So, knowing Ari's favorite colors are blue and yellow and that he adores maps and that Riker loves red and rainbows, I set to work.
One of the things I wanted for their rooms was a way to display their artwork that wouldn't damage the walls and that would look relatively organized. I found these really cool decorative art cables from Pottery Barn Kids but at $39.00 each, my crafty mama gears started turning.
I poked around internet land for inspiration and saw people like Sue at Home using the Dignitet cable systems from Ikea. I thought that hack was clever but wanted something cuter and warmer feeling. Then I found a tutorial at Positively Splendid using wooden shapes as the anchor points and I knew that was the way I wanted to go.
So I gathered my supplies.
And painted Ari's stars blue and yellow.
Along with his hand painted wooden name, the art display wire looks awesome!
Here's an overview of his whole room including the feature piece, a giant map of the world, which thanks to Auntie Heather's help, only took an entire day to hang!
The view from the other direction.
This super cool globe light fixture with space rocket ceiling fan was a gift from Auntie Heather after the addition of a loft bed to Cael's room made it unsafe to have a fan anymore.
For a long time, Ari's favorite animals have been crabs and chickens. So I found this adorable family of crab decals to live under the window.
And lastly, you'll notice the blue and yellow bunting flags hanging around the walls.
These were the result of one my many moments as of late that start with the phrase, "I'll just....." In this case, "I'll just get some fabric and cut up some triangles and sew them onto some ribbon and make some colorful flags." As you can imagine, this was immensely more time consuming than anticipated!
But I think the results are pretty awesome!
And an art wire or three...
Riker really wanted his walls to be painted red with one wall done in rainbow stripes. I vetoed that idea and said he was getting gray walls but the decorations could be rainbow colors. Then I thought, hey, I could just get a giant canvas and paint some rainbow stripes on that! So I did! And guess what? It took way longer than I could have ever imagined! But it sure does look cool!
Here's the overview of his room from a few angles....
When we were last to Minnesota for a visit, we brought back this desk that was mine when I was little. I must have been about six when my dad got it for me at an auction from the old Manannah school house. I was tickled that Riker liked it so much and insisted that it live in his new room.
You may have noticed that in the photos above the boy's mattresses were both on the floor. I'm pleased to report that since I took those photos, we've managed to remedy that situation!
Brian grew up sleeping on a waterbed with a thick pine bed frame. He recently found it in the attic of his parent's house and not being one to let anything go to waste, he dug it out and decided to make the boy's beds out of it. He planed the wood and cut the big side pieces in half the long way and was able to make two bed frames out of one!
Once the headboard and foot end were constructed and all the pocket holes for assembly were drilled, the project was handed over to me for finishing. It might seem like a simple task to stain and finish a twin bed frame but I can assure you that the world of wood conditioners, stains and dyes, and finishes and top coats is a vast sea of products, techniques and opinions. I now know just enough about it to be acutely aware of how little I actually know about it all! In the end I decided to go for dark and masculine and I'm pleased enough with the results.
And for one final finishing touch, I put up this gorgeous photo and quote between their rooms to remind the boys of just how lucky they are to have each other.