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Henry’s Big Boy Room





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With a little baby on the way, we needed to get Henry moved out of his nursery and the transition has been strangely easy; far easier than we ever expected! His new room was our old guest room and we decided to get rid of the full size mattress and get him a twin size bed instead. Since I’m always trying to organize and create more space, I was on the hunt for a bed with some storage. Thankfully, I found the perfect solution at IKEA! (I linked everything at the bottom of this post!)

I moved some stuff over from his nursery, like the rug, but I’m keeping the nursery mostly the same with a few girly updates (more coming on that room soon) so Henry got some fun new surprises and he was so excited to move to his “big boy room”.

My mom helped me repaint the room. It was a beautiful turquoise color before, but I wanted something light and neutral for Henry. I went with the same light gray color that I had used in the nursery a few years ago so that was easy. As with the rest of our entire house, we used Valspar paint. I linked the exact shade at the bottom. It’s the perfect neutral gray; not too green and not too blue.  Little_Boy_Room_EmilyCrall_Photo_0961.jpg

I found this adorable “scenic route” fabric online and once I was finally able to track it down on an Etsy shop (lucky, because now I can’t find it anywhere!), I made some wall art simply by wrapping it around a large piece of foam board and hot gluing it in place. Since it was just fabric + foam board, I could use 4 straight pins to attach it to the wall, making minimal holes! I had gotten enough fabric so that my mom could make a new pillow cover for that large, oblong pillow to match (that pillow was originally in a cute black embroidered case on the bed here). When Henry goes to bed, we put that pillow along the wall so that he has a sort of bumper pad and doesn’t hit the wall while he’s sleeping. He loves cozying up to it as well as hunting for objects in the pattern, like the little squirrels, birds, bikes on trailers, campers, and beavers. He pilfered that yellow pillow from the couch in the living room.

This custom calligraphy print has the verse we chose for Henry’s baby dedication at church. And that gray wheel cart is from Target. It currently houses some miscellaneous things, like his sound machine, diffuser, some toys, and an array of pull-ups and overnight diapers for this potty training phase of life.  Little_Boy_Room_EmilyCrall_Photo_0963.jpg

I loved the bookcase that we got for his nursery several years ago so much that I got another one for this room too. It’s the perfect size for smaller rooms, tall, but also narrow.

While I was taking pictures of his room, he kept popping in to check up on me and then he decided he needed to read some books on his bed. I wish I could say I posed him like this, but anyone with a 3-year-old knows how impossible that would be. Since he was just minding his own business and looking all adorable, I decided I didn’t mind him being there so I didn’t kick him out. 🙂

The curtains are blackout curtains I grabbed on Amazon. I didn’t think they’d actually work; blackout curtains tend to never truly “black out”, but I was really surprised at how great they are! I highly recommend them. This kind of curved rod helps too as well as hanging them much higher than the window itself.

I wanted a way to hang up some of Henry’s art so I grabbed this curtain rod. I debated between this one and these, but ultimately went with this one for no reason other than it was cheap and I can cram lots of paper onto it.

That backpack was a gift when he was a baby and that shadow box has one of his newborn onesies, his hospital tag, and his newborn footprints.

The bedding is all from Target. I grabbed the plus sign sheets specifically for his room, but the gray blanket on top of his bed was sheer luck, as it was one I had on hand to use for lounging. I got the idea of buying twin size blankets from a past bride, who said the length of the twin size blankets (as opposed to normal throws) was so much cozier and I realized she was totally right! So I had grabbed this gray blanket and a few others over the years. It ended up working perfectly for Henry’s room!

Lastly, I got those fan knob pulls several years ago at Lowe’s and they are the most genius pulls ever, mostly because the chains are the same length so it was always impossible to remember which one was for the fan and which one was for the light. These are cute, but also fully functional!

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Bedframe & storage drawers: IKEA
Armoire: Craiglist, but originally from IKEA
Cloud wall lamp: IKEA
Beanbag chair: Target
Picture Frame: Target
Verse Calligraphy: Custom by Kayla Schlabach
Wall art fabric: “Scenic Route” fabric by Riley Blake Designs from ParkTextiles
Plus Sign sheets: Target
Gray blanket: Target (no longer available, but similar style here
Gray rolling cart: Target
Bookshelf: IKEA 
Rug: West Elm 
Art hanger: IKEA from Amazon
Wall hook peg rail: Amazon
Blackout curtains: Nicetown from Amazon
Wraparound curtain rods: Urbanest from Amazon
Fan pull chain: Lowe’s (also available on Amazon
Paint: Valspar Signature from Lowe’s, Sandstone Gray, #7004-18






  1. […] to up the girly factor, but really, the room was basically ready to go when we moved Henry into his new room last fall. This is what it looked like when it was Henry’s room and, scroll on, to see what […]

  2. […] from all the way back to 2014 or that I had gotten when we had to split the room apart to make Henry’s big boy room and Perrin’s […]

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