April 11, 2013

Carson’s Room Reveal

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally done!! Welcome to Carson’s baseball/dino bedroom. Come on in…let’s take a tour, shall we?
Toddler boys room from Just The Bee's Knees
If you remember back to when I started planning Carson’s room, he asked for a Cincinnati Reds/Dino room. After some unsuccessful persuasion to steer him in another direction, I decided to embrace his requests and just go for it. After all, it’s his room, right?! And everyone (even 3 1/2 year olds) deserve a space that reflects them and they enjoy spending time in. So my goal was to incorporate baseballs and dinosaurs without making it feel like a themed room.  A space that will grow as he grows. A fun space just for him.

Boys bedroom from Just The Bee's Knees
You may have noticed already that the ceiling is red!  I knew I wanted to keep the walls neutral and the furnishings sleek and simple, so the red ceiling was the perfect solution to bring in some bold color without overwhelming the space. I’m usually not one for painting ceilings, but it really makes a statement here and the room would just not feel the same if I stuck with plain white.
 DIY chalkboard from Just The Bee's Knees
Since the bed is so low to the ground, there was such a large space on the wall to fill. I knew I wanted something  oversized to hang up there, but I was terrified Carson would pull it down and get hurt. I made the
chalkboard by painting a square with chalkboard paint then attaching 1"x4 planks of pine to the wall to create the frame. Now I have a blank canvas and the “art” can change as quickly as Carson changes his mind! (which is quite often.) I drew a dinosaur in a Reds uniform in celebration of opening day here in Cincinnati last week!

oversized chalkboard from Just The Bee's Knees
Boys dinosaur bedroom from Just The Bee's KneesStriped duvet
I fell in love with a navy striped duvet from Serena and Lilly, but the price tag…not so in love with. $180! Ouch! I found this alternative from Target. And it only cost $29.99. Much better. As far as the actual bed goes, you can read here as to why we chose to move Carson into a full bed straight from the crib, as well where we bought it.

Reading nook Ikea pendant lightIkea childrens chair makeover from Just The Bee's Knees
A reading nook to the left of the bed is the perfect place for him to chill with a good book. I revamped a child’s Poang chair from Ikea by painting the frame white and recovering the seat cushion with this fun fabric from New Mom designs. (Update! See the full tutorial here!) A modern Knappa pendant lamp from Ikea instead of a floor lamp makes a great statement piece.

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Some Invisible Floating Book Shelves fit perfectly in between the two windows and hold all of Carson’s favorite books. I made the Roman blinds myself using Premier Prints ZigZag Twill Storm fabric from  Fabric.com The design with the grommets on the bottom happened as I accidently cut the fabric too short for the blinds and had to come up with a solution to lengthen them.  Best mistake I ever made! I LOVE how they turned out! (Click here for the tutorial!)

Roman blind with grommets from Just The Bee's Knees
On the other side of the bed, I created a small floating nightstand from an inexpensive $7 Ikea shelf and turned a $10 wire basket from Home Goods into a rolling book cart.

Shelf turned nightstand from Just The Bee's KneesDIY wire basket with castors from Just The Bee's Kneestoddler boy bedroom from Just The Bee's Knees
I styled his existing dresser with an acrylic number sign I found at the flea market last year for $3 along with some fun vintage childrens books that were actually my Mom’s when she was a child. (Anyone else grow up with Noddy?!) A polka-dot fabric laundry bin from HomeGoods is perfect for holding all of his stuffed animals & toys.

Boys room from Just The Bee's KneesglobeDr.Suess quote printable
The Dr. Suess quote is a free printable from Imprintalish (thanks Imprintalish!!) that I chose to place on a clipboard instead of your typical picture frame.

