The upstairs of our house hasn’t really been touched since we moved in, but as we approach the school year we’ve got a boy who will be turning six and heading to kindergarden. It feels like the right time to give him a space to call his own, and I’m really excited to be tackling Xander’s room. Kid’s spaces are my favorite!
They’re a place to have fun, take chances and be bold with color and quirk. We’ll use a lot from his last room, but I’m ready to put a spin on that space and make it feel like a new, bit more grown up room.
The first thing I’ve done is gather up art. A lot of people think of art last, but I say it can and sometimes should be your first thought. We had quite a bit of art in Xander’s last room, but on top of that I’ve been collecting things along the way see, sometimes hoarding pays off. I can rarely pass up an original painting at a thrift store, and I’ve got several scenes of men outdoors – the perfect addition of rough and tumble to a boy’s space for virtually no money.
I might consider my collection appropriate, 6-year-old decor, and Xander has too but it’s taken some convincing with Micah. My husband assumes that all Xander needs is a big Hulk fathead and some Spiderman sheets to have the ultimate boy room. There’s nothing wrong with either of those things, but I’ve promised to include some of X’s current favorites in ways that are a bit more budget friendly and non-committal. Kid’s tastes and interests change so quickly, and I’d rather invest in pieces that have staying power through their growth (like that beautiful Indian rug) than things he’ll tire of in a few years.
While I’ve got Micah on board with most of this, there’s one piece he’s having none of…
What do you think of grandma?