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Kiddo Bedrooms: Wolfie’s Artfully Hip Space.

Happpppy Thursday friends! So I thought it would be fun to share with you guys Wolfie’s room. It’s definitely evolved slowly but surely from a baby nursery to a big boy room.

When I found out I was pregnant with a little boy I knew I wanted his room to be a little different. Soothing enough that it felt like a sweet nursery, but fun enough to reflect Greg and my love of color. Inspired by a vintage pillow I saw in a shop, we decided to paint the walls a bright robin’s egg-with-a-splash-of-turquoise blue and add some fun poppy orange and white accents.

As Wolfie grew, the room had to evolve. We kept the paint job, but the crib was replaced by an Ikea Big Boy bed (aw, such a rite of passage) and the changing table was swapped for a dresser. This is what it looks like now:

The lamp is a vintage Verner Panton flowerpot lamp we scored at an awesome sale. The dresser is a vintage piece as well. The teensy drawers proved perfect for his little tees and undies, but now that wolfie is bigger, his clothes are bigger too and I think we might need to upgrade to something with bigger drawers!

This little corner was where Wolfie’s crib used to be. The chair is a vintage jobbie and made of a nauga type vinyl (it has a cool atomic pattern on it and is surprisingly comfy!). The lamp is vintage too but I have to tell you the shade is on its last legs. Very sad. The little ottoman dealie was from Target. Greg found that Calder-style mobile—I’m not sure where he got it.

The egg chair below was an IKEA goodie. Kid’s love it, I tell ya! Toy bins from Target.

That horsie is one of my pride and joys. It was a birthday present I gave to greg when I was preggo—it’s a one-of-a-kind piece. Some daddy back in the 50s or 60s took his old Eames chair and fashioned it into a horse for his child. I love it! I’ve been known to sit on the thang too….this is actually an older photo and you can see that we had more toys than books on the shelf. Today, the book shelf is overflowing:

This is a fraction of the books we have. There is a whole bottom row,but I conveniently cropped out the huge pile on the floor that won’t fit on the shelves (yep, sneaky blogger tricks to make you think my house is tidy and not an episode of Hoarders Lite). We love going to book stores and somehow we always end up walking out with one. These are mostly modern books, but I have a really huge collection of vintage kid’s books as well. Actually the bottom right corner are all my old Pop Up Books from the 70s. They’re really fun!

One of my very favorite things about Wolfie’s room is the artwork we have on the walls. I love vintage stuff, so you’ll see a lot of that in there. But Greg is a huge fan of supporting new and emerging artists, so we have some cool modern stuff too. I think there are all kinds of creative ways to decorate a kid’s room.

That kitty is one of my faves, made of thread. The giraffe piece is all mosaic and weighs a ton….but I love how they look together!

Greg bough these. The two on the left are SO COOL. They’re by artist Megan Whitmarsh who is really cool (click that link later to see more of her rad designs). They are teensy small little needlepoints, but the subjects are always cool stuff like breakdancers and bigfoot or darth vader playing guitar. Hee. The dude on the right is by an awesomely talented feller named Marco Cibola.

I found some really cool vintage classroom signage that has “Rules” for little ones to remember. This one always cracked me up. Was showing off in auditorium really a big problem?

The photo above the book case (as well as the photo above the green chair of the little kid playing football) are also vintage. But they’re actually printed on cardboard and, I think, were intended as classroom decorations too. They have photos on both sides (i got them on ebay). I stuck them in some cheap frames from IKEA and people always think they’re some fancy art.

What you aren’t seeing, of course, are the stacks of toys in the closet and a huge train table that now plays home to a monstrous Playmobile Knights and Dragons Castle. You can see the corner of it peeking out below. Hee. See? Sneaky blogger tricks.

So that’s the little man’s room! It’s cozy, bright and fun…..just like mah sweet Wolfie.

Have a great day pals. And for heavens sake, don’t be showin’ off in the auditorium, ok??

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  1. RocketGirl says

    Good gravy! This room is incredible. Makes me almost long for an actual room for the Agent of Chaos (as opposed to a hallway!).

  2. Alix says

    Agent of Chaos??? hahahaha that is the funniest thing ever. We called Wolfie the Space Baby (partially because we his room had a spacey pop theme, and also because he had a big ol Charlie Brown head that looked about as round as a space helmet! haha)

  3. kristin says

    Oh this is so great! LOVE the colors…. and all of your cool vintage scores of course. Wolfie is so lucky to have such stylish, fun parents!

