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Colorful, Vintage-Inspired Boy’s Room


A colorful mix of vintage and handmade treasures with new, store-bought pieces that come together for a toddler's room.

Design Inspiration

Various blogs and galleries of children's rooms. I'm always drawn to the eclectic, vintage-inspired kid spaces, so I wanted to recreate that for my son's toddler room.

Decorating Style

A mix of shabby/cottage, some industrial, modern flair, with a good bit of traditional. I suppose that's eclectic? I also love a good diy or furniture rehab project. I'm definitely much less colorful and eclectic in my typical decorating style, but I think kid rooms should be especially fun!

Project Details

We rent our home, and are unable to change any of the paint or make any major changes to the space. Thankfully the circa-1922 home is in great shape, and I love all the original moldings! I'm glad the paint color is a nice neutral too, but I don't know what it is (I do think it is a valspar paint from lowe's though).

The dresser & rug are from IKEA, and his bed is from a local kid's furniture store. The play table & chairs were mine from childhood; the table is painted/distressed from a project long ago, and I just didn't take the time to repaint it. The little rocking chair belonged to my brother growing up, as did the little yellow blanket hanging on it. The Raggedy Andy was handmade gift for my son before he was born. The bed quilt is from Etsy seller {Romeo & Juliet Designs}. I looked for a long time for a more boyish and more modern handmade quilt, and I absolutely love it! The N collage was inspired from lots of different blogs & galleries, and I plan to continue adding to it as I find more Ns; these came from Etsy{Raleigh Modern} and Hobby Lobby. The collage wall over the dresser are pictures made by me, framed scrapbook paper, and some other online finds. The family tree print is another favorite of mine; it is from Etsy seller {Sarah Jane Studios}. The prints above the play table are vintage schoolbook illustrations; they actually come from the red Here We Play book on the shelf above it. Finally, the hanging lanterns are from World Market. I just thought the window seat area needed something extra. 

Favorite Items

The bed quilt, family tree print, and the N collage.


Search around on blogs and galleries for inspiration. Save their info or some pictures of what you love and go from there!


Friday 5th of November 2010

I personally like what you did with the framed illustrations and artwork.  Did you make these yourself or did you buy them.  The silhouette is Noah's?


Thursday 14th of October 2010

I think that it's great that you have all these things from your childhood saved up and used now.  It makes the room so much more special.  For my part, I love the N collage too.