This past weekend we swung by a random stranger's house and picked up a toddler bed, very similar to this one, for the can't beat it price of 15 bucks. We actually weren't even planning on using a toddler bed. We figured that when Gabe broke loose from his crib or he turned 15, we'd get him a regular twin bed. But I saw this one posted in the classifieds section of a mom's newsletter so I scooped it up. I happen to think it's adorable. And it will slide right into Gabe's room seamlessly when the time comes.
Of course, you all know that when I re-did Gabe's nursh into his tiny British Gentleman lair, I promised John that most of it would stay the same when the time for a big boy room came along. And for the most part, it will. With a few itttttty bitty changes...
Here are some of my favorite boy rooms out there. I actually tried to track down original sources and not be an internet-asshole and it's amazing how many dead links I found, so sorry for the unknowns. So anyway, I think I've narrowed down the elements I like: stripes and plaid, monograms, industrial, slightly old-fashioned and neutrals. I like rooms that look a tad bit grandpa but not too industrial prison camp-ish, ya know?
The big change? Besides the bed? I'll need a new dresser. As much as I love the look of the antique red one, it's functionality is not so great for a small boy. He needs something more sturdy...and less finicky to deal with. I'm hoping to go all DIY Campaign-style on an inexpensive Ikea dresser. The one pictured above is perfection, color and all.
I'll need a few new blankets and pillows for Gabe's new bed since the blankets he currently uses are teeny tiny yellow & green baby blankets. Most of which, get wrapped around him like a cape by his request every night for his "coat". It's presh. Anyway, I also like the idea of a little wall-mounted light that he can operate since the only lamps are across the room right now. The curtains in his room now are just cheapies from Targ so I'd like to fancy them up a bit by DIY'ing some white horizontal stripes. Annnnd maybe a striped tee pee? I've only wanted one for him for LIKE ever.
We'll also need some toy storage for his room because although the only "toys" kept up there now are books, I'm pretty sure we'll want a few things to entertain him when he wakes up in the morning and it's not time to come wake mama, right? The idea of rolling bins or crates gets my heart a racin'.
Speaking of, talk to me about the switch to the big boy/girl beds for your tots if you have one. We're thinking we'll probably need to put a baby gate up at his door (he's never tried to scale one), mostly for his own safety and our sanity. Keep in mind, Gabe is actually our alarm clock most mornings so there's no chance of him sleeping in and us having to go wake him up. Man, I wish. So tell me how this works.