There is a sweetness to two little boys sharing a room… a camaraderie and a friendship that a parent hopes will be achieved by night time giggles and car races around the room. I suppose it was my greatest desire to nurture that sense of playfulness while maintaining beauty and function. As you walk in, there is a toy chest filled with miniature pots and pans that can be pulled out when a sudden craving strikes… perhaps a hamburger and fries today… cookies with icing and jelly beans on top tomorrow!
The chest was originally recovered when I created the kids’ playroom in our house in the States. I keep saying that it needs an update, but it’s neutral pattern keeps winning out. I sewed the whimsical car pillow and regularly laugh at just how whimsical it is… because that is so much nicer than saying it is awkward or lopsided!
Here you get a wider view of the new “Big Boy Beds” that we found at IKEA. Perhaps you remember when we were debating over our options a few weeks ago? We like these because they are wood and could be painted if we wanted to change them up and they also extend to a full length when the boys get bigger (and perhaps the next room would allow for them being longer as well.) The pillows were a gift from my sister to the boys for Christmas last year and are by Dwell Studio for Target.
In between is the Moroccan cabinet that I bought the day the movers came to our house in Morocco. they had called and said they were running late, so after a quick glance at my watch, I dashed off with Traveling Girl to the Medina and bought a table, had it lugged from one side of the medina to the other, then raced back with a mischievous smile on my face. The shop keeper had wrapped it up so no one but Traveling Girl and I saw it until we unwrapped it here in Denmark!
At the foot of each of their beds are vintage blankets. This first one was found at GoodWill for less than $5 (a total bargain!) and the other was my husband’s when he was little. His grandmother made him several quilts and I insisted on bringing this one to Denmark because it brings such a nice sense of history to our home here.
Here is yet another fun mix of new and old. Originally, the shelf was black, but after moving here I decided to give it a new life in white. My husband and brother-in-law made it for me for Christmas one year, so as you might imagine… I love it… and I’m so happy to have found the perfect place for it in yet another home!
Starting from the left you will find: 1. A Quirky IKEA piggy bank 2. Little Machines by Studio Mela 3. Three Little Bears by Sarah Jane Studios 4. Some of my favorite story books from when I was little 5. one of my husband’s favorite toys from his childhood 6. A flea market suitcase
Some of you may remember this little guy before… I love him in white!
Here is where loads of cooking magic happens. Everyone is always surprised when I tell them the kitchen came from IKEA, but it’s pretty awesome. It’s full of wooden food by Melissa and Doug plus some cute post cards we found in Italy act as a little “backsplash.” The wooden camera by Little Sapling Toys is making yet another appearance… but that is because it is just so cute!
Up above is some of the kids’ art work taped up with some washi tape along with one of our all time favorite illustrators, Matte Stephens. I think I would be perfectly happy to own every one of his prints. They are the best!
I love the new reading nook we created by the window. Originally the bookcase was by the door, but I love it over here because it makes it feel like there is a separate, secret little part of the room just waiting to be enjoyed.
There is a little dresser over by the other window, but I guess I forgot to take a photo of it. It’s white and stores some of our linens and I promise to take a photo soon! On top is this sweet little vintage suitcase with a picnic basket from Morocco. It’s full of race cars and is pulled down quite regularly. My husband’s childhood piggy bank adds a fun little bit of orange, don’t you think?
Up above is another little mobile. I know I probably didn’t need two mobiles in one room but I seriously could not walk away from this one by Flensted. So, tell me, what do you think? Do you like their new room? I have to admit that it is rarely this tidy. We put away all the toys before naptime and bedtime, but in between it tends to have toys in every shape, size, and color flung from one end to the other… But I suppose that is just the way it should be, right?