Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Little Guy's Room


No, not that little guy...

This one.

And can I just say, this picture is the perfect representation of him. You see, my boy is a perfect combination of sporty and nerdy. Please know, I view "nerdy" as a top dog compliment. In fact, I could really do without the sporty thing....but I suppose there is still time for that ship to sail.

My two biggest hopes for my children have been that they would love Jesus and that they would love reading. (And that they wouldn't be picky eaters, but I'm only allowed to list two hopes here, so that one will have to wait.)

A boy this unique should have a room that reflects his passions and his eccentricities, right?

When we moved in, his room was the "Horse Room", complete with mauve carpet.

Call me crazy, but it just didn't suit him.

So, we made a few changes...

It all started with the lockers. They were my Mother's Day gift last year. We found them here. (The lockers are securely anchored to the wall.)

I wanted to paint them grey or something less...red. I'm just not a red person. Sorry.

Then I remembered that they were not for me, they were for Calvey. And his favorite color is red. And it would be dumb to make him fit into my world where things match and look a certain way.

Because he's just a little guy. He's an amazing kid, so he deserves a room that he loves.

Who gives a rip if it doesn't fit the mold? Not me. I say, bring it on.

He's a little bit Astronomy. A little bit Davis cup.

His room is not overly styled and it's no where near perfect. But he's 4 and he's ok with that.

The sheets were found at TJ Maxx, the comforter was $13 at Target. I don't love it...but that's not really the point. $13. Dollars. And he's already had a bloody nose on it and even though I got the stain out, it would have been alright if I hadn't.

The prints hanging above the bed are pages from a vintage kids encyclopedia. There is one for basketball (his true love), one for baseball, one for football. I got the frames for $2 each at Hobby Lobby.

Have I mentioned that he's a pack-rat? Rest assured, his congressional handbook is never far from reach.

This blanket is one of my favorite things in his room. I found it at my favorite Tipp City antiques store for $6. The colors were perfect and it was vintagey and Summer-campy, which isn't exactly a combination you trip over every day.

I also found these locker baskets there and talked my Dad into making me this cool cabinet for them.

And did I mention that he's a bit of a pack rat?

He tells me all of the time how cool his room is.

Makes me smile, every time.

I'm not gonna lie, it's fun being a bit obsessive. It works for me.

But I love watching my kids express themselves in ways that are all their own. They have plenty of years ahead of them to be proper. To match. To organize. To tidy.

Just play nice, that's all I ask.

**I'm linking this up to the DIY day at A Soft Place to Land. Go check it out!

54 comments:

  1. I love it!!!! Tell Calvey that I think his room is totally cool! (I really love the put together look that isn't too put together.) :)

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  2. love the lockers. SOOOO MUCH. I have been looking for some for my workout room. THOSE ARE FABBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB!!!

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  3. His room is adorable. I spied that blanket before you mentioned it and fell in love, It is perfect!

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  4. I just opened up my computer and saw that sweet little face at the top of my reader board...it gave me the biggest grin! What a doll! Love the lockers and the bins. What a cool room for a wee little genius.

    : )

    Julie M.

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  5. That's a great room! I love it! My oldest boy is a total nerd, just like his father, so I know just what a compliment that is. :)
    Oh and I need that play nice sign for our playroom please.

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  6. I could not agree with your more! Amazing lockers great color. My hubby and son love b-ball too. Awesome room Calvey! lulu

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  7. That is a great boy's room. Love it, love it!!!

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  8. Good for you for letting the kids find their own style. I wish I had been a little looser in that area. The lockers and baskets are the coolest thing for a boys room. I love it all.

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  9. LOVE IT - love everything! Great little boy's room! May God bless bless and protect all his time in his room! Thank you so sharing him and it with us!

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  10. Aloha,
    Calvey is a doll, you are having so much fun as you should , it really is a blink and they are 19 out the door with the dinner you spent the afternoon preparing in their hands and a wave and a kiss......life is Grand:)

    The room is very kool! love the Play nice picture...I have 4 teens and I need that...still!!
    Aloha Wishes
    Brandi

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  11. are those little plush octupi? or are they spiders? cute.

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  12. I love his room!!! It looks fantastic...and I love how you made it for your son...it makes it all the better...and oh how I be that melts your heart and you smile when he says how much he loves it!

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  13. Very nice, very nice- super simple & perfectly boy.

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  14. That Calvy...love that nickname by the way...is just the cutest thing ever! And the lockers...you really should get the super cool Mom award for those! Love it all. ~mary~

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  15. No wonder he loves his room, it's awesome! He might be a pack rat, but it looks like he is an organized one!

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  16. what a special room for a special boy! the lockers and bins are great.

    i can totally relate with you on all his little 'treasure collections' :) :)

    you did a great job on his room....where is the "play nice" pic from?

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  17. For being such a pack rat, he's still pretty tidy! I an a recovering pack rat and my room was never that neat growing up ! :)

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  18. tell c his digs are seriously awesome.

    also, your second hope brought to mind this quote:

    'I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.' ~Anna Quindlen

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  19. He has a super cool room. I love the red lockers and cubby baskets. Seems to fit him and it's not little boyish at all. Love your list for things you want for them. Pretty much matches mine:)

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  20. It's adorable! I think nerdy is a great thing to be - men are attractive if they like to learn - so you are shaping up a good man :)

    The lockers are brilliant - I saw some at my local hotspot "AKA" a nasty bargain basement - I need to get there to get them for my kids play room - they would be perfect!!

