Furniture Styles to Go with Vintage 70s Dressers?

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Q: We’re upgrading our three-year old son’s bedroom from “Baby” room to “Big Guy” room. Our first purchase is this (awesome!) set of seventies dressers. But I’m having trouble deciding what other styles of furniture might work with these pieces. I’m going for an eclectic look but I want the results to be whimsical and fun vs. tragic mash-up. I plan to start by painting the room white (although I love color) — and I’ll remove the car stickers from the wall. I’d like suggestions on:

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  • Bed and bedding. This is the big dilemma. We’re considering buying a new bunk bed to recover some play space (perhaps the Perch bunk bed), although Small is currently sleeping on a double bed without a headboard. Is it worth a new bed? What can we do about a headboard or frame if we keep the double?
  • Lighting, especially overhead lighting to replace our too-frilly fixture.
  • Rug (maybe a kilim or boucherouite)
  • Storage for toys and books
  • Nightstand or table
  • Bonus points for a great mirror

The room is small-ish so furniture needs to remain small-scale… also durable, not too expensive, and fun!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.