Monday, August 6, 2012

Cooper's Big Boy Room

We started working on Cooper's big boy bedroom in January after we found out we were expecting baby J. 2.0.  We wanted to make sure Cooper had plenty of time to adjust to his new digs and didn't feel like his crib was being taken away to give to the baby.  His room didn't take long to put together and it was all done on a shoestring budget, but this little family is quite pleased with the final results.

I wanted something that would grow with the Coop-ster so I stuck with fun colors and a very loose travel/adventure theme.  Dave and I love to travel and hope our kids share our passion.

When I told the furniture salesman that I wanted white furniture for a boy's room he looked at me like I was crazy.  After filling my house with black and cherry woods for years I was ready to brighten things up.  I love the fresh, beach-y look of the room (the furniture is also super easy to clean -- doesn't show dust at all).

This room might as well be sponsored by IKEA since most of the wall decor came from my favorite Swedish superstore.  The white curtains are IKEA specials that I had lined with black-out panels (special thanks to Sarah and her super sewing machine).  The oak play table was mine as a child and came from the Wood Connection nearly 30 years ago.  

The magnet boards flanking the window used to be inspiration boards in my Paper Crafts office.  Also from IKEA, I added vinyl lettering from Making Memories to these boards to create simple graphic art.  One board hold's Cooper's artwork (attached using magnets I made from seashells we collected on our most recent trip to Florida and Cooper's first set of Delta wings).  The second board showcases pictures of Cooper from our travels, framed in inexpensive and lightweight IKEA frames, and attached with four round magnets hot glued to the back of each frame.

The mirror has been in this room since we first moved in and used it as an office.  It's a leather stitched mirror from IKEA that fills the wall perfectly.  The flags were part of Coop's 1st birthday decor.  The planes are from Hobby Lobby (a gift from Tam Tam and Poppa) and the parachute vinyl is from Kristy at Vineyard Vinyl.  Dave's Dad is retired from the Air Force Reserves and Dave went parachuting when he was in high school so I liked adding a small reference to Cooper's Grandpa and Dad to the space.

The monogram was part of Coop's nursery and came from Hobby Lobby.  The bed is a rotating display place for Cooper's latest stuffed animal treasures.  We have definitely entered the word of kiddie consumerism and have done our part to support the Disney Corporation.  The bedding is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.   

I used yet another IKEA frame to showcase some old license plates and add a little Route 66 charm to the room.  There's also a postcard from Hawaii tucked into the bottom of the frame for a fun reminder of Cooper's first trip to the islands

The globe was from Hobby Lobby, the elephant is one of the many Dave collected from his travels as a boy, and the IKEA stacking toy is still frequently pulled down and played with by the Cooper Boy.

One of the things we loved most about our house when we built it was that every room has a walk-in closet.  Cooper's closet doubles as a playroom.  His extra toys and books are stored here and we even had a curtain over the back rod to create a secluded little tent/reading nook for a few months.  The banner was a gift from Paper Crafts Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Schaerer.  Jennifer, your Cricut creation is still up and enjoyed every day after 2 1/2 years!  
  
The room isn't flashy or extravagant, but it has lots of personal touches and is easy to clean up after a long day of playing.  I hope you've enjoyed our tour.  Check back later this week for the reveal of our all girl nursery.

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