Boy’s Airplane Room and My Nietzsche Design Philosophy

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Despite moving into our new condo in late October, I have yet to do any posts on our new home, which we designed and built from a raw space.  There are a few reasons.  First, I’ve been spending more time at the office lately and, as you may know, I try where I can to use all natural light for my photography on the blog.  So, by the time I’ve been getting home in the winter, the proper light for blog photographs has vanished.  Second, we haven’t finished many of the design elements until just recently.  Judah’s room, however, was not one of them.  His room I finished decorating almost immediately after we moved in.  The theme:  Vintage airplane with a color palette of classic red, navy blue, and light grey.

For the rugs in Judah’s room, I decided to use the individual tiles from FLOR in different colors to create the effect of separate play areas.  FLOR started sending me their catalog last year, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  For children’s use especially, the tiles are fantastic.  Spills and stains come right up, and they wear quite well for the traffic they endure.  I was initially planning to do a grey set of carpet tiles under bed, but the little roadway carpet gets so much use (from IKEA), I couldn’t part with it.  I still might add a few tiles under the bed, but right now I’m satisfied with the result.  I also love that breaking up a room into separate carpeted areas allows greater visibility of the beautiful hardwood floors.

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Like most 2 year old boys, the core delights in my son’s world revolve around airplanes, firetrucks, and other construction-related vehicles.  The daily sight of a crane, dumptruck, or firetruck (which he continues to sit down on the skybridge to stare at every morning before school) still elicits a vigorous squeal from my 25-month-old boy.  That, and after we put him to bed, he quietly opens the door to his room, smiling like a Cheshire cat, darts out, and his little feet patter down the hall, just before he jumps in front of the couch where we’re sitting, spurting out squeals of delight laced with maniacial laughter.

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The majority of decor for the room came from Restoration Hardware with a few exceptions.  The vintage mobiles I found on Amazon here and here.  I’ve been focusing more and more on ceiling decor at home and for my events, whether it’s paint, wallpaper,  mobiles, banners, or hanging art.   The subtle reminders to “look up”, in my opinion, continuously inspire.

In laying out toys, I was influenced by Gretchen Rubin who posited that less can be better for children in the sense that they can get attached to “favorite” toys when they have fewer choices.  We tucked Judah’s other trucks, trains, and toys away into drawers and the closet and placed his most beloved toys on the bottom level of an IKEA bookshelf.

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Usually Restoration Hardware is too masculine for my tastes, but I found this unique chest of drawers there, and I couldn’t resist.  The dresser fits perfectly into my vintage airplane theme, and I also adored it because it can follow Judah as he grows older, whatever his interests or tastes may be.  The bottom drawer we use for toy storage, which is easily accessible for him and handy for putting toys away quickly.

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Judah’s room connects to a buddy bath that we outfitted in mint (I’ll be sharing it next week).  His closet  has quite a few shelves that extend to the right and a built in hamper in the bottom drawer.

Why QRST you may ask?  I’ve given various responses to this question, but, if I’m being honest, it’s because those were the only consecutive letters left on the RH sale page.

boys-airplaneroom4The most beloved element of the room, I think for the whole family, is the tent from RH.  We keep a sleeping bag inside of the tent for the little tenant to use when needed.  I also wrapped battery-operated LED lights at the very top for a night-time glow.

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I followed my standard interior design philosophy on this  little Boy’s Airplane Room, which as Nietzsche once espoused, Everything matters. Nothing’s important.

Happy flying!

xx

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January 22, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions - Oh my gosh! Love this little guy’s room. :) That little piano is the BOMB!!! That little bed… the little tipi. I want a room like this! YOU did a fantastic job. KUDOS! :)

January 22, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Alexandra McAllister - WOW! Thanks so much for sharing all these lovely pics! Incredible design concept. I’m sure any child would LOVE to have a room like this. The tent is such a cool idea! :)

January 22, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Diana Foree - Wow, this is quite a youngster bedroom. When I was little I had one of those pianos. Got my start wanting to take lessons. I’ll bet he never wants to leave that fun playtime room. Love the windows too!

January 22, 2014 - 7:08 pm

A. Lynn Jesus - Fun! I love the dresser – very cool. I bet your boy loves playing in this space!

January 22, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Kungphoo - I am still into all that!! lol you have a great design to keep him active and also to keep him thinking about how to get from point A to B.

January 22, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Nate - This is so freakin’ awesome. I love your approach to using natural lighting. I would always favor natural lighting over anything else. After looking at these pics, it makes me want to be a kid again!

January 22, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Deborah - What a great room for a small boy. I love that the dresser will be something he can use as he gets older. And, I really like the idea of the different carpet tiles for different areas of the room. You’ve given me some ideas for talking to my daughter-in-law about for my 3-year old grandson’s room.

