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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More Ikea Curtain Upgrading

Yup…I’m back on a Thursday to chat, once again, about curtains.  You’d think making tab-top curtains into grommet-top curtains would be enough DIY crazy-ness for me, but I had one more trick up my sleeve.

You see…when I first pulled together the inspiration board for my son’s big-boy room, I was in. love. with those green Mimosa Curtains from Zgallerie

…so bold, so the perfect green, so graphic, so statement making…so way too expensive for a kids room.  The more I thought about it, the more I decided that while they were totally awesome in their bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…they were a bit too grown-up for my son’s room.  I wanted something with a touch of bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…the key was figuring out how to get it.

Not long after I gave up on my beloved Mimosa curtains, I became transfixed with the idea of wide stripes incorporated into curtains.  There were several gorgeous examples of this around the web for inspiration but the one that really held my heart was this one found over at Sarah Macklem’s blog, The Yellow Cape Cod.  They were bold and graphic and fun and totally awesome…

…but I was still smitten with those Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie.

Then, one night while I was flipping through my Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts book, I came across a tutorial for these amazing color block shower curtains:

EUREKA!!!  I thought.  I love the linen.  And I love the wiiiiiiide blocks of color.  What if I did a wide block of the Mimosa curtains at the bottom of standard, linen curtains?  I immediately headed to Pinterest to look up some wide stripe curtain inspiration and came across these lovely examples:

(found on Song of Style and credited to Lonny Magazine, but without any further linkage)

I will admit…when I came across the above picture of a playspace designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise, an LA based design firm, I was smitten.  It is the perfect amount of whimsey, not to mention, the perfect ratio of linen to pattern.  So…I found myself a great set of halfway-decent, relatively-inexpensive linen drapes from Ikea, cut off the tab tops and made it a grommet top, and then went about adding about a third to the length by way of a pair of the Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie  (using the block shower curtain instructions from the Sewing Book) and here’s the final result:

I’m so in love with how these came out and even more in love with the fact that I got to have a fun, graphic drape in my son’s room without having to shell out for four panels of the too-expensive-for-my-blood Mimosa panels.

Have you ever modified store-bought curtains to further customize them?

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Ikea curtain upgrade

I’m still diligently working on my son’s big-boy bedroom, although I am proud to say that now that his room darkening shades are installed, he has been sleeping in his new room in his new bed for over a week now.  He was ready.

The next project up my sleeve was curtains.  I found a great set of fairly inexpensive linen curtains at Ikea and loved that they were 1) linen and 2) cheap.  But I didn’t love the tab tops for the curtain rod.  I wanted something a bit more modern looking and the tab tops were H-U-G-E…as in, you could fit a bazooka through the space they allotted for the curtain rod, making the curtain hang down an odd length from the rod.


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