C-man’s Surf Themed Big Boy Room

In our culture we don’t believe in setting up the nursery before the baby is born; we don’t even throw baby showers.  It’s considered bad luck.  It’s not my favorite custom, but after two kids it is something I am used to by now.  It’s not so bad really… it just makes it difficult to nest, which is something all expectant mothers yearn to do.  It also means that setting up the nursery, at least for me, is a long process that happens over time.  It’s hard to decorate when you have a newborn in the house.

I knew for each boy that I wanted a nursery that could grow with them and easily transition from baby to boy.  I’d go more with cute vs. cutsie, if that makes sense.  As for colors, I sought inspiration from the bedding.  It took me forever to figure out the bedding, but I finally decided to stick to primary colors in stripes and gingham; as long as I stayed within the color pallet it would go with any theme I came up with.

The theme.

Charlie’s room pays homage to my childhood and where I grew up in Southern California.  He has a surf and beach themed room.  As of right now, it is my favorite room in the house.  It is pretty much done and it is adorable, if I do say so myself :)

I think the name of the bed really anchored his room.

I think the name of the bed really anchored his room.

Once we picked our furniture (a long arduous process that I never would have been able to navigate if it hadn’t been for Nicole at Bambi; thank you!!) then came the bedding, and finally that’s when I started collecting pieces.

I have found that Home Goods is one of the best places to find things.  It’s hit or miss though, so I try and go to the store near our house once or twice a month and scan the aisles.  I knew I wanted a mirror and bookshelves of some sort… Artwork was also a must.

I created a reading nook.  The shelves are great because books cannot fall off of them.

I created a reading nook. The shelves are great because books cannot fall off of them.

Like everything else I do for the boys, I try to keep things budget friendly.  Splurge on the important things (in this case, the furniture) and save where I can on everything else.  I scoured catalogs and websites for ideas.  Pinterest has become one of my favorite places to find design inspirations and even some DIY projects.  I wanted C’s name to be written on the wall above his crib (his bed now), but after looking for letters and seeing how expensive they were, I realized that was a project I could definitely do myself.

I went to the local craft store and found wooden letters that I liked.  I bought some navy spray paint and voila!  It was actually pretty easy and it turned out pretty well.  I messed up the C the first time around, so I just waited for it to dry, sanded it down and spray painted it again.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when you are doing things yourself because they are going to happen; just take a deep breath and start again.  (I wish myson could learn how to do that :) )

That mirror was such an amazing find.  It was like it was made for the room.

That mirror was such an amazing find. It was like it was made for the room.

The last time I was in CA,my Mom and I found these really awesome post cards from a bunch of the beaches I grew up near.  I bought them and framed them; instant artwork.  I found some more artwork online and an amazing mirror, and before I knew it, my big guy’s room had really come together.  I still find pieces here and there.  Grandma and Grandpa are notorious for picking up surf inspired pieces when they come across them.

The hook display is a find from Grandma and Grandpa.  The shark artwork is my son's favorite.

The hook display is a find from Grandma and Grandpa. The shark artwork is my son’s favorite.

I love that even as he gets older and he’s in a big boy bed, the theme still works.  We’ll see how long it lasts before he starts demanding superhero posters and Yankee pictures… For now, it is bright and fun and makes me smile even when I am making the bed.

Next, Baby B’sroom.  I think I am going to go with a transportation theme… Pictures and blog on that one to come!

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