What do you get when you ask a nature-loving 5-year-old about his dream bedroom? A rustic outdoors themed bedroom, of course!
A few weeks ago, I shared our basement floor plan with you and just last week I shared Owen’s vintage baseball bedroom mood board (go Dodgers!). As I mentioned before, the first thing I do when I’m designing a room from scratch (aside from, ya know, actually finishing the room) is creating a bedroom mood board. This allows me to get all of my ideas in one place so I can see how everything works together before I start buying or building.
Barrett has never had his own room. From the time he came home into our family as a happy little ball of joy and rolls, he’s never had a space to call his own. He spent the first 5 months of his life in our bedroom, and when we could no longer squeeze him into the pack n play next to our bed, we squeezed him into a hand-me-down crib in the corner of Owen’s room. Unfortunately, like many middle children, Barrett is the recipient of many pre-loved items; from clothing to toys, he gets all of Owen’s old stuff. He adores his big brother (mostly) and loves spending time and sharing space with him, but at 5 years old, he has developed his own style. It feels especially important to me to give our “middlest” a room of his own, filled with the things he loves.
Rustic Outdoors Themed Bedroom
Barrett’s basement bedroom
Barrett is our aspiring outdoorsman. When I asked him to start brainstorming about what he might like to have in his bedroom, he said “hunting.” That was it. I’m sure I could easily go to a Cabela’s and cover everything with camo blind cover and he’d be happy, but I just can’t bring myself to do that. I’m focusing on keeping the overall feeling of his room outdoorsy with a campy, old-school cabin feel and a heavy dose of wonder and adventure.
Due to the weird footprint of our house, Barrett’s bedroom can’t have an egress window (we’re putting in a door between his closet and Georgia’s for an emergency escape). I plan to select a light wall color so the room doesn’t look too dark- especially when the door is closed. I’m thinking about Sherwin Williams Pacer White, but I won’t know for sure until I get it on the walls.
Barrett is my Lego master. The kid can sit and build with Lego bricks all day long, and he has an expansive collection of various Lego sets. A designated spot for storing and building his lego creations is a necessity, so I’ll be drawing up plans for a lego table as we get close to finishing his room.
I’ll also be building a wall desk for his room, just like the one I plan to build for Owen’s room.
Mood board sources:
Bedding: Pottery Barn Teen
Wall sconce: Houzz
Desk lamp: Macy’s
Baseball beanbag chair: Amazon
Wall desk: Wayfair
Desk chair: Wayfair
Alarm clock: Amazon
Pinboard: Pottery Barn Teen
Built-in shelves inspo pic: Beneath My Heart blog