Before & After: Big Boy’s Room Reveal

Hello Again!  Apologies for having been MIA for so long.  Moving hell doesn’t begin to describe what we’ve just been through.  That said, we are SOOOO HAPPY to be in our new home. We moved before construction was fully finished.   So for about a week or so, we were living in absolute chaos, while construction was still going on.  While things are starting to find their place, knowing that my computer didn’t get set up yesterday, is a good indicator of the current state of affairs at our house.  To top it all off, our little Monkey had a fever of 104 for much of last week, so I stayed by his side the whole time, which of course foiled my plans to get the house organized.

So let me start by saying that much of the house still has piles of stuff that look like this:


But, when it comes to moving, the best thing you can do is create spaces where you can rest. I think this is especially true for kids, since moving and change can be very disruptive to them.  My first order of business was getting the boys’ rooms in order and while much of the house still doesn’t have any window coverings (including the master bedroom, which you can imagine makes getting dressed very “interesting”), my boys’ rooms are looking civilized. Big Boy’s room is essentially done, though I still have to make him a headboard.  In the meanwhile, check out his room.

So this was his room looked like when we bought the house:


This is his room now:

You may recall I pulled together some inspiration pics for red, white and blue rooms. I tried to walk a fine line, without going patriotic or nautical, but still keeping it graphic.  The whole concept for the room really started with the Union Jack rug I scored on Joss and Main. It sat in storage during the construction, waiting to be revealed.  The dresser and bed are from IKEA and are from his old room, but I gave him new beddings to bring things together. For the record, his bed is the Odda bed with trundle, but for some reason that design comes with huge head and side board, which we hacked off years ago. So, I guess his bed is a semi-Ikea hack, it will be a full Ikea Hack when I add a nice headboard.

I contemplated using the wide rugby stripes, in either the bedding or the curtains, but ultimately felt the bold stripes would compete too much with the rug. For good measure, I did add a custom monogramed chevron pillow from West Elm. For curtains, I opted for mostly white window panels with a touch of navy, to keep the room light.

While I love IKEA, I think the room really comes together because of the little vintage details. Remember the desk, one of my first vintage finds?  Here  I’ve paired it with a reproduction Emeco aluminum chair we’ve owned for over 10 years, that I originally bought for $99 for two.  I’m planning to swap out the chair for something more comfortable, once I find a suitable replacement.  I want Big Boy to be comfortable as he sits at his desk to do his homework, as he has years of homework ahead of him.

Other vintage finds include the movie theater marquee letter “J” and the cool original fishing tackle box.  The red warehouse pendant was a score from One Kings Lane.

Of course no room is complete without artwork on the walls. Remember my $1 vintage photograph and ad finds?  Don’t they look more impressive now that they are framed?  I also love the vintage stop sign, mostly I like it because it’s so faded.  If the sign had been in newer condition it would scream out in the room, but its faded glory allows it to sit comfortably with the rest of the room. I found the sign at a salvage/junk yard.

In case you are wondering, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Cement Gray.  In fact, half of the house is painted in Cement Gray.  I found it to be a really wonderful, true gray, no red, blue, green, or yellow undertones.

So, what do you think?  Pretty cool big boy room, or what?  Wish I’d had a room this cool when I was his age!  Here are a couple more pics for your viewing pleasure.


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Preeti - Love this post! Love how you’ve incorporated the old vintage stuff with the new. You may have a new career after your renovation is done Isadora 🙂

rachel - oh my gosh. I LOVE what you did in this room! I also am in the midst of trying to implement a red, white, blue color palette in my 2 boys shared room. I also DON’T want a “themey” feel to it. You did a great job. Do you feel that the bed has held up well?
You indeed are VERY talented.

radmin - When you are done with your room. Post a pick to my FB page. Would love to see the results from my readers.

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