Little Explorer Boys Room

I wanted to share a project I've been working on in my own home for quite some time that's FINALLY finished.  My son's big boy room!  When I was pregnant with my daughter, we decided to move my son into the larger guest bedroom that would give him more space to play (actually they both play in here now!)  At first, he stayed in his crib - since he wasn't climbing out, I was not going to mess around there - but eventually we moved him into a twin bed and really finished off the room. This was done on a shoestring budget as we had just had a second child AND I had just started my business.

My son loves the outdoors and is a curious kid so I went with a "Little Explorer" theme for the room (I say theme loosely as there are certainly items in here that aren't 100% on board with it.)  I love using color, especially in kids rooms so I painted the walls a blue green (Flora by Benjamin Moore) and added accent colors of navy blue, black, and cherry red (his favorite color).

Initially I was going to get a basic bed at Ikea, but then I started nosing around on Craigslist to see what I could find.  I came across this antique twin bed and immediately knew it would be perfect.  It was a natural wood color when I bought it, which was fine but not too exciting, so I painted it a glossy black (Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore). I added some outdoorsy themed sheets, a navy blue quilt, and this plaid, wool blanket that I found on eBay for some additional warmth and a pop of color.

The valances and throw pillow were made using this adorable "Happy Camper" fabric from Tonic Living.  I used the Stockholm rug from Ikea to add some stripes (because I can't do a room without stripes). I like that it's a flatwoven, wool rug so it doesn't shed, and, you can even reverse it should you get a massive stain.  A great value at only $199!  The vintage globe was found on eBay and the gorilla figurine is from Jonathan Adler.

The dresser is vintage as well (actually a hand me down that's made it's way through many rooms in our house). I may swap out the hardware or even paint it someday when I have more time...whenever that may be! The vintage ceramic buses were found by his uncle on eBay and the red bubble gum lamp is from Land of Nod (now sadly, discontinued.). The bear photograph is from The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose.

I really wanted to do a fully wallpapered accent wall with vintage maps, but that was more than I could take on with a baby at home (and very little sleep), so I opted for this little map banner that I found on Etsy.  Super cute.  The barn on the kids table can be moved if they want to draw at the table and the little Ikea planters were repurposed as holders for markers and crayons. The chairs are from Land of Nod and the table Wayfair.

It was so much fun to put this room together for my son who is a happy, energetic, little boy.  I think it will grow well with him over the years to come.

Photos by Jourieh Alicia.

Updating a Family's Home in Somerville

I had the pleasure of working with a lovely young family recently in Somerville who wanted to update their family and dining rooms.  While they had a few great pieces of furniture they chose to keep (a sofa, chair, dining table & chairs), they wanted to add new elements such as lighting, rugs, artwork and accessories to update the space and make it lively and fun, but also durable and functional for the family of four.  Here's how I helped them out:

The dining and family rooms are open to one another so I used navy rugs in a stripe and herringbone pattern to anchor the rooms. The rugs are indoor/outdoor and can literally be hosed off if something spills on them.  Incredibly family friendly!

In the family room, I rearranged the furniture to center it around the gas fireplace.  The tan leather poufs can be used as ottomans or extra seating when friends are over to play.  I incorporated some acrylic nesting tables and a side table from Oomph that can easily be moved around as well for adults to sit their coffee (or wine!) on while the kids play.   The side table also doubles as a stool for extra seating.

I found this awesome photograph of an old Union Pacific train to use as artwork above the sofa. Their oldest son LOVES trains so this is a favorite of his.  It's refined and interesting enough for grown-ups too!  The blue geometric pillows and orange floral pillow balance one another out and provide more pops of color on the sofa.

One request was good looking storage for their boys toys.  I used some basic shelves from Ikea with navy and white striped bins from Land of Nod to keep smaller toys contained in an attractive way.  Larger baskets from Serena and Lily hide some of their larger toys.  

In the dining room, we swapped out the existing drum light fixture with this awesome gold urchin chandelier and boy, did it bring some excitement to the space. While their style is more transitional, I wanted to add something that made a statement. I love how it works with their more traditional dining set.  

The artwork on the wall is of Rosemary sprigs and adds a little emerald green color to the room (a current favorite of mine).

This was all done on a modest budget, proving you can make a big impact with any budget.  I hope you love it as much as they do!

Photographs by Marisol Marquez Photography.