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Ever since I finished Mabrey’s room, Layne and Everett have been begging me to make their room ‘perfect.’ I asked them what their idea of perfect was and this is what I got:

Everett: Paint the walls red and black and orange and gray and blue.

Layne: I want my own room.

Awesome. There’s a very good reason why we never hear of famous five-year-old interior designers. Maybe I can teach my kids to embrace imperfection?

Even without the boys’ ideas, their shared room is a challenge for me. {This is where the title comes in. Picture smoke billowing from my ears as I brainstorm a plan for the boys’ bedroom.}

It has to function as sleeping quarters and a playroom. There needs to be ample room for both…for two kids. We already bought a bunk bed that I caved and let the boys pick out. I would have preferred a wooden one {L & E weren’t feelin’ it} or a built-in {HH said he didn’t have time to DIY it right now} but the steel one is sturdy and simple enough. The boys love it. I like the trundle option that we spent extra on. A third mattress rolls out from under the bottom bunk to sleep a total of three kiddos. I see us using it in the future years down the road when we have overnight guests. Mabrey could easily camp out with her brothers in their room on the trundle while guests sleep in her room. It’ll be great for boy sleepovers, too. Ah, small space living. You are so multifunctional.

As for the playroom aspect, I want to keep the middle of the room as open as possible for floor play. I’d also like to incorporate some type of desk/craft area for the boys to do homework, draw, piddle around, etc.

On top of function, I want their room to look like a boy room but I want it to last. No themes, no juvenile items that will be inappropriate in a year or two, no kid-sized furniture. After several weeks of rolling ideas around in my head {most of which weren’t all that great…HH said the first one looked like a girl’s room!…back to the drawing board}, I *think* I’ve finally got it: a woodsy industrial boy room.

woodsy industrial boy room

1 – The wall color will remain the same. It’s Sherwin Williams Contented. Everybody that sees it says they love it. We do too. The floors are the same as the rest of the house. They’re Texas Brown birch. They’re not necessarily wrestle-around-on-the-floor kinda floors though so I’ll be bringing in a large, durable Flor rug. Hopefully, the gray color will hide dirt but the sweater-ish pattern will give me that textured look I like so much.

2 – We’ve already purchased and installed this industrial cage light. It’s so great! My favorite part is that the boys can throw their nerf football around and I don’t have to worry about them taking out the ceiling light.

3 – I’ll be keeping the bedding simple. White sheets and textured white duvets layered with a rustic linen blanket. These exact ones are a bit pricey so I’ll be scoping out cheaper alternatives.

4 – I have plans for dual built-in desks along one wall. I’d like to use kid-friendly, masculine chairs for the desks. These midcentury dining chairs would be perfect. The faux leather seats should hold up well to two boys and I could easily bring them out to the living room or dining room when we need more seating for guests. Again, in our small house, it’s nice when items can work in more than one area.

5 – Bucky Jr. has been looking for a place to live for a looooooong time now. HH got him for me over a year ago. He’s just the right dose of faux taxidermy that I need in the room.

6 – For a pop of color, I like the idea of Swiss red cross throw pillows on the beds. These are adorable. I may try making my own. Or I may decide that my time is worth the money spent on buying a few.

7 – The dual desk area will be made using different styles of these shallow cabinets topped with a continuous wood countertop. The shallow depth will maximize open floor space in the middle of the room for play.

8 – I want to hang a trio of these woven baskets on the wall for Everett’s costumes. He’s in and out of them so much that they really need to be easily accessible…instead of in the closet.

9 – To make the space personal and fun, I plan to DIY large black and white wall photos of Layne and Everett. I like Katie’s oversized inexpensive version in Will’s room. The image of this lil’ skater dude is fun. I want the photos to be candid – not staged. Maybe Everett will be in his Batman costume. Maybe Layne will be missing his two front teeth.

10 – Since I didn’t get my pick of wood bunk beds, I’ll just have to DIY a plank wall behind the metal ones we did get. The white beds are totally gonna pop against the warm wood. Along with an industrial reading light in each kid’s bunk, the wood plank wall will make for a cozy reading spot.

