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Nest Tour: The Office/Boys Room

September 14, 2011
by thenestinggame

Let’s take a peek at a rarely seen room in our house: the office/boys room. Fun fact! Absolutely no work whatsoever gets done in here, unless you count some Black Ops raids or maybe some summer reading on the boys’ part. But there’s a desk and some files in the closet, and that makes it an office.

First, back to Before:

Yellow paint on the walls and ceiling, and on the floor, carpet! We ripped out the carpet and refinished the floors before we moved in, which was the BEST decision I ever made. Better than buying a sensible used Honda. Better than choosing the perfect shade of red lipstick in a Walgreen’s on Canal Street in NOLA. (L’Oreal Spiced Cider, btw.) Better than choosing a Piece of Cake Caramel cake for my thirty-#$*&th birthday this weekend. Okay…maybe not, because that is some GOOD cake.

Now, it looks like this:

The walls are painted Dolphin Fin by Behr. The “sectional” is this trundle bed, temporarily seen in the family room. Admittedly, it’s not perfect. But, it became kind of annoying to pull the trundle out each month when the boys are here and replace it when they’re gone. Plus, if I ever decided I wanted to start playing video games with Taylor (doubtful), we could both lounge in there and shoot bad guys or throw touchdowns or whatever he does on those games. When the kids are here, they do all congregate on the “sectional” and play, which is the whole point.

The duvets are $5 IKEA specials. The gray sham on the left is from West Elm; the one on the right is a Nicole Miller sham from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The Pac Man pillows, featuring Pinky and Clyde, are from a local shop in Decatur called Homegrown. They’re a little more “themey” than I typically go for, but hey—it’s a game room and a boys’ room and they were $12, so if I get sick of them, it’s not the end of the world. I’ll have 2 lives left.

We started with a gray and yellow color scheme, adding the IKEA Lack table as a dual coffee/end table. When the boys are here, sometimes we scoot the bed that’s under the window back into the corner in the left, and put the table between the 2 beds. It separates their sleeping areas a bit more, but Beck and Blue are pretty easygoing and unlike most 11-year-old boys, couldn’t give a fig about bedding or furniture arranging. Imagine that!

On the table, I put a wood grain metal tray I salvaged from a big clean-out at work, an old-fashioned alarm clock from IKEA, and a stack of illustrator-rep coasters that are all Mad Men themed. (Don Draper, come back! I miss you! Are you married to that secretary with the big teeth now?)

We took the liberty of using all our bright and bold art in this room. The two art pieces flanking the window are Taylor originals. And the quilt above is a Lilly Pulitzer quilt I found at an antique store at the corner of Central and Cooper in Memphis. I think it’s closed now? Anyway, I was poking around in there one Sunday circa 1998 and came across this gem. It was before Lilly was fully back en vogue and I couldn’t believe what I had found. ALMOST as much as I couldn’t believe that they only wanted NINETY DOLLARS for it. You bet your cherry limeade I snapped that up as fast as I could. There are so many great patterns in there, including this one that my Mom had a bathrobe in. With eyelet trim, natch.

And where did I get that rockin’ quilt rack, you ask? Well, here’s a hint.

We took off the gate in front of the door to open up our front entrance (more on that in another post…) and instead of letting the hunk of iron gather dust in the basement (or in a landfill), I thought it could serve as a decorative element in our house. Add one Lilly quilt and done and done.

Beside the quilt rack is the desk. It’s a hand-me down from former co-workers of mine who cleared out their office to make room for their baby. I’ll pretend that’s not foreshadowing… Edited to add, I am not pregnant.

The bulletin board I made, following a tutorial here. The black and white photos are winner’s circle photos from my grandfather’s racehorses in the late 50s. He’s in all of them and a kid-version of my Mom even makes an appearance in one. I grew up going to the track with my family, so these mean a lot to me! The robot was Taylor’s and the printer is broken. (And has since been generously replaced!)

Remember these?

The girly staging stuff got replaced with a flat screen. Alas. They did replace a MONSTER flat file the size of a refrigerator, so it’s definitely an upgrade in my book. We’re planning on mounting the TV and then maybe I can put something pretty and frilly on the top. Full disclosure, I did move the PS3 for the photo. The drawers are nice to give the boys a place to unpack their clothes. Again, totally top-of-mind for an 11-year-old.

To the left of the closet door on the left (ya follow?), are these little pieces.

Let’s zoom in, shall we?

Hee. My little David Beckham.

And that is the office/boys’ room! It could probably use a rug and some window treatments that aren’t paper shades, but hey, if there weren’t things on the to-do list then what would I have to look forward to?

Want the Nest Tour to-date? See the Family Room, the Guest Room, and the Hall Bathroom.


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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jackie permalink
    September 14, 2011 12:37 pm

    I remember when you bought that Lilly quilt, and that crazy antique place in Memphis. I wonder if it is still there….

    What a great idea for the quilt rack, especially for us mid-century modern homeowners!

    Lauren will gladly testify to the comfort of the beds, her first “big girl” sleeping experience.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 14, 2011 10:46 pm

      I think the antique place is gone now. Sniff! Glad I could be there for an LC milestone. :)

  2. September 14, 2011 1:11 pm

    “…so if I get sick of them, it’s not the end of the world. I’ll have 2 lives left.”


    I loved how, last year (sniff – almost exactly one year ago!) our boys (JPJK and SKK) shared YOUR boys’ room. Totes appropes.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 14, 2011 10:45 pm

      I know! Until Julian’s snoring drove him out.

  3. September 14, 2011 1:52 pm

    I, too, received the Mad Men coasters. I take them to every drinking-in-someone’s-house occasion I attend.

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    September 14, 2011 2:15 pm

    My favorite item is Taylor’s Super Sport Of The Year Award!
    Didn’t know your Grandfather owned race horses! Bet Sadie loves that.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 14, 2011 10:47 pm

      I want to do a Tampa Bay Downs Outing over Christmas. I think the kids would have fun!

      • Elaine Smart permalink
        September 14, 2011 11:06 pm

        They would love that!

  5. Carol permalink
    September 14, 2011 9:54 pm

    Nice inspiration board. What are the little white “buttons” all the way around? Do you use those to fasten the fabric to the cork? I am going to make one soon and am looking for ideas.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 14, 2011 10:45 pm

      Thank, Carol! The white pins are nailhead trim. If you click on the link to Bryn’s tutorial, she’ll walk you through it, but basically the fabric is attached with spray adhesive and the nailhead trim is purely decorative.

  6. Jane permalink
    September 22, 2011 1:52 pm

    Came across this site via a link from apt therapy. Have been reading many links, but had to comment when I saw the Lilly quilt. You are very lucky! My sister makes Lilly quilts, but that one looks like it was made by Lilly. I once found some Men’s stuff pants at Goodwill that I was able to make into shorts once, but that’s it. Of course I have some GP dresses, but a quilt is better imo.

    I love your GP oriental rugs too (in another post)… I hope you find a place for that one in the basement soon. :)

    Great job on your renov!

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