Gallery wall  from Just The Bee's Knees
My absolute favorite part of Carson’s room has to be his gallery wall. The red cabinet from Ikea was my inspiration for the red ceiling and is great for storing (aka hiding) all his toys.
 Alphabet baseball print
The reds alphabet print is from Area Fare Kids, and is framed with a the fun robot piggy bank I picked up from Urban Outfitters on clearance for only $10. (The gold is no longer available, but you can still buy the silver version!)
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A fun picture I created with Photoshop hangs above Carson's Curious George books. I cant get enough of the “awesome” quotes. Thank-you Barney Stinson:)
 DIY faux dino taxidermy from Just The Bee's Knees
I found this oval open frame on clearance at Michael's and immediately thought it would be so fun to hang some sort of faux dino-taxidermy in it. After scrounging through the boys stash of dinosaur toys, I found this gem which is actually a container to hold smaller dinosaur toys. I simply spray painted it white and mounted it using Command picture hanging strips.
DIY map art from Just The Bee's Knees

I love Dr. Suess quotes, so I used this free printable from All For The Boys to create a fun piece of canvas art. I thought it was the perfect quote to sit in from of the DIY map art I made.
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And the DIY Instagram Shadow Box I shared last week found a home on the wall:)
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The channel letter I picked up at a flea market last year for $20. The inside was a bit grungy and wouldn’t come clean, so a quick touch-up with some white spray paint brought it back to life.
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A magnet board and a DIY floor pouf tucked away in the corner is the perfect place for Carson to play with his dinosaur magnet puzzleThanks to Living With Punks for the great tutorial on the one seater!
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This room has come a long way since we took out the crib (gulp) last year . Here’s a quick before and after:
Before: An outdated gender neutral nursery.

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After: A super fun space fit for an energetic toddler.

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And this little guy has come a long way too. Sniff ,sniff.

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I hope you enjoy your new room little man:)
Love ya.
xoxo
Mom.

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101 comments:

  1. Love it Sarah! You did great! The gallery wall looks good too . . . with that dino head! Carson is a lucky boy! xo!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! The dino head is growing on me....

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  2. Love this room. And I recognize a lot of those dinosaurs. Do you have the book Tyrannosaurus Dad?if memory serves, it's about a baseball playing T-Rex. Perfect for this room

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    1. Thanks Amy! We don't have that book, but it sounds like one we will have to add to his library. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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  3. Love it!!! You've inspired me.

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  4. LOVE it mom! good job! seriously, can you come live with us for a month and "inspire" me :)

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    1. Ha!! I have been known to work for food....and wine:)

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    2. I can definitely pay in food and wine ;) I would even supply beer for our hubbys .. would be just like that time in Michigan :) ha ha

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    3. Now all we need is for someone to watch the kiddos......:)

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  5. Oh wow!!! I am loving every little inch of this space! What a lucky guy!!! My print looks absolutely perfect in there :) Thanks so much for using it...I'm pinning, tweeting and sharing on FB :) LOVE IT!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing Lish! And for creating such an awesome printable:) You rock!

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  6. awesome transformation...LOVE
    http://littlebrags.blogspot.com

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  7. What a cute room! Lucky Carson! I love how you combined his two favorite things--baseball and dinos--so beautifully! I popped over from The Shabby Creek Cottage--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  8. Suh-weet! Magazine worthy even! Love the roman shades and lookin forward to the tutorial! :) xoxo

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    1. Your comment just made my day!! I've been working so hard to try and learn how to take those magazine worthy photos:)

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  9. Oh my goodness, I have been struggling re-decorating my sons room, I now have a little vision! cant wait for the window tutorial...newest follower
    Id love for to share this at our party, it happens every thursday!

    http://www.lifewelive4.com/2013/04/love-it-list-it-linky-party-7.html
    Laura :)

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    1. Welcome!! I'm so glad you stopped over! I just linked up at your party:) Thanks for the invite!

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  10. This looks so great!! I would DIE for a room like this now, never mind when I was a kid! Amazing job as always, Sarah. Car-car is a lucky little man.

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  11. Love, love, love it! It looks great head to toe and I'm sure he's going to love it for years to come (...or not care, depends on him I guess :)

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  12. Oh, I love it! Mostly everything about it, but I think my favorites are the gallery wall and that dinosaur fabric. GREAT job!

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    1. Thanks so much Gretchen!! I love it too :) It makes me smile every time I step into the room, even when there are clothes scattered all over the floor.

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  13. LOVE this room reveal!!! I'd love for you to link up a few fun posts at my weekend link party@The Weekend re-Treat! if you haven’t already yet this weekend on The Best Blog Recipes!

    Hope to see you there!

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  14. I love everything about this, especially the chalkboard art above the bed! You've given me inspiration for the empty spot above my son's bed!

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  15. That gallery wall is so great! You did a wonderful job. Visiting from TT&J!

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  16. What a great room! Makes me wish I had a boy! So many great ideas! Life to the full! Melissa

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  17. I love this! I am in the middle of redoing my son's room from nursery to big boy, and you have given me so much inspiration! I love all of the details you did. How tall are your ceilings? I've thought about painting the ceiling too, but didn't want it to feel like it was closing in on him, lol. Seriously love everything!
    Kim ~ Simply Living

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    1. Hey Kim! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!! His ceilings are only 8', but because I kept the walls light, and he has quite a bit of natural light coming through his room, it didn't make the room feel closed in at all. Plus Red is such a vibrant color:) Best of luck on your sons room! I'll be happy to help with anything if you need it ...just shoot me an email:)

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  18. I love how your room turned out! My little guy had a dino room when he was 3 as well. Now we are on to the pirate stage. lol. They are always growing and ever changing. Great job! :)

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  19. What a great makeover and good inspiration as we are getting ready to play musical bedrooms with our kids! Such a lucky guy to have a rockin' hip mom!

    (and, yes, I still have a full collection of Noddy books, handed down from my mother.)

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    1. Ha! I knew someone out there would know them too! My family is British, so we grew up reading Noddy books, and most of them were my mother's too:)

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  20. Carson's room turned out so well! I love so many of the details. Love the grommets on the blinds. My son got an Ikea Poang chair from his grandparents for Christmas and I have been waiting to find the perfect fabric to recover it - loved seeing your redo. All the vintage pieces/signs really make the room! Fab job!

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  21. Carson's room is magazine worthy! Your attention to detail is fantastic! I have pinned almost all of your signs. I love your personal touch that you added to each of them! Great job! I hope that Carson loves the room as much I do. :)

    Have a wonderful week!
    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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    1. Thanks for spreading the love Tausha! And yes, he loves it very much:)

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  22. I LOVE everything about this! It's perfect! Gives me lots of inspiration and motivation to work on my boy's rooms! Loving your whole blog!

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  23. What an awesome boys room! I love the so many things about it! The red ceiling is a fantastic solution to bring in color. Very modern and clean. Great job! If you get a chance, please link this up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunday-linky-party-3.html

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  24. Awesome! It is such an adorable and functional space. I can see the thought and love you put into each little project!!
    Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/

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  25. This is too much amazingness in one place! LOVE this space so much - awesome job!

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    1. Thanks Allison! And thanks again for the amazing printable!

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  26. I love this room. Everything about it is so cool. So many creative ideas. Awesome!

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  27. Sarah, I LOVE the blinds!! HAPPY ACCIDENT!!

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  28. I found your blog through Whipperberry, and I am in LOVE with this room! I have 3 boys and it's sometimes hard finding cute boys' rooms online. Love, love, LOVE it.

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  29. What a great room makeover. I love the way you did what he liked but still made a stylish room :o)

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  30. Gorgeous and Amazing!! I love how you have 'hints' of a theme but it is not over the top... the whole things reaks of fabulous design. I am seriously impressed. I could go on and on... but would probably bore you with all my praise. Awesome!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  31. Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday! I LOVE this room plain and simple! So creative....everything!

