Name: Waits (4.5)
Location: United States
I see a lot of bedrooms that seem to be designed more for the parents than for the actual kids. And I didn't want that. So, this definitely isn't some hip Scandi minimalist space, haha. I really just wanted to fill this teeny tiny room up to the top with the things that Waits loves, with items that interest him and that are meaningful in our lives. It's a good blend of vintage, family history, and hand-me-downs, combined with flashy, fun modern stuff. It's everything that he loves and it's all for him, and that's what matters to me.
The custom firetruck bunk bed was designed and built by my boyfriend Jeremy. The lights really light up. The control panel is real diamond plate steel, fitted with real switches and buttons. We got a real bumper, gauge, and steering wheel from the junk yard. And the fire hose and nozzle (which unravel far enough to reach the living room!) are real as well - a vintage model that we scored on eBay.
The art is a mix of local artists, thrifted/vintage treasures, and fun science stuff (my son is pretty science obsessed). There are a few personal pieces as well, like the drawing my good friend did for me in college. It's a sketch of imaginary "creepy crawlies" (because I did my undergraduate research on parasites). There's also a drawing of me and my ex husband and our son, which was done a few years ago. I feel like it's important to visually reinforce what we always tell Waits: that we are still a family.
We tore up the carpet and painted the beat up old hardwoods underneath. I did the ceiling myself. Oof, that was a project.
Thanks, Sayward! Readers, visit Sayward at Bonzai Aphrodite.