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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

{One Room Challenge} The Reveal - Vintage Preppy Little Gentleman's Lounge

TODAY IS THE DAY!  The day that I get to reveal Beckett's new big boy room! I said back in Week 1 that I work best under a deadline, and is that ever true. There is no way that this room would have gotten done in six weeks time if it weren't for all of your encouragement, A LOT of hard work and late nights from my uber supportive husband, and some very special help from my talented mother. Never have I tackled so many DIY projects in one space, and more than a few times I reviewed my list wondering what I'd have to eliminate, but in the end it ALL got done, and I couldn't be happier. And more importantly, I have one VERY excited toddler who can't wait to sleep in his new room for the first time.

Ok, enough with the chit chat, I know that what you really want are the photos, so without further ado, a menswear inspired Vintage Preppy Little Man's Lounge...


Because it's a kid's room, there's a lot going on, but I'll walk you through it and point out the details... Details which include lots of repurposed menswear, as well as items of special meaning from the men in our family!

Let's start with the view from the door...


And the view from the other side of the room looking back toward the door...



Obviously, the major focal point of the room is that argyle wall! If you've been following the One Room Challenge, then you've already heard a lot about it, so I'll spare you the details, but the full tutorial with lots of photos of the process can be found here. Although it was a bit hard for me to cover part of this wall after spending so much time painting it, I am glad I decided to hang photos on the argyle because they help to break up the pattern and keep it from feeling like too much of a good thing. I didn't want the photos to compete with the wall, however, or to make it feel busier, so I chose simple wood frames, wide white mats, and black and white prints of Beckett in his menswear best {in argyle at 6 months, in a necktie at 14 months, and in a bow tie and vest at 2 years old}.


In addition to the argyle, there are lots of other menswear prints throughout the space, including this blue houndstooth rug! I was so thrilled to find this rug because the it adds texture and interest, without a busy color pattern that would feel overwhelming with everything else going on in the room.


The pillows on the chairs were made by my mom and are reversible - one side a grey and brown plaid suit fabric, the other a blue herringbone.


The sheets and comforter both feature brown herringbone patterns, and the comforter, which I purchased on Etsy, is finished with brown corduroy edging and brown buttons.


For weeks, I've been hinting at the fact that we were going to be using a lot of neckties in the room decor, and now you can see how. This play tent is one of my favorite part of the room {and definitely Beckett's favorite!}. I've always liked the hanging play tents sold at numerous children's stores, but most have bold patterns that wouldn't have worked well in this space. I asked my mom if she'd be willing to make a tent for Beckett, and I purchased a dark navy suiting fabric with thin white pinstripes. Originally it was going to be as simple as that, but then my mom and I started brainstorming {which always leads to trouble} and we came up with the brilliant idea to use neckties for the top of the tent! 


It took us a while to figure out the best way to accomplish this, but in the end, it turned out great! {Tutorial coming soon.} I can't thank my mom enough for all of the hard work she put into this, especially given my crazy deadline! She is AMAZING!


To make this tent even more special, I collected a tie from each man in the family. The tie in the front and center of the tent {the Cubs tie} was the first necktie my husband ever owned.


There are ties included from each of Beckett's uncles, both of his grandpas, and two of his great grandfathers. We added a label to the back of each of these ties so that we'll always know whose is whose. In high school I worked at a restaurant where I was required to wear a tie, so even I have a tie on the tent.


Additionally, a third great grandpa didn't have a tie to donate to the tent, but did give us one of his old tie tacks. All of the remaining ties were purchased from Thrift stores for just a dollar or two each.


My mom made a super comfy cushion for the bottom of the tent, and included three pockets on the inside of the tent where Beckett can stash books or small toys.  


Here's the view from inside the tent...


These mini button tufted chairs were actually the jumping off point for the entire room. We spotted them while shopping at Home Goods, but initially didn't give them a second thought because they are actually dog beds {or "Sexy Pet Loungers," to be precise.} But Beckett ran straight to the chairs, plopped himself down, and asked for a book to read. Well, not only was that adorable, it started us rethinking our prior plans for a much more traditional toddler room. My husband suggested we design a "little gentleman's lounge," brainstorming ensued, and, well, you see where we ended up.


And of course a little man with comfy chairs and a love of books needs his own library! I wanted to give him wall to wall shelves to maximize storage space and really create that library feel. 


We went with basic Ikea bookshelves but dressed them up with bun feet in a traditional shape. Painting the bun feet yellow adds an unexpected pop and keeps the room feeling like it belongs to a kid.


When I created the mood board for this room, I anticipated purchasing some really cute numbered bins from the Land of Nod, but the dimensions were much too small for the openings of the Expedit bookshelf. Instead, I found some bins at Target that were the perfect size {and color} and I added my own numbers. A tutorial for these numbered bins will be coming soon. 


The bins provide tons of toy storage!


Of course, a little gentleman's lounge would not be complete without a coffee table, right? Ok, maybe that's a stretch, but this room design did give me the perfect excuse to by the coffee/play table that I'd been coveting from the Land of Nod!


This table provides play space at just the right height, has no sharp corners, and hides two huge drawers for even more toy storage - one on each side of the table.


And if that weren't enough storage for one little boy's toys {and really, how can you ever have enough storage?!}, I found this fantastic trunk on clearance that serves as a nice little table between the chairs, and the lid lifts up to reveal tons of additional space for toys, blankets... or little brothers! Best of, the hinges hold the lip open, ensuring that no little fingers will get pinched.


On the top of the bookshelves, you'll spot the DIY chalkboard globe that I created a couple of weeks ago, as well as a lighted globe. The globes are paired with a poster of Denver International Airport, where one of Beckett's grandpas works as a computer engineer.




The lighted globe will also serve as Beckett's nightlight.


Now we are getting to another of my favorite parts of the room.  Remember my teaser last week about our plans to use belts in the decor of the room? Well, here is the first of four belt projects. How cool are these shelves? Don't worry - I'll be posting a tutorial in the next week or two.



Our next door neighbor's father is an astronaut who autographed a photo for Beckett last year. I found a cute little constellation globe to display next to this memento.


Beckett's great grandfather (my grandpa) was a long-distance Trailways bus driver for many years. I have fond memories of getting to ride on his bus when I was little, and each grandchild in the family was given a toy Trailways bus. Since that time, these buses have become collector's items, and when my boys were born my grandpa gave each of them their very own buses. Since this is such a special item, we are displaying it on the shelf where it can be enjoyed, but not damaged.


Looking down toward the other end of the bookshelves, I framed some of my favorite photos of Beckett.


And, yep, that's a bow tie you spotted! I bought this great desktop calendar that will help Beckett learn about the months and days of the week, but the plain white metal case left something to be desired. To dress it up a bit {pun intended} I added a bow tie, and a shirt button of course.


Our nursery has a fun alphabet poster that Beckett looks at all the time, so I knew that we needed to incorporate the alphabet into his new room somehow, and typewriter keys seemed like a good fit for the space. I printed these, cut them, and strung them on baker's twine.



To keep our library books separate from all of our other books, I picked up a wire basket and used a strip of leather (left over from our dresser project) to create a unique label. 


And above the library book bin hang the knock-off vintage industrial letters that I made a few weeks back. 


The one project I didn't think was going to get done was the cornice boards - but we managed to get them stained and installed over the weekend. I originally wanted to add a nailhead detail to the cornices, but I am kind of loving how they are right now. I still might change my mind, but with everything else going on in the room, I think simpler might be better here.



The dresser was one of the biggest DIY projects in the room, and I am thrilled with how it turned out. I painted the dresser drawers light grey using chalk paint {tutorial to come}, and then we created custom drawer pulls using inexpensive leather belts {yet another tutorial that will be hitting the blog soon}.





The licence plate map hanging above the dresser is a DIY project {and one that saved me more than $3,700!}. You can read all the details here


I was having so much fun incorporating belts into the decor that I decided to add one more around the navy blue lampshade. This was a super simple project, and one that I'll be sharing the details of soon.


To the left of the license plate map is the Menswear Dog art that I created from a calendar, and below that is an art print of Denver {from Albie Designs on Etsy} that I just love!!



Since Beckett has such a love of books, I thought it would be fun to to give him my childhood collection of books on record {many of which actually date back to my mom's childhood}.


