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.

Happy One Year to Me!

Holy moly - I've officially been in business for a year!  It has gone by so fast and I've learned so much over the past 12 months.  

I've been reflecting on how I was able to start my own business in the design field over the past few weeks and wanted to share some gratitude with those who helped me make it happen.  A big thanks to my friend (and fantastic designer herself) Whitney, who encouraged me to look into programs in Boston for interior design after I expressed interest in making a career change.  My school buddy Sarah who always offered good advice and brought along a sense of humor during our many classes at the BAC.  My teacher Janine - thank you for pushing me to try new things that were out of my comfort zone.  Fellow designer Kelly for answering my (many) questions and encouraging me to go for it when I was ready.  To all my friends who were enthusiastic cheerleaders along the way.  My brother and brother-in-law for encouraging me to take a risk and make it happen.  My parents for always believing in me.   And of course my husband Nick for supporting my decision to go out on my own and standing by me at every step along the way.  I could not have done it without you!

And of course I'm SO thankful for my clients who took a risk working with a new designer and for being great partners in the design process.  I have loved working with each and every one of you.  You've all helped me grow as a designer.

Moving forward I'm excited to take what I've learned and bring that knowledge into the next chapter of my business, while still taking some risks and pushing myself to learn more.  I hope to be blogging more regularly and sharing more updates on various projects I'm working on as well and am aiming to become more involved in the Boston design community through networking and philanthropic events like the Heading Home to Dinner event in October (Don't forget to get your tickets here!)  

I'll leave you with a short slide show of the projects I worked on this past year. Cheers to the next year!

Photographs by Sabrina Cole Quinn, Jourieh Alicea, and Marisol Marquez.