Gender Neutral Twin Bedroom Refresh
After living for almost two years with my parents while starting out on a new business venture Brick & Spoon restaurant, our family of five (a set of 5 year old boy/girl twins and a 4 year old baby girl) decided it was time to get a place of our own. We have, what I like to call “Irish Triplets,” with twins plus one, so we were in need of a space and place of our own! And once we finally got settled in, it was time for a gender neutral boy girl twin bedroom refresh for our little ones!
Let me back track a little. My good friend Adrienne Elliott of Elliott Homes introduced us to our current homes as she allowed us to shoot lifestyle content in the already staged space. After a few sessions shooting in the house, it started to feel like ours. So in January of 2020, we made an offer on our two-story, four bedroom Coastal Cottage, and we soon made the house a home. Or so we thought!
Who Needs a Gender Neutral Twin Bedroom? They Do!
The home was decorated beautifully before we moved in, and with my friend and designer Adrienne’s inspiration, I’d had every intention of giving it a little of my own decorative “Kerrapy.” But we all know how this story goes… The Covid_19 Pandemic hit in the Spring of 2020 and jobs became uncertain, stores closed, and product stock became scant. For a long while it simply wasn’t the right time or the stars didn’t align for decorating our space. I was able to pick up pieces here and there and hodge-podge things together for a while. The downstairs came together fine, but the kids spaces suffered completely. It was high time for a gender neutral boy girl bedroom refresh for the twins!
Twin-fluencing in “Gender Neutral” Color
As a full-time Influencer, it’s my job to create content that speaks to me and my audience. It’s my passion to share the products, services, and ideas that help us to create a life that we love, and likewise, spark inspiration in others to help them create a life that they can love as well. So as an creator, I burned to create a gender neutral space for my kids that would help their imaginations flow. My creative juices yearned to find pieces they would love. I wanted badly to create a home that we could all feel comfortable in, and by the Fall it was time to create a gender neutral twin bedroom.
Double the Dilemma
Most parents have the challenge of decorating a space for either a boy or a girl. Which, this task, in my opinion, is fairly simple. There are tons of ideas swirling around the internet with galactical galaxies, pretty princesses, and tons of other cute themes for kids’ rooms. But how do you decorate a gender neutral twin bedroom for a boy AND a girl without looking too feminine or too masculine?
As we all do, I scoured the internet for bedroom inspiration for my twins’ shared space. My friend and fellow influencer, Brittany Fusilier introduced me to Maxtrix Kids one day while I was scrolling the ‘Gram. She raved with excitement about her daughter Maddie’s new bunk bed from Maxtrix Kids. And of course, I had to find out for myself what all the fuss was about!
Upon first click on the Maxtrix Kids website, I was blown away by all of the beautiful and unique pieces for kids’ bedroom furniture! The practical side of this Mom wanted a bunk bed to maximize the space in the twins’ bedroom, but the fun Mom wanted to treat my kiddos to a bunk bed featuring a slide for their delight! After reaching out to the company and speaking with an amazing and helpful sales associate, I decided up on the twin low bunk bed with slide for my 5 year olds. With the height at only 61.5″ tall, the stacked design sleeps two comfortably – and the low height is perfect for little ones. I choose the space-saving straight ladder because of the design’s simplicity and to alleviate any tripping hazards for my kindergarteners.
Here’s the bed that we chose for our gender neutral twin bedroom refresh:
Learning from Home
It’s been unprecedented times for families working and social distancing from home. Our family, like many others, has had to make major lifestyle adjustments. We’ve been quarantined inside the home several times this year with the schools closing, hubby being sick, and natural disasters. It’s been a unique year, to say the last.
This has given me even more reason to create a boy girl twin bedroom refresh! I wanted a multi-purpose space for the kiddos to be comfortable to sleep, play, and study. In this vein, we opted to add two study desks in natural to the kids’ bedroom. This provided a spot to sit and color, study, or practice their phonics.
The Focal Point
I think that, aside from the slide, the single most striking part of the beds are the tents! I saw them and immediately fell in love with how they “stepped up the game” on kids beds! We opted for the Twin Low Loft / Bunk Under Bed Curtain in gender neutral blue + light blue with the orange detailing. This unique piece to the bed served as the focal point to the room. It also gave me the inspo and color scheme to further furnish the details for the space.
The thing that makes a good designer/decorator is having an eye for cool pieces. It’s also clutch to know how to intermingle the old and the new seamlessly. I wanted the ability to utilize some of the existing pieces from the twins’ room and pair them with a few pops of fun decor. So we kept the existing rug. Also, when you find a great piece, it’s hard to part with it, in the case of their oversized, colorful rug. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to find a great rug in that large size with the perfect color scheme again. The blues, oranges, pinks and natural tones we perfect for the gender neutral look I was craving.
The “cubbies” as my kids call it, against the wall for storage stayed as well. I had scored a number of plain blue and pink felt Pillowfort bins randomly shopping at Dirt Cheap, so they were definitely going to be ingratiated into the decor.
Pillow Forts and Golden Booty for my Castaways
You can’t go wrong with Pillow Fort for additional accoutrements in the room, so away I went on an excursion to Tar-ge! I found their cute and gender neutral striped and confetti dotted bedding that I have linked here, as well as beautiful room darkening window treatments. The gender neutral color scheme came together well with a colorful pop that both my rambunctious boy and girly-girl love!
Since this space was transitioning the twins from toddler beds to big kid furnishings, I decided to add in some sophisticated elements as well. I knew that gold would give me the look that I wanted, so I pulled in some cool, modern metal accessories. Their wall hangings and toy bins came in golden tones that tickled Mom’s fancy.
And old became new again by cleaning out old books and organizing them by size in their book storage piece. I placed the gold circle shelf above and situated a slipper chair (pulled from the garage) nearby, and instantly a cozy reading nook was born!
Happy Kiddos, Proud Mama
I can’t lie, yall! Since I’ve redone this space, I’ve even found myself chilling in their room for hours on end! It’s just so cozy! The twins and baby sister are so excited and comfortable in their all-new big kid room! Their sheer joy melts my heart!
The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction for creating something that I love and, most importantly, serving my loved ones, is a great vibe! I definitely suggest tackling a space in your home to refresh your area, as something to take on! Especially with everyone social distancing and staying in more that ever, it’s high time to get our homes in order!
I hope that you all love the boy girl twin bedroom refresh as much as we have loved creating it. Please shop our beds and other Maxtrix Furniture items here and the bedding and accessories are linked here. Let us know your thoughts on our space in the comments!