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Vintage Inspired American Boys Study & Playroom


Our clients have this amazing Country Farmhouse in the middle of the city complete with this perfectly intimate space flanking the hallway to the bedrooms, just asking to be Styled into a space suitable for growing, sports addicted boys! We took this space from a bright and airy, almost vacant room to a handsome, rugged and most importantly, inspiring space for the boys to learn, read, do homework and study.

Design Inspiration

This entire home is stunning. When the boy's Mom, Amanda called us, I was blown away with her talent in decorating her unique home! She insisted she was at her capacity and gave us the incredibly opportunity to Style for her boys. Mainly, this space needed to inspire them to be dedicated to schooling and scholastic achievement while keeping them entertained and comfortable. They both needed to work in the space simultaneously but not be on top of each other and the space needed to reflect both of their unique personalities and ages. The design inspiration came from the overall design in their home. This space does not have a door and is open to the hallway leading to the main living areas, so the need for a cohesive design was uber important. We really went for relaxed, contemporary with a touch a vintage, a hint of a sporting feel and masculine colors that lent to a grown up feel, as the boys are growing like weeds!

Decorating Style

This project really went Americana. It feels like a refreshing relaxation space in a fine lake house. It's comfortable enough that the boys feel right at home, but are challenged by the eye popping colors!

Project Details

There are several surprises in this space! For starters, the suede looking nailhead couch was a unique find from WALMART! It's a faux suede that turned out to be super comfortable and durable! Blackout curtains were required as the morning sun can be a killer! The panels featured are the Harper Panels from PotteryBarn Kids, hung on a single rod, floor the ceiling to trick the eye into thinking the ceiling is much higher than it actually is. The space had a feminine antiqued looking single bulb semi-flush mounted fixture, which looked anything but masculine and truthfully, left the space a little dull. We removed the old fixture and went with a three bulb cage flush mounted light in brushed nickel from Lamps Plus. In an effort to bridge the desire for sport related items and NOT liter the place the team issued garb and other cheesy items, we attempted to create a custom mural with faux turf. Plan A didn't go as planned and lucky for us, Plan B turned out to be much more of a stunner! We mounted the turf on the wall then carefully hung the vintage golf clubs (found at our neighborhood Goodwill) in an "X" pattern on over the turf. We then flanked each side of the turf with vintage, real wood tennis rackets to expand the footprint of the wall installation! The boys can use the wall as a pseudo cork board and clip photos, art projects, game tickets and anything else their 10 and 6 year old hearts desire!

Favorite Items

Favorite thing in the space by far is the vintage Globe and gumball machine display on the mirrored tray, placed on Bradley's childhood wooden table. The table needed no TLC as it was perfectly aged and worn after many years of tough boys crafting and playing on it!


Want to get a similar look? Keep the color scheme really tight to achieve the Americana inspired feel of the space. Stick to reds, blues, whites and greens while keeping a neutral base. For this particular room, the neutrality comes from the wall color and hardwood flooring. Hitting home with anything Contemporary meets Vintage is the balance between the two. The large furniture pieces are contemporary while some of the statement making accessories are vintage.

Danna Dinnocenzo Gabardy

Friday 23rd of May 2014

Such a great space for boys! Love it!

Amanda Wingert

Thursday 22nd of May 2014

I love this space!! It captures the Americana-vintage vibe beautifully! And super functional and approachable for kids, love it!!

Vote: May Room Finalists 2014 - Project Nursery

Monday 19th of May 2014

[…] Vintage-Inspired American Boys Study & Playroom by kgforgione Kristin, of Project Nursery, says, “Even little boys can use a study for their homework, art projects and just some relaxation. This room is a fresh take on a man cave for little guys—it’s tasteful and masculine with those great Americana accents.” […]