March 1, 2012

A Big Boy’s Adventurer Bedroom – Reveal

As some of you know, I spent much of the summer transitioning my son’s nursery into my newborn daughter’s own space and our guest room into my son’s very own, big-boy bedroom.  I took you along on the ride as I dipped my toe in the DIY Reverse Stenciling application process on his dresser, designed his very own patchwork rug from FLOR and modified some Ikea curtain panels and embellished them with additional panels from zGallerie.

And now, I am so excited to FINALLY reveal to you the final result.  But first…a quick look at what we started with.  Yup…here’s our old guest room complete with unmade bed, open closet door and shirts-to-be-ironed, hanging around aimlessly waiting for some attention…

And now, without further ado, here’s my son’s finished big-boy bedroom:

The Tour

Let me take you on a tour.  Above is the view from the door leading into his room.  He absolutely LOVES his big-boy bed.  In fact, he moved into his new room and new bed as soon as those light blocking shades and the bed arrived and we continued to design the room around his being there…which definitely added to the amount of time it took to finish everything since usually the only time to work on such projects is during nap-time, when the room was generally unavailable!

You’ll recognize the space below.  The wall adjacent to the foot of the bed is where the closet and dresser are.  We’ve added some more globes and brought his hanging boat mobile in from his old nursery.

On the opposite side of the room from the bed is the door to the hallway.  My nephew who just turned 7 handed down his beloved train table to my son when our daughter was born and now he loves getting up in the morning and either playing trains or sitting in his reading nook and looking through some books. Of course, his super-hero cape is available and at-the-ready hanging right by the door for easy egress ;)

Long time readers of this blog may recognize the artwork hanging on the wall from a failed attempt at decorating our living room.  I am so pleased that this awesome canvas (of a photo that I took of the inside of a light house) not only looks great in the room but also fits right into the subtle discovery/adventurer theme we chose.


The Reading Nook

Once I found out just how much space I would have between the train table and the corner, I ordered a custom floor cushion from an Etsy seller and filled up the space with some fun pillows from Land of Nod.

The white book shelves really pop against the deep blue walls and I especially love the one that wraps around the corner.  Our son helped install the shelves so he definitely feels pride when he’s in this corner of the room.


The Bed

One of the features we love about the big-boy bed are the cubbies for holding all sorts of things.  Our 100+ year home is pretty short on storage, so this really is a great benefit for us.  For now, the bed is up against the wall, but someday when he’s older we can rearrange the room so that both sides of the storage bed are accessible.  My son loves to keep his favorite books and stuffed animals in the cubbies in his bed for easy access.  I won’t lie…for the first three nights he slept in the bed, he spent  a LOT of time opening and shutting those doors, but that fun seems to have lost it’s luster.

A brightly colored airplane hangs overhead and my son loves to talk about all the places he thinks it is going.

The three framed prints above the bed used to hang above his crib in his nursery and are actually pages from a calendar that I saved from years ago.

Sheets with cars and trucks and even bicycles are so fun to climb into at night and the brightly striped orange and white comforter is a really fun pop of color against the dark blue walls and the green accented curtains.


The dresser wall

One of my favorite details in the room is the parade of sailboats that leads from the door into the room, around the corner and down to the boats on the dresser.

We also added to our globe collection thanks to my mother-in-law who has been stalking thrift stores!


A final detail

I would be remiss to show off this room without including a picture of the light fixture.  The truth is, this light was the very first thing I ever purchased for the room.  In fact (don’t judge) I bought it with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind back when he was a newborn.  I know…that’s weird…but it was on super-crazy clearance and I couldn’t let it go.  In the end, it fits in perfectly with space.


It certainly has been a long time since I first created and shared this inspiration board with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind:

Thank you so much for allowing me to share the final results with you!

Photos via Miriam Bradford

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34 Responses to “A Big Boy’s Adventurer Bedroom – Reveal”

  1. Jess E Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Where, oh where did you get that floor cushion?! it is perfection!
    The rest of the room looks really fun. Like somewhere my husband would probably hang out, too. :) haha.

  2. Leah Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    LOVE the room and LOVE the blue/orange! Can you tell us the source for the bed?

  3. Nodakademic Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I LOVE IT!! I love it all, but especially: the globes, the dresser, the bed storage, and the light fixture. What a special boy to have such a wonderful room in which to play and chill out.

  4. Leah Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Forgot to add, those CAR sheets are soo cute!

  5. KristyWes Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Love it!!

  6. julie @ duet letterpress Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    love it! which seller did the floor cushion come from? how about the wheel lamp? did i miss where you found that?

  7. Penny Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This is adorable!! I bet he loves it

  8. Jessica Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Amazing! I love the colors, especially the pops of orange.

  9. Carolina Eclectic Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    So awesome! The dresser is fantastic and I love his reading nook!!!

  10. Miriam Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback – I promise to post a full source list soon – but in the meantime the floor cushion is from Made by Zigzag:

  11. e.louise {Liz} Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    It looks amazing, Miriam!!! I’m sure G loves waking up in his new room every morning. You did a great job :D

  12. E @ Oh! Apostrophe Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Just love it! The dark walls make all the color really stand out…I bet G is in heaven :)

  13. Amber Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    This room is absolutely amazing, Miriam! I absolutely love the theme!

  14. Kate Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    LOVE! Everything from the deep walls, to the light fixture, to the bedding, it is all so perfect for your little guy!

  15. Katie Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I tried to pick a favorite element to specifically comment on but couldn’t. I love absolutely EVERYTHING about G’s big boy adventure room! Great job!

  16. Nellie @ Our Wired Lives Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    woah.. that’s impressive! Everything goes together so so well.

  17. A Long Far View Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I love it! What a great room!

  18. Sara | Stinkerpants Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 2:41 pm


  19. Karen @sugarspicelivin Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    So fantastic!!!

  20. Karen Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    LOVE LOVE! What a great room! You have some mad design skills!!!

  21. Cheetah Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I want to live in this room! What a lucky boy!

  22. Amanda @ The Fix-Its Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    What an adorable room! You did such a great job. The reading nook is my favorite!

  23. Amanda Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    It looks AMAZING! I absolutely love all of the colors – it came together so nicely!

  24. Shayla Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I’m really impressed by how close the final product is to the inspiration board!

  25. kirsten Says:
    March 1st, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Looks awesome! Love the theme and graphic elements.

  26. kristin ~ bien living design Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Love it, love it!!

  27. Ashley Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    This is amazing! G is a lucky little boy!

  28. Jen Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 8:56 am

    So cool! It’s little boyish, but so gorgeous as well. I wouldn’t mind having it be my room. I’m off to build myself a reading corner…

  29. Shannon Collins Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I want to go to there! So amazing.

  30. TwoWishes Tara Says:
    March 3rd, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Gorgeous! I love it so much. Jealous, not only for my child but for myself — I would love to have a room like this! We have a Magritte board book with a ship silhouette made of sky and clouds, and I think of your dresser every time we com across that page.

  31. Sara Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I love it! It looks AWWWESOME. Ten times better, for sure! Can you come redo my room now? Haha. Loooove the stenciled dresser, though. For reals!!

  32. Stephanie Says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    This room is so perfect – and I adore all of the little details you put into each nook and cranny!

  33. Katie Says:
    March 7th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Absolutely amazing! The room turned out so perfectly!

  34. Allison Strunka Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I LOVE this room design! It’s so perfect for a little boy and it’s something he can keep as he gets older.