New Roomies Nathan & Austin

My Room

Names: Nathan & Austin
Location: Seattle, WA

Due to some attempted middle-of-the-night escapes, we decided to move our then 20-month-old son into a big boy bed in the room he shares with his older brother. I decided at this point that it was time to transition the room from baby to (little) big boy.

I had to work within some constraints: two blue mammut beds, a small room with dimensions of 9.5 'x 10.5' and a corner window making furniture layouts tricky. Since we live in a small place, I also needed to maximize storage, and do this whole project for as little money as possible. Also, since we rent, I couldn't paint any walls. I would have to add the color to the room through furniture and accents.

After a lot of thought about how to do this tastefully, finally inspiration hit. Since the beds were blue and I was going to have to incorporate green (my older son's favorite color), I needed some base colors to make them work together. I landed on black and white. I wanted a theme that was something along the lines of seeing the world. When I found the postage-decals, I knew I wanted to put them on an Ikea Hopen dresser. While I was at Ikea, I fell in love with the little green chairs and it all started to come together.

The bookcase was mine when I was a child. It was a natural honey oak color and with the new nearly-black dresser, it definitely needed a paint job. I decided to go bold with apple green and it turned out great! It brightens the room and ties the whole color-scheme together. I used magnetic primer on the sides of it to optimize locations to either hang artwork or magnetic toys.

The hanging lanterns have been in the room since our older son was born and I love the diffuse light they offer. The star was originally navy blue so I spray-painted it silver. The drapes are inexpensive black-out panels that I added grossgrain-ribbon tabs to the tops and the striped embellishment at the bottom.

The painting hanging above the dresser was the very first thing I bought for our older son long before he was even born, so it needed a special place in the room. I made the name-art based on our initial observations about our sons when they were born and scanned their newborn footprints to create the art above the light switch as you enter the room. The London train map was actually a piece of very nice wrapping paper I found in an art store.
Even though this room is only 100 square feet, it feels airy and the boys love to play (and sleep) in it.

Thanks Danielle! Readers, visit Danielle at Boys Buildings Books & Berries.

(Images: Boys Buildings Books & Berries)

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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.