So it’s a new house, a new bedroom. I told Jack we could do anything he wanted for his new space. I was hoping he’d pick something awesome. I gently tried to steer him in a cool direction…we had big shoes to fill though. Jack’s old bedroom was awesome! A very British space, with the marching toy soldiers bedding, union jack flags and and double decker bus bunk bed. He loved it, and I loved pulling it together. But he was ready for a change. Fair enough. There are so many wonderful boy themes to have fun with.
I tried talking him into a cowboy theme [just imagine an old cart for a bed, big wagon wheels and all!!] and Cath Kidston has that awesome cowboy fabric. That would be SOO much fun to do…but despite his love for dressing up and playing cowboy, he didn’t want a cowboy bedroom. Darn. Maybe the next kid.
Jack loves his bugs. We know this. He is Mr. Natural History. Rocks, trees, weather, bugs…those bugs in lucite that he collects, yeech! But that’s his passion. My poor washing machine takes a beating for all of the rocks and twigs and random findings that fall out of his pockets in the laundry. So it’s not surprising that he chose bugs. And after an initial wobble on my part ‘how the heck do I make that cute?’ Pottery Barn rescued the day and set the theme into motion!
How cute are these bug sheets?!
And yes, I dragged home a large tree branch and anchored it to the center of his bedroom and hot glued bugs all over it. Every room needs a focal point…
I also found a tree-trunk shaped lamp at Target so I hot glued more bugs to the shade. They look especially awesome at night with the light on.
Toy storage is paramount in a boy’s bedroom. My motto is that it has to be easy to sort and easy to put away. Everything Jack plays with seems to have a million tiny pieces! So I bought this storage basket system for him from Target. It works perfectly. He can pull out his basket of choice, play on the carpet happily, then fill it all back up before the next basket is pulled out. So far, so good. He likes the carpet clean. The bug decal stickers are from Pottery Barn. I’m not a huge fan of decals, but these are pretty darn cute. My mother helped me place them around the room. I’m pleased with how it turned out. I’m not sure that I’d want to sleep in a room full of bugs, but then again I’m not a five year old boy! It could have been worse, much worse. What if he’d begged for a Sponge Bob theme? I’ll count my blessings that he wanted bugs.