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Zeb’s Monochrome Big Boy’s Room



Being a tomboy as a child, I was so excited to find out that my first-born was going to be a boy. I mean, after spending my childhood, jumping out of trees and playing with matchbox cars, I thought I'd be at a loss if I had a girl (although turns out I do just fine!).

Up until late last year, we were renovating an older house with the view of selling it so poor Zeb didn't really get a nursery. Seriously! All he had was his cot (and later toddler bed), some drawers and a bookcase! So, obviously we were both excited when it was decided that Zeb's room would be the first room to be done.

Design Inspiration

As with all my clients, I like to get some information from the child themself as they are the one that has to live in the room so it is important that they absolutely love it! Zeb told me he wanted somewhere he could do some craft and there had to be dinosaurs and superheros. His favourite colours of yellow and red also had to feature. My desires was that this room was practical and could easily see him through to his teenage years (sob!) without any major changes.

Decorating Style

Zeb's room is quite scandi and minimalist fitting in with my plans for the rest of the house. The pops of colour adds to the playful nature of childhood and fits Zeb's personality to a tee. As I'm quite handy with a sewing machine, there are a lot of DIY and handmade items as well as some op-shop bargains.

Project Details

Quilt cover and pillowcase, soft toys: Alijoykids

Personalised world map and Bedtime Bus Scroll prints: My Sweet Prints

Bedside drawers:  Mocka Post Box

Wooden letter, gold skull, globe and gold apple: Typo

Wooden dinosaur: The Great Australian Shelf 

Chair: Replica Panton chair

Table and chair set: op-shop find

Floating shelves: Mocka Australia

Favorite Items

My favourite item is definitely the chalkboard feature wall. I love to encourage my children's creative side and Zeb loves that his wall is a constantly changing display of his "artwork".

I also love the bed as it was actually my husband's bed when he was growing up and it is wonderful that he could pass it down to his son.


Don't be afraid to try to replicate more expensive items yourself. Shop around vintage stores as usually with a clean and some paint and you have something that you would normally pay $100s more for!