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If you read my Cabin Loft Reveal post you know this space is shared by the younger generation of our Family. Both Boys and Girls, any age from toddler to teen, share this space so it had to be a room everyone is comfortable in.

I know it can be tough to design a room for multiple kids who have different styles or interests so I thought it might be helpful to give you some general guidelines while I fill you in on our bedding choices.

We've worked on projects with The Company Store at the cabin and at home because they are a family favorite. We are thrilled to be working with them again on this space. You'll find the links to all of our bedding choices below the photos. Any other information is posted in my Loft Reveal.

When designing any space I always pick a jumping off point. It could be a favorite piece of art, a family quilt, anything that has a few good colors in it. In this case it was the rug. The rug has a ton of color in it but is muted overall and could work in any gender room. I pulled out the grays, blues and a rusty clay color because they are all gender friendly and then used a white base and subtle pattern for our layers.

We didn't have the budget for all new mattresses. Some are newer and some aren't so great so we started with really good basics to make sure they were all equally comfortable.

These memory foam mattress pads are basically magic. I didn't even know there was such a thing! They have an unbelievably deep pocket to keep them in place.

We also ordered new pillows because who knows how long the old ones were up here. These come in a two pack so they are great if you have two beds in a space or use two pillows per bed.

After the basics I considered what would be easiest to care for when it came to washing 7 sets of bedding. I chose white sheets because they go with everything and can be bleached. These Classic Solid Cotton Sheets are so silky soft and wonderful.

We also chose duvets covers because we already had the inserts and it's easier to wash 7 duvet covers than 7 comforters. You might recognize the duvet pattern from Hazel's room; she has the sheet set and loves it! I wanted something neutral but fun. When you are have multiple beds in a room subtle is the way to go. The pattern is spunky in person but subtle enough in a group as you can see below.

Tip for shared spaces- choose neutrals when it comes to the big things like sheets and duvets so that you can easily and inexpensively change out the accessories when you need to.

Of course I wanted to throw a little color in there so we topped the beds off with our favorite linen throw pillows in different colors using these inserts. These are the medium size in Clay, Denim and Gray.

An easy way to make a shared room work is by adding a variety of muted colors that work well together. If you started with a "jumping off point" that included the colors you want in your space it should be easy to incorporate them now through pillows, throws, art... etc. This room only gets use in the summer so adding more bedding wouldn't have made sense for us. If I were designing a room that is used year long I would have added a throw in an opposite or coordinating color at the end of the beds for more color and comfort options. These pillows also come in coordinating throw blankets if you are looking for another layer.

Here is the finished space. It's bright and fresh and it doesn't seem to lean masculine or feminine. The kids just spent their first weekend in the loft and we heard nothing but rave reviews! In fact, the adults are petitioning to take this space over.

Thanks to The Company Store for partnering up with me again! If you want to see more of our work together check out these posts.... Our Master Bedroom, The Cabin Bathroom, Hazel's room and Pet Products... told you they're a family favorite.

XO, Meg

The day has finally come for me to share our cabin bunk room! Every room at "The Lake" has a name, this one is called The Loft. This is where the youngest generations sleep. You'll find kids ages 4-18 in this room depending on who shows up for our annual Family reunion.

The cabin, aka "The Lake", was my Grandparent's home. They had 6 kids and bought this property with the house and a few outbuildings in 1964. Their hope was that their family would always have a place to come home and spend time together no matter how far apart or how many we became. (56 in Sept!) Our Family and the buildings have grown over the years and the project list grows right along with us.

The Loft has always been a favorite spot of mine. I grew up with my cousins here, back in the day when the walls were covered in Jaws and Blazing Saddles posters. It's seen a few renos over the years but the furniture and decor have usually been leftovers from everyone's houses.

When I offered my family an opportunity to make this space over they gave me full trust and let me roll with it. We came down to the wire, finishing up the makeover just a few days before the family started rolling in.

Let's take a look at where we started...

The room was cozy but dark, the furniture took up too much room, the views were being blocked and there was no room for nightstands.

We painted the walls and floors Benjamin Moore White Dove and the chimney and existing pendant lights black. I asked my Dad to build picture ledges above the hook racks for family photos.

Here is the new view when you walk up the stairs...

We partnered with Overstock for this project so all of the furniture, window coverings and lamps (with the exception of anything vintage) will be linked under these photos. These windowpane chairs are comfortable and fairly inexpensive. I was surprised by the linen like slub fabric, very pretty in person!

Here's the view of the wood wall with both chairs (the dresser and lamp are vintage). The snow shoes came from a wall downstairs and the hats are one of the personal touches we added to this space. A collection of some of our family favorites including the hat my Grandpa always wore and a family fishing team hat.

