My boys room was in need of some TLC! Not only was their rug needing to be replaced, but they were feeling that their room was too “little kid’ish” and didn’t feel their space reflected their personalities!
So, I set out to create a kids bedroom that inspired them to do all things boys want to do in their room like read, play legos, draw comics. etc.
As I update my boys room decor I’ll be sure to answer your decorating questions and try and give you lots of ideas for decorating your kids rooms.
You might be asking yourself what’s the best way to decorate a kids bedroom? Where do I start? What elements do I need to make sure I add to my boys space?
Well, I always say, start by making a list of all the activities your kids like to use their space for? Do they love to read? Then add a bookshelf to easily display all their books. Add a cozy chair that they can curl up in to read.
Maybe your boys like to play legos but you aren’t sure where to store them all? This is where I ran into trouble. My boys bedroom was completely covered in legos leaving no room to walk around! The solution was under the bed lego storage bins! This way they can slide out their bins to play legos whenever they want, but when they’re through, they can just tuck them away back under the bed so they aren’t in the way!
When decorating a kids bedrooms It’s always best to pick a theme that reflects their personality. This way, once you have that theme you can easily coordinate decor to piggie-back off that idea.
My boys love to play outside and in the woods. They love to explore. So, I went went a map/adventure theme. And this theme was pretty easy to find coordinating decor.
If you’re wondering what are the best boys room ideas when considering a theme, then I’d say first check out Pinterest. Simply type in boys room theme ideas and you’ll be shown thousands of options.
Try and pick something that reflects what stage your boys are in and their interests.
I found some really inexpensive boys room decor at Hobby Lobby, including an awesome large map! These items fit in so well with my overall theme!
The best way to organize a kids room is to try and work their favorite toys, books, or games into the layout of their room.
For instance, my boys like to draw comics. So I make sure to add a desk with all their “comic” supplies. This way they’re accessible and organized in the desk drawers.
They also love to read. So I added a cozy reading nook for them to curl up and read in. I also added a reading light over their bed to make it easier to read at night.
Don’t forget to utilize all the space in their room. This includes under their beds, desk, closets, and bookshelves.
Adding plastic containers to sort out things like Pokemon cards and storing them under their beds or in their closets will help everything stay organized.
This is an interesting question and I think it has many answers. First, choose a color that is going to fit in well with the theme you’ve chosen always comes first. That will still leave many color choices available.
Next, I’d say look for colors that are categorized as being “calming”. Because at the end of the day we want our boys bedrooms to be relaxing for them to catch some zzzs at the end off the day.
If all else fails and you still aren’t sure, stick with something neutral like a creamy white or off-white or even gray.
My favorite place to find kids room decor is Hobby Lobby. They have a great kids section that can accommodate lots of different themes. I was able to grab a lot of different signs to create murals in my boys room.
I also needed a new rug for my boys room. I ended up snagging one on Overstock for a steal of a price. I love the way the pattern fits in with my boys bedding.
I hope you’re feeling inspired! Be sure to pin for later!
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Thanks so much for reading along,
I get asked by a lot of readers where I buy my rugs. The short answer is lots of places. But what people really want to know is where they can buy affordable rugs.
I decided to write a post to answer this question coincidentally because I am shopping for a new rug for my dining room.
Right now I have a large tribal print rug under my dining room table and I’m looking for something more boho.
So while I shop for the perfect rug to go under my dining room table I thought I’d share my favorite places to buy affordable rugs!
I absolutely love a Ruggable rug! If you aren’t familiar with Ruggable rugs they are washable rugs. It’s basically a two part system with a rug pad and top layer that peels on and off easily. This way when it gets dirty or there’s a spill it can easily be removed and thrown in the washing machine.
Another one of my favorite places to buy affordable rugs is Boutique rugs. They always seem to have a rather large coupon code to use at checkout sometimes taking hundreds of dollars off the price!
Currently If you use code Winter60 at checkout you can get 60% off! Check it out here!
Rugs USA is another great place to buy affordable rugs. Not only do they have great sales that run all the time, but they also have a HUGE variety of styles.
What I love most about Rugs USA is that they recommend similar styles based off or your rug selection. Which is so great! I generally buy one of their selections instead of the rug I went there looking for.
Another great shop that sells affordable rugs is Wayfair. Not only do they have a huge selection of beautiful rugs, but when it comes to home decor… they sell literally everything!
Prices are also great and shipping is free when you spend over $35 – which is easy to do when you’re buying a rug!
The last affordable shop is of course the one and only Target! Not only is Target the shop I go to often for really anything I need, but they have such a great variety of rugs available online only!
