Wilder’s bedroom was one of those magical rooms that came together like, well…magic! After coming across the matching twin bed frames on Craigslist and finding the perfect overhead light and drapes, the rest of the room just fell into place. Most of the decor and small furniture items came out of storage or Wilder’s previous bedrooms. The funny thing is, this room is my favorite of all of Wilder’s bedrooms and it was by far the easiest to put together. Isn’t that the rub? How can a space you think about and plan for the least be the easiest to finish? Craziness.
Resources: overhead light | drapes (LOVE these!) | roman shade | hanging chair | animal heads (no longer available, cute alternatives here) | dinosaur backpack (no longer available, cute option here) | plaid blankets | table lamp | ukulele | stuffies: bear (similar), fox, monkey (we love the Jellycats brand!) | kids ranger vest | Dinosaur figurines: Giganotosaurus, Sauropod | Dragon lego kit | books: see below scrolling bar
This east-facing room gets intense morning light, which made blackout drapes essential. Wilder is already an early morning person, so anything we can do to combat even earlier mornings is worth Every Single Penny! But even with the great morning light, bedtime is my favorite time of day in Wilder’s room. Wilder has always loved story time and snuggling, so bedtime, spent together in his bed with a favorite book, has made for some of my favorite moments of parenthood thus far. In case you’re interested, I put together a few of our current favorite bedtime stories below:
If you have a little one with an active imagination and an interest in dinosaurs (can you tell we’re into dinosaurs?!), I cannot recommend Dinotopia and it’s sequel, the World Beneath, enough. Garrett’s mom passed these down to us last year and they’ve become some of our favorite bedtime stories. What I love about these books is that they are wonderfully imaginative, well written, beautifully illustrated, and best of all, they keep both our 3-year-old and us parents engaged. Check them out!
That vintage toolbox is a find from the Dexter House, and it’s been Wilder’s favorite box ever since. He stores all sorts of things in it – tools, hair clips, bugs – so not surprisingly, it’s one of his most prized possessions. Wilder has a bit of a collector’s disposition (which sometimes borders on ahem…hoarding) so boxes and containers are his thing. I joke that we have to shake his pockets out when we leave friends’ houses, but it’s not far from the truth! Right now Wilder stores his collections in his large closet, but I haven’t come up with a good organization system yet, so stay tuned for a look into that space another time. In the meantime, maybe the fact that we’re finally settled in one house forever will help Wilder get over his ‘collector issues’ or maybe it’ll bring out the hoarder in him…
As I mentioned last week, this is Wilder’s forth bedroom at the ripe old age of three. The Grit and Polish didn’t exist back when he was a baby at the Bryant House, but here’s his room at the Ravenna House and his room at the Dexter House. The latter was also featured on coco+kelley last year.
When the boys play together in here, that hanging chair is Brooks’ favorite spot. He loves to fall into it and swing around. It’s such a cozy seat – it literally hugs the occupant – that it makes a great space when either of the boys needs a little quick comfort. Nana gave the hanging chair to Wilder for Christmas a couple of years back, and I’m so glad that we finally have the space to enjoy it!
I just noticed that we still need to add the base shoe molding in here. Plus I’m still toying with painting the bottom of Wilder’s walls in a gray/green color. There’s always something, right? I should also mention that we usually have a thick, 8×10 jute rug in here, which really cozies up the space. I temporarily stole it for the living room since we do more playing down there. Here’s a link to our rug, but since it’s currently unavailable, here’s a similar one.
Someday soon, this will be Wilder and Brooks’ room and I’m really excited for that day to come. There’s bound to be all sorts of important late-night talks in here. And arguments. And adventures. And memories. Isn’t that what growing up with siblings is all about?!