The "Big Boy" room is complete (for now)! I can not tell you how much I've enjoyed working on this space for my oldest son!
As you know, the inspiration for this room came from Serena and Lily's Ronan Collection shown below

Of course I didn't want to copy the space, but there were a few key elements that had to be brought in from the ispiration. Here is my version of the Serena and Lily room!

The shipping palettes were a must in the design of the space! I think that is what made the Serena and Lily room so unique! I got such a kick out of my husbands response when I called him outside to help me unload them from the truck:-)

This light fixture turned out really nice, if I may say so myself! It's the Melodi pendant light from Ikea. I have a tutorial coming up later this week on how I "hacked it"!

Here is the fixture with the light off (above). I think it ties in nicely with the nautical themed room!

Do you notice the closet?! You can't have a nautical themed room without stripes! Taking note from the inspiration room again, I knew that I had to bring in the stripes. But, the price tag of the duvet didn't work with the amount I had to spend on one;-) So with $20 and a little sweat, I think that the look was acheived and you can't tell this was my first attempt at painting stripes (can you?)!

I haven't decided if I want the storage cubes to remain in the closet or on this wall below

(I need a chair for that corner!)

By taking the toy storage out of the closet, he can use the closet as a little 'nook' to read or to play with his Legos

Seriously, what sailor doesn't need a place to read "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"?!

Here are a few close ups

Mrs. Limestones photography is the best!

Isn't this the cutest hermit crab?!

I hope you enjoyed following along as I completed this room! I really had a great time reading all of your comments on the space on both the blog and Twitter!

I will post a source list for the room later in the week, but if you have any questions now, I will be so glad to answer them! And if a nautical theme wasn't up your ally, maybe a car inspired room will because I have two car loving boys that can't wait for me to start on their room!

I'm linking this to Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party!

Im linking this to The DIY Show Off!



Emily A. Clark said...

It looks great! I love how you transferred the stripes from the bed in the inspiration pic to the closet. I think I actually like the cubes in there best. Do you have room for a piece of furniture on that long wall? I think a red dresser would be adorable. . . It really does look fantastic!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

His room is so sute, I want to sleep there. And knowing that you did it yourself makes it even more amazing! Now, as I said yesterday get oon a plane and head to Dallas to do my closet.

Heather said...

Wow! This came out so great. The closet is awesome. I love how you took the stripes and brought them into the room by doing that. Very creative. Really, this is very well done.

niki.mac said...

You did such a great job interpreting their design! And your little styling details make such a difference - seems like he's been living there all along. Congrats on a job well done ;)

Ashley said...

LOVE the stripes! Well done :)

Belly said...

Thus is one cas where the translation is better than the source! Much better edited and kivable. The glimpse of the closet with its stripes is just right, and i can't wait for the Ikea light tutorial. Great job, your big boy must be so proud of his mom.

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

It all looks so good!! You should be proud of yourself and I am sure your son LOVES it!!

Belly said...

oops, sorry for all the typos. Laptop's keyboard sucks.

Myssie said...

I love it!! As I am sure that your little man does too!! The stripes in the closet make the room. And I agree with Emily, I like the cubes in there best. And a red dresser...excellent idea! I love how you took inspiration from the designer room but didn't copy it.

Fantistic job! It looks great!!

Rene said...

It looks adorable Lakeitha! I love it all and am envious that you can actually use a closet for something fun instead of a place to cram junk like me. Can't wait to see the IKEA hack tutorial.


Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

That looks AWESOME! The closet is the icing on the cake!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Seriously girl, this room is FANTASTIC! So adorable, well thought out and executed, give yourself a huge pat on the back!! You are getting GOOD and I can't believe that light fixture...love. Janell

Sing said...

What a great big boys room. I like the idea of making the closet into his lil play area/reading area. Almost like the "Captain's Personal Quarters."
Great job!

Sandi (Meme) said...

It did turn out great, and I'm sure you are SO proud! I like the idea of the stripes in the enclosed area - quite an accent! Have a great day. Sandi

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L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I am so happy with the space and so in TJ!

Emily and Myssie, I do have a small desk that would look great. It's just a matter of finishing it:-)

Thanks for your input!

Brita said...


I have been reading your blog for awhile and have never commented. This room is amazing. I love everything about it. What an accomplishment to put such a professional looking room together with three little ones at home. Very impressive!

Amanda said...

That looks awesome!! LOVE the colors and the blue & white stripe is just too cute! Kuddos to you!! I bet he LOVES it!

Have a great day!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

It really could not look better! I think the way that you worked off of your inspiration and added in your own elements was perfection... proof decorating for a boy can be fun and chic!!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Both spaces are so amazing - they make me smile - such happy and unflifting schemes. Thank you for sharing them!

Glamgyrl said...

Hi I just started following you today by way of Three Men and A Lady, by way of Get It Girl Style. I'm loving the inspiration all of you give and thank you for sharing. I was thinking nautical for my son as I found a nautical inspired headboard but chose a green wall color. I'm so glad to see you used green walls in your design. I haven't started but will post pics when I do.