My absolute favorite rug I have in my home and the one I get the most compliments on is my round Target rug! It’s super inexpensive and if you have a redcard you get an extra discount!
That’s it for now, Thank you so much for reading along!
Today, I’m doing a cozy farmhouse guest bedroom refresh and on a budget none the less! It was time I gave my guest bedroom some cozy farmhouse vibes, like the rest of my house.
I noticed my guest bedroom looking a little mismatched due to it being a room that doesn’t get used a whole lot. Plus, it was getting second picks for decorations and needed a cohesive look.
So, I decided to make a plan, mix up some chalk paint, and give this guest room a proper refresh!
I decided the direction I wanted to go in was cozy farmhouse. I wanted to pull in as many creamy whites and off-whites as I could.
The wallpaper was one of the first things I did when we moved into our new home. I’m still just as in love with it as I was the day I applied it to the walls.
I didn’t want anything to compete with the wallpaper, so everything else I was going to add needed to be neutral.
A lot of the furniture I already had was dark wood and mismatched. I didn’t have a budget to buy any new furniture, so I decided to mix up some chalk paint.
This just left the bedding. I gave myself $100 to buy some new bedding that was going to help tie everything together.
Making chalk paint is super easy! I already had the color I wanted to use (off white by Glidden) which was great on my budget. All that was left to do was add in the plaster of Paris and the water.
The chalk paint ratio for every 1 cup of paint is 1/3 cup plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of water. I tripled this batch to start because I knew I needed quite a bit of paint to cover all the furniture I was planning on painting. I had two bedside tables, a bench, and a small foot stool to paint.
Everything got two coats of chalk paint and then a coat of polycrylic to protect the finish. After adding these chalk painted pieces to my guest room I finally created that cohesive look I was going for.
My next challenge in my refresh was finding budget friendly bedding that helped tie in my cozy farmhouse vibes. I wanted something creamy and neutral that wasn’t going to break the bank.
I started at Target and got really lucky with an off-white quilt that matched my throw pillows well and tied in nicely with the chalk painted furniture I just added.
I also snagged a king-sized gray knitted throw blanket for the end of the bed. I wanted something that would tie in nicely with my gray curtains that I already had and thought a gray throw blanket was the perfect solution.
Sticking with my color palette, I decided to add warm tones to my farmhouse decor in my guest bedroom. I wanted to add old-world farmhouse decor in browns and wood tones. I added a few crocks, picture frames, and vases to complete the decor in this space.
Most of the decor I already had in my attic. I did create a new print from one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes and printed it off to frame. It’s available in my shop to download today! Check it out here!
Thanks so much for reading along! Be sure to PIN to reference later!
Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying your day today! I’ve been busily designing our next reno! If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve been renovating our main entrance/entryway. We’re getting closer to wrapping that one up with the only two things left to install: the new railing and to reroute the electrical. Once that is done we’ll start shiplaping up the walls of the stairs which will lead us to our next reno project – the upstairs landing!
Our upstairs landing is pretty large! Like it could be a separate room if we threw up some walls. But I’ve always imagined it being a library nook. Add some built-in wooden bookshelves with glass doors and a comfy wingback chair with matching ottoman… and bam! A cozy library nook! Doesn’t that sound awesome?
One thing I do when renovating our 300-year-old farmhouse is to ALWAYS keep to the era of the house. It’s an OLD house and has some really cool features! I try and highlight those and mix in some old school charm to help tie the old and new together. So when planning this entryway I went for dark and moody! I’ve added Warm wood tones and deep greens and reds to help give the room some depth. I’m also adding a mural – which I’ve never done before but I’m beyond excited!
New lighting is an absolute necessity in our upstairs landing. Not only is there not enough, but the light fixtures are very outdated. Over the stairs, I’m adding a white chippy wooden chandelier. I’m also adding several gold sconces with white shades in the space as well. I can’t hang an overhead light in the landing itself because the ceilings are much too low. Those are the quirky things I’ve come to appreciate in our old house. I think adding a few new sconces and a floor lamp near the wing back chair will add enough light to the space. Maybe not a ton of light, but again I’m going for a library vibe which I imagine is a little dimmer and has warm lighting instead of bright and white.
At the top of the stairs, you’ll walk right into an entryway table. This will be a wooden table that will take up the wall space of that nook. Behind it will be a mural from Anewall. I’ve chosen a black and white scenic print. Over the entryway table will be a round gold mirror and two sconces on either side. I’m going for a really simple design because I want the scenic mural to be a show stopper!
