Two little rascals have a new room
First things first. I have two boys. One year apart. 424 days apart to be exact. Almost Irish twin. Planned? Not exactly. Was I really hoping for another girl when #3 came along? Yup. Am I glad it worked out the way it did? Wouldn't change it for a second.
My boys are little angels. And little sh*ts at the same time (oops, sorry. . . am I allowed to say that?). But I don't need to lie to you. This is my blog after all.
Hudson Rocket is my first born and Rory Dane is the runt. They are polar opposites. In every way. How they manage to share a room and not kill each other is beyond me. Furthermore, how they manage to end up in the same bed together every night cuddling and spooning....well, I really just can't handle them anymore. They are either the cutest things ever, or the worst at times. I take the bad with all that yummy goodness any day though!
We have a small home and the bedrooms are even smaller. So when Rory got old enough to share a room with his brother and move on out from mom and dad's room, it was time to revamp. We knew right away, we wanted to do a vintage American/military/red white and blue theme (we are a military family so duh). And the second thing we knew right away is that we needed bunk beds! So lets start there:
The bunk bed is the Ikea Kura Bed and we spray-painted it in a dusty matte blue from Target. This bunk bed is ideal for younger kids because its low to the ground - shorter distance from the top to the ground means possibly fewer broken bones (something you have to worry about when you have boys).
The bedding is from Beddy's in modern gray. These are my favorite beds for kids (although, Ive seen plenty of adults who use them)! These are the only bedding sets that I would recommend for bunk or loft beds. As you may know, we also have a Beddy's set for our daughters loft bed and I can't stress enough who much easier it makes making the bed when it just zips up. The whole thing is done in two seconds and when it needs to get washed (and that is often here), they just pop off and fit in the wash and the whole bed is cleaned in one swoop. EASY! I need easy with three tiny humans making my life super busy all the time!
The pillows are all an assortment from different shops! The monogrammed lumbar pillows are from Porter Lane Home (former Bows and Burlap - and you know I love Erin and her products if you follow me, so ordering pillows from her was one of the first things I did for this room). The red buffalo print pillows and star blanket are from Target and the other two pillows (gray buffalo check and the euro shams) are from Ikea!
The wallpaper on our main wall is from Tempaper. This is the second time I've used temporary stick on wallpaper from Tempaper and I highly recommend it. I was done putting it up in about an hour. The texture of this brick print really makes the white walls pop. And a suprising element that I loved was how much it opened up this room and made it appear bigger. I have zero negative things to say about this wallpaper. I would easily use it again! Big hit in my book!
Above it all, we installed a new light from Lighting Design Company. This piece is seriously so cool. It really makes the room look complete and puts that masculine touch on it. The drum pendant is made of mesh metal and the Edison bulbs continue the vintage look we wanted. It's the perfect size for this room and I've been super happy with this light!
Moving on over to the other side of the room, we have our reading nook and storage area. I love how this all turned out. One of our favorite activities is just sitting and reading. My littlest has claimed book time as HIS time and he always demands we take a little time out of each day to sit and read together. This canopy and floor pouf is from Blue House Joys. Oh man! I LOVE this set. The canopy is made in this chic, light, wrinkly linen and it just flows and drapes perfectly. I think it would look amazing over the bed too but for now Im going to leave it here as we use this space on the daily! The buffalo floor pouf is the perfect size and made to fit with these canopies. We love to sit here with our favorite books - which are currently: Tubby, Zoo Babies, and Shhh! We have a plan!
Some info on these sweet details: the wall shelf is from Ikea, the baseball coin bank is from Hobby Lobby, the barnwood sign is from 2540 Love, and the banner is from a local shop (it was actually a gift from my baby shower).
These lockers were a beast to get in here! Do you know how heavy lockers are?! OH DEAR! But we made it and only two sore backs to show for it! I added some little star stickers from WallArt Showcase just to give it some unity with the room. I've always wanted lockers in a boys room so instead of paying out the bottom for Restoration Hardware ones, I found these at a Seattle salvage shop called EarthWise Salvage.
In the center of the room, I searched and high and low for the right and rug and truth be told, returned about 3 before I found the right one. This one is from RugsUSA and it is the Maui jute rug in natural. I just wanted something simple and texturized to center the room and create a nice stiff play area for tracks and trains and cars to glide on. Because really, isn't that all that matters in a boys room? This rug is great and for a jute rug, its very soft and comfortable. We are often sitting on the floor in here and the rug has been great for laying down and playing with my boys on.
For a little nightstand, I used my old little table from Hobby Lobby and adorned it with a new lamp from Target and the cutest army tin from Shady Oaks Farm. We keep some of the boy's essentials in here (eczema cream and hot wheels - you know, the important things).
If you saw my boys room inspo pics on the blog, you may have seen the Restoration Hardware photos of the world clocks on the wall! Gah! I wanted those. I made my own version with a little help from my dad. These $5 clocks from Target got their personal signage from my dad's shop Creo Industrial Arts. It pays to have a dad who can just whip up some metal signage for you! Yay for dads!
In all honesty, this room has been a slow and steady project and I still don't feel done with it. We've had to make small changes here and there to accommodate our son with SPD because change is always hard for him so we started decorating this room back in March! If you follow me on snapchat, you may have also seen me talk about how I'd like to add my husbands military memorabilia to the wall by the clocks. We just haven't figured out how we want to do it yet. I want to honor my husband's time in the marine corps and the deployments he served on, but I want to do it right. So that will be a project for the future. Also, we could use some better looking window treatments. We actually use black out curtains which I decided not to show because they don't let enough light in for photos. We love our black out curtains from Amazon because our boys go to bed at 7pm when it is still very light out. We are lucky to have two boys who love going to bed and love their very dark room so the black out curtains are here to stay for a long while!
So that is all (for now at least). I'll keep you updated on instagram if I change anything up in here and I do plan on adding more to the room so make sure you are following me there and not missing the updates.
Thanks so much for coming along with me and letting me share our boys room with you. Let me know you if you have any questions!
Until next time!
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