So, we moved to our new home almost exactly one year ago. However, with my husband being deployed and me being pregnant (and buying said home, car, preparing for a new baby…etc) certain things got pushed to the bottom of the priority list. One of those things was decorating my sweet little boy’s bedroom! We let him choose the theme, and he really wanted an outer space bedroom. I wanted to keep things fairly clean and simple since I’m more of a neutral color farmhouse type person, and brightly colored outer space didn’t fit neatly into my vision. Ethan is also 4, so still young but on the verge of becoming a big boy so I really didn’t want to decorate a *little* boy’s room to only have to redecorate in another year or two when he outgrows it. So it took a little extra brainstorming but overall I think his room fits nicely in our overall home decor! My goal was to have a nice, light and airy space with just accents of outer space (or whatever “theme” he decided on). The most time-consuming part of this project was definitely the constellation wall; I hand painted each individual star to form six constellations (picked randomly based on how easy I thought it would be to draw, haha! Except for the dog constellation which was one I just thought Ethan would really enjoy). The curtains I found at Kirklands for $30 (for two panels!) which was a great deal for a 96″ length. I had a heck of a time actually receiving my order and it took over a month, but really I just needed these panels so I roughed it out. I searched high and low for curtains that would coordinate with his room, in the correct length, without grommets (NOT a grommet fan!), and without breaking the bank so I was totally over shopping for curtains and finally the corporate office made it happen, phew! The duvet cover and sham are the Nyponros set in blue from Ikea and were super affordable. I then went on the hunt for some cute outer space bed sheets that weren’t loud and obnoxious and I found the cutest flannel set on Amazon. The metal “E” and the little space shuttle model are both from Hobby Lobby and I found the cute industrial farmhouse bed on Wayfair for a great price. On display are also a few hand carved wooden camels and elephants that Ethan’s daddy sent him during his year long deployment in Afghanistan for his 3rd birthday. We keep them up high 😉 I also did a couple DIY projects in addition to the constellation wall; my husband and I made the wall shelves out of plumbing parts and I think they’re just perfect for a little boy’s room. Definitely something that can grow with him instead of being babyish. The planet gallery wall and the sun and moon canvases were all watercolor clip arts that I found on Etsy (seriously, I LOVE Etsy!) and had printed. There are a couple of things that I plan to eventually add to the room, such as this awesome constellation lamp shade from Pottery Barn Kids and an area rug, but that’s for another day (or month, or year…ha). For right now, he’s enjoying the room just the way it is — playing cars on the window sills, having his buddy Charlie snuggle with him at bedtime until he falls asleep, and having a space that he can call his own and just be little. Is it perfect and straight out of a magazine? Nah. Is it realistic, perfectly loved, and perfectly lived in by a little 4 year old boy? For sure. I hope you can draw some real-life inspiration from what we put together and maybe get started on decorating a room in your home this summer! Enjoy ours!
Oh, and TEAM PLUTO IS A PLANET FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! 🙂