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Little B’s Big Boy Room


Fun playful room with lots of color and on a budget!

Design Inspiration

We live in a small, rental apartment on the Upper West Side of NYC so space and freedom to do whatever we want is limited but we are fortunate that he has a large bedroom, at least by NY standards!  When our 3 1/2 yo son changed over to a big boy bed a year ago, we wanted to make his room more of a big boy room too, getting rid of the pastel colors from his nursery.  We were hoping to steer clear of a theme-y room but how can you can avoid trucks and cars when you have a boy?  So, they snuck their way in on the sheets and pillow.  The cubed shelving and baskets from Target give us extra toy  storage space while holding all of B's books.  We love it but more than anything, our son loves it!

Decorating Style

Nantucket, simple, light, airy, and on a budget.

Project Details

We used a trundle bed we already owned, dresser from Ikea found on Craigslist, cubed bookshelves from Target, front facing bookshelves from Ikea, gray bedding from Land of Nod, quilt from TJ Maxx and a denim rag rug from Land of Nod to ground it all.  I found his transportation sheets and car pillow from Target.  And to add a bit of playful whimsy, I made the bunting that is hanging from the ceiling.  I think this is one of my son's favorite aspects of the whole room. The rocket painting above his shelving is an original from my husband!  We also got the vintage car poster above the bed at Target.  It was in a broken frame so it was on sale for $7 and just in time, we found the perfect sized frame out in our building's garbage area!

Favorite Items

The ceiling bunting that I made is my favorite part of the room but I also love the felt blocks from Pottery Barn on his dresser.  Someone gave them to him when he was born so they hold sentimental value as well.  I also love the vintage airline poster that was a gift to me when I was a flight attendant.

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