Julian and I went back and forth for a while about what and how we wanted to decorate Luke’s big boy room. We knew what he wanted so took all that into account as we chose things for his new room and even though he was picking things out for his room he never saw it until it was all completed. I’ll never forget that look of surprise on his face when he saw it all done! He loved it so much that he’s never looked back and wanted to be in his old room…mission accomplished. We really wanted it to be a sanctuary for him so he could have his own space and he spends quite a bit of time there reading or playing, especially when I am getting ready or taking a shower which works perfectly when we both need a little space!
We had friends who were getting rid of their pillows and pictures that just happened to match this bedding set from Ikea so we scored BIG time and were able to get a few extras for free – always a bonus! He has the pillows down the side of his bed and uses it as a little hideout. The “LUKE” metal vintage letters were cheap from Hobby Lobby.
We painted the room with gray on top, a bright orange stripe and bright blue on the bottom half of the room. I originally wanted the blue on all the walls and Julian was thinking it would be too much…he was right and I love how the bright orange stripe adds that pop of color. The orange pictures Luke says are his favorite part of his new room – we got plain wood picture frames from Ikea and used left over orange paint so they match perfectly. There is one picture of him with each of us and one fun one of just him.
You will notice the book “section” of the room takes up quite a bit of space – we are HUGE book readers and I’ve found that even though I can’t get down and play with him with this big ol’ belly I have been taking part of the day to lay in his bed or mine and we read together for a good 45 minutes at least. I want to continue to try and make time to do this with him after the baby arrives because he loves it and I know how much he’s learning just by reading and it’s one on one time I know he will be needing once his sister arrives. With my mom being a 1st grade teacher (now 4th grade) for so long I am loving the fact that she gives me crates and crates of books and for Luke it’s like Christmas each time he sees new books. I feel like it’s easy to get bored with reading the same old books (and they’re too expensive to buy!) so when I start to feel this way we head over to my parents house and we are able to switch out stacks of books. It’s better than a library because they’re all SO good…and there’s no fees if I forget to return them! I will usually find him sitting in his chair with one of his books and I plan to use the white book shelf for “Seasonal” books…we are starting to get out the Fall and Halloween books now! One of our favs is called “Riding the Elevator” which teaches them math skills by riding the elevator and adding and subtracting the floors to get where they need to go. They don’t even know they’re learning, which at this age I think is most important!
Last but not least is the closet. This is only one side of the closet which we got a hanging organizer from Target. It was about $50 for everything, including the little bins that fit in any of the cubes. This is totally customizable I can make the hanging sections for t-shirts and shorts a lot wider if I have more to hang. It was simple and quick to put up without spending a ton of money. The other side of his closet is nearly empty with some winter clothes and his dirty clothes hamper.
The hooks for his room are gray behind his door for his towel – they have lots of different colors and it’s so easy to put up without marking the walls or doors!
What are your kids favorite things in their room? Did you splurge on something for design purposes that you love?!