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Design Diary: Boys’ Bedroom Makeover by Robin M. Anderson

On Sunday Boston Globe Magazine published a boys’ bedroom makeover I wrote called “Let’s Hear It For the Boys.”  The column features the home and work of local lifestyle blogger Robin M. Anderson, with photos by local Boston photographer Sarah Winchester of Sarah Winchester Studios, who also deserves a big thank you for pitching me this fun project.

Robin M. Anderson (she used to blog under Diary of a Yummy Mummy) lives in three bedroom condo in a converted school in Cambridge with her husband, two sons, and a guinea pig. became interested in design. When they first moved in, she hadn’t yet become interested in design, picking finishes she came to hate, and mundane furnishings, like the living room’s brown microfiber sofa. Eventually she picked up a paint brush, and since then, there’s been no stopping her.

Last September, they decided to move their 3-year-old son out of the nursery into a bedroom with his 7-year-old brother, so Anderson took the opportunity to execute a full-on boys’ bedroom makeover. She started from scratch, doing everything herself with help from the boys. The room is adorable and everything in it is affordable. Anderson says, “It’s their room, so I really wanted them to feel comfortable.” That says, she has a strict no sticker policy. “They’re allowed to put them on the back of the door, but nowhere else!”

Let’s tour Robin M. Anderson’s boys’ bedroom makeover:

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Step number one for the boys’ bedroom makeover was to paint. Anderson describes the walls’ original color as “ light Kermit green.” When they had a flood and had to repair and repaint anyway, she chose Farrow & Ball Parma Gray. The boys helped with the first coat.

She says, “Paint is my first thing because it doesn’t cost much, as long as you’re willing to put the time into it. The original paint in the condo was not well done. I realized I was repainting a color I don’t even like. Paint is amazing. Our bathroom has been like nine different colors. And the kids get into it.”

The teepee, a birthday gift when her youngest turned one, was originally set up in the nursery. Now it’s a cozy place for the boys to read. Anderson’s father won the surfboard that’s propped up in the corner in a raffle. It belonged to a well-known surfer, and he had it signed before gifting it to his first grandson.

There are five large, tall windows that needed draperies. Ten custom curtain  panels would have been really pricey, so Anderson purchased 10 white curtain panels and a few navy ones, and asked her dry cleaner to sew a strip of navy panel to the bottom of the white ones to create cost-effective, extra long colorblock draperies. “All my friends are doing this now too,” she says.

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Anderson strung the teepee with owl lights from ModCloth that once adorned the family’s Christmas tree. The dinosaurs in residence are usually found in the bathtub.

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It was important to Robin that the boys’ bedroom makeover reflect the family’s heritage and interests. A Swiss flag, framed at the Central Square Blick in Cambridge, her go-to spot for affordable framing, hangs to honor her husband’s birthplace. “He’d love to move back someday,” Anderson says.  Authentic Swiss army blankets are another nod to his heritage. She says,”You get the blankets when you join the army, which is obligatory there.”

Over the other bed, school pennant is clustered with a photo of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a call out to the family’s love of skiing, and an autographed surfer photo that was a gift to her son from her dad. On the other wall, a deceptively luxe-looking red faux snakeskin frame (also done at Blick) displays a print signed by Dr. Seuss that Anderson found on a trip to New Orleans. She hopes her son will pass on to his own kids. She says, “It was my first and only legitimate art purchase.”

The shelves, which are actually floating shelves, needed brackets to accommodate the slightly curved wall here. Anderson says, “The white metal brackets looked awful, so I spray painted them navy. I’ll spray paint anything; it’s my M.O.”  She and her son painted the lower half of the wall with chalkboard paint. She struggled with the trim that caps it, going back and forth to Home Depot for supplies and assistance. She says, “It was the first time I used a level.”

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The mid-century modern style Ellipse beds from Land of Nod are layered with a mix of prints. Anderson loves pattern on her clothing and in her decor. She says, “I used as many patterns as possible without being obnoxious.” The star sheets are from Pottery Barn Kids and the whales from One King’s Lane. The pillowcase in the back, with monsters on skateboards, came from Target; her son is a big skateboarder.

Anderson was able to incorporate inexpensive second hand finds into the boys’ bedroom makeover. She bought the dresser from friends for $50, lacquered the scratched top in navy, and swapped the knobs.

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All the boys’ toys are in their room, with the exception of some Legos. Big canvas storage bins on the other side (not pictured) hold the Nerf guns and stuff. She had a closet company build out closet with shelves to accommodate all the toys. As soon as they outgrow clothing or tire of toys, Anderson ships off the stuff to her sister.

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Her older son made this baseball in an acrylic box at school, when somebody from the Red Sox visited the classroom. She says, “They dirtied the balls, signed them, and put in a box. It’s his prized possession.” Soldier bookends hold up current reading material.

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Robin Anderson and Phineas the family guinea pig at her feet.

