Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

Post by Eden of Sugar and CharmDinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

When my son, Romeo, turned 3 years old, it was time to say goodbye to the baby crib, baby toys and give him a “big boy” room. Since we moved into a house and his current room is pretty small, I wanted to keep it fresh, simple and not too cluttered.
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
The theme of the room is really just a classic, modern, rustic vibe. We peppered in dinosaurs because who doesn’t love dinosaurs as kid?! I still do! I figured it was one thing he might still like at the age of 8 because, let me tell you, we go through character phases fast around this house! Thomas Train one day, Darth Vader the next! Still can’t decide which song is driving us crazier.

I figured keeping the room somewhat classic and simple will hold the longevity of the room look and keep everyone happy for awhile.
Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room
We chose the Bayside Panel Bed from Land of Nod for its timeless, traditional style and then  incorporated a modern bedside table to add a touch of retro to the room. The bedding was too cute to pass up with tiny orange arrows and we both fell in love with the flannel bedding and dinosaur pillows, which we take on vacation with us now!
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I tried to keep the furniture to a minimum since it can really fill a space up quickly. So we put a few shelves up on the wall, for books and toys and then two small vintage crates, I picked up at an antique store, for the other toys.

Inside the closet, we have a shelf filled with books and of course, more toys!! I layered a jute rug and a classic blue rug to add to the traditional decor of the room. I really love the contrast between traditional and modern!      Dinosaur Themed Big Boy Room

And, to spruce up the white walls a little, we added tiny tree decals to one side. They’re charming, easy to put up and easy to take down! Yay for keeping it easy. We’re really happy with the results of pulling Romeo’s dinosaur themed big boy room together and the best part is that he seems to be happy with it! Although I’m sure he’ll want it to look like Vader’s Death Star by the 2nd grade!

Eden Passante founded Sugar and Charm to share her passion for sweet recipes, hosting inspiration and easy ways to add charm to the daily life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and darling baby boy, Romeo.

Small Room Bedroom Inspiration

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

I’ve avoided taking on this room for two years. The previous owners used silicone caulking around the baseboards; and it’s been a mess to remove it and prep the walls properly. My youngest, naturally, got stuck with the smallest bedroom, which is proving tricky for furniture arrangement and storage. It’s on the north side of the house, so it tends to be a bit darker than the other rooms, too. It probably doesn’t help that he’s also inherited a mashup of all the leftover furniture, which isn’t working so well at the moment. All these things have been working against me, plus, I’m a superbly talented procrastinator. But it’s high time I get to work. Without further ado, here’s what I’m envisioning for our small room bedroom inspiration.

Small Room Bedroom Inspiration | Honest to Nod

Here’s my plan for Nolan’s Room:

  • I’m going to start by painting the walls a really light minty green/blue color to add just a wash of color to the walls. He’s the proud owner of a really great vintage bed that once belonged to my mother. His big sister has one that I painted turquoise. I’m going to paint Nolan’s bed red for one big burst of color. And I’ll use this great black and white geometric quilt for some pattern.
  • As for the furniture pieces; I’m going with a tall, skinny dresser to maximize both storage AND floor space. A toy box can act as a bench/play table; but most importantly, it will hide all the junk he drags into his room.
  • I’m going to use a wall mirror to reflect more light into the space.
  • The nightstand can also double as a chair; and the numbered wall bin will be a great place to store books up on the wall.
  • I’ll round the space out with some great pillows (Dark Wash Sham, Modern Misfit Sham, ‘N’ Throw Pillow), some artwork (album tricycle, Old Captain Redbeard), a nightlight to keep the boogeyman away, and a cute anchor hook to hang his backpack/jacket.

Now it’s time to put my painting shirt back on! Can’t wait to show you how it turns out.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Outdoorsy Boy’s Room Ideas by Lay Baby Lay

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

This room design is for the little boy who loves all things outdoors. These outdoorsy boy’s room ideas mix natural finishes like wood with unexpected finishes like copper. The outdoors element is limited to art and sheets, which are easy to switch as little ones grow and find new interests.

