Sawyer’s Big Boy Room Tour

A BIG thank you to Erik Hokom of AshAndErik.com for photographing Sawyer’s big boy room.
Welcome to Sawyers room

I’m so excited to be sharing Sawyer’s big boy room today.  It just might be my favorite room in the house.  When we first moved into our home about 3 years ago we were more focused on settling in and discovering our “home style” before making any changes.

So we kept the house as it was, unpacked our stuff and began hanging decor on the walls.  Sawyer’s room was the first we settled into. Only a few months old at the time, his nursery was littered with baby stuff, pops of color and lots of whimsy. While the room was cute and cheerful, it still felt a bit dark to me. You can see Sawyer’s nursery here.

Flash forward a few years and I’d like you to meet Impulsive Ashley.
It’s both my greatest asset and my achilles heal.
I woke up one morning with the itch to re-do Sawyer’s room…right that minute.
So I painted it all white.
Clean slate.
Except then I also decided I couldn’t handle the carpet anymore.
So…..

FullSizeRender1-March 2015When I ripped up the carpet I discovered that the floor was covered in 40 year old linoleum.  It came up pretty easily with a hammer and screw driver.  Luckily we found the exact same hardwood floor as the rest of our house on mega clearance at a warehouse, we just had to drive to pick it up. Score!

I had three goals in mind when putting together Sawyer’s room:

  • Neutral and bright: I had to keep in mind that he is growing up fast (sniff sniff)–I wanted his room to have a neutral foundation so I can make small changes as he gains new interests.  Right now, his interests are dinosaurs and Star Wars.  So I gave him a basic template room that will allow me to switch out kiddo accessories as he gets older.
  • Organized and functional: Tiny toys with a million pieces are the bane of my existence. So one day, while the kids were out with Dad, I gathered all the toys that were making me crazy and I got rid of them.  I only kept the toys they played with every day. And you know what? They didn’t even notice!  I separated his toys by category and put them in their own bins.  This way when Sawyer wants to play with trains, he can ask me for the train bin.  This method has also helped when I’m teaching Sawyer to pick up his own toys.
  • Inexpensive and personal: Ikea is my answer for all things awesome at a low price. So much of what you see in this room is from Ikea: desk, chair, shelves, lamp, bins. The personal touches are made up of trinkets and designs from some of my favorite handmade shops.

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We ripped out the closet doors and turned this into a little work station.  
Be Awesome Today  //  S sign // Be Brave print  
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String Art Tutorial
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Wooden Toys

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String Lights
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Sawyer is a little guy so his bed needs to be low to the ground.  In fact, the mattress and box spring are right on the ground.  The side of the mattress was making the room look “unfinished” so I found this tutorial and I built this simple bed frame in literally 15 minutes.
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26-Wes_Room027My sweet neighbor was getting rid of this deer bust, so I took it off her hands and gave it a fresh coat of spray paint.

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The hanging bins are from Ikea–so perfect for tiny action figures and toy cars.
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This bedding is reversible (black and white stripes on the other side).
Star Wars sheets found here
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The Be Brave pillow came from the clearance bin at Michaels.
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Another BIG thank you to Erik Hokom of AshAndErik.com for photographing
Sawyer’s big boy room.
You can find Erik on Instagram: @hokomphotography
And facebook: Hokom Photography

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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Comments

  1. Brittany says:

    where did you find that perfect size basketball hoop?! Great job mama! Sawyers room is amazing !

  2. What is the name of the desk? I’ve been looking everywhere for something similar , thus one would be perfect.

  3. Adorable! I bet he loves it!
    Now….show us some pictures of your loft!!

  4. It’s gorgeous… love it ALL! And genius idea with the bed “frame”. xoxo

  5. Wow! That’s beautiful! You are very, very talented!

  6. Caitlin M says:

    This is so cute and I love how you simplified the toys. I get rid of toys weekly…unfortunately my kids notice. May I ask, where do you keep Sawyer’s clothes? I noticed there isn’t a big hunky dresser in his room…which is great but unfortunately unrealistic for my kids’ rooms. 😞 Also great idea for the bed!!!

    • Hi Caitlin! I also ripped out the closet in Wesley’s room and then I put two Ikea dressers in the space where the closet nook is–one dresser for each of the boys. Having their dressers close together makes it so much easier when I’m putting away their clothes 🙂

      • Caitlin M says:

        Ahhh GENIUS! 😊

      • Ashley! I seriously love how this room turned out. You’re such a great decorator! I do have one question… do you not hang any of their clothes anymore? Does my kid have too many clothes? JK! You don’t have to be my free therapist today. 🙂 Seriously loving the idea of using our closet space like this though. And death to carpet forever!!!!!!

  7. Ashley,

    Did you install the wood flooring yourself? If so was it hard?

  8. Where did you find the little clothespin things that are holding up the Jesus picture and the one of him and Wesley? Those are cool! How do they stick on the wall?

  9. I am in love with that “S” with the map on it. Did you make it yourself? I didn’t see any link for it.

    Also, I don’t even know you in real life, but I was just getting a little weepy at what a “big boy” room this is and how he’s getting so grown up!!

  10. Courtney Gorman says:

    Fantastic room…can you tell me where you got the Star Wars canvas?
    Thank you kindly, Courtney

  11. Amazing room! Where did you get those wooden toys?

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