Mrs. Chic said...

I love how his bedroom turned out, what a great space for your little boy - hows now a big boy! Loved the stripes in the closet - show stopper! Everything turned out very nice - I also like the light fixture :)

MzMannerz said...

Love it!

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

awesomeness!!!! I love how you took the stripes from the inspiration bedding and transferred them to the wall. That was genius...and I just can't get over your light fixture. So cool!

Averill said...

Fantastic job Lakeitha!!! I esp. love the stripes in the closet. Such a fun, graphic touch.

PS - Not ready to spill the beans on my distraction just yet...but you may very well be right!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I absolutely LOVE it! I have three boys (7, 5 and 2), and the older two share a room right now. Our colors are light green, navy blue and white! I love everything you did ... I'd be tempted to put the shelf on the wall and leave the closet as a nook. I love that idea!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

it looks wonderful--what a fun room!!

Destination Seaborn said...

How cute! What big boy wouldn't love that room? You did a great job on the stripes! Lisa

La Monica said...

I love it! Wonderful job LaKeitha! I've been looking forward to all of your room updates and especially the reveal and you didn't disappoint. The closet is awesome. I love it as a nook myself.

Thank you so much for sharing. I can't tell you how much you've inspired me with this room makeover for my own kids' shared room.

Anonymous said...

Lakeitha! This is awesome. I love the way you used the inspiration photo as just that, inspiration, but didn't copy it exactly. Bringing the stripes into the room via the painted closet vs. the bedding was genius, as is your light fixture. Very well done!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

Love it! Ever since you started this room, when u see a palette anywhere, I think of you! Seriously I don't think I would have ever seen these possibilities!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

I meant "whenever I see a palette anywhere" opps! And I think I am spelling "palette" incorrectly too! Oh well! I love it!

Erin The Apartment Homesteader said...

that is FANTASTIC... I have a big boy's room to fix too... palettes beware! You've inspired me!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

great job, and what a transformation from the playroom! i love the colors for a little boy's room, the closet stripes look AMAZING, and i know tj must LOVE his new space. i'm sure you've made mom of the year now!

Angela said...

The room is just as awesome as the inspiration. I like the closet better than the comforter. Wow! I am inspired!

803momof2boyz said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job! I really like how you pulled your own ideas from the Serena & Lilly inspiration room. I think you should freelance as an interior designer. I would hire you if I lived in Georgia! Keep up the great work!

Melissa said...

Oh, this is so incredible! I love everything about it! And I keep seeing such creative ideas for those pallets, I need to get my hubby to bring me one or two home from work. :)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Great job! I really like all the details and especially what you did in the closet with the stripes!
I'm sure your son is loving his new room!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

this is SOOOo awesome!

De Anna Morris said...

I LOVE it!!!Top to bottom, you did a FAB job!

Jessica @ Take Two Designs said...

Hi, I am visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick, and Oh my goodness! This is so cute!! I love love love the pallets for a headboard! I see those all the time for free on craigslist! You've given me some great ideas!

Ellie said...

I LOVE this room! I love the colors, the stripes in the closet/nook and the pallet headboard. Awesome! I'm visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick. :)

decor4poor@blogspot.com said...

Wow great job on that. Turned out great.

Kristi said...

This is great! I just did my daughter's room, but this makes me wish I had a boy too. I love that green wall color and I especially love the stripes in the closet.

The Inspired Nest said...

I just found your blog and I must say I have a new blog crush! Your style is fun, graphic and playful! I just did stripes in my hallway so I know how hard they are to get right! I love this big boy room! The orange desk makes it even better! I can't wait to see what you do next!

I read your post about being a stay at home mom and I knew just how you felt! I began staying at home 8 years ago and struggled for the first few years...I must say it got easier and now I don't know how I will ever go back to a 9-5 job! Hang in there and quit being so hard on yourself!

Come by and visit me


Anonymous said...

Hi Lakeitha! I'm still loving this fabulous makeover and I'm going to it in an upcoming DIY post, if that's okay.

Jennifer said...

LOVE how the stripes in the closet mimic the Serena and Lily Ronan duvet. What a fantastic spin on a stock photo!

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Oh Girlfriend, you MUST link this to my 'kids room' link party...absolutely love what you've done, and so glad I happened upon your blogola.


Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Hi there! I just discovered this adorable room on houzz. I will be showing it off tomorrow as I post about some Friday Eye Candy. Just wanted to let you know!

Bonggamom said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Great job!

Elaine said...

I love this and have just highlighted it as inspiration today on my blog :). Thanks!

Court and Cyd said...

I came across your blog while searching for headboard ideas. I love the idea of the pallets for a headboard. I assume you did a bit of sanding and staining. Did you attach them to the wall somehow? I would love to know how you secured them. Also, love the striped closet.

Thanks so much!

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