We kept the layout the same. The chimney makes the arrangement tough but the platform beds are a major space saver. They are low profile and sturdy with charcoal gray upholstery. Choosing something low profile allowed us to fit in side tables and keep the sightline through the windows to the lake.

The bedding is from The Company Store, more on that in a blog post coming soon!

Panning around...

The rug was the inspiration for this space. I pulled all of the colors I used in the room out of this beauty. The base is charcoal with so many colors mixed in. It also has some faux wear to it that gives the idea that its vintage and been here for a long time. It's soft even though it has no pile. Perfect for vacuuming all the sand that is sure to collect here.

We found the turtle shell in the bay of the lake one Spring.

I love all of the poufs and stools. Choosing an assortment helps the room feel like it's been collected over time. They add character to the room and function as seating and a spot for a kid's suitcase.

The picture ledges turned out to be my favorite thing in the room. My Mom found a bunch of great family photos including some of the younger generation that currently use this room. Photos always make a room feel like home.

The lamps came at the last minute so I don't have many photos of them. They're touch lamps which make it easy for kids to turn on at night and they added a little bit of whimsy to the room.

The shades were a game changer! I have them closed here so you can see how they let in filtered light, add texture and just enough privacy. They are not fully lined so they aren't 100% private but they are perfect for keeping the heat out and the light in. They are also cordless which is always a bonus around kids. They don't come in a wide enough length for the 2 double windows so I used two and butted them right together.

The model airplane was made by my cousin Jeff and his son years ago. We lost Jeff to Pancreatic Cancer a few years back so this is another personal touch that I am so happy to see displayed.

I'm so proud of this project. It turned out bright, warm and cozy while maximizing the space. I think it will see our family through a few more generations.

Thanks to Overstock for partnering with me, my Fam for trusting me with this space, my parents for doing 99% of the grunt work and thanks to you all for your enthusiasm and support!

I hope to share more of The Lake with you soon!

XO, Meg

I have huge family thanks to my Grandparents having 6 kids. They wanted us to have a place where we could all get together and stay close. Every Summer for my whole life we have all gotten together at "The Lake" which was my Grandparents house. We have a pretty big sleeping cottage with a bunch of bedrooms and a loft filled with beds for the kids. There is always some kind of project going on up there and I'm really happy to be able to start sharing it with all of you!

Today we are talking about one of the bathrooms. My parents remodeled it a few summers ago but it was time for a little refresh. I've worked with The Company Store on our master bedroom and pet products so I knew they would have the quality we were looking for. We were able to reign in the color palette, add some durable linens and throw in some pretty decor.

Since this is a place that is shared by so many people I tried to keep the color palette pretty neutral to please everyone but we did add a little splash of blue green and a few other accents here and there. It is a lake house after all so I think it's the perfect color.

shiplap bathroom

Just because we kept the palette neutral doesn't mean we didn't add any fun. A splash of blue from the hand towels in the Storm color, some striped textured towels and polka dots for the kids jazzed it right up.

shiplap bathroom with ikea sinks

The bath mats in the Linen color are one of our favorites things we added. Super absorbent, love the color and they added so much texture!

wood tile shower with pebble floor

In the shower I hung two of the striped bamboo towels and they are seriously amazing (and on sale)! They really couldn't be softer and they pull the water right off of you.

stools in the shower

No cabin bathroom is complete without a few robes to run back to your room in and these do not disappoint. Ultra cozy! Also love this leather basket in the cream color which came in a set and holds extra towels.

plant in the shower, wood tile shower

After a little Marie Kondo action in the drawers we have room for all of the hand towels and washcloths.

Marie Kondo bathroom drawers

I added just a little decor to the space with a brass tray, a candle and those two bud vases that are super cool and organic. The gray striped soap pumps have just enough blue in them to match the hand towels perfectly.

shiplap bathroom

I also added the striped canister to this vintage shelf we pulled from another room to store more towels. My Grandfather carved the Sea Gull but you probably already guessed that. I threw in a few other vintage pieces like the plant stand and a few pieces of pottery. You know I love a good mix!

vintage shelf for bathroom towels

We love how it turned out and I'm excited for everyone to see it. Thanks to my fam for being open to sharing it with all of you! Looking forward to sharing more soon.

P.S. The Company Store is having their Friends & Family event which is 20% off + free shipping when you use code "BFF20FS19". I just ordered a few more of the velvet and linen pillow covers I've shared in my bedroom post too because they are on clearance!

Happy shopping!

XO, Meg

shiplap bathroom with  ikea vanity

*This post is sponsored by The Company Store, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this website!

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