at the lack of ‘stuff’ in your kids’ closets. Wow!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Don’t be impressed with our closets just yet. You haven’t seen the big girl’s closet. 🙂 They’ve had more time to accumulate more stuff.


  14. Arlene
    August 26, 2010 | 7:01 pm

    I love the girls room, just everything about it (yes, including the window “mistreatments”). The boys room is great too – my youngest son would love it just because it has so much blue in it. Maybe I’ll copy some of your ideas…

    Thanks for the invitation to your home. God bless and have a lovely evening.


  15. marybeth
    August 27, 2010 | 7:49 am

    Oh I just love those rooms. So cute the girls room. I love how the dresser fits into the closet. So convenient and how much more room it makes.
    Thanks for sharing.♥☺


  16. Theresa
    August 27, 2010 | 9:20 am

    I love the window treatments and the paint colors…and how you keep everything so neat and tidy!!

    I got a surge of pure God joy when I heard how you found all of those things at yard sales or freecycle! God is good! That kind of thing has happened to me and I always stop to look heavenward and say thank you 😉


  17. Theresa
    August 27, 2010 | 10:06 am

    I was very excited to find this blog hop, as I loved decorating and have wanted to participate in something like this. I think I got overzealous, however, and my first 2 links are incorrect and don’t work. So sorry 🙁


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  19. Jenn
    August 27, 2010 | 12:30 pm

    I love the paint colors you picked. That’s a nice shade of green.


  20. carrie
    August 27, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Oh my these pictures inspire me. They look like MY bedroom – I love simplicity and am quite a minimalist, but despite my best efforts my kid’s rooms are hovels. Where do you store the toys and other kid stuff that seems to multiply while you sleep?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks Carrie. Most of the toys are stored in our living areas. You can see the bag of extra dolls/stuffed animals up in the little girl’s closet and each child has a ‘treasure box’.


  21. Isobel
    August 30, 2010 | 8:12 am

    I love the rain gutter shelves! It looks great and it serves a practical purpose as well. I’ll go the the hardware store over the weekend and put one up on my son’s bedside wall. Thanks for this wonderful idea!


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  24. Jessica H
    September 3, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    you have such a simple, clean, bright decorating touch…your home is lovely; so nice of you to “open” your home to your readers! I got some great ideas! thanks.


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  27. Christina
    March 7, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    Love the PBK matching girls bedding! What an awesome yard sale find!


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