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On Designing a Boys Room - Our "Train" of Thought

This is a story of planes, trains and automobiles...ok, trains, planes and MORE trains. Our 7-year-old is not into sports. No superheroes here. He is into vehicles, and especially trains. BIG TIME. So, when we moved into our house out here in the country, we knew that trains had to join us.
Here how the room looked when we bought the house:
Difficulty: Medium
May have been great for a teenage girl, but was not our 7-year-old boy's cup of apple juice. So, here at The Heathered Nest, we hatched a plan-and it started with this:
A custom wall mural from Etsy, with a sepia vintage steam locomotive! It went up like a giant sticker. Kind of like wallpaper without the mess of wallpaper adhesive. It is a typical vinyl wall decal, just much LARGER than most.
And when all was said and done, our little dude had his train room...We painted the walls with a faux "linen" technique. Close up, it looks like wallpaper. We added a bunch of neutral/brown textures and patterns with linens, like the wool herringbone curtains and cornice board, the houndstooth rug, and pillows with argyle and a Burberry-esque plaid.
Lots of shelving room for all our train books!! These were sold at PBKids, once upon a time.
And a little monogrammed burlap pillow in a comfy faux leather chair rounds out the space for our little train aficionado.
All in all, that's now our little conductor's space. No longer "Plain Jane", now we're all "Plane Train" up in here...and he loves it.

To see more: http://www.heatherednest.com/2014/07/on-designing-boys-room-our-train-of.html

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  • Lori Jackson
    Lori Jackson Wall, SD
    on Jul 25, 2014

    As the mother of a train nut grown into a train loving man...I approve. My son would have loved it! You little guy has a clean, functional and thoroughly delightful space all to himself.

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 25, 2014

    Love it!

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Jul 25, 2014

    we have a train nut little 2 yr old mostly thomas but any train will do in a pinch... this is way way cool xx

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 25, 2014

    Beautifully done and I LOVE that wall mural!

  • Rachael Rose
    Rachael Rose Seattle, WA
    on Jul 26, 2014

    Love this! I also have a vehicle loving son. When we move into our new house I will have some great ideas for his room. Thanks for sharing!

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