Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Come On In - Luke's New Room

One of the main reasons we decided to start looking for a house was because as great of an experience as having the boys share a room was, they were more than ready for their own individual spaces.  If I had to referee one more argument over who was touching who's rocks and/or Lego Bionicles I was going to scream. hahaha

I told him I was taking pictures to put up on my blog and he's excited to show off his space ;)


And here it was before!  How bad do I wish I had a wide angle lens right now :)
The colors in the listing photos looked navy and orange, but I think they lightened the pics quite a bit because in reality those stripes were red and black (the bedding was black check to give you an idea of the color difference.).  Also, the bed that looks like a queen was actually a twin.


I took a panoramic pic last night to try and get a better comparison.  Welcome to his room on a regular day :)


The bed is the same one he had in the old room he shared with Mason the console table used to be in Griffin's room and the shelves I picked up at IKEA.  If you don't mind shelf brackets showing, I can't say enough great things about this option for shelving.  The white shelves were $10 each and the brackets were $2 (I think... maybe $3).  Either way, the project was under $50 and gave Luke TONS of space to display Legos, books and other toys/projects.


Luke's biggest request with his new room was a desk and places to display all of his Legos.  His wish was our command.



So.  Let's talk Legos.  I have a love/hate relationship with them.  

I love the hours that he spends in creative play. 

I hate that they're everywhere.

I love that he's using his imagination and engineering skills.

I hate that they're everywhere.

I love that they're amazing quality and all my kids love them.

I hate that they're everywhere.  

Right now he's super into Bionicles which he has proudly displayed on the table :)  I have no system for organizing them.  We used to - but the boys play more "creatively" than they do with sets so they jumble all the pieces together.  Now they're just in big bins.  UGH!


Luke's other request for his room was a solar system.  WHAT?!?!  


I teach with an amazing co-worker, Mrs. Boese, and she loves talking science with Luke.  We stopped by her room after school to talk to her about making his own solar system and what was hanging in her room??? DOZENS and dozens of planets!  The 8th graders had to make planets as a project and after the kids who wanted to keep theirs took them home, Luke got to go in and pick his favorite for each planet!


We used command hooks and clear picture wire to hang them and he is OBSESSED!


If you're looking for Luke, he's probably sitting at his cute blue desk building something or working on a dot-to-dot.  ;)  He loves dot-to-dots right now and they're super impressive.  The bulletin board was an afterthought, but I'm so glad we added it in.  He hangs his drawings and pictures and other fun things on there and I love seeing how proud he is of his work. 


EDITED TO ADD:  I found his desk online HERE!  And it's under $50 and comes in multiple colors!!!  There's a clear top, black top, blue top and PINK top!





The plant in the corner is a fiddle leaf fig I found on sale at Home Depot.  It is looking pretty rough, but I found a cute basket for it and I'm going to attempt to nurse it back to health.  Luke's room gets great sun in the morning and we're crossing our fingers that he still has the plant (and it's touching close to the top of the shelves) when he goes off to college :)




Another solar system project over his closet doors :)



He is LOVING the Magic Treehouse series!


and yes, that's a giant tub of Legos at the foot of his bed.  I'm eyeballing this trunk, but am waiting for it to go on sale before taking the plunge.



I found the circle shelf at Homegoods (my go to place for decor) and love what he picked out to go on it (I added the plant - hahaha)


 The anywhere chair has reached it's last leg, but it's still crazy comfy.  Maybe he'll keep this until college too :)


Since Luke doesn't have a dresser (he wanted the desk and the console table/shelves and I let him make the call... the dresser for his room is currently in our garage. hahaha)  I picked up a storage container with drawers to hold his things that I would normally put in a dresser and decided to hang all of his t-shirts that I used to have in his dresser.  So far it's working out really well!  (the drawers under his bed have Lego projects and pieces - they're taking over our life). hahaha


The boys picked out bedding for their new rooms and I loved their choices.  I'm not sure how long he'll want superhero sheets, so I'm embracing it while I can. 



Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)


PS - this post contained affiliate links which means that if you clicked on a link and purchased and item, I may receive a commission.  THANK YOU!!!

56 comments:

  1. We gave up sorting Legos a few sets in. I think I'll miss the swooshing sound when my boy paws through the tub looking for pieces one day!

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    1. Right?!?! Maybe your husband will swoosh them around for you occasionally :)

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  2. I absolutely LOVE Luke's room! It's so Luke!! Love!

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  3. What a fantastic room! I love that it's kid-centered and that Luke got to pick out the things he wanted in it. Love your creative storage ideas.

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    1. Thanks, Eileen! I really let him have a say in pretty much everything and he LOVES it! Not necessarily how I would have done things, but it's PERFECT!

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  4. So cute! It's like an amalgam of my boys' rooms- one has a TON of Legos displayed (we had to finally make a Lego table and more display area up in our playroom), and a solar system above his bed. And my other son asked for a desk for a year and we finally set him up a "work" area with a desk this summer (he's 5). I love having boys- they're so fun!

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    1. Boys are SO fun!!! I REALLY wanted the Legos to be contained to their rooms and am so happy that all the little pieces are (pretty much) staying put :)

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  5. His room looks great!! My kids aren't super into Legos and this post made me thankful. Ha!

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    1. YES! If they need a "fix" they can come dig through the 50 gallon tub at our house anytime :)

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  6. Love!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. I love his room! I also have a love/hate relationship with legos, I have no idea what to do with them and it frustrates me to no end, but they make my kids happy so I just let it go. Does Luke ever take them apart or once they are completed, he's done with them?

