Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Boys Bedroom Monochrome Make Over

As I continue to make my way around my house on my interior designing frenzy; I find myself in my boys room.  This is how it now currently looks after a bit of styling.  Trust me, it won't stay this way for long.  As soon as they get home from school this afternoon they will walk in there and just their mere presence in this area will cause a major disruption in the nearby stratosphere and everything will simultaneously tumble out of place "by itself".  Yes boys, the blind fell out of the window without you even touching it.  Oh, of course, the doona cover miraculously came off the doona and somehow ended up hanging over the light fitting on the ceiling..........

Today I was able to finish up my boys room.  They are aged six and five and are as 'thick as thieves'.  Or perhaps 'a pair of monkeys' is a better descriptive term.  But monkeys aside, they are a lot of fun and really like their new bedroom.  These doona cover sets arrived yesterday, courtesy of Target, and needless to say they were both pretty happy about going to bed last night!  What a great trick!  Although unfortunately I won't be able to repeat it anytime soon because it will end up costing me a fortune in new doonas and NOBODY has the kind of money it would take to pay for new bed linen to keep my boys in their beds at night. 

I saw these linen sets in the last Target catalogue and was really drawn to the simple monochrome black and white.  I also liked the foxes and knew that my five year old would too.  He's mad about them, although he's more keen to shoot them (because Daddy goes hunting to shoot the foxes that kill and eat our lambs....just to explain), but he's also excited about anything with a fox on it. 

Boys bedrooms, and any child's really, can get really messy.....soooooo easily.....but it's not just the mess, it's also how busy they can get.  So much colour, so many bits and pieces, just so much going on.  What with all the books and bits of Lego (that you will inevitably stand on in the middle of the night) and the stuffed animals and the Hot Wheels cars (which you will also stand on).....it all just ends up being one gigantic colour explosion.  This was where, when I saw this quilt set in the Target catalogue, was when I had my epiphany.  This was the answer to the migraine going on in my boys bedroom.  Why not tone it down and help to create a little less chaos?! 
So I ordered these little beauties online, even though there is a Target about half an hours drive away, and in the meantime I worked on how else I could improve their space. 

In the end I did have to make a trip to Target, where I could have picked up these quilt sets, because over the weekend we had a kind of feather disaster, whereby my six year old pulled a hole 'accidently on purpose' in his doona, and I went in there the following morning to find an enormous pile of duck feathers.  I then sewed this up, but due to a little night time accident, had to wash all the bedding and the doona......which proceeded to EXPLODE quite dramatically in my washing machine in a cloud of feathers.  Honestly, it looked like I'd tried to wash a duck.  I then had to vacuum out the inside of my washing machine, something I'm positive NO ONE has EVER done before, and after I had tossed the ruined doona straight out the back door, I seriously considered vacuuming my grass as well.  Sooooo.....a trip to Target was immediately in order...which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because doonas were on special and I got a single Australian Wool doona for $59, reduced from $119.  Note I said Australian Wool, not duck!!!  No feathers.  Zip.  Nada.  Nil.  Never again.  No more feathers for this little black......oh.....wait.

Ok, so while I was in Target I also got the boys new fitted sheets.  With the black and white it was either go black or white but there was actually neither of these on offer so I went for something entirely different and got these really dark navy.  Actually I think they came up a treat!

I also got creative with this particular interior styling effort and made the wall art.  I thought it came up rather well.  Ok, so I had this pin board just sitting around doing nothing and it happened to be black and white.  The quilt sets actually came in these dinky little cloth bags made from the doona cover material, so I had all these little fox and bear and raccoon faces to contend with, so rather than just turf them I cut a few up and stuck them on the board.  Whammo!  Instant wall art!  I think it works.  It's certainly much better than the picture I had there of Curio, a famous Bronco horse that was around in the 40s, a horse that apparently nobody was able to ride.  Or so the legend goes.
 Now having three boys; ages twelve, six and five; I'm going to dish out some advice.  Storage, storage and storage.  Oh, did I mention having lots of storage is handy?  If you want to avoid a calamity of epic proportions then having lots of storage is a big plus.  Last week I made yet another trip down to Kmart and purchased this shelving unit.  It came in a flat box and was ridiculously heavy and just fit into the back of my car (on a dangerously weird angle) which then induced a decent amount of swearing (not to mention sweating because it was so bloody hot that day), in putting the thing together.  But I did get to use my husbands fancy drill while assembling it, so that made up for it and everything was all right with the world.  I bought these little plastic baskets to introduce some colour and give my boys somewhere to hide all the nasty things that little boys like to collect; you know, like dead lizards and fluff-less tennis balls and bits of string and such.  The ice cream cone on the top is a much favoured new addition as it is a night light, which will no doubt require new batteries faster than you can say "stop playing with the light, you're wasting the batteries."  The books used to be in the walk-in-wardrobe, residing on the bottom shelf where my six year old stores his clothes.  They were always in a gigantic mess.  This shelving has been here about a week and so far the books have pretty much stayed in place. 
This is the inside of the boys wardrobe; a weird thing to show you I know, (and I've kind of edited out the mess that is hiding round the corner because, well really, no one wants to see a giant pile of Lego and random dirty clothes), but this is a vast improvement on how this wardrobe used to look.  The baskets are new, they match the ones on the shelving unit (except they are bigger versions) and within these I've been able to hide all the bits and pieces that make the room appear messier than it actually is.  Down the bottom the boxes contain toy cars in one and art supplies in the other.  The middle two have a Marble Run game and a Hot Wheels racing car track.  Up top there is simply a whole bunch of random stuff that never seems to have a home of it's own, so there it went.  These shelves, by the way, were made by my very clever father, who is very good with his hands and also a bit of a perfectionist.  Well, when I say 'a bit' I mean a real perfectionist who owns the Taj Mahal of chicken coops (yes really) and will make you an awesome set of shelves if you ask him nicely.  Thanks Dad, you're a legend. 

I hope you like what I have done with this room, I think it's a vast improvement, (even though I never showed you 'before' photos, you'll just have to take my word for it!) and hopefully lasts a few more years to come.  Next stop, my eldest son's room!


  1. I love the animal print bedding and the pops of colour. Fantastic job! Your home is going to look like a show home once you're finished. :) x


  2. Love it!! I want that bedding for myself! I think you're doing an amazing job with the house. I love these posts still so KEEP 'EM COMING!!!! ;)

    MUCH LOVE!!!!

    1. I just fell in love with this one, and black and white is usually not my thing. I think the foxes attracted me first, but the more I looked I knew the black and white was going to work. Plus these Target ones are so much better quality than what they had before.