November 12, 2018

Henry’s Big Boy Room

This weekend we had Henry’s 3rd birthday party (my mind is blown that he’s three years old) and that means it’s time to get serious about making him a big boy room.  He still loves his crib, and I plan to let him stay in it for a while longer, but his room is looking babyish (which I knew it would when I designed it) and so I’ve been trying to design him a new room and it has proven to be as hard as finding world peace.

Henry is such a happy, funny kid and I want his room to be fun but also one that isn’t TOO kid-crazy so that it lasts. But I am a designer, and want to have some fun designing this space. I am set on a few things- a daybed with trundle in an outdoor fabric, the ceiling fixture and car and truck photography art because he LOVES cars and trucks. The rest I’m like— clueless! So I did three boards to try to decide and thought I’d put them on here to see what you guys thought!

This first one is inspired by my love of British culture.  The wallpaper is a fab Sian Zeng pattern that is animals and country houses and is MAGNETIC– so he can use their fun dinosaur and helicopter and other magnets to make fun scenes. (Note: my wallpaper hanger may murder me if I do this though as it’s a four layer process!)  I LOVE the olive and light blue color combo, but am a TAD worried that pattern is a bit juvenile/ feminine? But doing the trim in the light blue would be a showstopper and I love the paper paired with the windowpane check roman shades.  This antelope rug is a new one from my next collection and is a blue tone, but also comes in a caramel color which could also be cute. The daybed would be something like this shape, in the stripe Perennials fabric below piped in light blue.

wallpaper // magnets // ceiling light // modern art // dresser // roman shade fabric // sconces  // rug – coming out in January // bed blanket // monogrammed pillow // car art //

This version is the one I started with- in shades of bright blue and red. It’s very happy, but I’m afraid it’s been “done”.  Not that it should matter, but as a designer it’s fun to create spaces that are super unique. However, this feels like it matches Henry’s personality.  I heard that the wallpaper I wanted to use for these striped walls actually made people feel dizzy, so I’d do a wider version painted on the walls. I’d ground the room with a fun vintage Heriz rug and put the daybed between two narrow tower shelves (with grasscloth papered backs) to create a cozy “nook” feel.

roman shade fabric // daybed // rug (similar) // sconces // bedding // bookshelves // sheets // car art // dresser // lamp // lion photograph (in his nursery now)// woven bins 


This was my most recent creation- in lots of blue with hints of emerald green. It feels cute and fresh and I LOVE my plaid Charles rug for a boys room. I love a little modern art in a kids room too. :)

wallpaper // plaid rug // daybed // car art // dresser  (in his nursery now) // duvet // sheets // star pillow // monogram pillow // abstract art // roman shade fabric // nightstands // sconces

So which one would you choose?  A reminder, it will be this room (his nursery will turn into the guest room for now- still crossing our fingers and toes it will be a nursery someday soon). These fab framed prints will go in the living room or our master for sure. Adore them.