When we moved into our house and first decorated the boys’ rooms, Kyle was 4. Now he’s almost 11! How did that happen? Last fall we decided to move him over to our Guest Room, which has it’s own bathroom, so that my husband could have his own home office. (The first floor office works well for me, but he needs something a little more secluded … and sound-proof!) It seemed like a good time to give Kyle an update. Time to say good-bye to the bunk beds and hello to a Queen-size bed.
If you don’t have boys … you may think that a 10 year old boy wouldn’t care very much about what his room looks like. Sure, he wants his … STUFF … but he may not care how his STUFF looks. Well, this 10 year old boy DID care … and I know there are other boys out there who do too.
So how do you put together a room that satisfies the Mom AND the Boy? Now, I’ll be honest … if I was given that blank slate of a room to create a Boy’s Room all by myself – I could make it totally magazine-worthy … and it probably would not look exactly like this. But really, I’d be designing for a fake boy, wouldn’t I? Sometimes when I see Boy rooms on Pinterest or in a magazine, I feel kind of sorry for the kid. Where’s all his stuff? His trophies? His rock collection? His blue ribbons and his sports logos?
If you want a good chuckle, read this post Warped Childhood, Restoration Hardware Style.
As Kyle and I started to make plans for his room, he had several requirements.
1. He wanted to have a lot of “basketball stuff.” Like many boys his age, he is a huge Sports-buff. But specifically – Basketball is his sport. He wanted me to see if I could find any Chicago Bulls bedding. Hmmm – I’ll admit, I cringed a little. Thank goodness for Pottery Barn Teen that created a cute line of bedding with NBA, NHL, and NFL logos on it that is not too garish and actually kind of cute. Now, truth be told – I suggested getting either the logo quilt OR the logo sheets … but nope … “They are so cool, Mom! I want both!” Okay, Okay … but what about getting some different pillow shams to break it up a bit? “No, no – I like the ones that match the quilt!” Ok – I guess I should just be happy that he’s willing to have pillow shams. 🙂