Owl-Themed “Little Boy Room”

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A Project For



18 months


North Carolina


I call this a "little boy room" because it's not quite a nursery and not quite a "big boy room" either! My little guy is 18 months old...He had an owl themed-nursery from the day he was born! When we moved this past summer, I was faced with having to set up a brand new room. Although he had outgrown the baby-ish-ness of his old room, we weren't quite ready for a full decor overhaul. Instead, I just updated his owl nursery to have a slightly more grown up feel - that will hopefully last for a little while longer until we are ready to do a big boy room. You can read all about this room HERE!

Design Inspiration

The inspiration for this room was his old owl nursery, done in shades of navy, lime, turquoise and yellow! I originally picked Robert Kauffman's new Urban Zoologie Owls in Ivory as my jumping off point for both rooms. To transition the room a bit, I opted to use the owl fabric less and add in  more solids and geometrics. To play up the owl theme, I instead used artwork and accessories.

Decorating Style

My decorating style can be described as crisp and clean, slightly modern with a smidge of traditional, all accompanied with heavy doses of bold color and fantastic pattern!

Project Details

It was really important for me to paint the walls a neutral color. The bedroom furniture is dark, so I thought it would get lost with color on the walls. To cure my craving for color, I opted to paint the ceiling lime green. No matter what this room becomes in the future (a big boy room, a shared room with a little brother or little sister), I feel like I can work with neutral + green. The stripes on the wall really give the walls a fun feel.

As far as projects for this room, I really, really challenged myself not to spend ANY money re-doing this room. Again, since this is somewhat of a transition room, I didn't want to spend a lot of money doing new things for the space that would just get taken down in a year or so. I worked with items I had on hand (fabric scraps and old frames) and free items (paint swatches) to create all the projects you see! I ended up spending about $15 on a few accessories (not including the cost of the wall paint!). Almost everything you see in the pictures was made with my own two hands, using items I had in my house! You can read all about these projects HERE!

Favorite Items

Hands down....The gallery wall! There are so many fun projects here - and I really, really had to stretch my imagination to come up with projects to fill the space. The HENRY name sign was the banner at his baby shower. The LOVE sign is made using fabric scraps from the other projects in the room. The owl scallop art was made using paint chips. The whole wall came together in such a vibrant way!


Stop and look around your house! Creating a fantastic room doesn't have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. A can of spray paint goes a LONG way in making mis-matched items all work together!


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    Congratulations on being one of our favorite projects of the week– the gallery wall is perfect!

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    I love your gallery wall! We are adopting and don’t know the sex of the baby, so we are going with a neutral palette. Love the green mixed with pops of orange and yellow! Love the owls! Thanks for inspiring me and giving me some ideas!

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