Welcome to Gavin’s room!
Gavin is such and awesome kid, big brother and son and he really deserves an amazing space to hang out!
This very important room was the first space that we finished in our new home.
Gavin was only 9 when we moved in and I wanted to design a room that would grow with him, so I created this boy to teen bedroom.
I was kind of nervous about painting such a dark shade of grey on the walls and then tying it together with bright accents.
I had never used colors this way this way before. Using grey as a neutral was kind of intimidating.
So, I took a deep breath and went for it!
I was determined to have super amazing bedding in Gavin’s room that was mature but still fun.
I sucked it up and ordered his bedding from Serena and Lily.
It was pricey, even with discounts…
But I loved it and all the little details like the lime green cording around the edges that tied in perfectly to the green accents in his room.
Sometimes it’s worth spending a little more for those details that really make a difference.
Take a look at those cool sheets. They really are to die for!
Both the style and comfort of these sheets are fantastic! They almost feel like silk.
As amazing as the bedding was, I have to confess…
We had a little issue with the duvet.
You see Gavin has a pillow top mattress. The duvet only comes in full/queen.
Which I don’t completely understand how that works. Maybe it’s long on a full and short on a queen.
Whatever full/queen means it obviously didn’t include queen pillow top mattresses. The duvet literally doesn’t even hang over the sides but maybe an inch.
Luckily Target (oh how I love thee) came out with an almost exact replica of this duvet (minus the awesome lime green piping).
So I put the Serena and Lily away for special occasions and use the Target one for everyday.
The Target bedding is better in some ways, first it actually fits, secondly I don’t have to iron it and third I am not going to cry if a stain gets on it like I did when my son got popcorn greece on the Serena and Lily one.
I am so passionate about having organized spaces in your home. Even in kids rooms. It makes life so much easier and calm.
Not only does your mind not have to process the chaos and craziness…
it is so much easier when you can actually find things.
It saves time, and lots of it. Children also are more likely to clean up after themselves if they know exactly where things go and it’s obvious when items are out of place.
Gavin’s headboard is WHITE!
And it stays very, very clean!!!
I just use a tape roller on it and it’s clean, in seconds.
Do you have a see through dresser? No problem. Cut shapes out of card stock and use contact paper to adhere them to the inside of the drawers. Now the clothes are hidden and you’ve added an extra element of style and pattern to an otherwise plain dresser.
Home Goods is an awesome place to find art like this guitar print! I am partial to using a few large scale pieces with a lot of interest rather than using many small pieces of art.
I also like to mix up what I display on the walls. For instance I look for 3 dimensional art or objects instead of hanging 3 pictures. Like the cardboard rhino or the skateboards below.
Why use a variety of mediums in your art displays? Well it’s simple and it creates warmth, mood, and interest! How dull would it be if I just slapped 3 big pictures of guitars on the wall. Instead I am pulling from Gavin’s interest and working them into the design in a unique way. He doesn’t want to live in an art gallery.
So what about Gavin’s stuff, where does he get to express his personallity. Well, let me start by first saying I have made a rule that posters and such are not allowed on the walls. The kids are fine with that because they take pride in their “awesome” rooms. However I have made sure to provide Gavin with ample space to hang whatever he wants on this metal bulletin board.
It’s so important to let kids and teens have places to express themselves.
Oh, and he can have the closet too!
Mood Board & Source List
For a source list or to get this look please click the picture below.
Items not included in source list include:
- Skateboards: Target $20 a piece
- Guitar Painting: Home Goods $45
- Faux Fur Rug: Walmart $16.99
- Globe: Home Goods $30
- Ceiling Lighting: Lowes $20.00 altered w/ spray paint
- Headboard made by Lesley @ Chaotically Creative
- Polka Dot Accent Pillow Case: Target $9.99 (not in stores anymore)
- Dark Grey Curtains: Ikea
- Curtain Rod: Target $39.99**** CUBES in source GUIDE are not the ones I used in room but are similar. Target still sells the ones in the store that I used but did not list them online. The velour cubes in the store retail for $19.99****DIY Project
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