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 Boston Globe Magazine    Sunday, February 15, 2015 

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Get the Look: 32 DIY Headboards

Are you feeling inspired after yesterday’s post, Montage: 52 DIY Headboards?  For today I’ve culled though sources high and low for these 32 imaginative options that can be used as a headboard. I’m going to stick to my white upholstered headboard, though, if nobody minds.  : )  Tomorrow (or maybe even later today), I’ll post a collection of fun, traditional headboards too.

 

 

S H O P P I N G

1. Screen with Inset Higgins Glass Rondelays at ABC Modern.

2. 18th c, Iron Dome-Shaped Element, $4,900 at L’Antiquaire.

3. Chinese Lattice Panel, $750 at Carling Nichols.

4. Four Panel Marbleized Vellum Screen, $6,895 at Mecox Gardens.

5. Backyard X-Scapes Rolled Bamboo Fencing, $33.24 at Sears.

6. Cameroon Feather Headress, $850 at Branca.

7. Uzbek Silk Hand-Embroidered Suzani, $49.99 on eBay.

8. 19th c. French Headboards, $4,500 at Argyll & Jasper Antiques.

9. Orange 3-Panel Wooden Screen Room Divider, $159.76 at Bellacor.

10. Eastern Buddah Wall Hanging with Bamboo Rod, $160 on eBay.

11. Pegboard, Chalkboard, Whiteboard Dividers, $ 79.36 at Buy.com.

12. Verner Panton Spectrum Fabric (Stuffed), $600 at ModeModerne.

13. PREMIÄR Waves, Hawaii Canvas, $149 at IKEA.

14. Chinese Screen Wall Panels, $3,950 at Orient Living.

15. Art Deco Style Gates at Fernworks Antiques.

16. Live Natural Edge Red Flame Box Elder Slabs, $53.82 on eBay.

17. Imaginary Castle Wall Decal, $45 at Blik.

18. Reclaimed Corrugated Metal Roof Panel, $1.10/sq.ft. on eBay.

19. Amanti Art Florentine Gold Wall Mirror, $189.99 at Linens’n’Things.

20. Silk/Cotton Ikat Fabric, $24/yard at Fabricadabra.

21. Vintage 100% Silk Tie-Dey Sari Fabric, $9.97 on eBay.

22. Steel Pegboard Panels, $42-$51 at Linens’n’Things.

23. Paris Eiffel Tower Construction Poster, $24.99 at Target.

24. Mantles from a late 1800’s home, $198/pair at A Rustic Garden.

25. “Fall Foliage Festival” Americana Flag, $250 at Three Potato Four.

26. Early 1900s 5-Panel Interior Door, $175 at Olde Good Things.

27. Vintage Stlate Classroom Chalkboard, $265 at Three Potato Four.

28. 1940s Sign from Penn. Shipbuilding Co., $165 at Three Potato Four.

29. Vintage Distressed Blue Shutter from AnitaSperoDesign, Etsy.

30. Peel & Stick Cloud Mural, $149.95 at The Mural Store.

31. American Prairie Style Art Glass Window, $275 at Urban Remains Chicago.

32. Sophie Headboard Wall Decal, $45 at Blik.

 

M O R E
Get the Look: 32 Headboards with Personality
Get the Look: 32 Upholstered Headboards
Get the Look: 34 Beds for Boys’ Rooms 

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Montage: 52 DIY Headboards

As a less expensive follow up to last month’s Montage: 47 Upholstered Headboards, I want to share this collection of headboards that are re-purposed, up-cycled, and the like. There are headboards fashioned from doors, decals, mirrors, mantles, tapestries, chalkboards, room dividers, architectural elements, iron gates, pegboard, plywood, and more. DIY and v intage aren’t really my thing, but there are some good ideas here.I know this topic has been done, done, and done, but I hope a number of these images are new to you.

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Photographer Paul Whicheloe

Photographer Maree Homer for Real Living

Alexandra Angle

House and Home

a  home on Cape Cod

Tom Scheerer – House Beautiful

Antonio Martins

Home of illustrator Courtney Wotherspoon – Design Sponge

Alvhem Makleri

Montana Burnett Design

Stylist Christine Puech’s bedroom – Marie Claire Maison

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Photographer Debi Treloar

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Dreamy Whites 

French by Design

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Rue Magazine

Anthropologie

Pot and Kettle Studios

I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Apartment Therapy – Caitlin, Beacon Hill

Interior Design Magazine

Cookie Magazine

Elle Decor

Côté Sud

Apartment Therapy

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Katrin ArensMarie Claire Maison

Design Sponge

Photographer Maree Homer for Real Living

Olivieri Mobili

Blik

The Brick House

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Photographer Douglas Friedman

Lonny Magazine

House to Home

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Solis Betancourt – Southern Accents 

T. Keller Donovan

Domino

Serena & Lily

Traditional Home

House to Home

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House Roelens

Dave Coote

Domino 

Ace Hotel, NYC

Mademoiselle Tiss

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Get the Look: 33 (Affordable) Pops of Color

Montage: 32 White Rooms with Pops of Color was meant to run yesterday not Wednesday, but hopefully you haven’t forgotten the fresh white rooms punctuated with bursts of brights. As you know, I’m concocting a decorating scheme inspired by those rooms for a Delray Beach condo. (The closing papers should arrive today!) As you also know, we’re on a serious budget. Here are some pieces I found while perusing the usual sites. They’re great, but would love suggestions for any other sources you know!