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  21. Calvey is adorable and so is his room,love the pictures, hey Farmgirl, your writing is so interesting, even when you are just writing about Calvey's room....ever think of writing something????

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  22. oh my goodness, i found so much inspiration in this post. in our new/ old house (well the garage....)there are some old lockers from the explosives plant that my grandparents worked at. i have been wanting to salvage them in some way. unlike you, i love red! i wish we could trade. and just the other day i found these crazy old encyclopedias that i had no idea what to do with. i will be in search of truck pictures tonight fo sho. also....super triple love those storage bins and the cabinet your dad made. girl, you are good. that is one cute boys room.

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  23. Just perfect Shannan, His room is seems to fit him and his personality! I love the lockers and the metal baskets...love em! I just asked the pool man the other day for lockers in my son's room and he flat out said no, they will fall on him...hmmm...whatever! I love the red and I will love it for you, cause you don't! Thanks for sharing, so perfect!

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  24. What a cool room and a cool kid! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. super cute room!

    if you're on a mission to make me feel like i suck in this area, you are totally a success.

    just so you know:)

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  26. Love the room, love that stinkin' blanket! The locker baskets are drool-worthy, and Calvin is fantastic. Wonnerful...wonnerful.

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  27. His room is fun, and sporty, and vintage, and smart all rolled into one. I loved it! And I love those locker baskets, a lot.

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  28. Cute room! I think all little boys are pack rats!!!

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  29. Love the red room and it seems perfect for Calvin. I wish I would have snatched up a set of those darling red lockers for myself - i hate that I wait so long on things like that. Anyways, great job as always :)

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  30. I am totally going to steal the locker idea for my little athlete's room! He is also a nerdy athlete! Got to love it!
    Awesome room!

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  31. Sista...you got style you got grace and I LOVE it!!

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  32. Isn't it so much fun to give your kids nice things? I love helping my daughter make her room perfect and unique.

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  33. Oh I love his room! It's perfection. Those lockers? Swoony! You make me wish I had a little boy to decorate for. Wanna share Calvin? We totally dig the nerds in this house too!

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  34. his room is just perfect!! i love it & i bet he does too! what a score on the lockers & baskets! woW!!

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  35. Love the lockers...We must be almost neighbors. I live in Dayton area. I noticed you mentioned Tipp City. Thats about 20 mins from me....I enjoy coming to your blog to see whats new...Tammie

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  36. His room fits Calv,He is one of a kind, and He is all ours! Don't forget his Mommy was a pack rat too. Can't wait to see how Silas will be, but it doesn't matter, we love him already.

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  37. I adore that sign! Where did you find it? He is just a doll. That smile would make me happy on my grumpiest of days.

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  38. The lockers are awsome! So is his room, I can see why he loves it. Your little guy is soooo cute!

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  39. Thanks for the ideas! My girls are very limited on storage, the lockers are a great solution.

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  40. Oh wow! His room is so great!

    I agree....the blanket thrift find was brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing:)

    lyns

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  41. I am loving Calvin's room. I also have that problem with my 10 year old's room. Purple just doesn't match the "theme" of the rest of my house, but she LOVES it, so what can I say? Home Again....ALSO my FAV store ever. The owner is wonderful and never hesitates to look in the back for whatever I'm looking for. I once dropped a hint that I saw something you bought at the store, and you posted about it. He thought it was great.

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  42. I love this room - so cool! Right up my street as I don't like overstyled rooms either. Love your blog - have given you a Kreativ Blogger Award x

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  43. How our boys and girls ended up being so much alike is beyond me. Wyatt is a total combination of nerd and sports dude too. I love the lockers!!!

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  44. i LOVE this room!!!!
    don't ever paint those lockers! :)

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  45. His room is awesome. And you are the BEST Mom!!!

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  46. Do you know what color you painted his bed? It's hard to find a blue color that's not too dark navy, but also not too 80's country blue! I have a similar bed for one of my boys that needs painting.
    Cute room!

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  47. His room looks adorable - LOVE the RED lockers!
    Good for you for decorating with him in mind, so sweet that he recognizes it!

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  48. Great job on his room and it's really something he can grow with, not "themey".

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  49. 50 comments! But you deserve it! I just stumbled across your blog and am in love! I rarely stay a few secs on any given blog but yours stopped me dead in my tracks. You've got talent chica!! Not only in your decorating but your writing as well!! That's hard to find nowadays. Consider me one of your groupies now :)

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  50. Oh I just love his room. Such cute ideas. Love that your dad made you a cabinet. I am forever asking my poor dad to make this, create that. I just today found your blog. I'll be back for sure.

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  51. I love looking at idea's for boys rooms! As a mother of two boys then it's great to see what others have done. I am currently redoing my 3 year old room into something he loves and it's so fun to see the excitement in his eyes each time I add something new. Thanks for a great post and very neat boys room!

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