Saturday, January 26, 2008

What to do with Mr. B's Room?

Everyone who knows me, knows that my favorite rooms to decorate are my children's rooms. Charlotte Baby & Child readers have seen Mr. B's nursery in the book (, the WG's nursery and her big girl room too. And now, it's time to start thinking about Mr. B's big boy room, which (surprise, surprise) is scheduled to appear in our October 2008 issue. I have three major ideas and am wondering which you guys like best. Leave a comment and let me know! Here are the rough ideas:

A Cabin in the Woods Theme
My first idea is to do a woodsy theme but with a whimsical and cartoony twist, perhaps even a little bit modern. Something, really bright and whimsical. I was thinking that a moose, raccoon, etc standing in a stream or going for a swim could be a cute mural. (My good friend Allison has a nursery with a great outdoorsy cartoon mural.) Skiing animals could be fun. Bears fishing with poles could also be fun. I was thinking something with a fun, cartoony feel would work best with the bedding. Or something bright and solid. It might be fun to have a real tent in the room and paint a campfire on the wall, etc.

I was thinking about this bed

With a rocking moose

Lighting like this...

A rug like this one

And for added effect, there's a company that makes amazing firefly like lighting....We could use that for a "nightlight" effect.We can install them in fake trees or perhaps even in the wall. Check them out here.

And we'd have to have one of these nightlights by his bedside table....

City Boy
In a totally different direction, I also thought a New York City theme might be a lot of fun. I thought that some sort of skyline mural could be fun. Especially if we could make it on MDF and mount lights behind it somehow so that the city lights could be his "nightlight". (ambitious, i know)

We could use a fun taxi pedal car

Street signs on the walls

This lamp

Traffic light clock

Bears with "I love NY" shirts on, Broadway posters, maybe even a manhole cover rug?

Nautical Theme
My first idea was a nautical theme, which my family pooh-poohed as ordinary, but I still kind of like....
We could do something bright and whimsical so it's still very "little boy" like. Maybe big whales swimming in the sea. Funny cartoony animals sailing?

I'd love to do this in one corner...

And I love this snuggling cutter

I love this bedding

These flags are great too!

So, what do you think? Which do you like best? Which gives Mr. B the most longevity? Which is most original? And which do you think he'll love most? Can't wait to hear all your opinions!


Penny said...

Hey Corey! I can't believe he is ready for big boy room already, my how time does fly. I think since he already had a jungle room I wouldn't go with the first option, although it would be cute!

I think the city theme is very cool and not done too much, fairly original. It could be really great and definitely could last him a while.

Last but not least, I am a sucker for a nautical theme. I LOVE the beach. So even though it is done more often than the other two options, I know that the room that ya'll would come up with would be special and would have some original, unique touches. So, I guess my vote is for the Nautical theme.

I hope you're all well, it would be great to see ya'll sometime soon, maybe take some pics when the weather warms up!

I look forward to seeing what others have to say, how they vote...and of course, the finished room.

Corey Williams said...

Yeah! One vote for nautical! I can get into anything with a swing. And secretly, its the only theme I've actually bought an accessory for aleady. :-) So good to hear from you! Yes, let's do photos when it gets warm! I'd love it!

berbeana said...

I vote for the nautical theme! Too Cute!