Hugo's New Room.
Our new house is truly a work in progress. Though we don't have any major renovations planned, we are making small changes along the way and making it feel like ours. One of our top priorities after moving in a year ago was to get the boys' rooms decorated. Hugo, naturally, wanted to be intimately involved with the choices that were being made in his room and I welcomed his preschooler perspective on how he wanted his room to look. All of the furniture came from his room in San Francisco, so we were able to create a completely new look on a budget!
We wanted a room that was going to reflect Hugo's personality - bold and cheerful - while still being a comfortable place that he can retreat to for reading, quiet time and sleeping.
The process of working with a three (now four) year old on his bedroom design was hilariously similar to working with an adult on a design project - we looked through catalogs and magazines for inspiration pictures and made a little mood board of photos Hugo liked and then started choosing items for the room that felt in line with his mood board.
One of his favorite features in the room is the chalkboard wall. We practice the alphabet, draw pictures and write silly messages all the time. I've heard people say that chalkboard walls are a bad idea because once kids know they can draw on one wall, they'll think they can draw on ALL the walls. Here's what I've learned in my four short years of parenting - kids are going to draw on the walls no matter what you do. They just will. Whether or not you have a designated area for it or if you don't allow them to draw on any of your walls, they will. I've gone through about 20 magic erasers trying to get crayon marks off of walls, furniture, siblings, etc. and I don't think it's because we have a chalkboard wall. In fact, it's nice to not have to magic eraser that one.
The storage wall is definitely the hardest-working element in the room. Using a combination of the Expedit bookshelf and picture ledges from IKEA, we have the perfect place to store and display books, art and toys. We also have a big, squishy bean bag in the room so Hugo can just plop down with books any time during the day.
Hugo loves spending time in his room - from drawing pictures at his little table to curling up with books in the bean bag, it's ended up being a perfect place for him to sleep and play. I am so happy he was involved in the process of creating it. His offbeat creative touches totally make it work. It's not a perfectly styled room. It's a real four-year-old's room. I managed to clean it up and take these photos while he was at preschool, but mere moments later, there were clothes, toys and books scattered all over the floor along with two little boys having the best time ever just hanging out. That makes it perfect.