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Beachy Preppy Boy’s Room


After we moved into our house just over a year ago, our little Monkey's room was an after thought.  This summer I finally took the time to design a room that is not only more functional, but also a better reflection of his personality.

Design Inspiration

He's a total water baby.  So I wanted to make his room feel summery and beachy, yet without being too literal. I also love midcentury design and wanted to layer in some vintage elements.

Decorating Style

My personal style leans more towards vintage/industrial.  I love the soul that these pieces lend a room.  I like to mix vintage pieces with clean modern lines and a dash of color, while overall giving a space a sense of calm and serenity.

Project Details

DIY Ikea Hack Flaxa bed, Ikea

Alex desk, Ikea

Fjalkinge shelves, Ikea

Knappa pendant lamp, Ikea;

Sanela Curtains, Ikea

Nyponros Bedding, Ikea

Modern weave rattan storage containers, West Elm

Stacking boxes, West Elm

Blue chair, Target

Desk lamp, Target

Geometric Trash Can, target (no longer available)

Turquoise basketweave throw blanket,Target

Geometric Accent Lumbar Pillow, target (no longer available)

Small Yellow arrow marquee light, Target

Greek Key Wool Rug, zulily (no longer available)

Assorted Frames, Target, Homegoods, aaron bros

Eyeball sconce, Urban Outfitters

Vintage Bedside Table, Drexel

Vintage Brass Swallows Wall Decor, ebay

Vintage Yellow Globe

Favorite Items

The pièce de résistance has to be the DIY custom headboard I made from disgusting old headboard I found for free on the side of the road.  Not only do I love that it was free, but the fabric that I used to reupholster the piece really ties in all the colors beautifully.  The headboard as a whole elevates this otherwise simple bed. The bed is a complete ikea hack (more complete details on my blog). I also love the vintage brass swallows.  They are unexpected, yet fit in perfectly.


Always start with a plan.  It is the best way of getting what you want out of a room and helps to simplify decision making.