A typical day finds illustrator Hannah Carpenter performing a balancing act—running a business; homeschooling her 9, 7, and 4-year olds; taking her 13-year old to track meets and choir practice; spending time with her college professor husband. When she and her family of 6 moved into an old Arkansas farmhouse late last year, she knew that creating a space that could handle this crazy amount of activity was essential. One of her first projects? The bedroom her sons. “It’s important for us to create living spaces that enable us to comfortably be together,” Hannah says. “The boys’ room was not living up to this philosophy in the least. For the first few months, the it was basically just a much-loathed bunk bed, pretty much for sleeping only. I wanted them to have a room that would foster creativity, especially for my oldest son who loves to draw and play music and put together legos. I wanted it to be a functional and fun place for them to be together.” We worked alongside Hannah to help turn this into a reality—check out the photos below to find out how!
“Finding a great desk for Silas was imperative and is ideal for putting together legos somewhere other than the floor! And it’s obviously a nice setting for his frequent drawing.”
“Since Silas has recently become less interested in the drums and more interested in guitar, we moved the electronic guitar kit (eye sore) out and some new guitars in. I was pumped to find this guitar chord print and knew it’d be the perfect referential wall art for Silas’ little guitar corner.”
“The foot-to-foot bed layout has provided space for loads of activity. The first night the beds were up, the kids wanted everyone in the family to sleep there together. Much to their dismay, we did not grant that request. It’s only two twin beds after all, but to them the beds seem to go on forever, a continuous play place, which is so great for two wild and crazy boys.
“Now the room is serving multiple purposes; it’s much more than just a place to sleep. And everyone is quite pleased, other than my girls that is. They are on the war path because their rooms are still a mess! One room down and on to the next!”