Two magical ways to save space

Now that school has started, I have a little bit of time to devote to organizing two spaces that have been tough spots for me over the years.

The first space is the girl’s shared bedroom. It’s a small space that needs to work for two little girls who are not only growing up but who also have growing collections of books, toys, clothes and treasures.

As you know from my recent post on bunk beds, the Room &  Board Moda bunk beds saved the day!


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Cue the Room & Board Moda bunk beds!

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Look at what a difference it makes! Now instead of two beds taking up both sides of the room, the girls have two sitting areas for playing and reading.

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Of course they wanted the hanging chair back in here but a design surprise was the woven bench under the window to the right!

I put a pouf under the bench for additional seating when their friends come to play. And also baskets fit great underneath the bench for added toy storage.


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The biggest concern any parent has when it comes to bunk beds is sturdiness and safety. Without a doubt this bunk bed set has both. My two girls love climbing up and down the ladder effortlessly playing hide and seek or sharing bedtime secrets with each other.

I love that they have each other as best friends!

Now there is so much free space to roam and play freely!


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On the side wall, I added a shelf with neutral art, plants and books. Since the lavender in the room is whimsical and peaceful, adding art and plants as visual interest layers the room perfectly.

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Wall Unit as Architectural Interest

The next space that you have undoubtedly heard me complain about is my dining room focal wall.

For many months it was blank and I used the oversized Mid Century Modern globe chandelier as the focus. Then I added my favorite beach print for spring and summer.


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Image Credit: Marise Vitale Photography

Truth be told, the Room & Board Foshay wall unit was originally planned to be placed in the girls’ shared bedroom with the bunk beds.

However, it ended up being too big for that room. But then I had an idea …..

Introducing my new dining room look with a great wall unit as the focal point!


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Look at the difference it makes! I am swooning at all my treasures finally getting the display they deserve in my home.

A few Shelfie Game tips

I will not lie, styling these shelves took some time. There were many moments where I sat in the living room and just stared at the unit while my family walked around me multiple times.

They are used to me by now, ha!

If you are curious to how my design mind works on styling shelves, here are a few tips:

  1. Start with the larger boxes first. I knew I wanted art work in the mix. So I grabbed the largest abstract Minted print you see and it fit perfectly! Then I put the two vases and the plant in front for visual layer and depth. That my friend, is the biggest shelfie game secret, put things in front of back of each other on shelves. It instantly makes the shelf shine and not seem one dimensional.
  2. Play with smaller items like stacked books, smaller framed prints, plants and vases.
  3. Use different shapes and vary it. At one point I had too many round shaped items so I shopped the house for rectangle boxes and square objects.
  4. Don’t forget to add in a variety of textures as well. See the woven basket? Or the black ceramic shallow bowl? And the sea coral that my daughter found at the Washington coast one year made its way here too. I love displaying personal mementos that are filled with family memories. Another important aspect of personalizing your shelves!

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So there you have it! My two wonderful ways of utilizing vertical space to save space, look aesthetically modern and pleasing all in two great pieces of Room & Board furniture!

Don’t forget to show me your latest space saving project!  I love seeing how you implement my tips in your home.

Happy day!

This post was sponsored by Room & Board. However, all opinions are my own. I love sharing what is true to my aesthetics and what helps you choose and style your next home transformation. Thank you for your support!

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  1. Skye wrote:

    OMG OMG i want to be the one in that bedroom! its so beautiful and calm, yet there is so much place to play or relax. And the dining…. so pretty! I can totally see the amount of work that you put into these rooms. Just wondering… do you ever think about painting the girl’s room when they are older? Like do u think that that shade of lavender might be not be what the girls want in a couple of years? Just out of curiosity… xoxo

    Posted 9.14.18 Reply
    • Anita Yokota wrote:

      I love designing with my girls! They picked this paint color so it will be no different when they tell me they want something new! The only caveat is that I will not change often because it was a lot of work painting! 🙂

      Posted 9.16.18 Reply
  2. Stacey wrote:

    Can you please share what color purple paint this is?

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
  3. whitney sinks wrote:

    Hi there- love how both rooms turned out:) Question- what kind of carpet is in the girls’ room?

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply