Big Boy Room Reveal

This post has been a long time coming, but here is the Big Boy Room reveal – finally! (If you’d like more info on sources and the budgets, check out the breakdown here.)
Looking towards the door, you can see the alphabet print I talked about here, the growth chart I found on Etsy here and the monogram button art I made here.
The alphabet print is hung at toddler eye-level, and the subtle stripes on the wall in high-gloss white give it balance and stop it looking too low.

I talked here about the DIY upholstered bed. I didn’t share details on the duvet cover, but it was a really simple project – I took a plain white set that we already had, and added grosgrain ribbon using iron-on hemming tape. That kept it in place, then I sewed the edges on my machine because I preferred the look and I’m hoping it will hold up better to frequent washing.

The gallery wall combined DIY transportation art and some family photos. The photos badly need updating – they’re really not great photos but they were the only ones we had of S with each set of grandparents since we live far from both.

I picked up the print below in Kingsand, Cornwall, where I spent a lot of summer holidays growing up. It’s a little fishing village and it’s just as colourful in real life. S likes the boat!

We found the name train on our last trip to England (Bazzy is short for Sebastian).

Colorful lanterns brighten up the concrete ceiling, and they’re battery powered, so they could work as soft night lights.

Undoubtedly my favorite piece of art in the room is the original acrylic by my little man! The frame opens up so you can switch out the picture and it stores something like 50 sheets of paper. We bought ours from The Color Wheel Studio, where S takes art classes, but you can also find them here.

This is our reading nook. I hate that the chair is so obviously recognizable as an Ikea staple, but it’s comfy and I like the lines on it. I was going to get a slipcover for it, but when the rest of the room was done, I decided I liked the solid charcoal grey as it was.

I used a trusty Expedit as the primary storage for the Little Man’s toys. It works well as a garage for his trucks, and also houses a few clothes (in the drawers), a metal bin for books and plastic storage for smaller toys. The rest of his toys and clothes are in the closet.

I wanted transparent toy bins so S could easily tell what was where. I labelled them using chalkboard contact paper, and drew pictures so he would be able to clean up easily. It worked as well as you could expect for a two-year-old!

S loves the decals that run along a ridge on the wall. They’re high, but he can see them from the bed, and he knows exactly what each vehicle is called and loves to recite their names and count them.

Vintage Thomas the Tank Engine books that used to belong to my brothers are propped up by puppy bookends that S picked out himself (kudos to him on his colour coordinating ability).

Here is the design board I was working with (more details here):
This was the room just after we moved in:
We ended up with a brighter, happier space, much more suited to our little man:
I really love how the room turned out, but it does make me a bit sad. S was so excited to have a big boy room, and he never actually got to sleep in it. 🙁 We finished it just before E was born. It housed guests on and off for almost two months, and then we found out we were moving so it didn’t seem worth the upheaval to move him just for a few weeks. Still, he did have fun playing in it, and we’re going to recreate it now we’re starting to get settled in our new digs.


  1. June 26, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    So cute. Where did you get the dump truck pillow?

  2. June 26, 2012 / 11:08 pm

    Looove the room!! Perfect toddler room! We've got a Expedit bookshelf in our room as well. Where did you get those white drawers? it works so well and practical,too!

  3. June 29, 2012 / 11:55 am

    Such a beautiful room! I love the colors and pops of white to keep it clean and fresh looking.

  4. July 3, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    PS I shared it on the Hometalk "DIY that Inspires Pinterest Page."

    Have a great Fourth!


  5. July 4, 2012 / 11:32 am

    That is a stunning room, hope your little boy loves it because you have done such an amazing job. Those paper lanterns really bring so much colour to the room . Thankyou for the share. Hayley x

  6. July 5, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    So cute! I'm in the middle of making a big boy room for my 2 year old! Where did you get the cute little doxie pillow on the chair?!