My Room: Oliver

My Room: Oliver

Carrie McBride
Oct 7, 2011

Think a sloped ceiling is a design challenge? Embrace it and make something special. Heather shares: My nephew, Oliver, is a special kid, but there was nothing special about his room. His dad (my brother) bought a vintage trunk at a consignment shop when Oli was six months old. It looked a bit like an old traveling trunk, and had images of airplanes. He was seeing maps. We decided to turn the challenging sloped walls of Oliver's attic bedroom into an asset, blowing up the continents and painting them around the room.

We wanted to keep the travel theme very loose, and incorporated vintage airplanes on the dresser but also some nautical references in the rope motif on the ceramic dresser knobs and the rope handles on the orange tote bags, hung for storage on the wall.

The room originally had a crib, changing table and dresser, all on one side of the room. To make better use of the length of the room, we created a play area in one side, with toy storage topped with a bench seat, and a little reading nook. There's plenty of floor space to spread out with toys, too.

This room was a total labor of love, with Oliver's mom sewing curtains and his grandmother making the striped cushions on the toy storage with help from a friend. The mural was a gift from me. We kept the palette sophisticated enough that this room will grown with Oliver for years to come.

Source List:
Toy storage and striped fabric: Ikea
Plaid fabric: S.R. Harris
Dresser knobs: Pier 1
Tote bags as storage: Old Navy
Trunk and rocker: vintage

Thanks Heather! Readers, find Heather at Love Your Space, the online home of her decorating service and blog.

(Images: Heather Peterson)

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