Evolution of a moodboard

It’s only been a few days, and the moodboard for the boys room has already seen significant changes. It started out with a geometric rug that I’d had my eye on for some time… but that rug didn’t really work with my craigslist chair find.

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So I went back to the drawing board, and focused on light colored neutral rugs. I was almost sold on a plush cream shag, when I came across this zebra print from RugsUSA. It was an “aha” moment, but it’s so different from what I’d initially had in mind that I decided to run it by my two favorite decor buddies. They both agreed that it added the right touch, so I immediately pulled the trigger to take advantage of the 55% off Columbus Day sale. Usually I’d sleep on it, but I didn’t want it to get sold out and go on backorder past the One Room Challenge deadline!

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Yes, it is a very light colored rug. Yes, it’s going into a boys room. But we are a no shoes in the house family, and I’m going to Scotchguard the crap out of it. And then cross my fingers that we never have another Blueberry Vomit Situation again.

The addition of the chair and change in rug have clarified the direction of the room, and I’m so excited to see it all move forward. Now that I’ve painted the trim, walls, and ceiling, I can get going on some of the fun stuff.

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The boys already have the KURA loft bed from IKEA, and I’m going to be adding blue and white stripe curtains on the side and end. My three year old loves to have a cave-like bed, and currently has most of his dress up clothes tucked in various places. When you duck down and look in, you can see his Batman cape and policeman jacket hanging side by side from the slats that hold big bro’s mattress up. On the long side he has scarves tied on, and the latest addition today was a scarf that he fashioned into a hammock for his favorite stuffie.

Of course, the moodboard doesn’t show the full details of what I have planned out, so here are some more of the coming projects:

  1. Customizing their KALLAX shelving unit. I have an image in my head of a wood wrap that waterfalls into legs that hold it up about 4 inches off the ground. And I’m sure that makes no sense to most people because as of right now it only exists in my head, but in my head it’s really cool.

  2. Grosgrain ribbon detailing on the existing blackout curtains in a grid pattern. The curtains are staying because these boys NEED blackout curtains. Our lives are all miserable without them.

  3. As mentioned above, bed curtains. And tomorrow I’ll be taking advantage of the warmer weather to spray paint the cafe curtain clips to hold said curtains on the rod. Black rod + oil rubbed bronze clips = blech! I looked everywhere for black clips, but they don’t exist (Amazon, you let me down!) so spray paint it is.

  4. I MIGHT also spray paint a set of lamps that I have for their room, but am torn between finding something new (old) on craigslist and selling these, or spray painting them. We’ll see.

  5. Art. ART! Finally. I’m planning a giant map above their shelving unit. And have a couple other ideas percolating.

  6. I have an idea for a sort of miniature bunting that would hang at ceiling level and cris-cross from wall to wall. Kind of like string art, but on a larger scale. And with color. And again, impossible to show an example of before I just do it. This one’s going to either be really really cool, or really really awful. Totally depends on execution, I think.

And with that, I’m off to get sewing!