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GROWING UP WITH THE BOYS ROOM

AS YOUR KIDS GROW AND CHANGE

SO DOES YOUR HOME…NOTHING IS ENGRAVED IN STONE…OR PAINT…furniture and colors are outgrown and worn through… Spaces evolve over time..It is a time to embrace the inevitable and an opportunity to try new things…new colors…new furniture arrangements. 

And so, par for the course, during the nearly 10 years we have lived in this house.

THE BOYS ROOM…has undergone many changes…..lets take a look shall we……

CHRISTMAS 2004 - THE BOYS MESSING AROUND WITH POPPI. THE RUG UNDER THEIR FEET WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS IN THE LIVING ROOM, BECAME THE RUG IN THEIR BEDROOM 4 YEARS LATER....LOOK HOW LITTLE THEY ARE!
CHRISTMAS 2004 – THE BOYS MESSING AROUND WITH POPPI. THE RUG UNDER THEIR FEET WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS IN THE LIVING ROOM, BECAME THE RUG IN THEIR BEDROOM 4 YEARS LATER….LOOK HOW LITTLE THEY ARE!

2004

We moved into our current home April 12, 2004.

The house has 3 bedrooms, all about the same size but one of the kids rooms has more windows and is a tad larger…and was to be the boys room. However,  on the day the rooms were painted…the painter reversed my instructions, painted the boys room pink and Phoebe’s room blue and thus the boys got the ever so slightly smaller and shadier room. The door you see below goes directly into Phoebe’s room…much to her chagrin. 

PLEASE NOTE THE UNDERWEAR THROWN AND HANGING FROM THE CHANDELIER! GOOD TIMES!

They shared a room and bunk beds…Cooper on the bottom, but quite often, one of them slept with the other or between us in our big king sized bed. The room was where they sometimes slept, but always where they played..and played and played…trucks, trains, legos…beenie babies, playmobil , hot wheels, hundreds of hot wheels…this room offered them space and comfort…it was perfect!

The Brio table was in their room for years and always had a use..I was sad to eventually pack it away...
The Brio table was in their room for years and always had a use..I was sad to eventually pack it away…

…over time, there were subtle changes…they wanted the beds UN BUNKED…

the beds UN BUNKED
the beds UN BUNKED

but essentially…not much changed and they grew..Cooper started 1st grade in 2007.

 

2007

IN 2007, the boys still shared their room. 

BOYS ROOM CIRCA 2007
BOYS ROOM CIRCA 2007..the living room rug now lives in their room…

  Tate slept in the bunk beds and Cooper used this double bed. With LOTS of bribery (boys do not like change in their rooms) I convinced them to let me lighten the color a bit and their room was painted a soft blue Benjamin Moore color called “Harbor Haze”. They still played lots of Legos and Trucks and floor space was a  still a HUGE premium.

2010

BOYS ROOM 2010
BOYS ROOM 2010

In 2010, Tate was in middle school and wanted to try it on his own.

We converted the old sleeping porch into a bedroom..and Cooper had this BIG room all to himself…WE SOLD THE bunk beds and I bartered some Decorating work for a beautiful Pottery Barn Kids Bead board double bed! Cooper chose a deep but warm blue by Benjamin Moore  called “Poolside”..NOT to be confused with “Poolside Blue” which is more of a bright aqua like the arrows in the above photo. 

2012

Tate tired of the less than perfect conditions of the sleeping porch…slanted floor, no heat or air conditioner and while we supplied him with both a heater and an air conditioner he decided to move back in with his bro…we gave him my Moms old bed, which I upholstered and in the meantime Cooper had changed to Phoebe’s old bed…after she got the twin set and the side rail on his Pottery Barn Bed bed broke ……..probably from doubling as a trampoline….

Cooper gets Phoebe's old bed...
Tate  gets My Mom’s old bed…

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…and this is where we are…well, WERE until a few weeks ago when the room underwent yet another subtle but oh so productive transformation!!!

Come back tomorrow for the Monday Makeover and exciting news about a Pet Portrait Giveaway!!!

Thanks for joining on the trip down memory lane!!!!

 

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7 thoughts on “GROWING UP WITH THE BOYS ROOM

  1. That’s a GREAT idea to barter for PB goodies! If you don’t mind can you share how you went about that? I’d love to do that with a couple of local stores here that have wonderful antiques/decorating items. BTW, I love your choices over the years. So fun to see the boys’ room transform. 🙂

    1. Hi Jen, I bartered with a friend whose daughter had a HUGE bedroom with tow double beds. Her daughter wanted more room space and a bigger girl room. I made her drapes and helped her room grow up above and her amazingly generous Mom gave me a whole bed!!!!xo

      1. Oh gosh. I must look like a real ninny. I misread your post and thought you meant you bartered with Pottery Barn! I was thinking, “Wow! She has guts and must be a hellova talker!” 🙂 Thanks for ‘splaining.

  2. Hi Lesli!
    I just came to visit from My sweet Savannah!
    Looking back it’s fun to see piece or object that stays no matter what the age of the child! I love you have some color in their rooms it fits in with your whole pallet perfectly!
    I have boys too…One was obsessed with sports. ISlept with a baseball,football,basketball,bat & glove. {This began at 2 in his TODDLER bed! } I tried to put everything in a cool old milk crate, but he wasn’t going for it. Today he’s amazing athlete, still playing sports!
    I wonder what your boys will keep with each new change to their rooms!
    Have a beautiful Valentine’s week!
    xo
    Gail
    CasualLovesElegance

    1. THANK YOU GAIL!!! I am so happy you stopped by xo The boys seem to like their sport memorabilia as well…my younger son has something like 50 hockey pucks on his dresser…makes for interesting dusting …but then I tell myself…this is HIS sanctuary …his room and carry on..

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