Boy’s Bedroom Makover

Post by Donna of Motherburg

Boy's Bedroom Makover - Boys BeddingI have always loved changing up my son’s room. However at 5 years of age I have to tread a bit more carefully on the design process when it comes to his space. When he was younger I styled his room according to my taste level but at almost five years of age he knows what he loves and with two creative parents he has inherited a love for decor.

When my husband decided to change up our apartment he took what was my son’s room and playroom and made this into our new living room space, and what was our living room (confused yet?) into a part kid’s room/part office for my work. This is typical of New Yorkers, we often have to either move out for more space or re-work what we have.  This meant we have a somewhat shared space and I wanted both areas to feel cohesive.

This meant for my boy’s bedroom makeover I wanted pieces that were stylish yet went with my taste level. This is where The Land of Nod comes in. I found the perfect pieces that not only work with my son’s personality they melded perfectly with his established favorites that he has had since he was a baby.

The items we added, such as the gold dot sheet set, have just the right about of whimsical, as my son loves shiny metallic things. He has quite the superhero collection and I felt that the sheets are a great balance to having all these characters to a room.

The grey chambray bedding and honeycomb wall shelf have been a stylish way to tone down a busy boy’s room. Since we live in railroad apartment having these neutral (but not boring!) pieces help the apartment flow together style wise rather then cut off with different decor scenarios.

Boy's Bedroom Makover - Wall DecorThe pièce de résistance is the pillows. I have always incorporated horses into his décor and the equestrian horse throw pillow will one-day end up in my office. The shield throw pillow is just the right amount of blue I wanted to bring onto his bed. My boy absolutely adores them and he loves to snuggle into them when I read him his favorite bedtime books. This little nook is exactly what I envisioned. A space that felt like it belongs to an energetic boy yet will grow right along with my little dreamer and his satisfied mama.

Donna Duarte Ladd is a style editor and editor of Motherburg, a parenting site for Brooklyn-based moms. She resides with her young son and artist husband in Brooklyn. She is a native of California but loves her adopted hometown NYC.

Girls’ Shared Space Design Ideas – Nursery & Bedroom

Design by Sara Polacek of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team

Amanda was looking for ideas around a shared space design for her girls, giving a fun update for their combined nursery and bedroom. She was looking for a functional space with lots of girly elements and wanted to use a bed she already owned. To balance the pink, we incorporated grey and black accents. The flokati rug, pillows and grey pouf add texture and interest to the room. The best part about this space is it will be easy to update as the girls grow.  Accessories and artwork are the most cost-effective way to switch up a room!

Girls' Shared Space Design Ideas - Nursery & Bedroom

Pink abstract bowtie print / Pineapple print / Owl love print / House wall shelf, similar / Heart garland / Vintage Bed / Pink Velvet Sham / Triangle Pillow, Ferm Living / Flokati Rug / Aqua Woven Hamper / Star Pillow / Grey Drop Sheets / Bear Pillow, Ferm Living / Grey & Pink Blanket / Green Heart Pillow / Grey Petal Pouf

Our Design Services team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.

Get The Look: Happy Camper

Written by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert

It’s fall again, and you know what that means! Snuggling up with cozy textiles and your favorite pumpkin-spiced beverages! It is also a good time to refresh your home for the season with nature-inspired décor such as wildlife motifs and earthy colors, or what we at Nod call, elements of the ‘Happy Camper Trend’. Incorporating a few camping elements and woodsy themes will make you long for a campfire to roast some marshmallows on!

This wall has the perfect green color! The wolf print and the log bench add the perfect fall touch:

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Hang up your favorite wildlife prints and try a fun wall storage idea like this wooden crate:

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Even this toddler room gets into the spirit with textured fabric and wood accents:

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What a fun idea to frame a vintage rucksack, or string small driftwood pieces to make a garland:

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It’s easy to incorporate a few touches to get the campy look.

Get the Look: Happy Camper Mood Board

For more inspiration, click here.

Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

Special Spaces Makeover: Designing a Room for Ashley

Post written by Rachel, our PR & Social Media guru

We partnered with Special Spaces Chicagoland, a non-profit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical conditions, to make over a room for Ashley, a determined 11 year old battling cancer.

Ashley was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after Christmas last year. She experienced many compilations during her months of treatment and reached remission in late April after over 70 nights in the hospital. She received a bone marrow transplant in June.

Ashley’s parents wanted to give Ashley an inviting, organized space where she could find peace and comfort. Since her diagnosis, she has been afraid to sleep in her room and often sleeps in her brother’s room or is found asleep on the couch in her parent’s bedroom room.

We spoke with Ashley about what she wanted for her bedroom and attached sitting room. Ashley wanted a pink and teal room with a large sparking chandelier. She has a love of birds which was incorporated into the room through accessories and wall art.

Our Design Services team worked hard to bring Ashley’s vision to life, first creating a moodboard of all the elements.

Special Spaces Makeover: Moodboard

Moon Decal / Pink Velvet Sham / Well Trained Sheet Set / Bonjour Throw Pillow / Quilted Aqua Sham / Circle Cork Board / Polka Dot Blackout Curtains / Turquoise Half Shell Rug / Monarch Three Drawer Dresser / Butterfly Wall Art / Cloud Throw Pillow / Pink Knit Pouf / Pink Velvet Quilt / Gold Wall Hook / Black Wall Hook / Bird Wall Art / Owl Lamp / Teal Jenny Lind Nightstand

To create the perfect bedroom space, our designers incorporated a number of fun elements, including:

  • Ashley’s room was painted in Benjamin Moore Jack Frost and the bright pink and teal color scheme was carried throughout the space with contrasting textiles and patterns
  • We played with patterns on Ashley’s bed and window bench, bringing in different pillowcases and fabrics to create a fun, relaxed space
  • Ashley loves displaying photographs and mementos so we used our circle cork boards to create a fun display space
  • Adorned crafty letters (decorated with chalk paint, yarn, glitter) create a statement wall art that adds dimension and a focal point to the room

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Ashley is lucky enough to have a sitting room, which was previously used for storage, off of her bedroom. It’s the perfect space for Ashley to hang out with her friends. We brought in the teal and pink theme and brightened up the space with paint.

  • The room offered very little natural light, so we painted the entire room in Benjamin Moore Graytint, which opens the room and warms the space
  • Special Spaces works with an amazing muralist who painted birds that Ashley loves along the ceiling
  • Carpet tiles, which were generously donated by Flor, were used to cover the playroom floor in an ombre pattern using several gradations of gray
  • The playroom was outfitted with two settees and an Everlasting Play table at 15” which acts as a coffee table

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Ashley’s face when seeing the room for the first time says it all!

Ashley: Special Spaces MakeoverLearn more about Special Spaces and the amazing work they do for kids in need at