the boys' room

10 March 2016

I always feel a little bit silly and ridiculous sharing decor-related things because of my blind design eye and the fact that there are thousands of other blogs (Sheena and Jenny come to mind!) with much dreamier room set-ups but here we are: sharing like the considerate Care Bear that I am.


So here's the before photo that I yanked from the listing ...


I know I've told you before but the inside of the house was completely BATHED in beige (my nemesis) when we bought it. Oh, aside from the girls' room which was BRIGHT orange but ... details. Anyway, we hired someone to paint a few rooms that we knew we wouldn't get to with Bosco being a week old when we moved and Simon staring his boards and new job down and I'm SO HAPPY we did. So happy. We've been chipping away at the rooms they didn't paint but it was nice to have a few rooms bright white from the get-go.

Okay, enough House History 101.


Nothing makes you realize everything you hung on the wall is crooked like taking a spate of monstrous photos. Also, I bet you can't pick out the one that I made myself (I big fat fail inspired by Sheena). 

Sebastian caught me snapping these and settled into his position as prop right away ...


Almost believable, Bash.

Simon made those shelves a few years ago using this book shelf tutorial and when I mentioned maybe making some more for the playroom he said something to the effect of, "do people sell those?" because the memories of putting them together was apparently not fond? Oops. 



We keep a lot of the kids' books (the nice ones and ones they've been given) in our closet because everyone has gone through their adorable, "destroy/eat/rip to shreds" all the books phase. Even the board books! So, we wised up and keep them out of reach so that Bosco will have a bit of a library to choose from once he decides that books aren't just for eating. Anyway, these made the boys' room cut but some of them are missing the entire second half -- don't be fooled. We have some other books (mostly in tatters) in Ikea spice racks in Julia's closet as well -- a post for another fun time, worry not.

Both the boys' and girls' rooms are somewhat small (not teeny! but not huge) so even though I'm not sure how much longer Sebastian can get away with sleeping in a toddler bed before he has to hand it over to currently crib-caged Phoebe ... I'm happy we went with toddler beds for the time being. I know bunk beds are probably in our not-so-immediate future but for now ... we're good.



For a long, long time the boys refused to sleep with any covers beyond their baby blankets which isn't a huge deal but it does get chilly here at night and was so excited when Natti Natti sent these adorable duvet sets for the boys. Now, I'm not waking up at 3am and sneaking in to cover them up with random blankets from the linen closet because worrywart is my middle name. The boys love the pockets to keep their stuffed animals in. Sebastian has had some night terror issues and takes great comfort in having a buddy (aside from big, bad Theo three feet over) tucked in with him at night.





The boys tucked Sebastian's blanket (a rejected blanket of toddler Julia's - story of his life) under the sound machine and told me now I'd be comfy when turning on said sound machine. I appreciated their creative thoughtfulness. 

The boys aren't quite as into nonstop coloring, drawing, painting, writing out the entire family's names over and over and over again like Julia is but it's still fun to have the photo clips up to display their masterpieces when "scribble scrabbling" (as Julia kindly calls their artistry) strikes their fancy.

And in case you're curious ... art/print sources ...
whale print: c/o Lulu & Georgia
fox print: Honeychild forest
Bees Knees: Rifle Paper Co. via Amazon
Bubblegum: Ikea
Flying Pig: c/o Minted
Wood photos of Simon & Theo: c/o Ink Dot
Humpty Dumpty: Mother Goose book
cowboy portrait: Tim Raglin (original from his generous sister who taught Simon in high school and then was one of my patient and kind mentors several years later!)

The lamp was a recent Target find and Simon and I found that dresser on Craigslist and painted it when way back when were engaged. The paint is coming off in spots so don't look too closely. The kids each got a chair for their birthday (so don't spoil Phoebe's birthday next month, thanks) and I guess that's all I can type about those.

And I'd love to put up a St. Theodore icon in the future to match the St. Sebastian one. Soon!