So that’s the tentative plan for the boys’ room. It feels good to have a plan. Finally.

images: polyvore collage by Dana Miller linked within

50 Comments

12.September.2012

I like it! I am trying to design two very different boys room and some of these elements might work in one. The other one is more of a teen rocker room lol.

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Love this! You have such great taste and ideas. I love everything about it!

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12.September.2012

is it bad that i want woodsy industrial boys room to be my master bedroom? :)

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replied on September 12th, 2012

No! That means I did my job! Hopefully, kids and adults will like it.

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replied on September 12th, 2012

i love it! i love the blanket not so much the price. ive had my eye on this one for a bit just don’t think its soft but maybe just for looks:

http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/vintage-grey-wool-blanket-p7104.aspx?utm_medium=cse&utm_source=googlebase&gclid=CKrttruB7bECFYIaQgod42oAiw

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replied on September 12th, 2012

Ooooh, I love that blanket Lisa, and much more affordable then the one Dana listed and they are so similar!

replied on September 12th, 2012

What a great alternative!!

12.September.2012

I love the look! Just a question- does your new home have a basement? I cant remember if you ever mentioned one but it might be a nice place to carve out a 4th bedroom when your boys get older

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replied on September 12th, 2012

Nope. No basement! HH is dreaming of a man shed with a half story overhead to be used as a man/teenager hangout. That’s a ways away though.

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12.September.2012

Love it! Question – I am interested in getting hardwood flooring throughout my house, was wondering how durable you are finding the birch (scratching, etc)? Thanks in advance!

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12.September.2012

I just LOVE your style. The plank wall is going to be AMAZING. Can’t wait to see it finished!

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12.September.2012

I love your uncluttered home. Did you get rid of everything you owned before you moved into this house and started over?

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replied on September 12th, 2012

Not everything but a lot. Most of it just due to the downsize. We went from 2700+ sq ft to ~1300 sq ft. We donated/sold those things to pay for reno/new things. We kept the things that work: our bed, IKEA bookcase, thrift coffee table, petite settee, some side tables, lots of accessories that don’t have a place yet, washer/dryer, linens, etc.

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12.September.2012

I just found your blog and I’m in loooove with your style.
You have a new big fan!
Love the nursery and the boys room is gonna be a hit.
Keep going!

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12.September.2012

I love it all. My first thought was planking a wall.

Could you paint the ceiling navy? It might up the masculine/boy scout factor without changing the wall colour (which yes! is great). Then a few (subtle) gold stars might be cool. Not like glow in the dark stickers, but like, cool, burnished, vintage looking, aged brass…gold foil stars…

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12.September.2012

I just painted SW Contented in my bathroom – but mine looks a lot darker and greener. Is yours mixed full strength? I had it color matched at Home Depot, so maybe that’s why.

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12.September.2012

Great ideas! It’s gonna look awesome.
As an alternative to your chairs in #4, did you see these? http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Reed-Dining-Chair-Set-of-2/6713385/product.html
I like the way they kind of look like vintage school chairs. Thought I’d throw that out there. I have my eye on them myself…
Have fun!

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12.September.2012

I have a girl, but I would love to furnish a boy’s room for a change… I like your choices! I’m considering to put a craft table into my daughter’s room instead of the desk she now has (she uses it with her old high chair now which can be adapted in height). She is 6 years old and I saw that Ikea has this INGOLF junior chair which enables children to sit at normal dining table height. It’s also available in antique stain which would match your color scheme. As reading lamps for our bedroom I’m thinking of the HEKTAR wall lamp. I’ve seen it attached to the wall directly in one of Ikea’s brochures. Icannot find it anymore, but pinned it on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/343047696585629023/
Thy would match your industrial style mood board as well and the good thing is they are quite inexpensive!
Love to read your blog!!!
Jule from inside9B

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12.September.2012

OH SWEET!!! Please post something similar for your master bedroom!!!!! I absolutly just love these type of posts!!!

