Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! As for me, I tried something new. I was invited to participate in a Olioboard BlogHop (happening right NOW!! Details below at end of post) but it was to design a board - a room - a space I've never done before: A Child's Room and / or Nursery. Since I'm not a mom, I had to do a little more research for this design than for an adult space. In an adult space, form sometimes reigns over function, but that can't really happen in a child's room. Both Form & Function need to also work with safety, scale and proportion. While searching for inspiration on Pinterest, and the Internet for child-friendly furnishings retailers, I also spotted some retailers (like Restoration Hardware) are making pint-sized adult furnishings! What a wonderful way to incorporate the look of your home into your child's space. Since I do not have kids, I looked up some baby names, and created four lifestyle boards at Olioboard for different age ranges of a boys life. I also tweeted a question that was repeatedly answered: "Once out of the nursery, a kids room should be able to grow easily, along with the kid." At the end of the post, you'll find link-backs to several other participating design blogs. Hop along for Moodboard Monday! Get inspired. Tweet all about it at #BlogHop, and join in at Olioboard to create your own board. You can also contact me or one of the designers whose aesthetic you like to create a board specifically for YOU!

Boys Nursery + Bedrooms + Playrooms
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Nautical Nursery Moodboard

AHOY! IT'S A BOY! NAUTICAL NURSERY - Nate's  Navigational Nook - Nautical inspired + Nate's father is a US Coast Guardsman.  A rustic painted flag mural sets the mood + focal point for this room, while the wood floors help to "anchor" the space with its textured linen walls. Mom & dad can take turns resting with Nate in a glider chair. A navy painted dresser / dressing table can be updated with nautical rope pulls or red & blue striped pulls. Open shelving adds storage. Hidden storage (for toys + diapers) are in striped bins. Extra blankets (for mom) are in her splurge piece: A Martin Lawrance-Bullard trunk side table, topped with a Ralph Lauren striped lamp. Nautical brass sconces  give subtle light to the changing table, w/o the worry of knocking over a lamp. A color-blocked rug relates to the nautical painted wood blocks - actually to spell out NATE. This bundle of joy has been a true "life saver", by giving purpose and meaning to the couple, hence the life saver wall decor. A vintage fisherman's ruler w/hooks can easily hold a wardrobe change, extra towels or extra throws. The modern crib can possibly be converted to a toddler bed in later years.

 Boys Playroom Roomboard

CAMDEN'S CREATIVE CORNER - Like father | Like son - collectibles, like vintage finds and license plates - help give this boys playroom space personality. Open shelves give space to display his creations, like the house model (future architect?) and storage trunks help to conceal some of those toys he's just not quite ready to let go of yet. A handy shelve under the miniature work table helps give EZ access to color pencils, crayon and scissors... but the table is also great to do homework on from his laptop.

Boys Tween Bedroom Roomboard

MAXX's MOONWALK MISSION - Vintage letters mounted on a photo moon mural spell out this boys pride + dreams...The good ole US of A and a walk on the moon - in his jeans, tee, Superman Converse sneaks with his dog, Rocket!

Tween or Teen Boy Moodboard - 
but can also be inspiration for an adult space.

LIBERTY'S LOFT - ATTIC CONVERSION FOR TWEEN to TEEN to ADULT: Kids today are growing up faster so fast! And with kid-sized versions of adult furnishings - like at Restoration Hardware - it will be even easier to help keep up. This board design had an attic conversion in mind... Comfy bean bag chairs for friends to hang out in or play video games. Layered graphic rugs give the space personality while shelves, totes, trunks and case pieces give PLENTY of storage to quickly tuck-away clothes. A bunk bed with a desk maximizes space, while the look-a-like tufted chesterfield sofa (also from RH) makes you look twice: Is this an adult space? or for a tween? You decide - The mood can be inspiration for either! Liberty's Loft - An expression of trust & freedom.



Curious for feedback from the many moms (and dads!) out there!
Thanks for "hopping" by!
Happy Olioboarding!




  1. Function and form MUST go together, you are absolutely right about that! It's sometimes hard to remember function when "baby things" are so adorable. Storage is always key! Only have a little girl (so far), but I love the look and transitions you came up with! Dablet says she'd date that baby boy! (her daddy might not be happy about that!)

  2. Love how your boards incorporate different room themes as a child transitions in age! Amazingly detailed, creative boards! Function, form, and aesthetics, baby! :) are the Olioboard queen :)

  3. Lucky, lucky boys! Looks like we were both inspired by that striped pendant!!!!

  4. Very nice Lynda; always thinking ahead. This is a great concept, especially the transition room from tweens into adult. They can take the furniture with them when they move out into their own space; easy on the pocket for the kid and the parents.

  5. Nice designs! i just heard of Olioboard but haven't signed up yet. I need to get moving on that ...



  6. Great job have really out done yourself. You're themes and rooms are spot on! So happy to be a part of this #OlioHop!!

  7. I am such a fan of the look and feel of Restoration Hardware. Linda you did a great job. I also believe in the concept that you should design children's spaces to last about 5 years because kids grow so fast and decorating is a timely job and can be expensive. You did a great job showing rooms that can grow with children that are fun, classic and functional. I love them all. Lesley

  8. Thank you Kate! IF (and that's a VERY big IF) IF I were to ever have the little tike for these rooms - Your Dablet & you will be first to know! :)

    Thank you Cathy, Stacy, Marilyn, Linda, Jennifer and Lesley! YES! - LOVE that strip pendant @Olioboard Stacy. Just the right about of stripe to add to a space w/o over doing the trend! I'd like to try the same for girls too Cathy - Just need to be inspired :)

    You too did a really lovely board for the PoshTots Challenge @Olioboard Lesley!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Happy Olioboarding!
    xo Lynda

  9. Love all three rooms! Nautical nursery is dreamy!!! I think my tween would love the moon walk mission! Fabulous ideas! Wonderful post! Beautiful Lynda!!! Will you come & redecorate my son's room one day! :) xo

  10. Can I play in the play room? All three room are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    I did a "wolf" nursery. You can see it here

  11. Amazing boards!! Especially love the nautical nursery. I would love to decorate like that one day! Such a unique idea, too! Loved all your boards - enjoyed the hop with you! Look forward to continuing!



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