My dad searched through boxes until he found not only the entire collection of records, but also my Fisher Price record player that I received for Christmas when I was six years old - still in perfect condition. I am so excited to be able share all of these records with my kids.

We even had a family dance party last night to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which was another gift I received for Christmas in 1986. Michael Jackson and a Cabbage Patch doll...what could be more 80's than that?!

Me on Christmas, 1986
The final detail of the room is the wall of airplane hooks above the bed. Since Beckett loves to wear hats, I had planned to give him a few hooks to hang his hats on to make them part of the decor. When I found these metal airplane hooks, I decided that an entire installation of airplanes would make a great statement, serving both art and function! 


The idea of hanging a 20 hooks (each with two screws) while keeping them in even rows and columns seemed daunting, but I came up with a simple method that saved us many potential headaches. I'll share the details of that soon.




I am thrilled with how the room turned out, but none of that matters unless Beckett loves it and feels comfortable in the space. And as you can see from these photos, he's definitely making himself at home!



I always enjoy seeing before and after shots, so I'll leave you with those. 


There you have it: 6 weeks, 15 DIY projects, 9 belts, 33 ties, 20 airplane hooks, 1 bow tie, and a very happy 2 year old! I'd call that a One Room Challenge success! 

In the past weeks, I've shared the details of a few of the DIY projects in the space, and there will be many more such posts coming in the next few weeks, and a detailed source list can be found here. I'll continue to update the collection below as I post tutorials and additional details about the room, but if you have a question in the meantime, feel free to leave me a message! And please be sure to stop by Calling It Home to see all of the other amazing ORC rooms!

LINKS TO ALL OF THE PROJECTS FEATURED IN THIS ROOM:



You can find all of my past One Room Challenge posts here:

FALL 2014 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: Modern Metro Master Bedroom



SPRING 2014 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: Vintage Preppy Little Man's Lounge





80 comments:

  1. This room is so filled with personal touches and whimsy...the playtent with the ties is amazing and I love the belted lampshade. Great job!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I really appreciate you stopping by! You're ORC room is amazing!

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  2. Wow!! This room is truly amazing...love all your DIY projects....I think the tie tent is my favourite. Your son is definitely going to be able to grow into and enjoy this room for a long time. Congrats looks great!!

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    1. Thank you!! My goal was to creat a room that he could grow into and with - we even designed the room with a specific plan in mind for the changes we'll make when we transition from a toddler be to a twin bed. I can see him loving this room for a very long time!

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  3. This is little boy room perfection right here! I think your tie tent is GENIUS! Love all the belt details and those fab chairs!

    XO,
    Krista
    www.goodwillglam.com

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    1. Thanks, Krista! I am gaga for the tie tent as well! Even my husband likes to sit in there and keeps saying how much he would have loved it as a kid! :) I can't wait to check out all of the other ORC spaces!

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  4. Wow what an amazing room! I'm in love with all your DIY's. Great job!!

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  5. Angela, I absolutely adore this room. Every single detail. It is utterly amazing. I am so glad that you have a blog so you can share this with the world! I found your blog through your nursery and have been following ever since. You have really outdone yourself. What a great design. I love it.

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    1. Thank you so much! That means the world to me! We had so much fun creating the nursery and Beckett loves it so much that I knew his new room had to be great in order for him to be willing to move and give his little brother the nursery! ;)

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  6. What a lucky little guy to have such an awesome room!! Love all the manly details!! That tent - wow, and getting ties from men in the family - what a treasure! Such a great job!!

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    1. Thank you, Denise! Beckett just adores all of his uncles, grandpas and great grandpas {and his dad of course}, so having their ties on the tent makes it really special and will remind him of how much love there is in our family and how many great role models he has!

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  7. This is amazing! I love the contrast between the argyle and the houndstooth...well done!!

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    1. Thanks, Traci! I love the rug as well! I wanted something interesting, but that wouldn't compete with the argyle wall... the tone on tone blue really fit the bill!

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  8. Wow! What a room! It looks awesome!

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  9. This is the kind of room one sees in a Decorator Show House -- so many creative details, novel ideas, personal touches -- all in a well-thought-out design with a cohesive theme. Congratulations on completing such a memorable space for your lucky son!

