First lets talk about the before… Large, bare walls. No storage. Mis-matched everything. Messy. This room needed major help. Fortunately it had plenty of space and potential!
The most important thing was storage, storage and more storage! Now that baby sister is mobile and getting into everything, we needed to get their room set up with lots of cabinets, cubbies and shelves to house their toys, games and other items we didn’t want the baby touching.
I first dreamed of built-ins to surround the window (THIS was my inspiration). Well, it turns out that built-ins like that cost over $3,000 🙁 Ikea to the rescue! I purchased the STUVA Storage system which fit EXACTLY into the space. Not a millimeter to spare. I liked that the cabinets and drawers had doors so you could throw toys in for easy clean up. Plus it had the perfect little desk area for the boys to sit at and color, do a workbook, or homework.
The wall-mounted book shelves are also from Pottery Barn Kids and hold a lot of their favorite books as well as little brothers favorite doll – Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks Cornerback!
The Bean Bag Soccer Ball and Football were both purchased from Amazon and the coolest, most fun part of the whole room is the Ikea EKKORE Hanging Seat! The boys are very excited about their new reading area. We have a rule at bedtime: If you aren’t tired, then you can pick out a book and read quietly.
I think the key to designing any room is to take your time. I’ve been collecting little sports-themed items for a couple years. My Aunt found these awesome vintage football player bookends at an antique shop.
Grandma gifted the boys this beautiful sports-themed bedding years ago and not only has it held up nicely, but it is what I based the whole color scheme around. The loft bed is from Ashley Furniture Outlet (now closed). Here is what we love about the bed: the built-in drawers, stairs instead of a ladder, and a low top bunk (for safety and for easy reach to tuck in my child and to make the bed). What we don’t love is that the wood is pretty cheap (particle board) and the lower bed has to be completely pulled out to sleep on. But that does make for a fun fort area!
Lastly, old sports equipment like these lacrosse sticks made perfect artwork for empty wall space!