Design Board: Boys Vintage Americano Room

Hey guys!

I wanted to let you in on my next project and show you a little bit of how the design process works! Right now, I am working on creating a wonderful space for my boys to share that is classic and masculine. Before I had my second son (our third child), I had done our son Hudson's nursery in a vintage americano theme. It was a good start to the room but we weren't 100% happy with it either. We didn't like our paint colors and the chevron wall was just too busy. The dark tones, dim lighting, and little natural light really made this room a gloomy hole that we hardly ever spent time in. We really avoided it at all costs but just settled with it for about 2.5 years. 

Fast forward to now, we have two toddler boys now sharing that room and the room needs a major makeover. The boys are spending more time in there, you know being boys - playing with trains and cars and legos. We want to create a space we all love playing and spending time in. So we are in the middle of a fun little makeover! 

First, I always start with a few inspiration photos (usually found via Pinterest). My top two photos come from Restoration Hardware:

I also loved the following photos below to depict the bunk bed style look we are going for:

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The last photo shows the Kura Bed from Ikea that I was interested in using. I like this bed because it's low to the ground (safety first!) and can be transformed into so many other things. There are endless opportunities with this affordable and simple bed. At a price point of $209, I thought this was the best option for our young boys and low budget!

So from there, I created a simple design board. I like to start with just the basics and incorporate accessories later when I am further along in the design process. So here is a look at our design board:

Shared Boys Room Design Board - Vintage American

I pull a little of what I already have (like a rocking horse, an american flag, a red nightstand, etc) and then add in some pieces I think would help create the final look (a reading nook canopy, lockers, and of course the bunk bed). I love finding inspiration from places like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn but I like to find affordable alternative pieces that will give us the same look without breaking our budget. These are just ideas, not the final products. You will have to wait and see what I ended up with in the coming weeks. I can't wait to show you!