Fun and FunctionalFor the past couple of years, homeowners Julie and Garry and their 2-year-old son Reggie have been living in harmony in their cozy two-bedroom home. With a new baby on the way, they have decided to transform what was once their home office into a big-boy bedroom that Reggie can call his own. They want a kid-friendly space that can change and grow, along with their precocious child.
custom storage bed: L&R Construction
custom drapery: Fine Draperies
Roman shade and bed drapery fabric: Cowtan & Tout
Roman shade red trim: Cowtan & Tout
window seat cushion: L.A. Comfort
window seat fabric: Pindler & Pindler
window seat piping: Cowtan & Tout
bedding: Pottery Barn
rug: Pottery Barn
modular wall storage: Pottery Barn
ceiling light: Pottery Barn
industrial bed light fixture: AffordableLamps.com
art desk: Stewart Toys
sunshine wall clock: Oompa Toys
large toy tin airplanes: Bombay Kids
small toy tin airplanes: The Toy Dept.
photo enlarging: Universal Imaging
wall paint: Sherwin Williams (Believable Buff #6120, satin finish)
ceiling paint: Benjamin Moore (Saphireberry BM 2063-60, flat finish)
Fort-Like BedThe metallic silver finish on the bed is reminiscent of an airplane exterior. Cool details like a porthole light, wall mural and airplane sheets also lend to the aviation theme.
Slide-out drawers line the base of the platform for additional storage. Notches were used on the drawer fronts instead of drawer pulls–they are much safer for little hands.
Airplane MuralReggie picked out the photo from Dad's collection. It was then taken to a commercial printer to have it enlarged to poster size.
Kenneth's Tip: Don't be afraid to get too close to your subject when taking a photograph. Also, avoid shadows, as they don't always look good when the photo is blown up.
Reading NookA red cushion and coordinating throw pillows add color and texture, while a piped denim Roman shade controls the natural light. The neutral cream-colored walls allow the bright artwork, textiles and furniture to really pop.
Kenneth's Tip: When decorating a child's room, save money by using inexpensive fabrics such as demin. You'll probably have to change the fabrics over time since your child's likes and dislikes will change as they grow. And most importantly, inexpensive fabrics are usually machine washable.
Art DeskSince kids' interests are constantly changing, their bedrooms need to be versatile and feature elements and areas that spark the imagination.
Toy StorageFinishing off the look are vintage-style tin airplanes that hang from the sky blue ceiling.
Kenneth's Tip: Color on the ceiling is something that is often ignored, but it can add interest and a dynamic feel to a room.