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    1. That is so flattering, Merlyn! Thank you for your kind words!

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  10. What a room! I can see A LOT of work went into this!! Great work, I love the wall and I CANNOT get enough of that dresser! I'm on mad search for something like that for my little man. I would paint one but I have a garage full of furniture that's in line before it! Congrats again- wowza!

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    1. Thanks so much, Krystine! It was a lot of work, but the ORC was such great motivation to get it done! I'll be posting a tutorial soon on how we added the belt drawer pulls.

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  11. Truly a functional, stylish boy's room! The argyle wall is fabulous and I look forward to your tutorial on re-purposing the leather belts. You are so creative!

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! I'll be posting a couple of different belt tutorials in the next week or so.

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  12. Oh.my.goodness! So many great details. I love that so many of the items in his room have so much meaning. The ties from the family members is the sweetest! I can't wait for the tutorials for so many of your projects. You worked your buns off girl. Nice job!

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    1. Thank you so much! Kids rooms are so much fun - as you know! :)

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  13. You knocked this one out of the park like I knew you would!!! The DIY's and details in here are blowing my mind. I love how cozy and masculine it is. You little man is going to be very happy in there for a long time! Way to go!

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    1. Thanks so much Summer!! I had so much fun with all the DIYs and Beckett is loving his new space, which makes all the late nights worth while!

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  14. Holy Christmas! There are so many creative ideas in this space. I love the argyle wall. Everything is styled so nicely....great makeover!

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  15. Angela this room is SO cool! What a lucky little guy! You have given me so much inspiration for attempting to tackle the man cave (dun dun dunnnn...). And we should make those drinks happen! Xo!

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    1. Thanks Emilie!! I had a ton of fun pulling together all of the masculine elements of the room, but keeping it toddler friendly! I can't wait to see what you do with you man cave... :)

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  16. You are amazing. I love that play tent so much, you're a genius. And the airplane hooks are perfect. Beckett is a lucky boy. His mom is amazing. Congrats.

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved your ORC space as well!!

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  17. I am blown away by this effort. Can't even decide what my favorite part is. OK, I love the tent...I would totally hang out in there :). So, so thoughtful and I am sure he will love it all even more with time.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words! Eveyone in the family loves hanging out in the tent! I'm not sure who likes it better, my son or my husband :)

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  18. Oh my!! I want a play date with Beckett, I LOVE the tent!! :) The menswear inspired details are so clever! It's evident you worked so hard Angela, congrats on a fabulous job!


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    1. Thanks so much, Pam! And Beckett would love to have a play date... our tent is open to you anytime!

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  19. Wow - this room is packed with so many clever ideas that I don't know where to start! The tent is my absolute favorite - so creative and meaningful at the same time. Beckett is a lucky boy!

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    1. Thanks, Kris! I love the tent as well! It makes me feel so good to have a little piece of each of the men in the family represented in the room!

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  20. You NAILED THIS! You wowed me with the wall, but now the whole room is crazy good. Soooo many fun elements. I think, aside from the wall, that my favorite thing is all the hooks!! Bravo. This is an amazing room!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! That is high praise because you kitchen makeover was fab!

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  21. Still can't get over that wall. So cool. Love the bookshelf and dresser too. Great job!

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  22. What a great room! I adore the tie tent. Genius. And so many details. Amazing job!

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  23. Great job,I love how mature and playful it is at the same time! Bravo!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! That is exactly what I was going for because I hope this room will be able to grow with him for many years to come!

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  24. The boys room looks great! The tent is the coolest thing. The tie topper was a great idea!

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  25. Your room is amazing!! I love all those little touches you created like the leather pulls on the dresser & that tie tent - so so fun!! And that wall of airplane hooks - absolutely genius! I'm sure Beckett is going to love growing up in this room!
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! The tie tent and dresser pulls are my favorites as well! And their airplane hooks were actually inspired by a restaurant at DIA!

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  26. This is just incredible Angela! Way to go! I'm enjoying your blog so much.

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    1. Thanks, Annie! I really appreciate you following along!

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  27. Where to start?! There are so many amazing things in this room it's hard to choose a favorite! What a fun space for your little man.

