James' Little Explorer Room

James' Little Explorer Room

Katie Steuernagle
Jul 11, 2012

Name: James (2.5)
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

The idea was to create a travel themed room for my little explorer. I absolutely love to travel and travel themed pieces are one of my favorite things to collect.

It's been months in the making, mostly because of my stalling on finishing the curtains and deciding on what to hang above his crib, but finally James's big boy room is complete. When I started dreaming up his room almost a year ago I decided that a huge old schoolroom map would be the centerpiece to the room. I found one on eBay that fit the bill (huge, full of bright colors, easy to read and an actual schoolroom map). It was purchased, and the first tick mark was made on James's room.

When he moved from his nursery to his big boy room in December much of the same elements were in place. Over the last few months I've only added the flags above his bed and the curtains that I finally found time to sew.

His room is full of tiny details that just make me happy. Here is only a small glimpse of it.

The schoolroom map is gigantic, taking up an entire wall. After much thought we decided to hang it over his dresser. We didn't want it to fall off the wall over his crib, because it is seriously so heavy. It looks amazing, and James already knows a few countries just because he loves to ask about it and point at the different colors. To the left is the door out to the hallway, and to the right of the map are his two shelves, filled with toys, books and travel themed mementos.

The two globes were gifts, Wolfy is on the top left, the vintage camera was James's great grandfather's, and the vintage binoculars were James's great great grandfathers (neat huh?!) A few small suitcases and a ocean liner shadow box finish out the collection.

I hemmed and hawed over what I wanted over James's crib for so so long. I didn't want anything that could hurt him if it ever fell on him, so a framed picture or poster was out. Finally, after months and months of thinking I decided on these Sailors Choice Nautical Code Flags. They were super easy to make with felt and my glue gun and they are so special. Not only do the tie in the travel theme nicely, but they spell "I love you."

Thanks, Jessica! Readers, visit Jessica at Happier Still.

(Images: Jessica/Happier Still)


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