Right now I’m doing all my ordering so that way we have everything on hand when we wrap up downstairs. I’m a few hours from an Ikea so I may go and pick up those items in store. Ikea’s delivery is really expensive so I’m sure when trying to convince the husband to take the trip with me knowing that we’ll be saving on the shipping costs will convince him lol.
And lastly, wrapping up the downstairs entryway has to come first. We’ve ordered our stair rail from an Etsy shop and are just waiting on it to be custom made and delivered. I’ll definitely write a blog post on the installation process of our custom stair rail when we get it.
Happy Fall! I can now officially say that without the death glares from those of you sitting on the beach drinking your white claws soaking up every last bit of summer!
Not only does it mean the calendar finally says it’s ok to decorate for Fall, but the weather (at least around here) is changing as well. It was 35* this morning where I live!
So to signify the official start of Fall, I thought it would be fun to make a Fall sign for my front porch! For those of you that aren’t crafty, I’ve linked my inspiration picture below. I’ve also linked all the supplies needed for this DIY below for those of you guys who are here for it! You be you girl!
Making an outdoor sign is pretty similar to making an indoor sign… the only difference is a coat of urethane to protect it from the weather outside. Using a polyurethane will give it a shiny glossy look or using a polycrylic will give it a matte finish.
Today I’ll be using a polycrylic. The quality of the material makes a difference too. You really want to use real wood – using composite wood isn’t the best idea. Composite wood will swell up during the first rain and start disintegrating. Plastic and metal are two other great materials that work well outside as well.
I decided to use an old picture frame that was just sitting up in my attic. For those of you guys that know me, know that I’ve got an entire thrift store in my attic. It’s great when I’m doing projects like this because I can find all the supplies I need without having to spend any money!
The only supply I had to buy was some orange paint. I love getting paint at a home improvement store because the sample size is plenty of paint for most craft projects and it’s sooo cheap! Plus there’s like a million colors to choose from!
I also used some old stencils and some black paint I had stored up in my craft bin. To seal everything up from the weather outside I used a polycrylic that I had in my basement. I did 2-3 coats – not just on the front of the sign.. but all over, including the back. I didn’t want any moisture getting in there!
I started by taking the plastic out of the frame and giving it 3 coats of paint. I Allowed the paint to completely dry before applying another coat. Next, I measured out my stencils to make sure my letters would be spaced accordingly. After I was sure the letters were where I wanted them, I used my black paint to fill in the lines of the stencil.
I used two different size stencils to give the sign a little more dimension. And lastly, After I was sure my letters were dry I used 3 coats of polycrylic. Make sure when using polycrylic that your coats are thin. Otherwise, you’ll be able to see streaks left behind when everything is dry.
The entryway project is well underway with a new door, light, and hardware. I knew when designing this renovation that I wanted to bring more light into the room. A new door seemed to be the perfect solution to this problem. The old door only had a small window at the top of the door letting in a small amount of light. I imagined a door with solid window panes to allow as much light in as possible.
I found this door at a barn sale for $20 and got super lucky that it was exactly the right size to fit the doorway. I did have to buy a new handle because the old one didn’t come with a key. A new doorknob kit runs around $50.
The original plan was to paint the door black to contrast that dark color with the white shiplap on the opposite walls. With the new door up it’s obvious now that the design plans need to change. The main goal was to allow more light to shine in and painting it black will only take away from this goal. So the new plan is to paint it all white. I’ll still go with the black tile and black metal railing on the staircase for contrast.
Another change of plans is to add wainscoting to the wall underneath the wallpaper. I think It will add so much more character to a pretty bland wall while adding a bit of sophistication as well. Plus it’s pretty inexpensive to do! You’ll have to tune in next week to see how that tuned out!
Wondering if you should splurge on the Bissell Crosswave? It’s a pretty pricey small appliance and can feel nurve racking spending that much on an appliance.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here I’ll give you an honest review including the pros and cons of the Bissell Crosswave so you can make an informative decision.
The Bissell Crosswave is in fact time-saving! The functions speak for themselves: duo vacuuming and mopping at the same time. It’s cordless for easy maneuvering and my favorite feature: two tanks, one for cleaning solution and the other for the dirty water.
My home is over 4,000 square feet and any small appliance that is going to save me time cleaning my floors is totally worth the splurge.
I’ve found that the Crosswave works well on not only may hardwoods but also tile and linoleum. The roller brush is plush and has built-in grips to clean your floors well!
