Monday, August 3, 2009

A bedroom fit for a wee world traveler

Today it is back to school for Sweet Boy. Woo hoo! When school ended in early May the boy and I made a "to do wishlist" and I am happy to say Sweet Boy deemed it a successful summer. I however am just exhausted. :)

Let's celebrate by showing you his finished room. (Although as Mr. Decor says, nothing in our home is ever finished, it is merely between transformations. :)
Back in December I showed you a
curtain topper I had made for sweet boys room. This window treatment was affectionately named the raggamonster. Yet somehow a great deal of time has passed before I finally got around to showing you the rest of his room.


To give you a bit of background on how the rooms style was selected, you need to know that one of sweet boys favorite tv shows is The Amazing Race. One evening last fall he said to me, "Mama, I've had a train room for a long, long time. I am getting bigger now and I would like an AMAZING room." I knew instantly what he meant and thought it would be so much fun to create a room fit for a world traveler. But I was sad to see the room of his toddlerhood go. The train bedding was selected from Patch Magic and I just loved it.

(If you love the train bedding too please email me as I am selling this gently used set. The curtains were shortened with stitch witchery and can easily be let back down to their full 84 inch length. )


Soon after our conversation I found myself at the Rose Bowl flea market. There I discovered a vintage school room map, a globe, a few suitcases and other accessories. Sweet boy selected a color from the map and we repainted the room "Glass Bottom Boat" by Martha Stewart.


A few old travel posters and other artwork helped to set the theme of the room.



A ship for the seafaring traveler...




For those who love to fly the friendly skies...



How about some very old maps?



Vintage post cards featuring far off places are displayed on a wire memo board.


Don't you just adore the pith helmet? It always makes me think of Hunter Van Pelt in Jumanji.



The huge vintage school map fills up the large wall space quite nicely.



Above the closet is a large niche that I filled with an old globe, a few suitcases and a plane and pirate ship built by the world traveler's father.


The bedside table holds a pair of wooden shoes, and vintage radio and camera equipment.


The dresser holds another globe that is often carried into the living room when sweet boy watches T.A.R. It helps him to see where in the world Phil is. I often tell clients to make sure that their mirrors (particularly those placed above a fireplace) reflect something of beauty. Thankfully, I practice what I preach. :)



The next two posts will feature various elements that I made for this room and how you can recreate them for your own home.

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58 comments:

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

I hope your sweet boy has a wonderful school year. His room looks fantastic. I love the globe on the dresser. The maps are great incentives to learn new things and can spark lots of "talk".

Have a good week.

Charla

Alison Gibbs said...

What a fun room he now has.
Alison

Liz said...

This is definitely a big boy room! Very amazing!

~Liz

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great makeover on your son's room. I'll bet he's thrilled.

Have a great week!

Tina

Christine Edwards said...

A very cute room for the young traveler. It seems so atypical of a young boy without super heroes, Star Wars and the like...but what a lot of fun he'll have imagining all of the wonderful places to go around the world.

Joy said...

Absolutely perfect boy's room!

LiLi M. said...

Hello Laura, Chapeau to you! Not only has this world traveler room turned out fantastic, you did it in Summer vacation! Applause! My son (13) has asked us a 1000 times this vacation, when do we finally start making over his toy story (!) bed room and all we did is going to Ikea. Which in fact was very fruitful, we saw a very big map and we all liked it, so perhaps we can go for the world traveler room too. I'm awaiting the next two posts with a little impatience!
Have a great start of the week! (ah, I forgot, having this done IS a great start of the week!)

Debra said...

Your son got the perfect room from T.A.R and you made it happen. When my three sons were little their rooms were boring. This is our first year we don't have to school shop, their in collage now. Big boys, wow that was fast.
Enjoy,
Debra

Lou Cinda said...

I LOVE this room! It is so precious! I especially love those ragamonster curtains!

I wish my sweet boys (19 and 17) were little again!

Great job!

Lou Cinda :)

Toddler Crafts Susan said...

We had a romantic weekend for our wedding anniversary and were overwelmed at the amazing apartments and great views.

Songbirdtiff said...

What a fun room! It looks like a wonderful place where a boy could daydream about all the places he would like to travel.

theselfloveproject said...

i really like that wire memo board...

do come on over..we have our weekly post put up!

Natasha Burns said...

what a fabulous room!!! love the map detail, maps are wonderful as art

Marie Antionette said...

How darling...Everything is just wonderful for a boys room.He has so much to look at.Love the old furniture.Great job.No boy could have bette...XXOO Marie Antionette

Toddler Crafts Susan said...

Dude,

Your bedroom looks very romantic. Its very difficult o kept the room so clean and besutiful. Really your husband must be a lucky man. You can have a romantic night all the way.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

How great is this room. This is wonderful.

Kitty Scraps said...

Beautiful room for a traveler of any age. I love the wall color!

downhomeliving said...

I love his room you did a wonderful job.

Blessings,

Linda

Jennifer said...

That room really does look AMAZING, and very big boy (sniff).

Lisa Anne said...

His room came out so nice. I really like it. I can't believe school is about to start. I'm just in shock that my son starts the 4th grade very soon. I'm saddened but excited at the same time.

A Hint of Home said...

