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Welcome back! It’s been forever since we’ve been here together at The fashion guitar, but I’m so excited that we are and even more so to share our first “home story” created in collaboration with Marionette.

After moving into our new apartment in our favourite area of SIU in October last year, our first task was to prepare the two children’s rooms. We have moved several times, inside London, from London to New York and inside New York, but we have always made it our mission – no matter what the rest of the apartment looks like – to finish the children’s rooms first! Although this is actually the first time you have been in your own room, you have always shared a room until this apartment.

Until this apartment, James and Stella shared their room and they loved it. We loved it too because we thought the camaraderie really helped them feel comfortable and safe at bedtime. You rarely woke up at night or had trouble falling asleep – and I don’t necessarily think it was because of the magic of sleep training, because we never did anything other than have a solid bedtime routine that we stuck to At any time.

Then there is also an age factor that played a role in the decision to keep them together rather than separate them. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind separate rooms, I just have more advantages than disadvantages, and at the end of the day it worked for us… But this does not mean that this is a formula for guaranteed success. Anyway, where I’m going with this is what I mentioned earlier that James and Stella are safe and comfortable together and the age factor is simply that we feel that if they are younger, they had stronger emotional needs to “support” each other. Now that James is almost 10 years old and Stella will be 8 in a few weeks, we have found that her emotional needs are different at bedtime or at night. James needs his own space, his own moments before bed, and dare I even say a kind of intimacy. Or call it a personal space. Stella is definitely not 100% there yet, emotionally.

She frequently asks us if she can sleep with James or James with her, but unfortunately for Stella, James refuses more often than he says yes. So Stella asked us, we think, if the new baby – who will arrive at the end of October if everything goes well-could stay in her room. We said yes to that, of course, but explained that he would be in our room first until he slept through the night. She agreed. We all agreed. And we have reintroduced a solid bedtime routine for both of them in separate rooms-God is that a challenge, after their summer break! But a week after, a week after waking up early for school, we feel like we are doing it… now we just have to stick to it!

But sorry, I know you didn’t come here for parenting advice – I don’t want this platform to take center stage either–but for children’s room ideas, so let’s get to work!

For both spaces, one thing was clear from the start; I wanted a design-infused feel, but with a modern base. The primitive colors were also a must, I knew it since I saw the Kelly green bed on duplex-which ended up in James’ room. Stella has always wanted a bunk bed, and since her room was more rectangular than the square room in which James slept, it was perfect. In addition, both now had room for a guest – when the nights are back on the menu. Oeuf is a popular furniture brand in our household, and with the Oeuf desk moving from the old apartment to this apartment, opting for a bunk bed from this brand was an easy choice.

We kept the Accessories around the bed simple, but in harmony with the color palette of the room and the style we wanted to achieve. For James, this meant a more mature atmosphere in Kelly Green and Cook’s sapphire – by Farrow & Ball – and darker shades of wood, for Stella bright and happy, which mixed bold reds and pinks, and a beautiful wallpaper by Work + Sea.

Desktop speed is more important than ever! Where before the recent times, children did most of their homework at the table, Homeschooling has brought the importance of their own “workspace” to be able to organize zoom classes and virtual playdates. A place to relax – preferably with a rocking chair, if you ask Stella – has also become an important part of your room. It’s as if their room has become mini-apartments, so when there are four of us – soon to be five – at home, we don’t have to constantly sit, work or read about each other. The recent times has definitely made it very clear that we all need our “own space” at some point during the day and with a room that offers a little bit of everything, we served the children as best we could!

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