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The New Design Plan for August’s Room

I’ve talked about rug choices for August’s room before. Basically, I was between ivory (what we already had), something super colorful, or graphic black and white. The ivory wool rug that was in there had been in his room, both here and in the old house, so it felt like time for a change. Vibrant, colorful rugs with a lot of pattern and movement, I’ve found, are excellent LEGO-hiders. Either you step on them, or they get vacuumed up — not good either way. So black and white was the winner!

My rug would be perfect in the room, but it won’t be ready until next year. Instead, I ordered this 6×9 black and white cotton flatweave.

Medallion Flatweave Rug, Black and White, Williams-Sonoma Home

There was a ton of painting to do (ceiling, walls, trim, doors), so obviously that will have a big impact in the room along with the new rug. The other big change, furniture-wise though, is the bed. I had always meant to get around to upholstering the bed. I finally got serious about it and then, you know what? I realized that I could buy a bed that was already done for not much more than it would cost to do it myself. Sometimes I like a project. Like painting! I’ll do that, sure! But upholstering is something I always think I should DIY, and then I put it off and put it off because honestly it just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s not a skill I’m dying to add to my repertoire. So I saved myself the hassle and time of trying to perfectly upholster the bed (because it’s not worth doing if I can’t do it perfectly), and I ordered one. $170 and done.

Linnea Red Upholstered Twin Bed

Next came the windows. I spent a ton of time sourcing fabric thinking I might do custom roman shades. In the end, August picked his curtains out at IKEA. He liked the “moose” on this RÖDÄRV pillow and then we spotted and picked up the matching curtains.

RÖDARV Curtains and Embroidered Pillow from IKEA

I had seen that pillow months ago when I was there with my friend, helping her choose a sofa. I told her it could be cute in August’s room, knowing I might be working on it, and then I promptly forgot about it. Funny that he gravitated toward it without any nudge from me!

Here’s how the plan came together, combining what we already had with the new pieces and a few new accessories.

Design Plan for August's Room | Making it Lovely

I’ll show you how it all turned out next week! Meantime, sources.

  1. Modern Metal and Wood Ceiling Fan, West Elm
    Confession: this is the only thing shown that I have not yet purchased. I’m looking at a bunch of others too and having analysis paralysis.

  2. Minimalist Travel Star Wars Posters, Justin Van Gendersen
    I bought these for Brandon before August was born, but he hath passed his nerd-cred down to him. These aren’t available anymore, but there are plenty of other great prints.

  3. Red Pillowfort Column Table Lamp, Target
    I picked a pair of these up when Target first launched their kids’ line, and they’ve held up really nicely.

  4. Oak Park Elementary Dresser, Land of Nod
    Long-discontinued (here’s a similar dresser of theirs), we’ve had this since August was a baby. Still in great shape, and I know it’s silly, but I like that it’s named after my town!

  5. Star Wars Boba Fett Fathead Wall Decal

  6. Safavieh Bentley Writing Desk, Wayfair
    Sturdy metal for a boy whose not always gentle on his furniture.

  7. Vintage Chippendale Chair, Turn the Tables (Consignment Shop)
    I drove out to pick up one set of vintage chairs and came home with another.

  8. Happy Faces Art Print, Kim Johnson, Minted
    It can’t all be Star Wars.

  9. Threshold 12″ Black Wall Shelf, Target
    A good price for these — I’d been looking for something similar!

  10. Threshold 12″ Black Mirrored Wall Shelf, Target
    I broke up a grid of four shelves with one of these mirror-backed versions.

  11. Paint: Frosted Olive, Dutch Boy
    “Olive” for a boy that wanted light blue? It works, trust. And in full disclosure, this isn’t a sponsored post, but they are sponsoring the reveal post next week.

  12. Linnea Red Upholstered Twin Bed, Wayfair
    Bright, poppy color and subtle seaming details! My only complaint is that as a cost-saving measure, the side rails are split in two with a support holding them together. Sound, structurally, but there’s a seam and a potential toe-stubbing issue.

  13. Windsor Floor Task Lamp, Pottery Barn
    No longer available, but this one from Rejuvenation is similar.

  14. RÖDÄRV Curtains, IKEA
    The colors in the print tie everything together.

  15. PUDERVIVA Linen Duvet Cover, IKEA
    A sophisticated color that would also be beautiful in a more toned-down room.

  16. RÖDÄRV Embroidered Pillow, IKEA
    I adore this little design, and the embroidery is a nice detail!

  17. Medallion Flatweave Rug, Williams-Sonoma Home
    Cotton, rather than my usual go-to wool, but the scale of the pattern is so good.

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  • Karen
    August 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve always loved the Star Wars planet prints-but I am really loving the addition of Boba Fett!!

  • Hollie Myers
    August 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I love the curtains and the pillow! They look really fun and match very interesting to the other prints that you chose.

  • goosefairy
    August 17, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Please give a rating to the linen duvet cover after you’ve had it a while. I’ve been eyeing that one for us as well but am wondering just how soft it might be and how sturdy.

  • fratt house design
    August 17, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for showing how to do a “themed” room without it being so in your face. Kids have more than just one interest, and when you can find a way to subtly blend it all together, the design plan lasts so much longer. Kudos!

  • Liz
    August 17, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I dig the room, especially the Star Wars prints!

    I see the gold radiator made it to the mood board- we have very similar radiators that need painting- if you could paint your radiators any color, what would you pick?

  • Celeste
    August 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    This is perfect! I’ve been super curious about what you were going to do since you first mentioned he wanted a red room.

  • Rebecca
    August 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This looks amazing!! Just out of curiosity – I’ve always wondered how Eleanor’s room turned out too. Will there be a reveal for that any time soon?

  • Ally
    August 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm