Well, we’ve officially been in this house for 1 year now! I’ve been slowly finishing up small details in Easton’s room and when both of our kids left for Grandma’s house this summer, I knew it was my opportunity to photograph it. (A clean boys bedroom is rare, friends!)
Easton got the bigger of the 2 bedrooms in this 1942 house aboard Camp Lejeune. Base housing does have it’s limitations, but when I saw the beautiful hardwood floors in the house, I knew it was going to be great! I contemplated putting a queen bed in his room for guests, but I didn’t want to take up extra space just for a larger bed that he didn’t need.
When asking Easton what he’d like in his new room, he rattled off Star Wars, Pokemon, baseball, The Avengers, I could go on… Boys usually have multiple interests at this age and in order for a bedroom to not feel disjointed, I like to stick to a neutral setting, and then sprinkle in those different interests. While waiting to move in, I created a mood board of what I was envisioning.
Mood boards help in the planning stages to really get a feel for what the overall look of the room will be. Not to mention saving you time on returning items!
Once we finally got the keys, we went straight to work! In our opinion, we like doing the kids’ rooms first since moving is always stressful and having a familiar place that is just theirs, is always reassuring. Here’s how it all came together…
The large wall map we’ve had since Easton’s toddler bedroom. (Although it did not make an appearance in his superhero room back in San Diego.) I still think it works for a boy at this age, so I kept it and then added a few nods to National Parks around his room which our whole family loves. We found the two wall prints at a boutique in Coronado back when we lived in San Diego. I’ve been saving them to use in Easton’s bedroom and some cheap frames from Michael’s helped to finish them off.
Logan helped me paint this 3/4 wall the first week we moved in and I’m loving the shade of green we chose. A quick change out of the awful plastic strip curtains for these bamboo shades really elevated the look of the room and make it so you’d never know we were renting. (They also matched perfectly with the fan we bought for his room when he was a baby – score!)
His mid-century modern dresser is still the same one I bought off Craigslist for his nursery! I will use this dresser in his room until he leaves for college!
I’ve had my eye on this pennant banner from the Oxford Company for over a year now. I love the nod to baseball that it gives and while it was a splurge, I plan on using it in his room for years to come.
I updated his bookshelf ladder to a more modern look from the white one we had in his nursery. This was where I really added in a lot of his Star Wars and baseball interests. It also serves as a great display for some of his recent Lego creations.
Easton loves to read, so I thought adding a reading lamp next to his bed was a no-brainer. He enthusiastically approved and uses it every night! The rug finished off the room and added in a pop of red. Easton’s only complaint about it was that it was sometimes hard to find Lego pieces due to its intricate pattern. Fair enough.
I looked for months for the perfect bulletin board to go above his desk that wouldn’t break the bank. In true Sarah fashion, I decided to just make my own. The nail heads were definitely a challenge to get straight, but once I got into a rhythm, I was done in a few days.
Easton enjoys placing school projects he’s proud of on the board, which I love that he proudly displays. I also used the space to add in a few of his personal interests once again as well as a few family ones. The black and white photos are of Easton’s grandfather, Charles, working with hunting dogs and fishing. The desk below the bulletin board was actually my mom’s when she was a child. (Thanks, mom!)
Sheets were also tough to find because most of the ones I liked were the twin XL size. (I feel like he has outgrown most of the themed ones Pottery Barn kids had to offer.) I don’t care for the extra fabric that a twin XL has, so I splurged once more and bought these sheets from Schoolhouse. I can promise you, the quality is great and they were worth it!
I’m really proud of how this room turned out for Easton and he was thrilled as well. Tween boys bedrooms can easily become tricky if you bounce around from theme to theme. Pick a few mature, neutral pieces and add in your child’s unique interests in small doses around the room. Remember, the theme of the room shouldn’t smack you in the face when you enter it!
Now I’m off to photograph Amelia’s room before she comes home this weekend!
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