  4. BethR says

    i had almost forgotten i first found you when you posted the baby wolfie room on saucydwellings. i was pregnant with oliver and inspired to do something fancy with his room. okay, so we didn’t get much farther than changing the walls from beige to white (i’m more of a planner than a doer).

    i also remember you getting the train table.

    where did you get the bookshelf?

  5. Dottie says

    Hee hee! Little Wolf Cub and his den!

    That Eames chair horsey is adorable! And blue and orange is such a great combo for kid’s room.

    BTW, I love the art mix–high and low–something you don’t see enough of in kid’s rooms!

  6. Alix says

    Thanks you guys….Beth you’ve been with me for a long time huh! I love you remember my Train Table Dramas!!! haha.

  7. heather says

    ok those breakdancers are the coolest thing ever!

  8. lishyloo says

    yeah, like the low hung art! it’s like a no brainer but never considered it! what is that airport thing on top of the bookshelf??? that looks amazing! i am jealous of your dr. seuss’eseses! we only have like 3 of em right now!

  9. shari@tales from the sippy cup says

    I have the same question! What/who makes that airport on top of the dresser? I have been trying to snag an old Fisher Price airport, but THAT looks way cooler…

    Oh and the wolf den rocks!

  10. Alix says

    Hey Shari and Lishy! OK, it’s the PLAN Toys (or Plan City) airport. I saw it in an issue of Martha Kids ages ago and thought it was amazing! So i hunted it down. I have to say though, while it looks cool Wolfie rarely played with it. It comes with an airplane, but the people aren’t nearly as charming as the Fisherprice ones….and there isn’t as much cute “stuff” as FP. (LIke FP has a luggage cart and pretend ticket counter and stuff). This one is almost too abstract if that makes sense. I still love how it looks, but I would go FP if you had to choose!

  11. pilgrim says

    love that wall color! my bedroom growing up was painted that color too :) the megan whitmarsh pieces are so cool, big fan of her work.

    eames horse: speechless!

    also, ‘don’t show off in the auditorium’ is THE funniest thing ever. EVER.

    in conclusion: i’m really not surprised this room is as super as it is. and its VERY! :D

  12. keepingupwithstella says

    Can you come and decorate Stella’s room for me? I love the color combination you did for Wolfie. Too fabulous for words.

  13. Dottie says

    OK–I just noticed the vintage baby accordian.

    Alix, it’s official. You rule.

    Eric said he wants to move in–he’s got a new roommate.

  14. flo says

    i am impressed with how tidy wolfie’s room looks! perhaps it is your photo editing…but honestly, it can be such an obsession with buying children’s books, art, furniture and toys…my son is barely 1, and i think i have already gone too far! i don’t know where to store all his stuff or stop buying stuff (esp. when they are on sale or cost pennies at thrift stores)!! i love his wall art, esp the embroidered ones…those are fresh!!

  15. Alix says

    Thanks everyone….and Flo, SMOKE AND MIRRORS baby! First rule of blogging, never let ‘em see the mess! haha.
    His room is a little cluttered right now, as we have old “little kid” toys (that he never plays with but refuses to part with) and all his new “cool kid” big boy toys. A seriously SO MANY BOOKS!!!!!

  16. jenny says

    i’m jealous of wolfie’s room.

    i wanna come over for a play date!!!!!!!!!!!
    xo

  17. jenny says

    and by jealous, i mean: it’s nicer than my room!!!!!!
    what a lovely room that boy has. love that plan toys airport! and all his amazing artwork!!!! wolfie is the coolest kid.

    oh! wondering… do you still have that amazing stash of vintage cocktail goodness stuff in ze closet??? i sort of remember dying just a bit over how good it was. :)

  18. MaryHadALittleLamp says

    Vivid blue and orange mixed with fabulous vintage a delight. Love, love, love the atomic lamp shade in a child’s room!

  19. jungle dream pagoda says

    That Eames horsey!!! Dang child!
    …and such a cutie room!
    I know you are wondering how I got here to a post over a year old…darn I love those post peek thingies at the bottom of posts!
    I swear..I am trolling the webs right now for room redecorating inspiration!
    Too bad Wolfie is not a teen-age girl! Man..teen age girls….they want you to do all the work AND the come up with the ideas….but…how they shoot them ideas down…wooo ee!!
    hugs to you!

    • Alix says

      hahaha! I have to admit I was thinking, “Wait how did my girl Jungle Dream Pagoda find THIS post??” haha!

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