Feb 3, 2011

Sweet Potato, Avocado or A Little Dino-mite?

Earlier this week, I posted inspiring photos of boy's bedrooms and it got me thinking how I'd like to style my 3-year old's bedroom in the new house.  Here's a glimpse of what his bedroom looked like back in VA... lots of blues and lots of wooden furniture (even more wooden furniture on the opposite wall)...

I want to freshen the look, so after finding some amazingly designed boy's rooms on the web, I then scoured fabric stores for more ideas.  I have a limited budget so I can't replace everything, but I thought if I keep the striped navy and white quilt, add a duvet cover and window treatments with a contrasting color, it'll give the room a burst of fun.

So, how about orange?  Such a positive color, right?  Its been said that orange evokes happiness, creativity, determination, success, encouragement, stimulation, etc.  Perfect color for a 3-year old!!!

The Metro Duvet Cover in orange from Pottery Barn Teen was a good start.  I especially liked the metal grommets and two cargo pockets on the duvet... perfect to hold his small books, little animals and cars, or even some crayons and paper to write mommy an "I love you" note!!!

Then to offset the navy and white stripes in his quilt and pick up the orange color in the duvet, I thought any of these fabrics would work as a window covering and give the room a jolt of color...

Carrie Orange is available through Tonic Living, those extra large polka dots are so lively!  Akita Cotton Drapery Print - Sweet Potato/Natural is available through Buy Fabrics, it's a little on the traditional side, but the color would add some unexpected drama to the room.  And, a chevron print would also be great for the windows, like Zippy Stone Arizona/Denton by Premier Prints available through Buy Fabrics.

I liked the orange, but also wanted to see if any green colored fabrics had some interesting patterns.  Here's what I found...

The Ikea narrow green and white vertical striped Sofia fabric would make a great duvet cover and would look fantastic under his quilt....

To coordinate with the green and white stripes, I thought any of these prints would look great on the window.

The Schooner print almost looks educational... I think he'd love to wake up every morning and see ships hanging from his window.  The Giraffe print is so fun, this is a fabric I'd even make into a pillow for the living room.  I love it!  And the Kaitlin Linen print is great too... very nautical  (I'd hang these horizontal on the window since the stripes on the duvet would be vertical).  These three fabrics are all available thru Buy Fabrics.

As much as I thought any of these options would work, I wasn't sold.  I want to LOVE the whole look and I really want my 3-year old to LOVE it too.  So, I kept these options in my head and continued the search.  THEN, it happened!!!  I came across these sheets and everything changed (well, not everything), but I ended up putting together fabrics in what, I think, will be a dino-mite room!!!

Stay tuned, I'll show you the plan early next week!!!


  1. You never cease to amaze me ! I can't wait to see the room when you are done ! Love, Granni

  2. awww thanks! I'll show a plan for the room on Monday to give you a better idea of what the final result will look like. Happy Weekend!

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