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Current Projects: Baby to Big Boy – A Child’s Room in Cary

  With existing guest bedroom furniture and a train table as their starting point, clients came to me seeking a design for their son’s “big boy” room since the nursery was soon to be filled with a new member of the family, another boy!  The color palette for the child’s new room was inspired by a collection of brightly colored illustrations and book covers, specifically  Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.  We began by painting the furniture, walls, and selecting fabrics – a stop light inspired pillow for the bed and a cheery printed stripe from Amy Karyn Textiles for window valences. 

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 Next, came the lighting change. We went with a train station ready overhead fixture in a polished nickel finish and some Pottery Barn You-fill-it lamps.  The lamps are filled with a family collection of matchbox cars for now, but can easily change to other items depending upon their child’s interests, ie: Lego’s, army men, etc. 

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An entire wall was transformed by hanging a piece of sheetrock, painting it with chalkboard paint in black, and framing it with a simple moulding profile in a high gloss yellow. Learn how to DIY, here.  We simply taped book pages to the top of the chalkboard- leaving room for the child to go wild with the chalk down below. 

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I love the picture captured above. The big boy room is bright and full of sunshine, but not too theme driven- a room he can grow and play in.  Which children’s book would inspire your kids room?

 -Brittany

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6 thoughts on “Current Projects: Baby to Big Boy – A Child’s Room in Cary”

  1. I love this room! The chalkboard art if perfect, and the lamp filled with cars is amazing. I’m not a little boy, and I want one! You can tell the little boy in the picture is excited to be there!

  2. This is a wonderful bedroom! What a great idea! Perfect for his age, but easy enough to transition into later. Mr. Mulligan & the Steamshovel is a great book, but let’s be honest, there are SO MANY wonderful books you could do a room after: Very Hungry Caterpillar, Go Dog Go, Eloise, Miss Lina’s Ballerina’s…

  3. Wow! I love this room. What a fun space for a little boy. The lamp was my favorite for sure. I am trying to think of what I could put in a lamp like that for me. As for books, I think it would be fun to do a room based on the book Corduroy. That was my favorite book as a kid.

  4. Emily, Becca and T thank you for commenting. We love this room too! Our client is so pleased with the way it turned out. You know, we should do a whole blog series on creating children’s rooms from children’s books. What fun?!

  5. Hello, I love this space! I am in the process of changing to a big boy room for my son. He also LOVES the book “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” so this is a perfect inspiration for me. Would really like to get the piggy bank used here too. Any idea who makes it or where I can purchase one? Thanks so much :)

  6. Gena, our client got the piggy bank from Swagger Gifts (in Lochmere Pavilion.) I hope this helps – Let us know if we can help in any other way! Hilaire

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