Last night I had a middle of the night, Oprah Aha! moment about decorating the boys’ bedrooms. Once I thought of it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought it all along. The revelation? They need color.

I’ve been thinking monotone for the rest of the house and the boys rooms just kind of came along for the ride. I’d like to assign some blame to the abundance of gorgeous monotone nursery boards on Pinterest over the past couple of years. Because they’re gorgeous and I’d love to sleep in a room like that. But what I realized at 4am is that my calming whites and greys have no business in the boys’ rooms. The boys don’t need to be calmed down. They need to be inspired. They need excitement and fun and adventure. Obviously.

I had color when I was little. I was little in the 80s – I had all the color I could take. And it was fantastic.

I can still have my grown up colors downstairs, and you should know that I will… but I don’t want to deprive my babies a second longer of all the gorgeous reds and yellows and greens and purples and oranges in the world. Because they are only young once, and they have plenty of time for white and grey.

So here is my second installment, with a lot less white and a lot more color.

Maybe keep the walls white and add color everywhere else…


From Cakies


From Design Sponge


From Pynt


From Oh Happy Day

Or paint one wall with blackboard paint. Love this idea.


From Oh Happy Day

I love this from Inkiostro Bianco. Italians are good at everything.


From Inkiostro Bianco

Finn has so many books – I’m definitely doing library shelving like this.



From Project Nursery