updating my son's room

About a year ago I had a vision for my son's room which you can read about here. I figured that my kiddos' rooms would be a great lab for my design practice and his was long overdue for an update. (It was painted as my daughter's nursery almost ten years ago.) My obstacle was overcoming the hoarding and mess I wrote about earlier this week. It got to a point that I kind of just closed my eyes and shut the door and felt completely unmotivated to tackle it.

Now that the clutter is cleared and the room has been purged, I'm ready to give him a room that he can enjoy and will still work as he grows older. Below is the board I created last year, inspired by the dog print he chose on vacation.

I really loved this plan and felt excited about its possibilites. He, on the other hand, wasn't feeling the grey trim and white walls. Instead, he wanted bright orange walls with Kelly green trim and a zebra striped ceiling. Kind of cool but I'm not that good a  mother! I could only think of the beast repainting orange walls would be. So we talked about it, Googled and searched Pinterest for inspiration for a compromise. Here's what we came up with:

Green walls  and white trim like these rooms:

This room was the first we stumbled on via Pinterest. Check out Erin's blog Whaling City Cottage to see all the details of this fabulous ORC entry.

This room was the first we stumbled on via Pinterest. Check out Erin's blog Whaling City Cottage to see all the details of this fabulous ORC entry.

rooms above and below are Benjamin Moore's Bunker Hill Green

Whitney McGregor's son's room as seen on Design Sponge

Whitney McGregor's son's room as seen on Design Sponge

The colors we considered are from l-r: Benjamin Moore  Bunker Hill Green, Sherwin Williams Envy and BM Raleigh Green.

Given that Eamon was a good sport on compromising, my more subtle pick (Raleigh Green) was vetoed in favor of SW Envy.  And I can't wait to get started. Here's my updated board with some accessories that will most likely make their way into the space. 

1. a custom portrait of our late dog Cedric, per Eamon's request from this Etsy shop // 2. a ceiling fan like this one from Overstock // 3. simple white roman blinds embellished with some trim like these from Country Curtains //4. adorable elephant  hooks  // 5. a desk similar to this one that I scored for $40 at a thrift store! //6. this elephant pillow (that's his thing these days)

Once the broken window I smashed (you can see that on Instagram) painting its trim is fixed tonight, I can get started!


Have any of you let your kids in on the process of decorating their rooms? I'd love to see your pictures. You can share them in the comments below or on FB or Instagram.

Have a great weekend!