This room belongs to one of my daughter's best buddies - her friend Austin. When his mom asked me to help decorate his more grown-up "big boy" room in preparation for his baby sister's arrival, I couldn't resist. Not only is his mom one of my best friends, but this little guy has a place near and dear to my heart. Austin is full of energy, smart as a tack, a genuine sweetheart, and well, 100% little boy. Oh, and did I mention that he loves superheroes? :o)
We started off with pretty much a blank slate that looked like this...
We had a few things to carry-over from his old room (a.k.a. the nursery) like his dresser, blue bookshelf, the decorative letters that hung over his crib, his red reading chair, city streets map rug, and a few accessories. His mom is extremely good at picking things out that follow my design guidance - she can read my mind when it comes to styling - so over time we collected enough other furnishings to put together his space.
To be honest, we originally set out to give his room a generic big boy space look without a specific theme. Boy colors seemed cool enough to us...but we're not 3-year-old little boys. Themes can be tricky and cliche and overdecorated at times, so when he settled on his must-have superhero sheets I was a little worried about pulling it all together. But, I must say, it turned out quite well. What do you think?
Pretty darn cute, huh? I think my favorite parts are the sheets (yes, I admit it...), the hanging orbs, that kick-butt great-lined Ikea mirror, and the chalkboard with the fine custom lettering (wink! wink!).
The saying on the blackboard really brings it all together: "Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a Superhero!" - Marc Brown (the guy who wrote the Arthur books)
Headboard - Walmart.com
Faux velvet curtain panels - Ikea
Bedside Tables - thrifted
Captain America Sheets - Pottery Barn Kids
Superhero knobs on bedside tables - Pottery Barn Kids
Duvet Cover - Land of Nod
Letters over bed - crafted with craft store letters, fabric, and decoupage
Large window frame chalkboard over bookshelf - crafted
Rug - existing, from Ikea
Red chair - existing
Guitar pillow - existing
Dresser - existing
Blue bookshelf - existing
Mirror - Ikea
Framed superhero prints around mirror - crafted from old birthday cards
Decorative orbs - Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall's (hung with gardening twine)
Laundry hamper - TJ Maxx
Wall hooks - Homegoods
(if you want specific sourcing just let me know via the comments section below)
Please tell us what you think of the super cool Superhero space!! We're working on his baby sister's nursery too, so you'll see that soon...