Inspiration: Big Boy Room Redux

Remember this room?


This was the first room reveal I did on the blog.  It feels like so long ago. In terms of kid years, it really was a long time ago.  Big Boy had just turned 6 years old and now he’s getting ready to turn 10.  He’s already 5 feet tall and knocking on the door of tweenhood.  A while back I had told him that I would redo his bedroom for his tenth birthday.  When I started seeing posts about this year’s One Room Challenge, I decided to jump start my redesign of his room by joining in this year’s fun.


Currently his room looks like this:


In preparation for the redesign I had a local charity shop pick up his dresser, his rug and his desk. Normally I would have tried to sell some of of these items on Craigslist, but honestly I’ve got too much on my plate and just had to get everything out so that I could start of this process with a blank slate. He pretty much only has a bed now.  Kinda sad, but definitely the right motivation for me to get this room redo completed.

You’re probably wondering what I have in mind.  I thought about it for a long time.  I wanted something cool, but calm and that he could easily grow with over the next few years. Also, I thought a lot about the things he does in his room 1) sleep, 2) homework, 3) video games, 4) reading.  At this point he still plays, but doesn’t need as much open floor space.  It’s more about chasing his brother down with a nerf gun. While I loved his old room it no longer suits his needs.

In terms of inspiration I’m going with Relaxing Scandinavian Surfer. These are some images that I’ve found that evoke the look and feel of what I’m going for:

Relaxing Scandivian Surfer

I’ve run the design ideas past my “client” and he likes the direction, especially the relaxing vibe. He made only one request, keep the existing paint wall color.  He likes it just the way it is.  Luckily it’s a grey that works with everything.  So, I hope you’ll follow along as I post updates of his room over the next few weeks.

Lizzie Ravn - I love your inspiration photos. His room was super cute the first time round – can’t wait to see what you do with it this time! And that little midcentury nightstand is adorable 🙂

isadorag - Hoping it lives up to the inspiration. Fingers crossed. 🙂

Charlotte Lindsay - Great inspirational spaces! I love the all white spaces, it makes the space feel so much bigger and you can combine so many different styles of home decor with it. This room with definitely grow with him in years to come!

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Celebrate: Pretty in Pink a Modern Easter Brunch

Do you remember the movie Pretty in Pink? Maybe you’re too young, or too old to remember, but for girls growing up in the 1980s, Molly Ringwald‘s coming of age movies were woven into the fabric of our own adolescence.

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Today, when I think pink, I’m almost always reminded of Molly Ringwald’s movie and how she made a herself a prom dress from something she thrifted.  But with two young boys in the house I don’t often get to indulge pink fantasies. This year I’m in the mood for pink and Easter seems like the perfect opportunity to express that. The color’s optimistic and feminine qualities are speaking to me. The thing with pink is it can easily go too sweet or too girly, so I find that it’s a question of choosing just the right pink, and keeping it as a pop of color rather than covering your whole house in pink.  In the case of my Pretty in Pink Easter Brunch mood board, the pink is balanced out by a lot of white and complementary greens and greys.  This way it stays feminine, but with a sophisticate touch.  Can you even believe Easter is just around the corner? Where does time fly?

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Retail Therapy: Modern Wall Hangings

Macrame Wall Hanging

Have you noticed the wall hanging trend? From macrame to woven hangings, wall hangings have been making quite a comeback.  For a long time wall hangings were kinda 70’s in a not-so-cool-retro way, but wall hangings have been reinterpreted for the modern aesthetic.  The techniques are still the same, but I think that the use of texture and pattern have given them a fresh new life, while retaining their boho sensibility.

One thing I love about today’s wall hangings is that they are not only very tactile, they also feel very sculptural like in the photograph above, with a hanging by the very talented Maeve. The addition of found objects like wood, foliage and feathers gives them a connection to nature that I think can be comforting to many of us city dwellers.  Here are some other cool interpretations of modern wall hangings:

Modern Wall Hangings

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Before jumping to some of my favorite wall hangings you can buy, you can find some cool DIY options here and here.  Here are hangings you can buy, some are one of a kind, others can be purchased at your local chain store.

Modern Wall Hangings

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After looking at all these beauties I think I need to find the just the right spot to feature one in my living space redo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even try making one.  Making one looks kinda therapeutic and I’m desperately in need of finding a little more Zen in my life.

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DIY: Donut Class Valentine

Donut Valentine

I’m big on fan of non-candy classroom valentines. I’ve done a few classroom supply valentines over the year, including the ever popular “You Rule” and have found this works for me.

This year while perusing the Target dollar bins I found adorable donut erasers and knew I wanted to use them for my kindergartner.  Since he and his classmates are still young and learning to read, the cute factor is important.  There are many ideas out there for giving a real donut as a Valentine, but in this day and age of food allergies I prefer to play it safe.

Here’s a quick how-to for my simple DIY Donut What I’d do Without You Classroom Valentine.

Buy cute erasers:

donut valentine free printable

Download, print and cut free printable:

Donut Valentine 2

Assemble Valentines using poster grade glue dots:

Donut Valentine 3

Handout to classmates:

Donut Valentine 4

You can find the free printable here.

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Inspiration: Sophisticated Relaxing Modern Living Room

I’m working on a plan to redesign our living room. In fact, I’m planning to redo much of the main floor of our home (see here for our floorplans).  You’re thinking to yourself, “Didn’t you just design it?”  If for you three years is equivalent to “just”, then yes.  But if like me, three years is a long time and your needs change, then you don’t just live with what’s there, you redesign to suit your new needs.  For us the big change has arisen from our kids getting bigger. We no longer need a playroom within close proximity to the kitchen.  Our boys are now 5 and 9 and usually play in their rooms or in the family room.  The playroom sees no action.

I’ve decided to move the baby grand piano out of the living room and into the playroom.  The playroom will get renamed the music room.  However, once you move a huge item like a piano, everything changes. To maintain flow and balance, everything needs to be rethought.  So, I’ve been pulling some inspiration photos for our new living room and this is what I’ve come up with.  I’m dubbing it sophisticated, relaxing, modern living room.

Sophisticated Modern Warm Living Room 1

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