E's Room
Alejandra Valera
Jan 27, 2010

Name: Kim Ludy (aka ethanollie) and Ethan, or as he prefers to be called, E.
Age: 6 and three quarters
Location: Framingham, Massachusetts


A wonderful collaboration between mother and child, E's room is a bold, fun room that invites a child to come in, explore, grow and dream. Lush woods, vibrant colors, a great map and globe collection, and a sweet mix of vintage pieces all come together to create a personal room that E can enjoy now and definitely grow into and continue enjoying. Take the full tour after the jump.

Just about every design decision in the room was made by 6-year-old E or as a mother/son team. Kim, writes, "…my boy…loves dark, deep, saturated color. The wall color, which I love, was a compromise. He wanted purple, I told him lavender. He settled for blue, I let him choose the shade."

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The boy himself. I pored through design blogs, Flickr streams and shelter mags. But ultimately E was the expert on his own space. He knew exactly what he wanted.

Favorite Element:
The closet fort and trap door. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't want one of those in his or her room? Myself included.

Biggest Challenge:
Letting go. I needed to completely scrap every notion of what i had in mind for this space when I realized he had such strong opinions on it.

What Friends Say:
"Wow. You finally finished!"

Proudest DIY:
(I'll speak for Ethan's Dad here...) The closet fort's trap door.

Biggest Indulgence:
The bed. We were going to use a cheapo twin mattress on a plain frame, but we splurged on a full size bed with a nice comfy mattress. Now we can all pile in for bedtime stories.

Best advice for those approaching the kid's room decorating process:
After your child gets to be of the age where they can communicate their opinions and tastes, you really should indulge them the best you can. After all, this is probably the only space in their world where they can be totally surrounded with only the things they love. It's also a great way to teach them about them decision making, compromise and process. For example, E won out on the wall colors, but I convinced him on the quilt.

Dream Source:
I can find just about anything I need at thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets. But I would love to shop guilt-free at some of the great on-line Japanese furniture stores such as Truck.

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• Bed - Mandal from Ikea
• Vintage Dresser - Salvation Army Thrift Store
• Vintage Danish Chest as nightstand eBay
• Vintage Polar Map - sourced for my shop Trampoline on etsy
• Lamp on nightstand eBay
• Quilt - solsticehome on etsy
• TeePee Art - Sweet Love Vintage on etsy
• Eames look alike chair - Sandwich Flea Market
• Chalkboard paint, Ben Moore wall paint and wood siding - the Home Depot

Thanks for sharing, Kim! To view more photos, visit Kim's Flick page.

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