Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tyson's Transportation / Alphabet Big Boy Room

It's only been ELEVEN months in the making, but I think my little man's room is complete.  Phew!

I showed ya'll his sweet blue nursery and that room will always hold a very special place in my heart.  I think most moms, especially first-time moms, feel similarly about their baby's nursery.  It was hard to let go some of the elements of that room, but time has certainly made it easier.

Last summer, my boy climbed out of his crib and we started very, very slowly transitioning his room from a baby's nursery to a big boy's room.  It is so weird to me to think that I chose everything for his nursery and now his room is filled with things that he loves.  Mama likes them too, of course, but this room is all about him.

I kept some things the same.  The wall color (Icy by Sherwin Williams) and the board and batten trim stayed.  The furniture is just his crib converted into a full size bed.  He still has the same white Target bookshelf, the same dresser and some of the same prints on the wall.

Then came the addition of a new color scheme.   Since I was keeping his black furniture and light blue walls, I wanted to find a few coordinating colors that would work.  Those colors eventually became red, light blue, navy and white.

I found the bedding at HomeGoods and it works perfectly for this room.  Tyson gets upset when his car sheets have to be washed and the plain ol' sheets go on for a bit.

His babyish wall decal went away and was replaced by DIY transportation canvases of an airplane, boat and car, inspired by the Pottery Barn Kids canvases of long ago.  Remember when I said this project has been eleven months in the making?  I'm pretty sure those PBK ones are no longer available.  :)

I found this alphabet wall decal from Etsy seller DecalFarm and just ordered it in coordinating colors.  The hooks on the wall were a clearance find from HomeGoods.

The armoire had to go because it was too big to fit in the space with his crib converted to a full size bed.  We replaced the rocker with an upholstered chair from Target just before Quinn was born.

He recognizes his name and loves to see it on things, so I added it in pretty big letters on his wall.  

See that Union Jack rug?  I painted it.  :)  I'm excited to share the tutorial on it tomorrow!

This airplane has to be one of Tyson's favorite things in his room.  My husband thought I was crazy when I came home with it from HomeGoods and asked him to hang it from the ceiling.  Tyson loves to spin the propeller every chance he gets.

The curtains are the same ones from his nursery.  I just added the fabric and ribbon to them (no sewing!).  I originally planned to hang them with the fabric toward the bottom but I liked it better at the top.  

These sweet prints from Etsy seller NellaDesigns were in his nursery and I kept them.  They're one of my favorite parts of the room.  The little red sailboat is actually a votive holder from Goodwill.  

Finishing this room was a long time coming, but I'm thrilled with the way it turned out.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the rug tutorial  :)

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Colleen said...

oh Laura it's adorable!! I love the red white and blue colors. Such great finds at Home Goods too! I can never get that lucky!

Kathy said...

loooove. The airplane and the rug totally make it work! (Love the curtains too!)

Laura, Hoosier Life Hoosier Wife said...

Colleen, you're so kind! I swear those HomeGoods finds were complete flukes. I often make several trips coming home empty handed or with stuff I don't need. :)

michele said...

what an incredible space that sets the stage for years of awesome memories!

hope you have a moment to drop by and do check out my giveaway on the sidebar.



Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is TOO TOO CUTE!! Love the colors the drapes, the bedding, the airplane, TYSON down the wall, love it all. Especially that rug and I can't believe you painted it. I hope you link that up too after you post it. Thanks for sharing this at Wow.

Kim (TheMoney-Pit) said...

That is so beautiful! It is still "boy" without being baby. I love the alphabet, and the drapes, and the carpet and the airplane.. heck, I love it ALL!

nice nice job!

DIY Show Off said...

Awe, Laura! What a precious room! I love the details...that rug, the airplane, the curtain, everything! You've done an amazing job! I'm including a link back in this week's highlights! ;) Thanks for sharing!

Natasha in Oz said...

That is a gorgeous room! You are so clever and how impressive that you created that rug too! I bet your son loves every minute he spends in there.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Liz Fourez said...

Love it! Super cute and thoughtful!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

That is such an amazing room! And I cannot believe that you painted the Union Jack rug ... amazing!



Jen Lossing said...

This room is so adorable. I love all the colors and the great details. I also just transitioned my son's nursery into a little boys room, with a very similar theme! Must be the age! I am in the process of designing my daughters nursery who is due to arrive in October. You can see both of these projects on my blog, if you want to swing by some time. I can't believe how fast they grow!! I am a new follower!
P.S Loving the rug! Can't wait to see the tutorial!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oops! Ok Laura, I take back the comment I left on the Union Jack rug tutorial....we'll be featuring the ENTIRE room next week at our party and not just the rug. LOL! Hope that's ok with you. ;-)

Michelle Smith said...

It's just an incredibly interesting article. I'm really excited about the talent of the author. The topic is extremely interesting and relevant.

Emily A. Clark said...

Great job on that rug! Tyson is one lucky boy. :) Thanks for linking up!

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