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replied on September 12th, 2012

Oh my. The master has my brain all fuzzy. I can’t get a good read on it. But as soon as I have a plan, I’ll share it.

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12.September.2012

Dana, Love the midcentury desk chairs. We are actually looking for something very similar to go with a 1950’s Danish teak desk my husband purchased recently. He actually found the same chairs on Amazon for quiet a bit less than Overstock…here is a link. http://www.amazon.com/Sonore-Solid-Mid-Century-Style-Dining/dp/B003ZSH8LI

I am sure the boys will love their “perfect” room even though it won’t be painted all the colors asked. :)

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replied on September 12th, 2012

Awesome! Thanks for the link to amazon.

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12.September.2012

Love it! It will look so great. I’m currently pregnant and we are finding out the sex on Monday, hopefully. If it’s a boy I want to go with a woodsy nursery. We have a 3 year old boy, but his room is already decorated in a bright blue he picked out. I might just have to revamp it in a few years.

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12.September.2012

LOVE the light fixture and all the elements, really! I have 2 boys who share a room and it needs some “perfecting”! ONE thing I want to mention: I love the large mounted b/w photo you link to in the Bower blog, but I would never cut or sand insulation board without wearing a mask! Why not substitute foam core that can be purchased from an art store. Just not exposing yourself or loved ones to potential chemicals in the pink stuff is a better option, I think.

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replied on September 12th, 2012

Great idea!

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12.September.2012

What is the source of the dresser in the boys room? It looks neat from what I can see of it in pics!

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replied on September 12th, 2012

IKEA! We picked it up a few weeks ago to add storage options to the room. Right now the boys are using two of four drawers for pj’s. We’ll see how things get moved around once we’re in full makeover mode.

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12.September.2012

Love it. I have recently found carpet squares at the Dollar Store and am making a checkerboard rug for way less than Flor prices.

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12.September.2012

Love your boys and their ideas. I made the mistake of taking my oldest wallpaper shopping for his room when he was their age. He picked the ugliest wallpaper ever. So, I let that idea rest awhile and then changed it up after he had forgotten about it.

Your selections are great and should last them a long time!

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12.September.2012

LOVE it, Dana! Thanks so much for linking all of your products/ideas, too – those linen blankets are so beautiful, and the plank wall is really going to warm things up. (Plus the boys will think it is super cool!) Their bedroom is going to look really great – and definitely will stand the test of time..can’t wait to watch you guys put it all together!!
Leah: )

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12.September.2012

You should look at pictures of Basecamp Hotel at Lake Tahoe. The have a really cute but quirky rustic look going on. Some of the ideas may seem a little too theme-y but I think there are some great ideas you could pick up from there. Oh, and they even have bunk beds!

Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

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replied on September 12th, 2012

O.M.G.!!!!!!!! I totally want to LIVE there – not just visit there! What a great design aesthetic for hotel. That would be my dream job, I think. Designing comfy, casual rooms for hotels.

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12.September.2012

This is going to be such an amazing room! I already know it!

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12.September.2012

When I opened the blog post tonight, my son (also named Everett) commented on how cool he thought the items were in the mood board. We have been trying to figure out how to redo his room and I think we are going to use a lot of your ideas here. You are doing such a great job inspiring me with ideas, I can hardly stand it. What did I do before I found your blog????? Thanks for posting what your thinking about, their room will look fantastic and classic!

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12.September.2012

Sounds awesome! I love all the textures and soothing colors with a few bright pops. Layne and Everett are lucky boys. :)

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12.September.2012

Love the wood plank wall behind the bunkbed! No paint to look shabby from day-to-day use by growing boys.

Many years back my father made a double desk for my big brothers with drawers in between and 1960s fashionable formica on top. Each boy had his own bulletin board and wall-mounted light. It gave each of them room to work and room to express himself. I think your sons will like having their own space in a shared room.

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12.September.2012

I love the idea of a plank wall and have been wanting to try that in my own place. This plan looks awesome!

