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Hugo’s “Playfully Grown Up” Big Boy Room


Hugo's room was in need of a major update as he became a big brother and moved into his very own big boy bed. His sunny room in our 1909 Victorian was ready for a fresh coat of moody gray-blue paint and hot pops of red and orange, his favorite color, transforming is formerly gender-neutral nursery into a little boy's "man cave."

Design Inspiration

I took inspiration from more grown up spaces, but wanted to use bright colors like red, blue and orange to keep it fun for a little boy. With an almost-three-year-old and a baby on the way (little brother Freddie who arrived in October!), we had to keep our plan clean and simple without much fuss.

Decorating Style

By using a few vintage and vintage-style accents along with more modern pieces, we created a space that feels warm, cozy, colorful and ready for a kid's imagination to go to work. Perhaps I'd call it "Playfully Grown Up."

Project Details

Paint color: Benjamin Moore Philipsburg Blue, Bookshelf: IKEA, Book ledges: IKEA, Storage Bins: Container Store, Fox Storage Bin: 3 Sprouts, Fox Knit Blanket: DwellStudio, Linen Bedding: DIY, Wall Hanging: Land of Nod, Floor Lamp: Room & Board, Table Lamp: Room & Room (no longer available), Rocking Moose: IKEA, Easel: IKEA, "Hugo" Stool: One Step Ahead, Donkey & Elephant: Jellycat

Favorite Items

There are so many fun and useful elements in the room, but I absolutely love the functionality of the book ledges and striped storage bins. It's hard to keep a kid's room tidy, but having a few places to store toys and using books as wall decor makes it a tad bit easier.

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  1. avatar alex says:

    Love the room. May I ask where you purchased the bed? thanks

  2. avatar Genevieve Darrow says:

    Hi! Are the striped canvas storage bins black or navy? Super cute room! Thanks

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  4. avatar Kimberly says:

    Thanks, Sabrina! I’m thrilled to be included as one of your favorites! We love our views, especially from Hugo’s room. It’s the best one in the flat. :)

  5. avatar Kimberly says:

    Thanks, Renee! (And the view is definitely fab – we look straight at Sutro Tower from the room!)

  6. avatar PN_Sabrina says:

    this room is really bright and airy and of course, i love those san francisco views! (lived in the city until recently). congrats on being one of our favorite projects of the week!

  7. avatar Renee says:

    Super cute room, Kimberly! I love the book ledges, we have those in one of our son’s rooms too, they’re so useful! And that view…amazing!

  8. avatar Kimberly says:

    Cute room! I love the alphabet prints too.

  9. avatar Tiffany @ BabyList says:

    Love this- I used a monaco print in my sons room as well!!

  10. avatar Kimberly says:

    Thanks! We love the moose too. :)

  11. avatar Natasha Cune says:

    Cool modern room. it really fits a little boy. The rocking moose is cute.