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The Absolute Best Way to Make a Bunk Bed

When our baby entered the scene in 2015, we needed to figure out a good way to fit 4 kids into 3 bedrooms.  Deciding that baby boy needed his own room, we decided to house our middle son and our daughter together in a room with bunk beds.

What was challenging for me to figure out was the bedding situation.  Like most bunk beds, ours was placed against the wall and I could already see that it was going to be hard for my little peeps to make the beds.  It would be nearly impossible for their little hands to get the spread nice and neat on the wall side, and I was concerned that the room would constantly look messy.

My kids make their beds every day, and a reward of that effort should be a great visual effect!

After browsing around on the Internet and getting relevant tips from other mommas, I realized that whatever I did needed to be EASY.  And because I cannot tolerate visual pollution, it needed to also look good!

Design Plan:

  1. Purchase cute fitted sheets because these, rather than the bedspread/coverlet would be the interesting visual piece.
  2. Forego purchasing a flat sheet to go over the fitted sheet.
  3. Use a twin-sized bedspread, but rather than covering the bed with it, simply fold it up and keep it at the end of the bed.  {Unfold and use when sleeping.}
  4. Coordinate a couple of pillows and throw pillows to go along with the sheet and bedspread.

Why and How This Works:

  1. My kids tend to get hot at night and did not need a flat sheet.  It also helped them so much to skip this part of making their bed every morning.
  2. Instead of trying to get the sheets and bedspread aligned properly every morning and get the bed made just right, they simply take the blanket and fold it up and put it on their bed.
  3. All the kids have to do when “making their bed” is to prop their pillows back up and fold a blanket.  It takes less than a minute and most importantly it LOOKS GOOD.

Even easier tip: Rather than a bedspread or coverlet, you could simply use a pretty blanket or large throw that you already have.  And if they tend to get chilled in the winter months, simply use two blankets.  I keep a basket of quilts at the end of their bed for easy quick access if they decide they need another layer to keep them warm.




Sheets: The Company Store

Bedspread & Pillow Sham: Target

Bunk Beds: Wal-Mart (similar)

Wall Map: Amazon

Throw pillows: Ikea & Target

Wire basket (holding quilts): Target

Related Post: 5 great Reasons to have a bunk bed

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My Magical Little Mudroom

We performed a little magic on our dated mud area!  It was previously a desk with overhead cabinets, and we never really used the space other than to pile up random toys, clothing articles, trash, and paraphernalia from the car.  Ryan and I decided to have a little quality couple time and work on a mini-project amidst the other projects going on in our work lives.  Not only did we get to spend time together, but we ended up with an organized and stylish area that works for our family!

We installed a bench with wicker baskets tucked underneath, and each child has a basket for their shoes.  It’s the perfect on/off spot right when we walk through the back door and has turned out to be a great system for the shoes always being ready accessible when we are rushing out the door!

We also installed hooks for purses, backpacks, and hat storage! The hooks have been both visually pleasing as well as functional, and even have the option to insert small labels with names in them. The hooks were a bargain purchase from Target @ $7/each and the link is here.

What I love about this space is how easy it is to change up the art and the accessories based upon the seasons of our lives! (The clips make it easy to change up the artwork, and were a purchase from Ikea.)

These pictures are an accurate representation of how this space looks “naturally,” but I’ve also styled this area with cute pillows on the bench and other fun accessories that aren’t necessarily practical with little kids in the house but make for great home design inspiration!



Room Tour: How I Made a Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom Work

It can be tricky to make a room work when a boy and girl are sharing it!  A few years ago we put my then 3 year old son and 8 year old daughter together (so new baby could have his own room), and I’m excited to share with you how we made it work, and how you can too!

We started with the decision to use primary colors.  Bright reds, yellows, and greens are great for boys and girls!


We then went with a bunk bed so that each person had their own place to sleep (and there was still ample space in the room).


On our gallery wall, we incorporated some individual pieces as well as some things that were meaningful to both of them, staying with primary colors to achieve the look we were hoping for.

Let’s talk storage.  With two people in one room, you have to be careful about not having too much clutter!  Items we used for storage: one chest of drawers, a “bed pocket” on each bed, one basket to combine stuffed animals, a couple of hooks for backpacks, a wire basket for blankets, and everything else is in the closet!


