Charlie’s Big Boy Room Reveal
Welcome to Charlie’s room reveal – a big boy room for our almost 4 year old. The room turned out to be pretty darn happy, cute, and colorful but not too busy and he loves it. As most of you know I’ve been fighting this 80’s thing happening in here for a while, and while I still wish I could change one major thing I really love how I feel when I’m in here. The blue is calming (sharkskin by Portola, chosen by Charlie himself), the rug pulled the whole color palette together and there are some black and white graphic elements that keeps it in 2017.
The bed is full size and I should know because I’m in there many nights laying with him for a while after he/we are done with books – a habit that I’m not stopping nearly as much as I probably should. It’s cozy and I’m so glad we went for that over a twin. My original plan was to make an upholstered pillow to attach to the headboard (like Brady did for the dorm room thing) but ran out of time. I wish it were upholstered because we lay for about 1/2 hour every night and read but nothing pillows can’t solve. The nightstand is a vintage store display thing I bought from the flea market and man, I love it. The lamp was in our old house and is another testament about the impact that a colored shade makes. The bunting is from The White Company (and it’s also a super easy DIY that we made for the castle).
I’m pretty obsessed with both of those quotes, and that comes from someone who can’t handle that many inspirational quotes around me. I grew up in the time of inspirational posters and my parents were avid consumers of such decor. I will say that I am a fairly positive/happy person so maybe it worked :), but regardless I tend to shy away from the majority of them. But both of these are things that I have said and used as a mantra for years and I want my kids to be brainwashed/understand the importance of the “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” and of course always saying yes before no when it comes to opportunities.
On the opposite side of the room is a vintage toy trunk that I had reupholstered a couple years ago. To add height to the room we brought in that simple tall bookcase and donned it with toys, books and a really bright cloud nightlight that Charlie loved so much we had to take it away. He would either try to climb to get it (it was quickly relocated – hint, don’t put anything AWESOME at the top of a shelf no matter how secure you attached it to the wall), or he insisted on sleeping with it. It was extra adorable because it was a touch sensor so to turn it on/off you had to hit it. So as you can imagine he was slapping it on and off all night. It is SO adorable and I’m hoarding it for a while. The beanbag is from Pillows by Elissa and is so cute and helped modernize the space (despite being a bean bag) plus that cute triangle pattern was playful and added another pattern without competing with the rug or curtains.
The curtains are custom from Calico, out of a Robert Allen fabric that looks hand stamped. It’s a mustard 1/2 moon pattern, with a blackout lining and they are beautiful and perfect. We continued to use the french rod from Calico.
On the fourth wall is this amazing dresser from Rejuvenation, with simple brass knobs. I’m jealous of that dresser and it’s one that we’ll have forever, no matter how his room changes. The lamp is a cute playful (yet 70’s inspired) fiberglass covered lamp that feels a little hot-air baloon-y. I used one years ago in a shoot and I had always wanted one. This one is from All Modern.
Perhaps if you are fighting the 80’s look you shouldn’t do a gallery wall of paint by numbers animals, but I did anyway. We float framed them from Framebridge and the black frames helped to modernize them.
Now, to get to the major regret that I won’t change – the small profile and the height of the Beadboard. Now, it’s totally fine, but since we had it installed I think I missed an opportunity to do something a bit more modern. We had installed the chair rail before we moved in and then when I didn’t like that we added a really flat profiled bead board to apply to the area underneath the chair rail, above the baseboard so that we didn’t have to demo those out. In a perfect world I would go back in time and install a much higher moulding, with a much wider V-groove, like we used in our master bathroom or the kitchen island. Then I would top it with a little ledge/shelf. The paneling could be a color with the ceiling being white or the other way around.
Now I know that I could change the paint color to be more saturated and deep – a bit more modern, but Brian and Charlie were pretty adamant about it not feeling too dark. I didn’t totally agree, but I also didn’t really care and want them to be happy. We have that color in our laundry room and I LOVE it there – I think just in combination with the beadboard it looks a bit 80’s.
All-in-all I just want you to think about this – if you are installing beadboard now, spend the extra time and money to do something modern – either wider (I prefer V-groove over beadboard, think 4″ – 5″) or extend it taller. If you have the beadboard that I have don’t worry – it’s still GREAT. It’s classic and will always be in style. If I wanted to totally modernize the profile of beadboard without changing it I think I’d need to change my color palette. Powder blues and mustards aren’t exactly helping the fight against the 80’s. If it were black and white with pops of brighter colors, it would work and feel more 2017 and I did consider painting it a dark color – an ink-y blue or matte black. If it were all white with pops of other colors it could work. But I love the rug. I love the curtains (they were custom) and I don’t want to switch it out, and this blue/white does work.
When you walk into the room it feels happy, fun, and like a curious almost-4 year old boy lives there. He loves it and is so proud of it and despite my rambling about how it could be slightly more modern, I really, really like it. After staring at these photos (sorry, we only had time to take 4!) I like it even more.
A couple more quick call-outs – that rug is GREAT. It’s part of Target’s new Project 62 line an it’s soft, thick and super durable. I have no idea if it has a lot of 4 year old dirt on it, because you can’t tell if it does – it’s both gross and wonderful. The bedding is Pillowfort and we mixed this and the shark pattern all the time – he leans more towards the shark but likes the ‘X’s, too. That blanket was borrowed from Lost and Found LA and is absolutely stunning – it drapes and falls beautifully, but no four year old needs that high end of a throw so we shot it for the magazine and returned it.
I think the mix of antique (side table) classic (dresser) and modern (posters), plus supporting pieces like the bookcase, bed and the toy chest create a great foundation to just switch out toys, and accessories for when he grows. For those of you who always wonder – will you be redoing your kid’s rooms over and over again for the rest of their lives? The answer is no. We are going to be doing a kid’s room (bunk room) in the fixer upper that we are announcing soon (SORRY I KEEP THREATENING BUT STILL PREPPING THOSE POSTS!) and I hope to always be doing a project with kid’s rooms where I get creative freedom. I may update our kids rooms as they get older, but I want them to have stability/security and feel like their room is done and totally theirs.
If you are into this little guy’s room – here you go.
1. ‘Work Hard & Be Nice to People’ Print | 2. Fox (similar) | 3. Zebra | 4. Blue Linework Pillow | 5. Blue Ombre Pillow (similar) | 6. Table Lamp | 7. Antique File Cabinet Side Table | 8. Paint by Numbers Art (vintage) framed by Framebridge | 9. Globe | 10. White Lamp | 11. Panda Wall Decor | 12. Bed | 13. Ceiling Light (custom lengths available) | 14. Dinosaurs | 15. ‘X’ Sheet Set | 16. Duvet Set | 17. Accordion Wall Sconce (similar) | 18. ‘Start with Yes’ Print | 19. White Bunting | 20. Bead Board | 21. Wall Color | 22. Curtain Fabric (custom) | 23. Storage Bench | 24. Cloud Lamp | 25. Bookcase | 26. ‘A to Z’ Bookends | 27. Lifelike Zebra | 28. 2-Tier Book Shelf | 29. Black Large Pillow | 30. Rug | 31. Blue Throw | 32. Right Angles Throw | 33. Live Edge Side Table | 34. Striped Floor Bin | 35. Marquee Light Box | 36. Wood Bin | 37. Fox Plush | 38. Zebra Wall Decor | 39. Dresser | 40. Boho Lounger | 41. Etch A Sketch | 42. Zebra Wall Decor