introducing… the new boys room

by Tina on May 25, 2011

in Copenhagen, Decor, Denmark, our home

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?

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria May 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Love it! Love everything about your sweet boys room. PS. tell me more about that pillow, it is super cute:)


Juliette May 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

That little car pillow is adorable Tina! I love that you did that; I’m now thinking that might be a fun idea for a godson… I think this is a great space for you two little men and I like how it actually looks lived in. Really nice!


Tina May 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Oh, thanks so much!! I just drew my own pattern for the car. In fact, I think I drew it right on to the fabric and cut away!


christine e-e May 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

cozy, personable & full of memories… first time to your blog (via decor8)! will bookmark to be back.


Barbara Daniela May 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

What an amazing space. Beautifully done! I’m sure that your boys are so engaged by the art, colour and layout of the room. Thank you for sharing!


Noon May 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Oh My God! I love your nooks..
your space, and I LOVE your blog..


Lisa May 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Tina! Love your home so much — it’s so lovely, just like you are! I was so happy when I saw that Holly had posted it over on decor8 and knew I had to come over here to visit.



Abby from Canada May 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

Just wonderful!


fenny setiawan May 26, 2011 at 4:19 am

Tina, I love everything at your boys room, you did a very good job to decorate it and also give some idea :). I just wondering in what age we can transfer our toddler from crib to bed (like yours), I am in love with Ikea toddler bed in white iron but I am afraid my toddler will fall from the bed.
Oh and boys play kitchen too? how cute 🙂


Dee May 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Came over from designmom. What a cool room!


Karla May 27, 2011 at 7:04 am

Hello there Tina,

I am also a fan of your home decor…. looooove the boys room and I think a lot about my little girl’s room. I am not sure if you rememeber me but I am going to give you a bit of a background maybe you can help me with my dilema.

I am currently living in Islamabad Pakistan. This is our second year and we are expecting a baby girl. I have to admit, my sense of decoration is none existant and there are not many people that understand what I am trying to do in the baby room. I do not want her room to be ultra girlish with tons of pinks or too many girly patterns etc. I loooooooove Pakistani furniture ( kind of like the night table you have between the boys’ bed.) where do I start from? I thought I culd start with fabrics and traditional patterns and go from there but I can’t really find the type of fabric that would WOW me! 🙁 Sorry I am venting a bit too… it is frustrating I can’t even hire someone because they truly and rally believe a baby girl’s room should be pink and all… (sigh)

Anyway… would love to know what gave you the starting point to decorate your boys’ room.
Hugs from warm Islamabad.


Gana May 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

Beautifull places!!!!!!


Oum May 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hello ! I have been following your blog for some time now and found it abosultely inspireful … It is the first time I write (hopefully not the last 🙂 ) and I just wanted to let you know that I featured your georgeous boys rooms in my Petites Inspirations blog:


Monica May 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

What a great room Tina! I love the way it came together. The boys are sure lucky to have such a great space. LOve the little vintage and “historical” touches.


Carin May 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi, just found my way over from the Inspired Room…

What a fabulous room you’ve created for the boys! I love it. That IKEA kitchen is great. My girl has it too and gets so much mileage out of it, it’s unreal. Your looks a heck of a lot tidier though! Putting stuff away seems a constant battle around here. Love what you’ve done to the rocking moose too!


Megan May 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I think that this room is so lovely!! I love all the little details and the fact that it is still functionable. Coming over from the Inspired Room. Thank you for sharing!


Tracey Chalk June 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

A great room. Hope you don’t mind if i feature this. Too good not to share. x


heather July 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’m finding you through Bron at Babyspace… just want to say how much I love your kids’ room! And the stories behind it, so much history and travel, it’s just fabulous!


Theresa May 12, 2012 at 4:38 am

I love this room it is just adorable! I am a huge fan of mix matching furniture it’s so much fun! I am currently looking for a new bed for my little boy and I just love the wooden beds you got from IKEA! I looked on the website and did not see them. 🙁 Do you happen to remember the name of the bed? I am thinking maybe they have it in the store and not on the website. 🙂


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