My Room: Sam

My Room: Sam

Carrie McBride
Jun 2, 2011

A true design feat: Heidi managed to make a car bed look good: When my son turned 2 we turned our guest room into his new big boy room (his new sister also needed the baby room since she was quickly outgrowing her bassinet). When it came to choosing a theme, it was easy! My husband and I both come from car families (we met at Watkins Glen) and as a child I always wanted a car bed (yes me, not my husband).

A lot of the other things we already had and just re-purposed. Furniture placement was tricky because we live in an old Victorian and the room has 2 radiators, 3 windows and 2 doors. And we also wanted to give Sam some floor space. The room still could use some small touches, but Sam loves it! I will be sad when he outgrows it. Now to decide if his younger sister Maisie should get a matching pink car bed (w/ LeMans Porsche 917 Pink Pig Livery color scheme)!

The Car Bed: A Modified Little Tikes Twin Size Car Bed (It is pretty easy to find these on Craig's List) painted to match the LeMans Porsche 917 Gulf Livery Paint Scheme (also seen in the 1971 LeMans movie staring Steve McQueen). We masked and spray painted the orange striping and added the Gulf decals. My husband would still like to hang a picture of Steve McQueen above the bed (I'm still not sure how I feel about this). I also sewed the striping details and number onto the Comforter.

The Dresser & Nightstand: We decided buy a new dresser and nightstand. I tried finding something on Craig's List but I really wanted a dresser with easy open drawers and we had limited floor space, so we needed one that was taller and not too wide. We bought them unfinished (American made) and stained them gray from Howard Hill Furniture.

The Chair: An old Ikea classic that use to sit in our Living Room (it reclines). I added the vintage scarf with classic car emblems to the back. I have had the scarf for years but never had a good place for it until now.

The Aerial Rug: I LOVE this rug. It is called the Flyover Rug from Land of Nod. I think it is interesting (it could be because of the years I spent drawing/making colorful planning maps) without being overly "kiddy" feeling but it is still good for pushing matchbox cars on.

The Chest: It is an old cedar lined chest from my grandparents. It still stores my grandmother's wedding dress. It is is pretty rough shape and I am still debating reconfiguring it to allow for toy storage.

The Sewing Desk: Okay so this really shouldn't be in his room, but it is pretty convenient to have it hear for when I need to sew. He actually likes watching me sew and has never bothered it (knock on wood). This use to be my husband's grandma's desk. The funny thing is that my grandma had the same exact desk! It will eventually move upstairs to my future craft room, but for now it works out well being here (plus I can look out the window while I sew).

Accessories: The pillow and sheets came from Dwell for Target Kids (no longer available). I bought a blue comforter from Bed Bath and Beyond and sewed on the orange fleece and piping. The curtains were clearance shower curtains (cut in 2) from CB2. I made the bunting for his baby room originally.

Paint: I actually painted the striped wall before we had kids (when it was the guest room). The wall had hideous wallpaper that I removed. They are painted in Martha Stewart's old line of paints. The other 3 walls are painted in Behr Sandstone Cliff.

Thanks Heidi! Readers, you can see more of Sam's room at Stately Kitsch.

(Images: Stately Kitsch)

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