House & HomeFebruary 1, 2018

Pondering Henry’s Big Boy Room

When I designed Henry’s nursery I purposely took a serene, babyish angle because I knew that his future room (rooms– lets be honest, I’m a designer) would be more bold and boyish.  I also did/ don’t know if I’ll be able to have another baby so I wanted to go all out with the baby-ish look.

Well, now he’s a tiny person with a (vocal) penchant for animals, cars & trucks (tractors and lawnmowers, specifically) and a SERIOUS addiction to Curious George. Oh, and more recently dinosaurs.  So we’ve got a BOY on our hands now, and I feel like I’m going to need (want) to do a new room for him sooner rather than later. So I’ve been scheming. And have settled on a blue and red scheme (mostly because I saw this stripe Farrow & Ball paper go up on Amy Berry’s Instagram and instantly knew I needed to do it for Henry.)  So I’ve been scheming a bit and since one of you suggested I post about this thought I’d flush my ideas out a little further.

So here is where I am on the room. The striped walls and a navy upholstered daybed (made by LivenUp Design) with a trundle for future sleepovers. I’m loving this Peter Dunham star fabric for roman shades.  I love the look of a vintage Heriz rug for the floor in here. It’s tough and hides a lot and looks pretty cool, in my opinion.  I’d keep his changing table since it’s really a dresser and I love it. As well as his big Sharon Montrose lion photograph (because he is very into Lion King). I’d top the dresser with a shiny red Dunes & Duchess lamp.  It’s wood, so it won’t break if it gets pulled over.

stripe wallpaper // bed // rug // ceiling light // dresser // lion photograph // lamp // basket //  sconces // bedding // sheets // car art // bolster // bookshelf // side tables // abstract art // bins // ceiling fixture // wallpaper

Over the daybed I’d do swing arm sconces for reading (LED bulbs and a fabric shade mean no heat issues for little fingers).  For bedding I’d love some white and red shams and duvet (shown is Biscuit bedding, but PB Kids has a good one too!) and navy gingham sheets (or ships. Or cars and trucks.)  Red bolsters and a Robert Allen fabric throw pillow or two.  Above the bed I’d so a grid of framed Leslee Mitchell toy car photos.  Flanking each side side tables like these Serena & Lily ones (although would have to be a bit higher due to the height of the daybed sides).

On one other wall I’d do this wall mounted bookcase with durable bins for all the tiny things little guys collect (Legos, dinosaurs, “guys”….) and of course books. On another wall a print under plexi by Stephanie Henderson from Gregg Irby Gallery. I’ve had this print bookmarked for a while for this room!   And in his closet something really crazy like this Pierre Frey animal paper or this Sian Zeng dinosaur toile paper (it’s magnetic!)

All in, I want it to be a bright, bold, fun space that works while he ages.  He’s not ready for a big boy bed yet, but his crib would look cute in here in the meantime (see his nursery now HERE).

As far as this room goes, if we do get pregnant again it could easily change into a girls room– I’d paint the walls light blush and do curtains in this Lisa Fine pattern in Coral…SWOON).  OR as a guest room I’d go darker taupe on the walls and do everything in neutrals.

But lets hope it’s the former! :)

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