Sources in this room:

Sheets: The Company Store

Bedspread: Target

Bunk Beds: Wal-Mart (similar)

Wall Map: Amazon

Green Bunk-Bed Pocket: Ikea

Rainbow Garland: The Land of Nod

Fabric for curtains: Hobby Lobby (same fabric, different color, but may have store availability)

Throw pillows: Ikea & Target (no longer available)

Wire basket (holding quilts): Target

Clothed Animal Art: Land of Nod (No longer available)

Backpack: Garnet Hill Kids (pattern no longer available)

Related Posts You may Enjoy:

5 great reasons to have a Bunk Bed

The Easiest Way to Make a Bunk Bed





Boots to Go: A Look at our Entry

Living on five acres and having a few farm animals means that we find ourselves outdoors quite often.  Every morning and each evening is the infamous “Feeding Time.”  Which means that the members of my little tribe must throw on their boots and get out the door to take care of the animals at the Ranch in the City.  You can imagine that we have quite the boot inventory, and I was a little tired of having them slung all over the house!  I thrive in an organized home and visual pollution really throws me off!

So, we designed a functional, and eye-pleasing, way to keep our boots accessible.  Ryan hauled in an old rustic red picnic table that had seen it’s better days out by our pond, and salvaged some of the wood from it.  He used the salvaged wood to build a short, but long, bench to keep all of our boots on. (I’d actually seen a similar idea on the Country Living website, click here to see my inspiration.)

I accessorized with a a few purchases from Magnolia (metal bucket and stems) plus a wooden plank piece of art hung above the boots from Pottery Barn.

This bench/storage shelf piece of furniture is perfect for our family’s boot management and we feel like it is a warm and cozy greeting for those who walk through our front door!  Plus we loved recycling old wood and bringing a part of the outdoors inside!


A Man Among Men

In the end, the sport gave him exactly what I always dreamed that it would: character, integrity, leadership, and a warrior heart…

Dear Kade,

It’s taken me a week to collect my thoughts and put into words how I feel about the end of your football career. While I’m obviously proud of the awards you were recognized for last week…

-First Team All-State Linebacker TAPPS Division 1

-First Team All-State Academic TAPPS Division 1

-First Team All-District Linebacker

-Honorable Mention All-District Running Back

-Liberty Christian Warrior Heart Award

…I’m way more proud of the man you’ve become

There were practices, games, and seasons that were more challenging than others. There were days, and weeks, where you felt your hard work wasn’t paying off. There were moments when you wondered about your future. But ultimately, in the very end, every single bit of effort you put into the game came back and rewarded you. You learned how to persevere amidst adversity, to be a leader when your team counted on you, to listen to the Lord for your identity, to focus in order to achieve your goals, to be trained up by your coaches, to give it your very best effort even when you were dog-tired and sore, to be a part of a team—something bigger than yourself, and to be devoted to prayer and God’s timing.

But I believe one of the greatest lessons you took away from this game of football was this: that the hard work of life is done in the quiet, away from the crowds of cheering fans, and in the silence of everything but your own desire to do what is right and to succeed. You have walked out Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you now that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Know that as you move forward in life as a student, friend, brother, disciple, and then later on, in your career, and as a husband and father, that there are going to be thousands of quiet moments of really hard work, and there will be times you will feel unappreciated, unnoticed, and unrewarded but promise me that you will remember this football journey and continue to press on in what you are called to, just as you did in football, knowing that you are serving the Lord and your inheritance is in Him.

I love you, Kade Cooper, and I couldn’t be more proud of you. The Lord has answered my prayer for your life: you are a man among men.

Love always,





5 Great Reasons to Have a Bunk Bed

When our littlest guy was born, we had no other alternative than to get bunk beds.  We were out of space and somebody had to share a room, so bunk beds were the solution.  At first I wasn’t crazy about the idea, but I fell in love with the bunk bed setup for these reasons:

  1. BONDING: My kids love to chat and giggle together after I tuck them in.  It’s an easy way for them to bond!
  2. SECURITY: The two kids that share the room with bunk beds are 10 and 6, but my younger was 4 years old when we implemented the bunk beds and having his older sister in there was a form of security for him.  It made it really easy to tuck him in at night, and he is nearly never scared, or worried about monsters!
  3. SETUP: I love to read to my kids at night, and it’s easier with everyone in one spot, rather than having to do story time in several different locations.  Bonus: tucking in two children at one time (productive)!
  4. GUESTS: It’s great to have for when the kids have friends for a sleepover.  Always our guests want the top bunk, and I stick my child in the bottom bunk, and the other child (who didn’t have a friend over) gets the special privilege of sleeping with me in my room.
  5. LESS IS MORE: When two children share one room, that means they have only one closet and one chest of drawers to fit all of their things in.  The kids got rid of “extras” and tend to live more with “essentials.” Which means that there is less to clean up!

BONUS: Another reason I love bunk beds from a design perspective is that the bunks go up, rather than out, and it makes the room feel spacious.

So even if you have plenty of bedroom space, I encourage you to install bunk beds in at least one bedroom, and enjoy all the benefits these little hard-working sleepers provide!


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