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    1. We had them sorted at one point but I was the only one stressed out about keeping them organized so we had to just let it go :) That huge tub is actually full of pieces from sets that have been dismantled... He will typically built a set and leave it as is for a day or so but then he's taking apart other sets to combine and create. I felt like when I "made" him keep everything as a set there was much less creative play

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  8. What a cute room! It's sooooo Luke!!! Just the way it should be!

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    1. Thanks, girl! He LOVES it which is what's important :)

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  9. This looks so great! I'm so glad you created a space that allowed his creative to flourish. And the solar systems....you may have a genius on hand because I would have never asked for that ha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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    1. Girl! He knows all the planets by name, size, climate, blah, blah, blah. He can tell you about the composition and all kinds of other things. He's teaching ME and I love it!

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  10. Perfect!! His room is adorable!! Love the planets!! So cute!

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  11. Hi Andrea, Can you tell me where you found Luke's desk? I've been looking for something like that for my twin boys. Thanks!

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    1. This is going to be zero help (I'm sorry!!!) but I actually found it on Craigslist (the desk and chair together). I'll start looking online and see if I can find something similar.

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  12. I see others have asked as well...can you share where you purchased the desk from? Such a cute room for sure!!!

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    1. This is going to be zero help (I'm sorry!!!) but I actually found it on Craigslist (the desk and chair together). I'll start looking online and see if I can find something similar.

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  13. Girl! You have to give me the dish on the desk! My 7 year old (and budding author) wants one and that looks like a great size for our cozy home. :)

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    1. This is going to be zero help (I'm sorry!!!) but I actually found it on Craigslist (the desk and chair together). I'll start looking online and see if I can find something similar.

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    2. You are sweet-you don't have to do that silly!! And sorry-I just noticed that I asked the exact same question as several people before me!! Oops! ;)

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    3. Hey! I found it!!! I'll post the link above!!!

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    4. No way!!!! You didn't have to do that-but thank you!!! You are a gem!! :):):)

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    5. It was quick :) I just googled blue glass top desk. hahaha

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  14. Love the bright space, super cute! My grandson (9) is a Lego Maniac. I agree with the comment above about missing the sound of him digging through the bin to find the right piece one day ;) I heard a tip about the fiddle leaf fig. Water once a week, same day and time with (1) cup of water. When it starts to show some growth switch to two cups. Good luck! Lisa (Kiki2myloves)

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    1. Great tip! I feel like they're going to be high maintenance... but hopefully we can manage :) hahaha

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  15. I love that he got to pick out his favorite planets from the bigger kids at school!

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    1. Wasn't that so cute?!?! And I love that a little piece of some of my students is in our house! :)

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  16. Super cute space for a creative little boy!

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  17. That bin of legos would drive me crazy! That's madness. (Coming from the gal with NO kids! haha)

    Love the room, Luke!You all did a great job designing and decorating!

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    1. Hahaha - the good news is that I can just scoop them up and toss them all in one spot :)

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  18. So cute and so much of his personal taste/style.

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  19. I love the circle shelf! And my 6 year old loves legos too, I get the love/hate relationship. lol.

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    1. It was a fun find! Mason has one in his room too ;)

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  20. Love this! It will certainly grow along with him in the coming years.

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  21. So fun and practical. I love it.

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  22. Luke's room looks great! I can't wait to see more. I miss the sounds of my boys playing with Legos. They were so obsessed that they would actually wear them out from using them so much. We definitely got our money's worth!

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  23. Such a great boy room! We have been talking about revamping our almost 8 year old son 's room. His first priority is having display space as well for his creations and cars. And I have the same love/hate relationship with Legos. There is something quite satisfying about the sound of sucking a tiny Lego up in the vacuum. One less! Ha!

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  24. Do you know what size the shelfs are?? These are exactly what I have been looking for to use in our playroom. We don't have an ikea anywhere around us but I thought about ordering some off line if possible. Thanks for the help!!

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  25. I love the room! And you and I share the same feelings about legos. :) I might have missed this in the post, but where did you get the blue rug? My boys would love it.

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  26. What a great boy's room! I have two boys myself so am taking notes hahaha. Also wanted to let you know I recently read an article about fiddle leaf fig plants being toxic to dogs and Home Depot not doing a good job at warning pet owners about this. Just wanted to let you know in case you weren't aware. :)

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  27. Andrea- if Luke loves The Magic Treehouse books, there is a fairly new series called Ranger in Time" about a golden retriever who travels back in time to rescue people....so good...there are 4 books in the series now-a new one just came out and I have the 5th one preordered on Amazon. I teach 2nd grade and I read the Oregon Trail one to my class and my friend's 3rd grader read them all and really liked them...if Luke reads them, let me know what he thinks...

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  28. Andrea- if Luke loves The Magic Treehouse books, there is a fairly new series called Ranger in Time" about a golden retriever who travels back in time to rescue people....so good...there are 4 books in the series now-a new one just came out and I have the 5th one preordered on Amazon. I teach 2nd grade and I read the Oregon Trail one to my class and my friend's 3rd grader read them all and really liked them...if Luke reads them, let me know what he thinks...

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  29. Such a fun room! I love how you can see his personality in it and love that he asked for a solar system! :) It looks so good!

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  30. Check out trunks during dorm season. Much less expensive for a quick fix. I've bought one cute bright pink one. Just a thought.

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