I will say that if the roller gets too oversaturated with water it can leave streaks, but the key is to let go of the trigger and roll over that area to pick up the excess water.
As a bonus my CrossWave came with a second brush for backup. It’s great to alternate the two between cleaning because they do need to be rinsed with hot water between uses.
Probably my favorite feature of the Bissell Corsswave is that it works on carpets! Not only does it vacuum everything on my carpet, but it refreshed my carpets making them smell fantastic.
It leaves your carpets slightly damp so they dry quickly. I will say, this does not replace a carpet shampooer. This isn’t deep cleaning your carpets, but it gives them a nice refresh. That doesn’t mean it isn’t cleaning it – just not DEEP cleaning. The water tank was pretty dirty after cleaning my area rugs so I know it did its job, but the main function on this mop is for hard surfaces. Refreshing carpets is just a fabulous bonus.
The Bissel CrossWave does an outstanding job picking up messes on floors. For instance, it will even pick up items as large as cereal and small legos. I mean, don’t make it a habit to pick up legos… which in my house is inevitable, but it’s good to know it can!
A con I would have to say is that the battery life only lasts about 30 or so minutes. My house is just about 4,000 sq ft So essentially it comes down to how fast I canwork.
I can get abut 2,000 sq ft done in about 30 minutes, so about half my house. I just split my upstairs and downstairs into two parts.
Yup! It has a self-cleaning cycle! To make sure this vacuum functions the right way every time, cleaning it out is essential. The Cordless Max has a self-cleaning cycle to make that process so easy!!
To use this feature all you have to do is make sure there is enough solution in the tank – if not fill up the tank with warm water to the self-cleaning line. Then, place the vacuum on the docking station and press the self-cleaning icon.
This will run for about 40 seconds and shut off when it’s done. The dirty water tank icon will flash to remind you to empty the tank. At this point, I pop out the roller and windshield attachment to make sure everything is wiped out and cleaned before retiring my vacuum for the day. Seriously, this is my favorite feature!
You can easily hook your Bissell CrossWave up to wifi and connect on an app for maintenance, support, cleaning tips, and a usage dashboard. I don’t know how often I’ll use this, but I suppose I will at some point if I start running into error codes.
No, you definitely don’t have to only use the Bissel CorssWaves solution for your vacuum. I used the solution it came with until it ran out and then I used my castile soap solution.To add the solution to the tank all you have to do is first add warm water to the waterline and then add your solution to the solution line. So you see, any solution in its place will work just fine.
I’ll be honest, there aren’t many. This baby has saved me so much time it’s incredible! My floors have never been cleaner! Although I will say that it’s tough to get edges and baseboards. The website does say that they have improved this feature, but it’s still not ideal for those areas because there are no attachments. So If I wanted to wash down my furniture I actually have to lift up my vacuum and place it on my furniture and work it back and forth. Which is ok – but not ideal and a little awkward.
To me – The advantages outweigh the inconvenience of not having attachments to get my corners closely and my baseboards. I should say it does an ok job with corners, but not as well as it would do with a hose.
Boy does Bissell have a good product on their hands… and they know it too! This vacuum does not run cheap at just under $400! I would say this is an investment piece that is totally worth saving up your pennies for. Hands down… I would 100% recommend this vacuum and I can say without a doubt it has saved me time and that my floors have never been cleaner!
Thanks so much for reading along, pals!
Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life
I’ve been thinking a lot about creating a dreamy fire pit area for quite some time now. Well, Like most of the projects in our home, I bought the supplies and told my husband that I had a really fun day planned for us both. Generally, he’s a good sport about it but gets a little nervous when mysterious packages start coming in the mail. He never knows what to expect. Well, I’m happy to report that this project has both of us super excited for the end result.
When my husband and I were just friends many moons ago, we used to hang out a ton over campfires. Of course, there were a lot of other friends there too. We realized we had a lot in common and really started to connect over campfires. To this day we still find time a few times a week during the campfire season to connect over one.
We bought all the tools needed to create our dream campfire area including twinkle lights, potted flowers, and of course wooden Adirondack chairs. My friends here know that this is something I have been on the hunt for a while. Throw in a few pillows and throw blankets and I’ve got the making of the dreamiest firepit area ever!
To start we laid out all the pieces to the Adirondack chairs, boards, and posts. We laid a thin layer of Early American Stain on them with a paintbrush. Dry time was quick, only about an hour. By the time all the staining was done I was able to immediately start sealing the wood with the weatherproof sealant. I allowed about 24 hours to dry because my boards were not pressure treated.
