Rocky's Star Wars Nursery

Nursery Tour

Name & Ages: Rocky M Olsen III, 2 months old
Location: Grayslake, IL
Room Size: 10' x 10'

When Abbey submitted a few pictures of her son Rocky's Star Wars nursery, we must admit our heart skipped a beat. It is a perfect balance of tribute and taste that brings together a bunch of fun themed accents, a vintage piece of furniture and a cross-stich from Grandma and pulls it off beautifully. She even answered the age-old question of what to get the guy who has everything--a Wampa rug. Rocky, we envy you.

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How would you describe the look and feel of this room? We like to describe it as geek chic.

What is your favorite piece or element? Its hard to choose! The wampa is usually the first thing people comment on but we have a soft spot for the color changing light sabers above the crib and the Han Solo quote.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room? The biggest challenge had to be not going too far.... When you have a Star Wars theme it's easy to go tacky quickly. We tried to stick to a simple color palette and keep it fun but sophisticated.

What do your friends say about the room? All women I have told so far kind of cringe when I first mention it but then once they see the pictures they LOVE it. All men, without exception say they wish they had a room like it, not when they were kids necessarily, but right now.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a themed room? Theme rooms are easy to overdo. You don't need a picture or logo or emblem on everything in the room for it to relate to the theme. Colors and textiles can speak volumes. Remember to keep it simple! We also decided that it would be best to use things that could be removed easily in case he decided Star Wars wasn't for him (gasp). The vinyl can be removed from the wall without hurting the paint and the wall color is neutral enough that it will work as he grows.

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If money were no object, what's your dream source? If money were no object I would have loved to put in an Eames lounger in the corner, new flooring and lined custom drapes...but hey babies are expensive enough ;).

That being said, what was your biggest splurge? Nothing in the room really broke the bank. The webcam and wampa rug are probably the two most expensive items in his room.

Did you paint the furniture black or did it come that way? Did you balk at all about putting black furniture in a nursery? We actually chose the black crib before we decided on the theme, that then dictated the color of the rest of the pieces. It is a lifetime crib so it turns into a toddler bed and then a full bed frame for when he is older. we figured when he grows up he would like a more grown up bed set. The black turned out to be a blessing and really goes with the theme; it added the darker element of "space" without us having to go so dark on the paint color.

How/why did you choose that particular quote above the crib? I wouldn't have thought of it, but it's sort of perfect for a little boy's room. The quote is one of my favorite parts of the room. Thank goodness for Google...I did a search on Empire Strikes Back quotes and wanted to find one that was not so common. As soon as I spotted that one I knew it was THE one.

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At what age will you show him the movies (or has he seen them already?) And, in what order? We sat down and had a Star Wars marathon a few weeks back that he sat through, but that was more for his big sister who is 8. Once he is old enough to watch a whole movie, the order will be 4,5 and 6 (the laser disc rips with Han shooting first, none of that Greedo shooting first stuff) and then 1,2 and 3.

Resources:

Paint Colors: Valspar Lolite and Sterling Blue
Wampa Rug, Boba Fett lamp, My little geek ABC, Mad scientist blocks, Wall mounted light sabers, and plush X-wing Fighter, Millenium Falcon, At At Walker, and Yoda: ThinkGeek
Vintage print Star Wars sheet set (twin that I sewed into crib sheets), Darth Vader soft bucket, Long Long Ago pillow and Darth Vader night light: Pottery Barn Kids
Vinyl decals (including the custom quote above crib): Eighty8inc
Star Wars Mobile above changing table: Salty and Sweet
70's Retro chair: a transplant from my husband's grandmother's house that he brought with him when he moved to Illinois
• The cross-stitch was recently created by my husband's grandmother. She came up with the idea to cross-stitch the rebel alliance symbol under his name.

Thanks Abbey! Be sure to visit Abbey's blog to keep tabs on how her little jedi is doing.

(Images: Abigail Olsen)

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