Gabriel is my oldest son. He is eleven.
He also loves dinosaurs archaeology. (I say archaeology because Gabriel has struggled with the dilemma of his ongoing dinosaur fascination while in the 5th grade this year. He wonders if he should be past it already. Sweet boy that he is, I can’t bear to see his passions mocked, so I tell him to simply tell everyone he’s fascinated with archaeology…which, he very much is…and this semantic seems to keep other kids quieted down a bit 🙂
I really love this boy.
When we were talking about how to decorate his room, Gabriel knew he wanted a dinosaur theme. However, being that he is eleven, my desire was also to create a space which would grow with him—a space that could easily be changed down the road should another interest prevail.
Gabriel and I agreed, naturally :-), that we would use nature-inspired colors.
As with many of my projects, Gabriel’s room was inspired by an idea I had seen in a magazine. The following room served as a springboard for our ideas. This picture had been in my file for quite some time…you’ll even see my scribbles of paint colors and other ideas, always a clue as to how much a picture speaks to me:
I’ve always liked the look of two twin beds in a room, and with cousin overniters a common event in our home, extra sleeping space is always optimal.
The two additional elements that drew me to this room were the window fabric with bold ribbon trim and the large-scale patterned rug. If I could find these two things to begin our design in Gabriel’s room, the rest would certainly come together easily (or so I hoped).
(I also LOVE the grasscloth walls, which would’ve been a wonderfully “natural” touch, but the cost was too high.)
Here is our finished product:
I am in love with these crown molding shelves. The top portion of this shelf was originally purchased from our local one-stop shopping store, Fred Meyer. From the back, we screwed a 1×4 board to the bottom of the shelf to give it more heft (I’d seen the idea in Restoration Hardware and loved the look). I then primed and painted the entire unit as one and hung it from the original hardware.
Another fun feature we added were these green wooded “chalkboard” vinyl signs above each bed to serve as floating headboards. After painting and glazing the wood, I applied some vinyl bubbles I’d purchased a year earlier at a friend’s vinyl party.
Greg attached two strips of wood to studs behind each sign to give them a 3-D effect (his idea, not mine!):
And once again we attached the signs with heavy duty adhesive velcro, although this time I reinforced the velcro on the back of the sign and the wood strips with staples.
The boys have already had lots of fun writing various messages on these signs, as you can imagine with the humor of a 9 and an 11 year old….enough said 🙂 I opted to clean everything off prior to photo time.
Here’s a picture of the two of them many years ago, so sweet. Isaac, Gabriel’s younger brother, is on the ladder:
I refinished this desk above specifically for Gabriel’s room. Here is a pretty rough picture of the $20 craigslist desk before:
So much better now, isn’t it? I love the dark hardware against the creamy white. I found the modern-style chair at Target. It was a bit of a stretch for me, but I liked throwing something a little unexpected against the traditional lines of the desk. Plus, this chair has very little visual weight, so it doesn’t crowd the space between the two beds.