Enough? I think that's plenty. I bet you're SUPER stoked for the master bathroom transformation that's coming at you soon and VERY soon. Get excited.

Happy Thursday, kind readers.

27 comments:

  1. For some reason the toddler bed link isn't working for me (could totally be me) but I heart them so wanted to ask if you could repost? :) -Joanna

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    1. shoot! I'm sorry! I re-linked it and here's the link as well!!

      http://amzn.to/1XfOpIQ

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  2. cute! it's very simple & clean.
    our walls were gray when we moved in which is very lucky and almost as good as white. right now the kid room has spots where archer has decided to peel apart the drywall, decorate with play doh, and hammer using the plug of his sound machine. lovely, right!

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  3. House tours are my absolute favorite! I'm just terribly nosy ;) can't wait to see more!

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  4. Where did you get the St. Sebastian icon?

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  5. good job for making this room work. there's NO more space in our house :( and hubs is convinced our children can grow in here... we hope so. we better hire your interior decorating.

    i wish we can just purge purge purge!!!! minimalist lifestyle.

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  6. Super cute! Competes with any home decor blog for sure.

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  7. I have so many questions! But first - I love the room. We have similar shelves (thanks Ikea) for books but not much art on the wall. I am envious.

    We are getting ready to welcome #2 and #1 will be about 17 months. When did you transition to the toddler bed? We are trying to avoid buying a second crib when it seems like she could be close to graduating out of it anyways. Did you have any trouble getting them to stay in it at night? Would love all your wisdom! And can't wait for more house tours!

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    1. oh, congrats!

      I might be in the minority but I keep them in cribs for as long as possible. Julia was almost 3 and the boys were both 2. Lots of people put them in beds young though! You could maybe just do a pack n play for the baby until you feel comfortable putting the oldest in a bed. I think some kids don't even think to get out!

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  8. I am always scared of blankets too. I haven't put my 3.5 year old and 15 month old together yet because of it. This room looks awesome.

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  9. So Cute! I love the bedding! Adorable!

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  10. First of all, the fact that you listed me next to the amazing Jenny Komenda is almost laughable...okay, IS laughable. That girl is amazing, obviously you know. But more importantly, you just made my whole month by showing off your triangle work of art that looks awesome!!! I love the vertical vs. the horizontal! The whole entire wall looks really amazing, seriously. It's proof that that whole "blind design eye" crap is exactly that, crap.

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  11. Love it!!! Natti Natti is just SO well done!

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  12. Ok, how do you keep your kids from accumulating lots of "treasures" all over the top of the dresser? I'm constantly asking my kids to clear off their dressers! They can't part with anything! Any tips? Love the room and how simple it is!!

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    1. haha that's Julia's dresser ... I just periodically cleaning it off. but - generally everything is kept in the playroom though!

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  13. When you put the kids together in the same room, what was that transition like? I'm thinking about putting my 3 month old in his big brother's room (2yo) as soon as he sleeps more consistently through the night. Any tips?

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    1. I always stagger their bedtimes and use a sound machine. The older kids learn to sleep through the crying really quickly, in our experience :)

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  14. It looks a million times better in the after photo! Also I cannot beleive how big Sebastain looks! In all my following of the blog it is crazy how much time has passed and how they have grown.

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  15. I love their wall collage of pictures! I didn't even know there was a Saint Theodore! I will have to look into it for my son (Ted). His middle name is Kolbe so we always get him Maximillian stuff. Definitely need to look into Theodore now!

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  16. I love so many things about this room! The beds and bedding are just so darling, and I love that reading nook with the modern chairs! I totally need to do something like this in my son's room!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  17. Love the wall collage and how simple everything is. I'm totally with you in keeping kids bedrooms minimal. Less is more. Great job!

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  18. I love it! We are in the process of redoing the floors in our house (the previous owners were smokers and it’s carpeted so we are excited to say the least!!) and I’ve been getting so excited about all the ideas I have for my kids’ room. Ours will just be boring and sad but the kids’ room! So exciting! ;]

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