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  32. can't wait for the roman tutorial! love that you painted the ceiling red, what a great punch without being too overwhelming

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  33. Came from TT&J - I love how clean (design wise) this room is! He can totally grow with it and I love how you pieced together ideas from here and there. Awesome job!

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  34. That red ceiling makes the whole room. So very brave of you!

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  35. seriously, this is the coolest room ever! i love the dino head on the wall!

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  36. I love that huge chalkboard on the wall! I have two little girls so getting decorate for a boy would be a challenge for me but I love what you did here! Hopping over from the Shabby Nest!

    I'd love for you to share this with us at Living Well Spending Less today in our Thrifty Thursday link party! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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  37. This looks great! I found the link on Thrifty Thursday. I might have to borrow some of these ideas for my son!

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  38. I love everything about this room...looks so nice. New follower here.

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  39. This is such a beautiful transformation. I LOVE the art wall with the red cabinet. Perfection!!

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  40. Such a fun room! Great job!

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

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  41. What am AMAZING room!!! I love all of your little touches and that chalkboard is fabulous!

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  42. I LOVE it!!!! And that red ceiling... swoon! Off to pin :)

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  43. We have the Serena & lily version of this duvet...wish that target one would have been aroun when I was looking a year ago :)

    Love the room!!

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  44. Such a super cute and classy boys room. You did an awesome job! My sons would love all of the dinosaurs. = )

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  45. this is just so adorable. great job!!!

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  46. I love this room! Where did you find the magnet board at?

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    1. We actually got it from IKEA years ago. Unfortunately they don't sell this version anymore, but do offer a longer one. Here's the link! Hope that helps;)

      http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10159443/

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  47. I'm anxiously awaiting the tutorial on the roman blinds. They look awesome!

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  48. So in love with this room! Really, FANTASTIC! Fantastic photos also. I love the simple lines and the grown up furnishings that will grow with your boys. I am looking to remodel my teenage sons room and this has a lot of elements I would love to add to his space! I think I might leave out the dinos, although I love them, he is now 14, so I must think more "grown up". I finally finished my "Tween girl bedroom remodel" and now it is time for my next project! Thank you for posting, this is Great!
    If you have a chance, please check out my latest remodel:
    http://www.idreamofjeannedesigns.com/2013/05/boho-chic-style-tween-bedroom-makeover.html

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  49. What a beautiful beautiful room!!! one of my favorites yet!! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat, Sarah! Good luck and hope to see you back next week!

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  50. btw, pinning now, sharing on FB this coming week! :)

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  51. Hi could you tell me if you made the "C" pillow or did you purchase it somewhere? thanks! I love this room by the way!!

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    1. Thanks! I made it using an appliqué technique. I wrote a tutorial on how to make an appliqué pillow that you can find here:

      http://www.justthebeesknees.com/2013/06/diy-applique-bunting-pillow.html

      To create the C, I just made a template on Microsoft word then used it to cut out the fabric. Hope that helps! If you get stuck, feel free to shoot me an email;)

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  52. Holy cow this is an awesome room (and congrats for getting it featured on YHL's site!!) I especially love those shades, and the red ceiling. Wow!!

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  53. Hi there - just popped over from YHL and was wondering how the chalkboard above the bed is working for you? How are you managing the chalk dust right above his head? I love the idea for my twins, but I'm just concerned how it'd work out without being too much of mess/hassle in the long run.
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Amy!! It works out okay for us as he doesn't really draw on it much. I'm usually the one who draws on it and changes out the art every few months!! It does kinda make a mess though, but most of the chalk dust gets caught on the frame and doesn't go all over his bed. Then I just vacuum it all up when I'm done. Hope that helps!

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  54. Hi, I'm over from YHL, and I am crazy about this room! What a lucky boy :)
    My favorites are the ceiling, the rolling book basket, and the DIY window treatments! Oh, and the red locker for his toys, and the gallery wall, and .............. on and on!