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  28. Angela, I've said it once and I'll say it again, I absolutely LOVE this room! Bravo on a job well done! It's such a fun, cool room for your son, right down to all the details! What a cutie he is too. :) I need to find a trunk light that, little fingers getting caught happens all the time at our house. I have to say designing my girl's bedrooms is my favorite because of all the fun details. Hence why I hadn't completely finished my master bedroom in ORC. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I agree that kids rooms are just so much fun! I really enjoyed following your ORC progress and I think your room looks great!

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  29. Oh wow that wall is super cool. Love love everything about the room :)

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  30. love it so much- what a fun space! i love that it is kid friendly and so masculine!

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  31. Wow! So many amazing ideas in this space!!! Love the ties at the top of your tent. Thanks for sharing on our Link It or Lump It party! Amy @ Delineate Your Dwelling

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  32. Did you ever bring it big! I can't believe how much you did and it all looks perfect. How adorable is your boy, too. The tie idea and labeling them is one of the sweetest touches I have seen. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I had such a wonderful time participating in the ORC and really appreciate you opening it up to all of us linking participants. It was definitely the kick in the rear I needed to get this room done...I don't know how long it would have taken me otherwise {although I developed the original mood board back in August 2013...so I guess that gives you a clue!}. Thank you also for taking the time to visit each of our rooms each week...I don't know how you found the time, but it meant alot!

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  33. One word...WOW!! I enjoyed each and every picture. Your level of detail is absolutely amazing. What am incredible space for your little man...he looks like he is enjoying it! Super job!!

    xoxo.

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    1. Thanks, Tara!! I had so much fun with all the details in the space, so it means a lot that you enjoyed seeing all of them!

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  34. I can't even pick one thing in this room as my favorite! I love it all!!! You definitely put a lot of hard work into this and it has paid off big time! I've got tons of new inspiration for my boys' rooms. Thank you for sharing. I've chosen to feature this tomorrow night for the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party. Thank for linking up with us!

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    1. Thanks so much, Katie!! Such an honor, and I'll definitely stop by to check it out!

      If you are in need of some cool art for your boys' rooms, I am doing a giveaway from the artist of the Denver print on the wall above the dresser in this room! This is my first ever giveaway, so I'd really love it if you'd stop by and enter!

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  35. PINNED PINNED PINNED! WOW! I'm in complete aww and in love with this room! What an amazing job you all did! Love all the DIY touches and it's so personal. Thanks for sharing this on DIY Sunday Showcase! This is my feature pick for the week! Great and Awesome job!

    Shelly@ minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  36. Finally got my room done and linked so I can't wait to check out all these great spaces! Holy cow, I can't believe how much you got done! What a perfectly adorable space for an adorable man! Love all the details with the tie tent (#$%!@!!), belt shelves!, everything! Well done!

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  37. This room is so incredible!!! I'm pretty much in love with that tie tent!!! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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  38. What a FUN room! I love all of the details... and that WALL! Awesome job! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday! xo Jamie

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  39. Wow! How wonderful! Obviously, it is "custom tailored" for your sweet little man. I love all the darling details, but I especially love how all the details are rooted in special meaning. I am super impressed. This is my first visit, but it won't be my last!

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  40. Wow. You put so much thought and personal touches into this room. It loos so cute and manly!

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  41. Awesome project! You're being featured on Friday Features today over at Home Coming! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2014/05/friday-diy-features_23.html

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  42. Love it, love it, love it! Can't get enough of that tie tent. What a great idea. Having a piece of the past is so special. Great job!!

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  43. The detail you put into your spaces is absolutely amazing!! I don't know why I thought this was your new little guy's nursery?? I "oo"ed and "ah"ed over the pictures and even noted how much Beckett seemed to enjoy it, but I didn't read oops. That's because of all the eye candy. I can only imagine what you could do for a little girl! Maybe some day? So glad to see your beautiful spaces at our party! I know a couple made their way into our features post tomorrow. :) XO

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    1. Thanks so much, Christy! It is confusing since both rooms were originally designed for my older son! :)

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  44. By far the best kid's room in blog land! I love every detail!

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    1. Wow, Megan!! What an incredible compliment! Thank you so, so much!!

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