January 22, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Lorii Abela - Wow! This is beautiful! And your boy is so adorable. Thank you for sharing this.

January 22, 2014 - 11:23 pm

barbara - What an inspiring room – a great place for your little boy to imagine, create, and grow!

January 22, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story - Love it! He is one lucky boy. The tepee tent and the paint color are my favorites.

January 22, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Lisa Hodges - Love the tee pee. Had one for my boy…wish he would have kept it as neat as your boy is!

January 22, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Jeff Brand - What a lucky little guy to have such an amazing room and a mom with an eye for decor and fun toys!

January 23, 2014 - 12:12 am

Meli Horowitz - I think if I even showed my son this room now he would be jealous.
What a wonderful place for a little guy. My creativity and strengths do not lie in interior design!

January 23, 2014 - 1:28 am

Daniele Holmberg - What great designs! I love the view from that first room!!

January 23, 2014 - 2:35 am

Roslyn - What clearly shows is all the love and attention to detail that went into his room. You created a wonderful space for his imagination to expand, for him to delight and great memories of childhood.

January 23, 2014 - 2:37 am

Robin Maria Pedrero - That room is so delightful! What a lot of love and details in creating a wonderful life.

January 23, 2014 - 4:16 am

Sharon ODay - Great touches make each view something special. Most of all, they open up creativity and imagination. What else could a young boy ask for!

January 23, 2014 - 5:42 am

Tom's Foodie Blog - Really cute design for this room. I especially like the tee pee

January 23, 2014 - 11:34 am

Irene - Your son is adorable and looks so happy in his teepee! I love what you have done.

January 23, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Denise Patton - Wow what a fabulous light and airy room. I love what you have done to it … can I come and stay over please 😀 xxx

January 23, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Marielle Altenor - Amazing, his room and so nice and bright. I wish it was mine lol Everything is so clean and organized! Lucky boy!

January 24, 2014 - 5:19 am

Marilyn - WOW! I LOVE that room. The windows are so large and the scenary is beautiful too. Love the tent idea too. it looks like a room out of a magazine lol

January 29, 2014 - 2:47 am

Robin Strohmaier - Oh my goodness, Jessica, this IS amazing! This would be any little man’s dream room! I love everything from the teepee to the closet organizers. Brilliant!

January 29, 2014 - 3:35 am

Katrina - Holy Cow! That is an amazing room! I love the dresser! Heck I love just about everything in that room. Fantastic job and I love your idea of “looking up”.

Can’t wait to see the bathroom!

January 29, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Unique Hardware in My Mint Bathroom » fat vegan baby - […] I promised to reveal our mint buddy bath last week, so here it is.  The floor is marble, the shower is done with glass subway tiles, and, the hardware (think, make like a peacock!) is from Silk and Burlap. […]

July 20, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Unique Hardware in My Mint Bathroom | fat vegan baby - […] I promised to reveal our mint buddy bath last week, so here it is.  The floor is marble, the shower is done with glass subway tiles, and, the hardware (think, make like a peacock!) is from Silk and Burlap. […]

February 10, 2015 - 6:43 am

House Tour (Part II) » - […] Here’s the buddy bath in between my son and daughter’s rooms:The shower is tiled with glass tiles that I could put all over the house.  The countertop and floor is marble.  I still haven’t gotten tired of the mint color in this bathroom.  Find more photos of the mint bathroom here.My 3 year old son Judah’s room was the first room I decorated in the house.  The theme:  Vintage airplane with a color palette of classic red, navy blue, and light grey.Like most 3 year old boys, the core delights in my son’s world revolve around airplanes, firetrucks, and other construction-related vehicles.  For the rugs in Judah’s room, I decided to use the individual tiles from FLOR in different colors to create the effect of separate play areas.  FLOR started sending me their catalog last year, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  For children’s use especially, the tiles are fantastic.  Spills and stains come right up, and they wear quite well for the traffic they endure.  I was initially planning to do a grey set of carpet tiles under bed, but the little roadway carpet gets so much use (from IKEA), I couldn’t part with it.   I also love that breaking up a room into separate carpeted areas allows greater visibility of the beautiful hardwood floors. I’ve been focusing more and more on ceiling decor at home and for my events, whether it’s paint, wallpaper,  mobiles, banners, or hanging art.   The subtle reminders to “look up”, in my opinion, continuously inspire.  Find more photos of Judah’s room here. […]

February 28, 2016 - 10:57 am

Twity - Lots of love to all of you and a big hello to baby Charlie! I suppose I am now a Great Auntie, which is a soinbreg thought but of course will raise a glass to the new addition and wish him a wonderful life ahead. It was lovely to see you both in France and hope to see you again soon. Take care, much love Glenys and Mark xxx

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