But first I wanted to say thank you to Kim from the beautiful blog Savvy Southern Style for allowing me to guest post on her blog last Friday! I got to share all about my favorite room and it was such an honor to be featured on such a gorgeous blog! Welcome to anyone coming over from SSS – I'm so glad to have you here! In case you missed it you can go here to read all about my favorite room.
Stephanie, the homeowner, recently moved to a new state and wanted help with the finishing touches of her second floor. She is working on finishing several spaces and was on a tight budget, so we opted to focus on her two top-priority spaces. Ya'll know I'm all about watching the budget : ) Today I'm sharing our plan for her four-year-old son's room. Since we don't have kids, this was a fun one for me to be able to do.
Here is the before picture of the space. She already had the furniture, but needed finishing touches to tie it all together. She had already chosen a nautical theme and navy, red and white as the colors, so we went from there. The layout needed to stay essentially the same for reasons of practicality, so we chose to inject color and interest into the room with fun accessories and textures. She's also planning on painting the bed black to tie in with the hutch and give a cohesive feel.
I was hoping to achieve a Pottery Barn Kids look without the price tag. I wanted the room to feel pulled together and intentional but still very fun.
She already had the plaid bedding, and I suggested she pair it with a wide navy and white sheet set from Target, then make the bed like the photo below from Holly Mathis to show both patterns. I love mixing patterns like plaid and stripes to add layers to a look!
Stephanie also requested open wall shelving, and I thought this shelving unit from IKEA fit the bill with its clean lines but industrial feel. I suggested she wrap the tension wires with jute or rope to add an extra nod to the nautical look.
I also wanted to add a few items that could grow up with him, since kids change so fast. This side table goes great with a nautical little boy space, and can stick around for a more industrial pre-teen or teenage room. The lamp is classic enough to stay too. And I just loved these little whale tail hooks for a bit of subtle whimsy!
Stephanie also wanted a cozy place for her son to play and read. Since it's a small space, I thought a little reading nook under the window with a floor cushion and a few pillows would be a fun hideout. The rug is soft and perfect for playing, but adds lots of texture and interest to the room. He can stash his favorite items and books in the metal wall pockets nearby.
This was such a fun space to work on! I am just dying to see how Stephanie pulls it all together! I know it will be darling!
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