What a great job you have done. I'm sure your son is going to enjoy it for years to come. Thanks for sharing all the steps with us.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very nice, Laura! I love when kids get involved in the decorating of their rooms and when their parents listen to what they want.

Deanna said...

It was fun to visit your blog today.
Thx for sharing with us.
It is so neat to see what you have going on.
Enjoy Met Monday and posted for the first time this week.
It was a gosl of mine to post.
Blessings to you from Kansas,
d

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Love the soft colors!

Willow said...

The room is wonderful. My grandson is into maps too.

Willow

Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly said...

This room is precious, love the color and the maps and everything.

Linda said...

Here's to you and your sweet boy and a new, wonderful school year! :) I absolutely love what you've done with his room!! I'm also amazed that he allows such order and coordination, as my Sarah insists that her room be all her own - I had a little say so on some of the decorating, but normally it's a mess of teen posters and the like.

So, anyway - I'm impressed!

DarcyLee said...

What a great boy's room! I'm big on geography, too. It is hard when our kids move from toddlerhood to big-kidhood, isn't it?

Frugal Fine Living said...

Laura, that is one fabulous room redo! I love it all ... the wall color, the bedding, the dresser, and the artwork. Can you tell me where you found the memo board?

Thanks,

Jane

Brenda said...

I love the look of old and new maps. And he'll learn geography at the same time in his room!
Brenda

Linda said...

I love all those maps. They are so fun and I love learning where everything is located! Linda

Coastal Sisters said...

Laura...his room looks wonderful!

LuLu~*xoxo

Karen said...

Hi Laura, I have been waiting all summer to see that completed room and it was worth the wait, fabulous! I especially love the view in the mirror. You have a special son with a special room. Will we get to see the Fashionista's apt.? Hope so!
Karen

Beth said...

As a mom to two little boys, this post is near to my heart! I'm just waiting for them to outgrow their dinosaur bedroom and be ready for a "big boy" room. You did a fantastic job at creating a fun yet sophisticated haven your kiddo. Nicely done.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I hope your "sweet boy" has a great school year. He certainly has a wonderful room, thanks to his sweet Mom!!! You make it all look so easy. Thanks so much for all your inspiration. You are a very talented lady. Have a great week. Love & blessings from NC!

Martha said...

It's a great room for a world traveler -- perfection, really.

Terry said...

Boats, planes, maps, yeah, yeah, yeah. Those are can't miss boy things! You don't call him "sweet" in front of your friends or his? That is horribly embarrassing from boys of all ages.

Mildred said...

That is truly an Amazing Room! I love it and I hope he has a great year.

DesignTies said...

Fantastic room for your boy! I especially like the prints maps and things on the walls.

Just a quick note to thank you for dropping by DesignTies and leaving such a great comment about the transformation of my nesting tables. We love how they've turned out!

Victoria @ DesignTies

Toddler Crafts Onna said...

WoW!! Laura-that is an amazing room you designed with your little guy! I love all the little details you added!! Terrific!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I adore ;o) your son's room...it is amazing! Love the vintage feel....great job!!!!!

Caroline said...

What an 'amazing' room Laura. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your son will enjoy this room for years to come.

The Stylish House said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you for visiting my site, it was nice to have your company! Childhood is fleeting and you have created a wonderful haven for your little guy to dream about his future and explore the world. I lived in a far away land for 5 years in Dubai, so I have a special appreciation for your choice of the world traveler theme.
Enjoy this day!
Cathy

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

Wow, what a great room for your little traveler! I bet he can't wait to have all his friends over. You have done a fantastic job. I love it!

My big girls, 17 and 15, are going back to school this Friday. I can't believe how fast the time flies. Hold on tight to your little man, he will need a REALLY big boy room before you know it!

Blessings,

Teresa <><
http://toomanyheartbeats.blogspot.com/

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Wonderful room! My son's is the same color scheme, but beach-themed! Very restful!

PamperingBeki said...

Oh that turned out so cute! And I LOOOOVE Amazing Race too.

Jeannine said...

Amazing! And it's a room he'll grow with for a lot longer than trains. You did a lovely job.

The DIY Show Off said...

What an awesome room! I love the theme - you did a great job with it!

Roeshel

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How cute - so many cute ideas. I bet he is really proud of his new room.

Florida Sue said...

What a wonderful room for your son! I love big maps, globes and posters. The paint color is so perfect. He is one lucky little guy to have such a talented Mom...

Susie Q said...

This is just so wonderful! I love it and I know your son does as well. What a great idea for a theme and one he can grow with...I just love the travel treasures!

Warmly,
Sue

Centsational Girl said...

Oh how I love maps in boys rooms. You did such a wonderful job. I love the niche so much !

Kate

Little Lovables said...

It turned out great! My son would love this room.

ImagineCozy said...

I love a room make-over! And what a fun one this was. The theme was such a great on for a boy and it will last for quite a few years.

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

Love the basket....thanks for the link and for visiting my blog!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

The room is looking great, and I loved reading about your projects! I want to stencil some burlap to make a seat cover with so I'm on the hunt for some number stencils...I want them to look exactly like yours...that sort of old timey general stencil font. I'm going to do our house # and place the chair inside our front door (I think. :-)

perilloparodies said...

Great Job!! Once again... How do you keep the postcards from getting ruined and becoming dog-earred by gravity???

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

OH, my son would LOVE that airplane art! What a cool room!