My Room: Greysen

Fridley, MN

Sara used ingenuity and put a lot of work into Greysen's mostly handmade room. She shares: We recently moved into a 1970's home that hadn't seen children for several decades, so one of the first things on our list of to-dos was to get our son's room finished. I wanted him to feel like it was all his own so we let him make several of the choices - though I really wanted to avoid the "typical" boy themes like cars and sports.

I had fallen in LOVE with a wallpaper that was ultimately way beyond our budget, so I found a way to create my own version with 80 vinyl deer in four different colors (all individually applied). The love seat is a thrift store find - one of the best $10 I ever spent. The pendant light is an updated mid-century original. Two of the original fiberglass "fins" were cracked beyond repair, so I used spray adhesive to cover them all with different fabrics. I made the growth chart out of poplar stencils, and colored wood stains, since we were moving shortly after his 3rd birthday and I wanted something that could come with us. Since it's made out of a piece of poplar, he can repurpose it when he grows up if he wishes - maybe turn it into a shelf or something.

You'll notice several Ikea items. We love Ikea since there is an element of design, but the prices are low enough that when he grows out of it we won't feel bad replacing it. The vintage albums on the wall were an estate sale purchase ($1/album!) and I just spruced them up with clear plexi album cover frames. The red trunk is one that my great-grandmother hand painted when my grandmother was a child, and it's been passed down to Greysen. The rainbow needlpoint is something that my grandmother handmade and we just re-framed. I also painted a frame and mounted it to the wall with clips inside so that we could rotate his artwork in and out frequently, plu sit adds some dimension to the wall. I also made the book holder next to the love seat that holds his current favorites, and the curtains. So far, the room has been a big success, and is a constant work in progress.

Thanks Sara! Readers, you can find Sara at her Etsy shop Rooster Legs.

(Images: Sara Marlow)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.