Harry (18 months)
When we found out we were expecting our second son, we saw it as an opportunity to move our first, Harry, into a 'big boy' room which celebrated his developing interests. As we are lucky enough to have a playroom elsewhere in the house, the boys' bedrooms can be spaces where they can enjoy some quiet time: reading, dressing, sleeping, hanging out.
Our focus was filling the room with what excites Harry (his first word was 'car'; he loves clocks and animals; he has been on seven domestic and international flights so far), with things that mean something to us and with gifts from friends and family. An IKEA chest of drawers and hand-me-down bed provide a backdrop for the resulting mélange.
The green license plate and car-gear clock, the paper plane decals, the 'HARRY' wooden blocks and the vintage metal cars are all sourced from fabulous Etsy sellers.
The room includes some of my own creations: the mobile made from paper airplanes I folded out of maps, the 'You Can Do Anything' canvas (a saying of my husband's which I thought was a perfect maxim for our son) and the map paper planes strung from the ceiling.
It is also a showcase of my mum's incredible and prolific creativity; she made the floor rug, the blanket, the beanbags and the Raggedy Andy doll. The jungle painting is one of hers, painted for my brother's room in 1984. The framed giraffe illustration is a gift to Harry from my grandmother. The Sheridan Animal Crackers linen is from my mother-in-law. The cars canvas and lower case 'h' are gifts from friends. The snow domes are a collection of some of our favourite travel destinations. I love that the room is full of the energy that comes from things hand-made or chosen with love.
Harry was immediately excited by his room and his big bed, and made a seamless transition from his nursery. He enjoys spending time in the room, naming everything he sees and hanging out in the beanbag corner, chatting and reading books.
(Images: Deborah N.)
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