 

S H O P P I N G 

1. PS 2012 TV Unit with Yellow, $179 at IKEA.

2. Ziggurat 5 by Superdeluxe, $24 at 20×200.

3. Aqua Herringbone Rug 8’x10’, $199 at Urban Outfitters.

4. PS 2012 Yellow Easy Chair, $149 at IKEA.

5. Kuhn Rikon Serrated Paring Knives, $11.95 at Sur La Table.

6. Dip-Dye Rainbow Silk Pillow Cover, $39 at West Elm.

7. PS 2012 Flatwoven Green Rug, $99.99 at IKEA.

8. DOKUMENT Pink Wastepaper Basket, $3.99 at IKEA.

9. Flip N Dine Dining Table, $499 at CB2.

10. Colored Crystal Runner, $199 at CB2.

11. Lightning Bolt Power Strip, $20 at Fred Flare.

12. Pegs Rug 5’x8’, $349 at CB2.

13. De’Longhi kMix 2-Slice Toaster, $99.95 at HSN.

14. Neon Angled Wall Shelf, $16 at Urban Outfitters.

15. Unikko Blue Shower Curtain, $69 at Marimekko.

16. Thesi Pool Loveseat, $499 at CB2.

17. Blik Tripod Light Wall Decal, $35 at Blik.

18. Metal High Gloss Clover Coat Rack, $19.95 at CB2.

19. Spindle Back Side Chair, $119 at West Elm.

20. GAVIK Pink Frosted Glass Table Lamp, $14.99 at IKEA.

21. Canvas Storage Bins, $36 at Uncommon Goods.

22. Yellow Zigzag Rug 8’x10′, $199 at Urban Outfitters.

23. KARLSTAD Corner Sofa in Sivik Green, $899 at IKEA.

24. Vienna Green 24″ Barstool, $179 at Crate & Barrel.

25. Fleet Hot Orange Chair, $149 at CB2.

26. 10 Colored Cups with Spoons, $8.48 at Pier1 Imports.

27. Room Essentials Towel Bundle, $11.97 at Target.

28. Go-Cart Yellow Rolling Table, $99.95 at CB2.

29. Cyclone Folding Chair, $198/pair at Chiasso.

30. PS 2012 Candlestick, $19.99 at IKEA.

31. Casa Tissue Box, $10 at Fred Flare.

32. DIOD Turquoise Glass, $2.99 at IKEA.

33. Sophie Headboard Wall Decal, $40 at Blik.

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Montage: 32 White Rooms with Pops of Color

So we’re about to close on the condo in Delray Beach, and we’re scheduled to fly down for Columbus Day weekend. But other than that scouting trip to IKEA, I haven’t made much progress on the decor. Although the lines of the buildings are very clean, there’s a cathedral ceiling and a bit of white wood paneling. I don’t want to go too stark, if only because our Cape house is quite minimal and I’d like it to be somewhat different. So I’ve pulled a ton of photos of white spaces with bright pops of color. I want to be careful not to get too Scandinavian either. Perhaps I can strike a balance to achieve a Nordic meets Miami aesthetic.

The Apartment

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Home of Danish jewelry designer Stine A. Johansen

Photographer Rachel KaraThe Design Files

Home of Danish painter Gitte Brandt

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Photographer Linda Bergroth

Photographer Fred Heiberg

Cookie Magazine

Photographer Stellan Herner

Photographer Bruno Suet

via By.Bak

 Jeg er Jonathan

 Hourglass vineyards in the Napa Valley via Remodelista

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Anthology Magazine – Photographer Anna Beth Chao & Jen Siska

Home of Louise Briener of BALlab

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Photographer Stellan Herner

The Apartment

Photographer Stellan Herner

Photographer Fred Heiberg

Bolig Magasinet

via Daily Love Dose

Home of Danish designer Anne Black

via Design Attractor

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via By.Bak

 via Style Files via Sotheby’s

Photographer Andreas Mikkel Hansen – Bolig Magasinet

Apartment in Sweden via Fair Interior

Stockholm apartment via Design Attractor

M O R E   * SCANDINAVIAN*  S T Y L E

Finn Juhl’s Art Collection
IKEA PS Collection 2012
44 Rooms with Candlesticks
32 White Rooms with Pops of Color 

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