Outdoorsy Boy's Room Ideas by Lay Baby Lay | Honest to Nod

Fine Alloy Pendant / Surplus Wall Shelf / Pinecone Print / Falling Bear Print / Belle Svezia Tapestry / Wood Shelves / Eclipse Banner / Moon Wall Art / Wood Lamps / California Pennant / Stone Larkin Bed / Honors Sheets / Foundry Nightstands / Artful Raccoon / Natural Dresser / Hedgehog Nightlight / Mountain Pillows / Chalkboard Globe / Hiding Bear Art / Ukelele / Aqua Half Stripe Rug / Drafter’s Play Table / Walnut Little Felix Chairs / Quartz Cube Bin

For even more kids room design ideas, check out our kids room Pinterest board.

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow. 

Nod Real Family – Big Boy Room Design

Post by Morgan Georgie of Ampersand Design Studio

Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room Design Hi everyone! I’m Morgan and this is my little family of four: my husband, Dan, 4-year old son, Shaw and brand new baby boy, Lennon! If you’re anything like me, you flip through each Land of Nod catalog and pretty much freak out about the awesomeness on every single page. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an item that I would not want to own. It’s all so wonderful! I’d like to challenge anyone out there to a Land of Nod biggest fan contest!

So, when Danielle Kurtz, the creative director at Nod, approached me about having our family be a “Nod Real Family”, where a team literally shows up on your doorstep to come in and completely redecorate your kid’s space, I’m pretty sure I fell out of my chair in disbelief!!! That would be a dream come true! At the time, what I couldn’t have even imagined, is that I would end up actually DESIGNING half of the pieces in the room!

Let me take you back a bit first. The original discussion started a couple of years ago with a tweet to Nod about some rugs for my son, Shaw’s “big-boy” room. Danielle just happened to be logged in to the Land of Nod Twitter account that day and responded to me directly. She said she could put together a little style board for my son’s room. OF COURSE, I jumped at that idea and probably replied, “YES” within less than a second. Danielle asked what areas we need help with and about Shaw’s interests, then began gathering pieces onto a secret inspiration board on Pinterest that only her and I could see filled with kids furniture, decor, bedding and more. I fell in love with each and every idea she had. In addition to my son’s room, she also designed a reading nook for an under-the-stairs spot in our finished basement playroom.

Here’s where the twist comes in! In addition to being a huge fan of Nod from a consumer standpoint, I happen to be a designer. Along with Carrie Kiefer, I’m the co-owner of a little company called Ampersand Design Studio and we have always admired (been obsessed with) Nod’s products for their forward-thinking and fun designs and admired their ethics in the way they produce their products! Truth be told, upon starting our company, one of our goals was to partner with Nod! In a crazy series of meetings and collaborations through our company and blog, Ampersand Design Studio was hired to design an entire line of rugs, bedding, wall decor and more for the Land of Nod Spring 2015 launch!!!!!! Count this as another HUGE dream come true!! Seriously, this is bucket list material! (Here’s our little spread from the catalog)

Amersand Design Studio Land of Nod CatalogSo fast forward to when the Nod Real Family came to life in my own home, Danielle updated my son’s big boy room design to include some of our very own Ampersand Design Studio exclusive designs for Nod! (ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!) Now, BOTH dreams are coming true!  I am getting my four year old son’s room decorated with Land of Nod products including some that we designed! The rug, sheets, quilt, pillows and growth chart are all Ampersand designs! Pinch me! Wait, am I actually dreaming?

Nope. It’s true, this all really happened!!!!

Let’s start with the “BEFORE” picture of Shaw’s room. As you can see, we were already a fan of Nod products and owned the Gray Uptown Bed and Uptown Wide Dresser, which we love!  But other than that, we hadn’t really done much decorating. The few things that Shaw loved from his room including the vintage signage “S”, the chalkboard wall and the clipboards for various artwork, were all incorporated into the new room!

Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room Design BeforeNow, let me introduce you to the “AFTER”! This is Shaw’s brand new big-boy room!!! It’s such a true reflection of my colorful, fun little guy! Danielle and I talked about his personality, his favorite things to do and play, and how much he loves his new little brother, and Danielle found a way to weave every little thing we discussed into his new room!

To start, she completely rearranged the room and…just wow!, it feels so much bigger! We formerly had a small play table in here but Shaw had outgrown it and I just love the new campaign desk and acrylic chair! Right now he uses the drawers as his “treasure box” and the top for sticker books and coloring, but it’s a piece that will evolve with him. I love imagining him doing his grade school homework here one day!

Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room Design AFTERThe Alphanumeric quilt and sheets, along with the hexagonsquare and triangle throw pillow are all pieces we chose out of the Ampersand Design Studio collection (#AmpersandforNod) as the perfect new bedding for Shaw! While these pieces were being designed, I would have them up on my computer screen and would ask Shaw which colors he liked best….just hoping one day they would come to life in his room!

For the gallery wall, Danielle expertly mixed photos of Shaw and his little brother, three-dimensional pieces, the tricycle wall art, the beaker wall art, with some of Shaw’s own paintings and even a weaving done on-the-spot by Danielle (talk about talent!)! The on the grid nightstand now holds his stacks of bedtime books (Shaw’s favorite part) yet keeps the top clear (my favorite part)! The windows in Shaw’s room before simply had white blinds, nothing with much personality. So, these sunny yellow color edge curtains are a very welcome addition!!Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room DesignShaw using the stripes in his roller rink rug as a road is a daily occurrence! It’s just crazy because as we were designing this rug, we envisioned this very scenario! Our whole family LOVES this rug! The quality is incredible! It’s so soft and easy to play on, because see, when you have a four year old and an infant, rugs aren’t just for your feet. They are for your whole body.

Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room DesignDanielle did such an incredible job of assigning uses to different areas of the room! I never thought Shaw’s room was big enough for this until I saw it completed! One corner is now a cool little book nook. The three acrylic bookcases hung on the wall are my favorite solution to the stacks of books all over the floor! They are such a light and airy way to get organized!  A  knit pouf and a second rug (the flokati fluff rug) layered over the central rug make this spot modern, yet comfortable!

Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room DesignYOU GUYS! I have to tell you. THIS Storagepalooza is EVERYTHING! I didn’t even realize how badly we needed this until we had it. It’s so deceiving. It doesn’t look monstrous, it’s a perfect size, but it holds SO. MANY. TOYS. and stuffed animals. and games. It’s amazing!

Nod Real Family - Big Boy Room DesignThe ABC Animals growth chart is another #AmpersandforNod exclusive that Danielle surprised us with. Anything with Shaw’s name on it is pretty special in his eyes! I love that we are going to get to watch him grow up by each little mark we make on this chart! Also, it’s right across from the foot of Shaw’s bed and now, he loves to go through each letter and corresponding animal before bedtime. What better way to memorize the sounds of letters than things like, “P” is for “peacock”! And below, the three Honeycomb Wall Shelves are such a fun way to display all those little collectibles and photos! Plus, the genius idea to use patterned paper as a backer in each shelf is a cool way to add pattern and color in a way that can easily be updated when you’re ready for a change!

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I wanted to share a little style board for his room just in case any of you want to recreate this fun, modern vibe!

That’s a wrap on Shaw’s big boy room design! Incredible, right?!!!!

Ampersand Design Studio specializes in surface pattern design, identity design and stationery products, with clients in the home décor, fashion and baby and kids industries. Their clients include respected big names like Land of Nod, Tiny Prints, Papyrus, Minted and Giggle,  as well as great small, local businesses around the country, including cafés, bakeries, wineries, photo studios and fashion boutiques.