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Camping Themed Boy’s Room

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Today we are going to talk about our Camping Themed Boy’s Room, But first, I have been having the best time meeting most of my favorite bloggers at Blissdom.
Dear sweet Home & DIY bloggers, y’all really rock!
A few of those rockin’ women bloggers:
Sandra (
Sawdust & Paper Scraps), Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Shaunna (Perfectly Imperfect), Ashley (Pure + Lovely), Erin (Two Story Cottage) and Layla (TheLetteredCottage)

While I am here, I figured you might love a good before and after. Here is my son’s bedroom shortly after we moved into our home.

Pretty boring, huh? Poor guy didn’t even have a bed frame. But, frankly, it let me sleep better at night knowing he wouldn’t roll out of bed.
Two plus years later, we moved beyond the rolling out of bed phase AND something divine happened. I met a “real” mural artist and it was like finding a clone of myself! I promptly hired my clone to help me paint a mural in my son’s room.
A beautiful woodland and mountain theme!
Tom Barber (mural artist in Raleigh, NC) painted most of the background and I painted the animals (because wildlife illustration was my major in college.)
I bought some corner rounded shelves at Home Depot and installed them in the corner where Tom painted a big tree.
A perfect spot to curl up with a good book.
The closet is my son’s super secret hideaway.
When you open the door you are met by a tent.
Pretty Handsome Son can either close it up or secure the tent flaps on the sides with the velcro tie backs.
The tree is made from some crepe myrtle branches that we had to trim from our trees out front.
The lantern in the tree was an old oil lantern. I drilled a hole in the bottom and inserted a candelabra light kit. It is the perfect amount of light for him to read stories by.
I used a larger branch for the curtain rod. And tied the rod to the shelf with some rope knots.
And I had to add this adorable bird that my son made in preschool. No kids room is complete without his or her artwork.
He sleeps soundly under the light up moon on the wall.
The bookshelf was re-painted and I mod podged old US Geological Survey maps onto the back.
I wish I had a room like this when I was a child. Heck, when he outgrows it (which I hope he never does), I’ll move into his Camping Themed Boy’s Room!
Bedding from Target Woolrich collection.
36 replies
  1. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Wow! He one lucky little guy! I love what you did with his room. How fun to be a kid in such a wonderful space. You put a lot of thought into it. It turned out beautifully. I am sure Layla and many others will gain inspiration from this. Mine are out of the house now but they would have loved this space. Great job!

  2. Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement
    Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement says:

    Your talent is amazing!!! I can't imagine how excited your son must be to have a room like this! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Penny Pickles
    Penny Pickles says:

    Turned out amazing – I wish I could find my painting clone here in Indiana! An illustrator after my own heart! I love the details and touches – just fantastic!

  4. Corinna
    Corinna says:

    I love your blog and usually follow it via email, but I had to come over today and tell you that this is SPECTACULAR! I think my daughter would literally faint if I painted her bedroom as beautiful as this. You rock! 🙂

  5. Miss Bee
    Miss Bee says:

    LOL! How funny is it that we pulled the same images for our inspiration? I love your boy’s room. Where did you find the light up moon? It’s great!

  6. Brooke
    Brooke says:

    Wow this room is amazing! I really love how you took an outside setting and turned it into a bedroom retreat! I’m so impressed with this and it has inspired me to do something great like this for my son!

  7. nik
    nik says:

    My niece would totally groove on this for her room! There’s nothing she loves more than to set up her little corner in the tent on summer camping trips and make it her own tiny territory. The closet tent is supercool too…I know she’d spend hours making it her favorite space. Many thanks for this…I’ll forward it to my sister!

  8. Lena Warringer
    Lena Warringer says:

    The room is fantastic and so inspirational for me working with childrens rooms. I’m from Sweden and I also have a blog named Skapande Hem (Creative Home) for my renovation of my house and other things that I build. I hope you want to look at both my blog and my website Melotimo.
    Your blog here is awesome and I will look around here more.


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