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Big Boy Room Reveal

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding
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Finally it’s here – Dude Man’s Big Boy Room Reveal! Designing a big boy room was a little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. I wanted something classic that would grow with him and would fit with the rest of the style of our home, yet reflect his individual style and personality. It’s quickly become my favorite room in the house. Even when Dude isn’t home, I find myself standing in there, because it reminds me of him.

(Throughout the post I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from his room so you can shop too and re-create the look! Click the links throughout and the thumbnails underneath each picture.)

And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a 20% off discount code for Beddy’s Bedding!!!!

 

For a classic Big Boy Room I knew I wanted the color scheme to be cool grays and blues. We painted the walls Passive Gray by Sherwin Williams. I love this shade of gray because it has cool undertones to it and plays with the blue nicely. (A little back story about picking paint colors – I sometimes have a hard time deciding. When we were re-doing our previous home, I knew I wanted our living room/dining room to be gray and I ended up having hubby repaint several times until it was just the right shade. It was literally like 50 shades of gray. I recommend selecting a few options and painting little swatches on the wall of each color. Then once it’s dry, observe during daylight and night so you can see which you like best).

I used all of the furniture from dude’s nursery including the bed which we were able to transition to a full size. Beddy’s sent me his bedding in the Sketched Boy’s Room Print. If you haven’t heard of Beddy’s bedding before they have made making the bed and washing bedding literally so easy. Beddy’s is a one-piece bedding system that wraps around the bed like a fitted sheet and actually stays in place!  It has a zipper so that you can totally unzip the top from the bottom to make for easy washing and to make the bed you just zip up!!!!

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding

I added pops of blue with these striped curtains from Target and some throw pillows.

 

I had been looking for some wooden signs for each of the boy’s rooms with their names. I had this one made from Hickory Hollow Designs. It’s a husband and wife team out of Pennsylvania. They have their own Etsy shop where you can create and personalize your own sign. They were so incredibly easy to work with and they do such quality work.

Big Boy Room Reveal - wooden name sign

Right now Dude Man is obsessed with all things Dinosaurs. I found these cute dinosaur print wall stick-ons and this sign from Hobby Lobby. I’ve linked some similar ones below.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

On the other side of the room is this tall dresser which was his original nursery furniture. I love all of the shelving and the height that it provides. I styled the shelves with some ceramic dinosaurs I had found, and some other pieces that are personal to Dude in addition to his favorite books.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

He also had a ton of little toy dinosaurs that were always all over the floor. I placed them on this cute wooden shelf we got from Target

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My sisters got this wooden sign and had it displayed at my Baby Shower. And I found this cute little glob to add as an accent piece. It reminds me of Dude because he is my inquisitive one.

Big Boy Room Reveal

So there you have it. The perfect Big Boy Room for my dude. I love the way it came out and so does my little man so I’d say it was a success!

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And be sure to stay tuned for the Nursery Reveal once the baby arrives!

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Big Boy Room Reveal

8 In home/ home decor

Spring Porch Refresh

spring porch refresh
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Spring is here and I have been itching to start decorating! To me, I love a well decorated front porch, it gives such a great first impression. This time of year, I feel like the exterior of my home always needs a little pick me up after the cold winter. So I decided to do a little Spring Porch Refresh, adding some fresh greens and pops of color.  I’m sharing the details of my spring porch decor below plus, I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to give you some extra inspiration!

And as always, I’ve linked most of the products so that you can shop them too, because sharing is caring.

To shop just click the thumbnail below my photo

Here is my Spring Porch Refresh

I started with my welcome mat. I layered it with this blue striped mat to give it another element of color and make it pop against the blue.

spring front porch refresh

 

I love this magnolia wreath for the spring and summer months.

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I had been looking for a way to add some different dimensions and wanted a vertical sign for the porch. A local shop in my hometown called The Familiar Farmhouse made this welcome sign for me. I gave it a coat of poly so that it could stay outside and sustain the weather.

spring porch refresh

 

I am all about faux flowers for outside. I used to get fresh potted plants every year but let’s be honest – I’m good at keeping my kids and my patients alive. Flowers and plants on the other hand, not so much. I got these pots and faux greenery/fleurs from Afloral and honestly you could never tell the difference. I painted the pots this blue color, it’s called Crashing Waves by Behr.

flower pots

 

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spring porch refresh

 

For more Spring Porch Refresh inspiration, check out some of other bloggers I’ve teamed up with below.

 

spring porch refresh

 

 

 

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I tried the KonMari method – here’s what I learned

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I recently watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up”.  The series features this pint sized Japanese woman Marie Kondo who is an organizational guru and believes in the KonMari method of tidying your home.  The first episode was about a young couple, their two toddlers and their household clutter and how it has impacted their lives.  Honestly, they were so relatable. When you have children, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in toys and baby gear.

Throughout the episode, Kondo went through their closets, their drawers, their garage, etc. and encouraged them to only keep the things that “spark joy”.  Messy closets and cabinets with haphazardly strewn tupperware were soon transformed in an orderly fashion and it made me swoon. The episode spoke to me and I was hooked. It was the kick in the rear I needed to set off and tidy up my own home.

I didn’t totally KonMari my whole house, but I did adopt little bits and pieces here and there.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Instead of waiting for nap time to fold and put away the laundry, do it in front of the kids.  Children model our behaviors and what better way to get them in the habit of folding and putting away their clothes.  This was huge for me!
  • If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it – I didn’t have alot of stuff to get rid of since we had just moved less than 6 months ago and I had downsized some stuff before then. But there was still some stuff that I purged and it felt so good. For instance, I don’t like top sheets on the bed. I despise the way you get tangled in them in your sleep and they seem useless to me. Yet I had a whole shelf of them in my linen closet. I didn’t toss all of them. I kept a few for our guest bed but chucked the rest.

kon mari closet

  • You can make more room by stacking – Our dresser drawers and my tupperware cabinet were the biggest culprits here. Kondo believes that by stacking things in an orderly fashion, not only can you fit more, but you can clearly see what you have. While I am not in love with Kondo’s method of folding clothes, I truly can fit more in my drawers.

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  • Going forward, be more mindful– After KonMari’ing my home, the cynical side in me came out. “Sure it’s all organized now, but give it to the end of the week and this house will soon be a mess again”.  But I refuse to let that happen.  It’s a work in progress, but I’m taking a few simple steps to make sure I don’t go back to my old ways. Instead of throwing my clothes on the floor when I get changed, I’m more mindful of either hanging them back up or putting them in the laundry basket. At the end of the day before going to bed, I pick everything up and make sure not to leave any dishes in the sink. And this may be the hardest, but before buying think “do I really need this?”.
  • Having a tidy, organized home can spark joy – When I was home on maternity leave I learned alot about myself, but one of the biggest lessons I learned was that clutter causes an overwhelming sense of anxiety for me.  Our homes should be our havens, a place that brings us calm and where we can relax and unwind with family and friends. When everything is in it’s place it truly brings me happiness and makes my home a place I never want to leave. And for that, I thank you Marie Kondo.
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what I learned from KonMari