While I am all for the kids' rooms being a sanctuary for them, and giving them some creative freedom with the decor, I am adamantly opposed to themes. Why, you ask? Because kids grow tired of themed rooms and I am not about to completely redecorate a child's room every year or two. I won't make the investment in themed wallpaper, borders or expensive bedding, but try to bring in the child's interest in other ways that can be easily changed out down the road. Sean wanted a sports theme, so we used this signed Lawrence Maroney shirt (that Mark won at an event) as the focal point of the room, along with some other cool signed items and his trophies and baseball hats.
I hung the name poster I made above the bed. See this post for a tutorial on this project.
I was going to hang a grouping of framed Red Sox & Patriots photos on the long wall the bed is against, but instead my little guy wanted this map of the U.S. that used to grace the kids' playroom, so that when his dad is traveling Sean can see exactly where he is. I happily obliged with this cute request - sweet boy!
On the other side of the room is a huge bulletin board left behind by the previous owners, who used the bedrooms as offices (another one is in Hannah's room - what a score!). I painted it navy and Sean can put up any artwork, good grades or sports pictures that his little heart desires. A bulletin board in a kid's room is a great way to coral all the papers that come home from school!
The first thing Sean put on his bulletin board was his cross - all on his own - I love that boy!
This room is far from a decorator's dream - but it's Sean's dream and he loves it!
I love it because it was not expensive to put together a space that my little boy adores.
As a mom I want to foster my children's creativity, and am happy to be able to give them a personal space that reflects who they are as individuals. While I would love for every room in my house to be aesthetically pleasing to ME, it's more important that their rooms be a place that they feel comfy, happy, and in which they want to play, read and rest.
Wait until you see Peter and Hannah's expressions of individuality!
Have a wonderful day my friend - thank you for stopping by!
For more boy's bedroom inspirations, check out the blog of Jennifer Rizzo!