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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A Nod To Vintage

Vintage is a staple in today’s modern décor, but it’s also a rather timeless trend and certainly one that’s not going away. Those emotions that are invoked by our favorite vintage pieces don’t belong to a certain decade or generation; they belong to each of us, and are infused into our lives through the surroundings we create.

So we dusted off some of our favorite time-honored textures and patterns and put a modern spin on your home design with FLOR’s Vintage collection.

Watch This is brightly-colored patchwork patterns that are components of other FLOR, together in a bold and brash reinterpretation.

Remebrance is a melange of Persian rug references in a modern remix.

Overtly romantic colorations and low contrast, active patterning give a vibe that hints that your Heirloom rug might have seen some fun in the age of jazz.

One of the most popular motifs in modern textile design, Arabesque is our paisley interpretation that adds a bit of geometry to iconic organic swirl.

Reoriented is a modern twist on traditional art form resembling sewn-together rug remnants in updated, over-dyed colors.

All of these styles are made using 100% recycled Nylon face fibers – taking old and turning it into new.  Our new Vintage Collection merges old-world inspired patterns with new-world technology to create classic, timeless designs that keep up with your lifestyle.  View the entire Vintage Collection.

photos: 1.) homedit.com 2.) jubella.com 3.) jubella.com 4-8.) FLOR.com

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Designing for Spring

We recently shared with you the Evolution of our FLOR Stores, complete with street-level views of our seven retail locations.

Well, we think it’s time to take a stroll inside those walls and give you a glimpse of what our design consultants are up to. With several new styles launching this Spring, our store consultants got a chance to show off their design chops and, as usual, they didn’t disappoint.  Here are just a few of the in-store rugs they fashioned.

Atlanta and Chicago each had their own version of a basket weave.

Brooklyn went full tilt with Full Kilt.

Chicago and Santa Monica were all about vibrant colors in our Fedora (felt) texture

Dallas showed its luxury side with this plush rug inset with a border

Our designers in Houston and Atlanta showed off those runners for narrow spaces.

To see the whole Spring Collection in person and the unique rugs our design consultants can create for you, visit a FLOR Store near you.

And for those of you currently not near a FLOR Store, keep an eye out as we have new stores opening up this Spring and may have one coming to your city (we’re looking at you, San Francisco).

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FLOR Story: Providing Balance

Dear FLOR,

The hardwood floors underneath my beautiful new FLOR carpet had become hazardously slippery to my sweet three-legged wonder pup, Celia.

Her travels through my home – from area rug in the living room to area rug in the master, for instance – forced her to cross ‘little oceans’ of hardwood floors, where she would often lose her balance and slip, causing pain and potential injury to her one back leg. I know this issue to be a concern for owners of older pets, as well, who see their animals’ balance grow unstable over time, and heartbreaking falls become more common.

I had tried non-slip booties for Celia – really, I had tried everything – as I honestly thought that deploying carpet would be a true sacrifice in style and cleanliness in my casa.

However, after visiting the FLOR Store in Dallas and working with Sean (FLOR’s design consultant at the store), I came away pleasantly surprised.  I absolutely LOVE my FLOR carpeting – the gorgeous patterns designed (one for entry and master, another for living – and all flowing seamlessly, smartly together!), the quality of the line, the smooth install process.

FLOR warmed up the entry, living and master so much – in terms of both style and coziness. And the flexibility of changing out a tile should there be an accident of any kind (pet? wineglass? : ) is just fantastic.

Celia is SO happy, too. Literally, she stretches out and smiles.

Thanks loads to Sean for his TLC and the amazing design work he did for the new FLOR wool carpeting in my home! I absolutely love the finished product, and have received so many compliments!


Dallas, Texas


Such a sweet story! For more stories like this one click here. If you have a FLOR story that you would like to share, email it to us at pictures@flor.com  and you can receive 10% off your next purchase.

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A Glass Ceiling Break Through

Every once in a while I come across a design image that makes me immediately think, “Oh!  We TOTALLY have to do that!!”  Of course, then I quickly remember the confines of our current living space (a lovely space that we plan to inhabit for many, many years) and realize that there are certain limitations to my sky-high desires.

Below, is one such image.

Oh we could totally achieve this look in our kitchen…but we’d have to move the kitchen to the 3rd floor, which really isn’t practical.


Fortunately, I have found some other beautiful, inspiring ceiling designs that are actually quite reachable.

We’ll start with the Coffered Ceiling.  Always a dramatic treatment, a coffered ceiling does require a certain amount of space in a room to truly shine.  This one that spans the kitchen and great room is embellished with bead-board and beautifully detailed moldings.


For a more modern, yet more romantic (in my humble opinion) version of the coffered ceiling, a circular pattern can really make an impact.


Paneling a ceiling can also be a fantastic upgrade.  This kitchen balances charm with modernity.  The stainless steel, mini-subway tiled backsplash contrasts so beautifully with the rustic, paneled ceiling for maximum appeal.


Even less of a challenge for ceiling installation is the charming tin ceiling.  Very popular in the Victorian era, the look can be replicated these days with stamped aluminum or even plastic.


For a less permanent ceiling treatment, swags of linen can have a very powerful impact.


Even small spaces can take advantage of a ceiling treatment.  The application below is actually a wall paper graphic that can be custom fit for the size of your room.


If the thought of wall papering your ceiling doesn’t make your back ache and your fingers go numb, you could always go the stencil route as well.  This damask print is quite the statement…


…likewise, this delicious, large-scale graphic ins bold turquoise is a game changer for an ordinary bathroom/laundry nook.


And if stenciling or wallpapering or applying a textural treatment seems too overwhelming, it is always an option to utilize some simple faux painting techniques.  While faux finish applications on furniture and walls may have seen their prime, an application on the ceiling would offer just the right amount of perspective to make the technique fresh.


Have you ever done any of these to a ceiling in your home?  Would you?

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