Sometimes it takes a middle school dance to really knock some sense into you. Last week my oldest son invited me to his Valentine’s Day dance and walking into the gym, I gotta tell ya, the B.O. and anxiety took me back about 25 years in a hurry. It was a painful experience even though I remember actually liking middle school.
After the cookies were eaten and the fancy dancing was over I came home to his room that looks like a yard sale. And not the good kind. Like if I wanted to be a foster parent I’m pretty sure the state would turn me down. He is still using his original changing table/dresser, train bedding from his toddler bed, furniture from a rental and other stuff that just doesn’t work anymore– especially for a teenager. I don’t like kids growing up, Peter Pan and I would be great friends. Here’s a pic of his bed. I promise this is not staged! Ha!:
Not very teen-agey. I feel bad for him. So, the planning has begun. Whenever I plan kids’ rooms and I’ve done a few, like the train room, board and batten, and the treehouse. I have overall objectives I’m reaching for, and (gasp) design is not at the top.
- Kids are happy (for my kids this means some input)
- A space for them to READ (like this one!)
- Space for them to dream and play
- The room reflects their personality, which is not always high design!
The plan for the new room is gonna take a lot of effort but my son and I are doing it together. We have pinned several ideas.
Color scheme, “In the Navy” and “Dill” from the Pottery Barn Teen Collection at Sherwin Williams (click here for a coupon):
Mural, found on Little Lady Little City:
Personality pick (trying to find the original, this is what’s floating around pinterest):
Add some lighting for reading like the one from this etsy shop:
Also, his little bro is joining him in his room, so I’m now planning for two. We’ve begun painting and will be working on this for a while, I hope you stick around to see how it all turns out!