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By The Lake Big Boy Room


When we moved to a lake cottage, in walking distance to Lake Erie, it was time to transition my son was to his "big boy room". His room was previously a guest room with tan walls and blue carpet. It wasn't in the budget to replace the carpet, so the initial design focused on creating a room that would work with the blue, and make it look purposeful. While there isn’t a “theme” in the room, since the house is a lake cottage, the “lake life” vibe is very fitting.

I painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s White Dove to freshen everything up, and added shiplap to the back wall. There are red/orange and blue details throughout the room to give hints of “nautical”. I also installed a floating window seat in the dormer. This seat can be used for reading when he gets older, but for now serves as the perfect train table.

I fastened a few wooden crates to the wall, sideways, to create a wall of shelving. I wanted most of the shelving to be accessible by my son, but wanted one area that was out of reach. We kept some of the art and decor from his old room (he still loves the planes over his bed), and mixed in some nautical pieces. The maritime flags, over the bed, are actually his initials which is a fun twist on the "initials as art" trend.

I love to mix pattern and texture to give some depth and interest. Keeping things more eclectic and less "matchy" also helps with the transition of decor as his tastes (and mine) change.