This part was way easier than I though. My husband was the one building them but said it was just very repetitive. The instructions were very informative. One chair took about 30 minutes to build. Since we bought 6, assembling took about 3 hours. It is very important to stain and seal the chairs before you put the chairs together. This is because you want that sealant to be in the joints to protect them from the weather. This way they’ll last. Every year we’ll put a new coat on our chairs to protect them from the weather.
We used four large planters around the fire pit with a concrete block inside to hold the post in place. Then we filled the pot with dirt and flowers to look nice and to act as extra support. We then added thin boards along the top of all four posts to connect and add support to the posts. To give the structure even more support we added corner joints. This way our structure will stay strong and secure.
Lastly, we used hooks on all four posts to string our patio lights around the structure. We did several loops to make it look flowy and the hooks just make sure to keep everything in place. The patio lights we used had clips next to each bulb making it easier to secure our loops stay in place. It just makes our campfire that much more dreamy!
It’s finally Week Two with kids storage solutions, and today we’re attacking the toy issues in my daughter’s room. Her room is not that big, so we need to come up with a few tricks to utilize the space we have. She also has a lot of toys, so finding appropriate storage is a big must to help her stay organized.
The girl has a lot of doll accessories, so I’m afraid of bringing in too many things to organize because I don’t want to overcrowd her room and leave the room feeling cramped. I want her to have room to play in addition to convenient storage. I’ll use a few large baskets for starters, and then some bins that go under her bed to store dolls and their accessories.
I think sometimes I forget that the point of her room is to keep all of the things organized AND for her to play! It’s easy to get caught up in the design without looking at things through a practical lense. I want her to be able to easily access her belongings while happily playing in her space.
My biggest goal whenever trying to organize an area for my children is that I want them to be set up for future success. Their belongings should be easy to find when they need them, but more importantly, I want to teach them how important it is to take care of the stuff that they have. Learning to care for your room as a child is so important because you’re basically learning to strengthen that “responsibility” habit muscle. The more you do it the more of a habit it becomes. And not only does it translate into them learning to tidy up but teaches them to do the things that they don’t want to do… Like, writing that term paper when they’re older, studying for a big test, or completing a work project on time. Any Charles Duhigg fans? Love his book The Power of Habit: Why we do What we do in Life and in Business. Seriously, a life changing read!
To start this project I gave her room a thorough cleaning… with her help of course! We cleaned under the bed (which seems to be a universal hiding spot by the way) and in her closet. We packed up everything on her shelf and in her closet so we could give everything a fresh coat of paint and separate her belongings into more organized piles. This way we could get rid of the things she has either grown out of or no longer plays with.
After we had everything cleaned out, we gave the furniture that needed it a fresh coat of paint and let everything dry before putting all her belongings back.
Total side note… We absolutely love her Beddys bedding! It’s the simplest concept of bedding where you essentially just zip it up every morning to a perfectly made bed! It’s amazing! I have a blog post about it here. Plus if you use THEFARMHOUSELIFE15 at check out you can get 15% off!
Coming up with kids’ bedroom storage is probably a universal problem everywhere, am I right? It really doesn’t matter the size of the room, if kids don’t have a spot to put things they’ll end up scattered all over the floor.
In my boy’s room particularly, we had a very serious book storage issue. There were books everywhere and just not enough storage space on their bookshelf to store them all. We did have quite a large wall to display them all. So we decided to get some industrial brackets and some 2-inch boards (which we had in our barn) to create rustic shelves that were large enough for all of their books.
We started with measuring, cutting, and planing our boards. Once they were ready, we took them upstairs and held them up on the wall to get an idea on how to space them. Since we had 4 boards, we measured the distance between the top board and the bottom board and then cut that distance in half twice to get 4 evenly spaced shelves. We had 3 brackets for each shelf to make sure they were adequately supported.
Once the brackets were on the wall, we placed the boards on top and I used a light coat of Early American stain to give the shelves a more rustic vibe. I ended up only giving them one coat because the stain did a great job covering the boards. I didn’t want the shelves too dark because I wanted to match the boy’s furniture. Here’s a quick video of the process.
Styling the boy’s shelves was fairly simple because the objective was to get all the books off the floor. After that was accomplished I was able to work in a few fun decor pieces. Instead of standing all the books up on end, I decided to stack them and stand them up to add a little more visual interest. This way all the titles are still showing and the really tall books don’t stick out like a sore thumb compared to the smaller chapter books.
Now that the project is done my boys absolutely love their new space and want to take care of it. I find them reading more up in their room and carefully putting things back. That right there makes the project completely worth it!