Hugo’s “Playfully Grown Up” Big Boy Room

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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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    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!

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    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!

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

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    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. :)

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