I have to admit I’m slightly embarrassed that it took over six months to finally share C’s big kid room. Between client projects, school, holidays and the fact that a 5 year old (and his daily mess) actually lives here, putting together the last few pieces took a back seat. So after many, many months, it’s finally here – the Classically Cool Boys Room Reveal!
Because everyone loves a good before and after, let’s start with what the room looked like before. And excuse me while I sob over how old my kids seem now compared to just last summer 😭.
If you remember my design plan for the room, the intent was to always keep the striped accent wall and layer in furniture, art and accessories that were decidedly more boy and would grow with him. Overall his room came out exactly as I envisioned. It captures everything I think a boys room should have – classic furnishings, playful accessories, timeless patterns and textures and plenty of storage. But most importantly, it captures the heart of the boy who lives here – he even wanted to take it to show and tell at school one day (cue happy tears).
This bed (the Oscar from Incy Interiors) is really perfect for a boys room. The height is adjustable, so you can lower it for the little ones and raise it when they’re older. We keep it on the highest setting, which allows us to keep rolling toy bins behind the bedskirt. I kept the bedding super simple with a plain white duvet from Ikea. The duvet and insert washes easily and I don’t stress about messes since it was so affordable. McGee & Co’s Newport Cross Pillow and a beautiful black check wool throw from High Street Market add contrast and texture.
When designing kids rooms, storage has to be one of the biggest considerations. Even if you have a separate playroom, if you have kids you know they quickly amass so much stuff! Toys, art, rocks they find outside, my kids want to hold onto everything. BUT, I’ve noticed if I give them enough places to put their things, they are also happy to tuck them away. With some nudging of course! I find a good mix of dedicated storage (where everything has its place) plus flex storage works well for maintaining order. Open cube shelving is so versatile and is a great choice for kids rooms. These braided wool baskets are workhorses and easily stash books and toys that don’t fit neatly on the shelves. Plus they are beautiful and durable – win, win!
This wall desk from West Elm is one of my favorite pieces. Sadly, this exact one is no longer available, but they do carry similar options. The rich wood tone and brass details bring some warmth to the mostly white and cool blue room. Its mid-century look feels current but also fits well with the vintage elements in the space. I intended to get a leather stool for the desk, but this storage ottoman we already had worked perfectly and made sense to keep for now.
I’ve owned this vintage dresser for almost 20 years and I think it was made for a boys room. New hardware is a great way to give old furniture a new look and I updated this piece with aged brass pulls. The vintage globe was an Etsy find (similar here) and the black first aid box works as another versatile catchall. The phases of the moon chart is from Crate and Kids and I just love how it brings this whole vignette together.
Can we talk about the other art in the room?? This amazing Han Solo print from Etsy brings so much edginess to the room. A Star Wars room was C’s only real request when we started this process, so this print was one of the first design elements we settled on. It gives him the Star Wars theme room he wants without being over the top (which is what I want). And this little fox portrait is everything. I had my eye on it for a long time and knew it would work perfectly with the feel of the room.
Sleeping is obviously the main purpose of the room, but without a playroom a ton of play happens here too. We’ve had the teepee for several years and it’s the perfect spot for hide and seek, reading, sleepovers and quickly shoving toys out of the way. Behind the teepee are some wall shelves for more books and hooks for a dress up zone.
The rug was the last piece to come in and took me forever to find what I really wanted. I originally planned on using a different rug in an 8×10, but once all the furniture was in place I realized something smaller would better accomodate traffic flow from the room’s two entrances (one from the hall and one from a shared bathroom). I’m really happy with the rug we ended up with (found here). It’s plush and the subtle pattern is very similar to the original look I had in mind.
The room looks so different even though we ended up repurposing so many things we already owned. It feels cool and collected yet still age appropriate. I hope you enjoyed this reveal as much as C enjoys his new(ish) room. Thanks for following along!
GET THE LOOK
1| Space Cowboy Print 2| Geometric Concrete Bookends 3| Framed Fox Portrait 4| Millennium Falcon Patent Print 5| Do Your Best Pennant 6| Linden Mid-Century Wall Desk (desk in color shown has sold out, similar can be found here)7| Curvilinear Mid-Century Table Lamp 8| Newport Cross Pillow 9| Schoolhouse Letter Pillow (sold out find similar here) 10| Wooden Stool with Leather Seat 11| Prism Stool 12| Oscar Twin Bed 13| Plaid Throw Blanket 14| Beige Wool Rug 15| Huntington Baskets 16| Kallax Shelf Unit
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