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  55. Hi, I've just come over from YHL and you have done an AWESOME job on Carson's bedroom. It is stunning. One question, is your Mom British by any chance? We are and we have those Noddy books too!!

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    1. She is!! I grew up in Canada and they even had a Noddy show on T.V. I loved him as a kid!

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  56. Visiting from YHL. Absolutely love the room, I have all girls so I love seeing a fun boys room. :) Now following your blog and following you on instagram. Hope you don't mind!

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    1. Of course not!! I'm so glad to have you following along!! Welcome!

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  57. Love the transformation of the room! Where did you find the globe?

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    1. Thanks Megan! I actually picked it up at Home Goods a few years ago.

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  58. I don't comment much, but I saw your feature over on YHL and thought Carson's room was out of a magazine! I LOVE IT!! I can also see this being inspiration for a tween or young teen boy's bedroom!

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  59. Sorry if you already listed it, but what color paint did you use in his room? I LOVE it. My son is a high school senior and I plan to incorporate some of the ideas in his room! He still plays baseball, but never went through a dinosaur phase :) Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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    1. Thanks of asking Beth! I do have it listed on a separate post with all the sources, but here they are so you don't have to scroll through it:
      Walls are Sherwin Williams 7015 Repose Gray and ceiling is Sherwin Williams 6871 Positive Red

      Thanks for visiting!!

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  60. Just saw you on YHL and love, love, love your room! I just had a baby boy so I don't need inspiration for his big boy room just yet but I'm still stumbling through his nursery. I live in Columbus so a trip to IKEA in your neck of the woods is on the to do list before I return to work! Great job!

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  61. Loved the post on YHL about this room. We live in Cincinnati too and probably shop at the same Ikea....the one in West Chester! You did a great job on the room.

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    1. You bet!! I might even be considered a "regular" there! lol!

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  62. LOVE this room!! I think you did a fantastic job! And the low furniture + huge windows and chalkboard make the ceilings appear really high in these pics! Or maybe it's that the carpet is similar to the wall color.. Anyway looks awesome :D

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  63. By the way, is that a queen size duvet on the bed?

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    1. I think the cover is sold as a full/queen, but the duvet inside is only a full. We have a little extra fabric at the end of the duvet cover, but its perfect for tucking gin at the end of the bed!

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  64. Such a great room, Sarah. I read this line out loud to my roommate and we both smiled/laughed: "When I started planning Carson’s room, he asked for a Cincinnati Reds/Dino room. After some unsuccessful persuasion to steer him in another direction, I decided to embrace his requests and just go for it."

    Imaginations like that, those hilarious ideas that make complete sense to kids - such a joy, thanks for sharing :)

    Great site, by the way. First time here, send over from YHL. Well done :)

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    1. I love how their little minds work! And I wanted to encourage his creativity, not squash his ideas just so I could design a "perfect magazine worthy" room for him. But with a little compromising on both our parts, I think we made a great team!

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  65. OMG I have loved this room for months and months and never traced it back to your blog! So glad I finally did- this room is the bomb diggity. Love love love!

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  66. This room is awe.. wait for it.. SOME! Really this is put together so well, I have to look at all the little details again and again (the dino head! the book cart! the styled poeng! everything about the gallery wall! the robot piggy bank! the chalkboard art!). What I love most is, that you took his ideas serious and created such and great room out of them. I would move in instantly and your big little boy surely loves it as well.

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  67. This room is JUST AMAZING. I love every little detail, and have been so inspired for my own little boys room. He has the same Target duvet that I purchased a year ago, and now I need to get to work. One question, I love the way you framed the chalkboard. I am wanting to frame a world map in my boys room the same way, just curious what you attached the wood plank pieces with....nailed into studs? Glue?
    Fantastic room

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    1. Thanks Brittany! My husband hung it using a nail gun. Its really secure and hasn't moved a bit since we've hung it. Hope that helps!
      xo Sarah

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  68. What a fun room for your little boy. The transformation is eye popping!

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