Decorating and designing elements for our own homes can feel overwhelming and complex at times. For me, it’s my creative outlet. It’s also one of my ways of mentally escaping and relaxing. I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but it works well for me. You know how some people are extremely sensitive to fingernails on a chalkboard, or hearing people chewing food? That’s how I am when it comes to having balance in my personal environment. It doesn’t need to be perfect and not at all high end. Those things aren’t important to me. I realize that the decorating process isn’t going to be perfect regardless of the room or person. I feel I do the most growing when things are a challenge. I learn way more when I have to adapt, vs having a fixed, unchanging mindset. Your environment had an enormous impact on your mood. So. today’s post is about my youngest son’s room and how it makes him feel. My sweet Gabe has a HUGE heart! He naturally was born being someone who is very passionate and wants to share and help everyone. So, of course, superheros are his favorite. He could tell you all about them (both Marvel and DC). It’s also no surprise that his favorite color is red! If you’ve forgotten what the color means revisit my post Color & What It Means Part 1.
When it comes to decorating for your kids, it’s very important that their voice is heard and it reflects them. Of course, I don’t let them just get anything they want, but I do involve them by showing them colors and pictures of ideas and how I want to set them up. It’s fun showing my boys the creative process. They see all the layers and changes that happen and recognize it’s not an easy task to just magically throw something together, especially when it’s just me, myself and I doing it.
Unfortunately, I don’t have before and after’s of this room, because it’s been a slow process since we moved into the house 4 years ago. I don’t have a ton of time to devote to my house on a regular basis, so I do little projects here and there and rooms evolve over time. But, I do have a fun decor DIY project that I know you’ll love from this post!
A lot of my furniture in my home is hand-me-downs that I’ve fixed up or found from junk shows.
His twin bed was my great grandmothers bed from the early 1900’s! That means it’s his great, great grandmothers bed. Isn’t that cool?!? Sam has the other matching bed in his room.
The mural was a fun project. I just designed my own skyline, by hand drawing it in with a level ruler. I wanted it to be simple. I still need to paint the Batman symbol in there. I’ll get to it eventually.
His little old dresser was built by his great, great grandfather on Nate’s side (my hubby) from scraps of wood. It’s been painted over at least a dozen times.
Mr. Murry is Gabe’s Beta fish. Nate has allergies, so this is the only pet we allow in the house. 😉
I found his desk at the Elko Flea Market (for under $40 bucks), one of my personal favorite junk shows in MN. I took it home, sanded it and painted it. The bench was a hand-me-down that I reupholstered and painted. The bench was in Sam’s room first, but we just moved some furniture around and now it’s in Gabe’s room. I’m sure I’ll re-do it soon. It’s good enough for now.
My brother is also an artist! We went to the same college: MCAD. He made the Superman symbol out of steel. It’s one of my favorite pieces in this room. Gabe love’s it, too!
As for as the rest of the art in his room, I made it with the exception of the sketch of the 5×7 temple and image of Christ. My frames were from thrift stores for under $1 and the three larger frames are from Ikea.
I wanted to keep his curtains super simple, but have a little pop of color. I was originally going to sew a red or gray stripe on the ends, but felt that it was too cliche, so I went with an element that was a bit more playful: pom poms! It’s all about the texture for me! This is super fun for both boy’s and girls rooms under 10. Girls could probably have them in their rooms longer, but I know my older boy wouldn’t find them as cool being almost 12.
Here’s how you do it: String, needle, scissors, glue and pom poms. You can use wool balls if you want (they are more expensive) or you can buy standard pop poms (80 pack) from Micheal’s for $3.50.
Measure out how long you want the garland to be. Give your self extra length just in case. Thread your needle, push the needle through the center of the pom pom and start string it up. I spaced them about 1.5″ apart. You can glue them with a dab of Elmer’s glue or hot glue when you’re finished spacing them after you’ve hung them up. I also held them together at the top of the curtain rod with some scotch tape. Super simple!
Yes, I know I need to adjust the length of my curtains… someday I’ll get to it! 😉
Again, your home can have style and look fabulous without having a ton of brand name items in your home. You can do the same with used items, too! Besides I personally think homes that are all decorated from all the same store are missing some life in them. Be eclectic and bring in elements that help give your environment and space some personality!
Tell me about your kids rooms.