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Giving the Boys a Room of Their Own

Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi and her family have just moved into their new house. With the move came considerations for their two growing boys. Like most rooms and spaces in the their home, Sebastian and Maxi’s rooms have been carefully thought out and tastefully decorated.

We dropped by the Crespi’s to take a peek at the boy’s rooms to see what Stephanie has done with them and pick her brain on the decorating process behind them.

When you were planning your new house, what were the considerations that you had when deciding on the space for your boys?

I definitely wanted them to share a room. We in fact have the space to give them both their own room, but decided that seeing they are so close in age, it would be best for them to share a room so that they could be very close. This gave us the opportunity to have a playroom or space for another baby in the future.

Did your boys have any inputs on the design of their room? 

No design inputs from them. I did recreate the room of Sebastian from our old house by using the same wallpaper and artwork. I also incorporated artwork from Maxi’s room so that they would feel familiar and at home as soon as we moved in. It worked like a charm!

Do you have specific rules for them on how to use their space and also what rules do you have about toys in other parts of the house? 

I kept the toys in their bedroom to a minimum. I filled their bedroom with mostly books and they have a nice reading corner. I wanted their bedroom to be a place of peace, quiet, relaxation. With not too many distractions so that it’s easy for them to wind down for a nap or at bedtime. The playroom has all kinds of toys at their reach and I really encourage mixed play. Like using the megabucks to build pens for the dinosaurs. “Jurassic Park” is the current play theme right now! It’s still somewhat organized with baskets and cubbies. I noticed they enjoy playing more when things are clean and orderly from the beginning. Of course the room turns into one huge mess after but in the end I always ask them to help pack away. They have another play corner in the breakfast nook and in general everywhere else is toy free. That doesn’t mean that we don’t find legos, dinos, cars, robots, sharks in random places of the house! I’m not too strict about that! I think its a fun surprise when I find a dinosaur in my pajama drawer!

I think it’s important that they don’t completely take over the whole house. That being said, I’m fortunate enough that we have the space and the help. I do think even in smaller space, it’s good to set boundaries. They learn to respect a beautiful home and beautiful things. My boys know not to touch or play with decor, and really a appreciate a beautifully set up room! As early as now they have a sense of aesthetic!

Even in their playroom – they have a beautiful Manuel Canovas wallpaper, the boys love it! And they know not to write on the walls and furniture. That’s a big no-no in our home. 

Can you describe your boys’ personalities and how you have integrated them into decorating their room?

They both have very different personalities – Sebastian is a people person, loves having friends over, loves games and role playing games. Maxi is more in his own magical world, he loves playing with even the smallest of toys. He loves sea creatures and dinosaurs and can easily play all by himself and get lost in his imagination. Both boys are extremely adventurous and love to travel. That’s something that is reflected in both rooms. Vintage travel posters, maps of the world, animals… How I’d love for them to grow up and be archaeologists or explorers!

What do you love best about their room?  

I love that they both don’t have an overly kiddie feel. They are both rooms they can grow into and that we as parents can really be comfortable in. They’re my favorite rooms of the house!

What were your thoughts about the changes that you would have to make as they grow up?

Honestly, there isn’t much that needs changing as they grow up! Especially in their bedrooms. They can easily stay in the room as is until they reach their teens. The wallpaper and vintage posters as well as the furniture are chic and grown up enough that they can use them forever. I would just have to find a way to incorporate a desk or study area but then again they can also use the breakfast nook for that.

While they had space enough for the boys to have their own rooms, Stephanie wanted Sebi and Maxi to share a room so they would grow up close to each other, and also have an option to have a playroom or another room for another baby in the future. Notice that there are no toys here, just books! So the bedroom is for more quiet activities to help the boys relax and sleep better here.

Stephanie gave the boys a room just for play and their toys to dedicate the bedroom for quieter and more relaxing activities.

Play time seems to be more fun when they start with a clean room and end up with a great big satisfying mess! For easy organization that the boys can help with at the end of the day, Stephanie used shelves and baskets within the kids’ reach.

While Sebi and Maxi each have a distinct personality, they both love travel and adventure. Their rooms reflect their shared personalities in the vintage travel posters, maps, animals, and the whimsical wall paper.

“I do think even in smaller space, it’s good to set boundaries. They learn to respect a beautiful home and beautiful things. My boys know not to touch or play with decor, and really a appreciate a beautifully set up room! As early as now they have a sense of aesthetic!” Stephanie shares. “And they know not to write on the walls and furniture. Thats a big no-no in our home.”  

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