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13.September.2012

thank you so much for your kind words in your last email!
I like your idea about the boys’ bedroom!Most important,is to actually LIVE in your home/room!I’m afraid,though,that the plank wall will cost a lot of money!or not?BUT,it is an excellent idea!!!I’m having a second thought about the chairs,as far as comfort and functionality is concerned.I know very well that although office chairs with wheels, are not the best for a perfectly designed room,they are specially designed for students as they ensure the right position of the body.Perhaps,with a little websurfing,you could find nice chairs with wheels and actually good-looking ones!!!Here is a website with very good ideas!It’s in Spanish, which I don’t speak, but the pictures speak for themselves!!!
http://www.elmueble.com/categoria/ninos
Also, take a look at this website which is my favorite as it has everything:http://www.bhg.com
xxx

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13.September.2012

Love love love your concept. Its chic enough for mama and rough and tumble enough for young boys. I think the cableknit FLOR tiles are my favourite part – such a fun unexpected element.

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13.September.2012

It’s gorgeous. My 6 yr old is quite an individual and very independent, so I let him make decisions for his own room. His bed can accomodate a trundle, but instead it accomodates playtime. How? We mounted 4 casters to a 1/4″ piece of solid pine that is 2×4 foot in size. My son builds Legos on it. I was so tired of having to clear Legos off the dining table before dinner. Now his “Lego table” just rolls right back under the bed, and he can continue his project any time. It can be used for puzzles and other things as well… very multifunctional. He loves it and it keeps me sane! So does this: I screwed custom cut galvanized metal to how wall, bought magnetics that look like push pins, and now he has a place to display all his artwork. The metal has a very industrial feel which I love. Both of these projects were very inexpensive.

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replied on September 13th, 2012

I’d love to see the Lego board! Sounds like a great idea!!!

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13.September.2012

loving the whole concept! i think the blankets are fantastic! keep us posted if you find some inexpensive alternatives!

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13.September.2012

I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now – my husband knows your name, your kids name, HH, etc. You’re a part of my family and you don’t even know it. We’ve redone a house or 2 and are finally in escrow for our final home (we hope) in Branson, MO (which is a BIG change from where we were living when we met – Honolulu, HI.) I love your taste so much that I will basically be copying ALL your rooms (our new “old” house is a 3/2 ranch built in 1978, but it has huge rooms).
My reason for writing is that I FINALLY have something useful I can share with you – http://www.sierratradingpost.com for the blanket. If you’re not familiar with the website, it might seem like stuff old people would wear/use… but there are hidden gems and AMAZING prices. I just used a 40% off coupon on the already low prices (and free shipping).
One last thing – did you decide on how you will price your services?

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13.September.2012

I’d say you like Katie Bowers style. Will’s nursery in the old house had a dear head and a wooden wall! Now the picture you mentioned in Will’s current nursery. It’s good to have inspiration.

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14.September.2012

Well, I’d definitely say you got it right! I love that you aren’t doing a “theme” and that this room will last them a long time! It may not be what they say they want now (ha) but I think it’ll be perfect, and they’ll love it as teens too! Smart design.

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14.September.2012

I am in love with the classic Swiss red cross throw pillows. I’m jealous you have a room you can use them in!

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16.September.2012

What a cool room! Love your ideas! Can’t wait to see the boy’s desks! :)

~ Ali

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04.November.2012

I love this mood board and I keep coming back to this light fixture. It is exactly the look I want for my kitchen. Are you happy with it? I know kitchen vs bedroom is different but I would love to hear what you think of this light!

I’ve been debating whether or not to paint my bedroom contented for a year now. I’m afraid it will make it too dark. So indecisive on paint colors!

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replied on November 5th, 2012

I really love the boys’ bedroom light! I bought clear bulbs for it so they don’t stand out when the light isn’t on – like frosted/white ones would. It gives off plenty of light for their decent-sized bedroom which is what I was hoping for. I’d highly recommend it for any room where you’re looking for an industrial ceiling mounted light.

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replied on November 6th, 2012

Thanks so much! I’ve drooled over this light since you first posted it. I think I will go for it!

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