So You Think You Can Decorate - Week 1 Challenge - Accessories~

Welcome to Week 1 of So You Think You Can Decorate! I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing competition!

This week's challenge is accessories. It's amazing what accessories can do for a room. Case in point, my little boy's room.

Because we are currently living in a rental home, we aren't able to paint. When I put my boys' beds in their room, it was just blah! Can you say, "BORING BEIGE"? I knew that accessories were going to play a major role in bringing some interest to the space.

But I needed inspiration. I have a collection of vintage sock monkeys that I inherited from my mother, and I knew that I wanted to use them in my little boys' room. So I chose a sock monkey as my inspiration accessory. I decided to use the colors found in the monkey as the color scheme for the room: chocolate brown, tan, and white with touches of red for an accent. In the photo below, you can see how I brought these colors into the room with the fabrics I used on the accent pillows.

Here's a pillow hint: King size pillows work well on twin size beds...They are the same width as the bed, so they are very substantial looking. (Compare the before picture above with the after pictures to get a real feel for what I mean.)

Then, in order to visually seperate the headboards from the wall (since both are essentially the same color) I decided to do two things.

First, I extended the curtain panels behind the headboards. I made the curtains using a tan and white ticking fabric that was both boyish and created visual texture. They were so simple to make. I had to sew two lengths of fabric together to create the width I wanted, but then, since I wasn't sewing a curtain rod pocket, all I did was hem the edges all the way around. And since I wasn't using them for light control, I didn't need to line them. Straight line sewing. Simple.

The second thing I did to create the visual separation was that I added a row of brown nailhead trim along the top of the headboard. This allowed me to create a sort of border between the headboards and the curtains behind, and to bring in more of the chocolate brown color.

And if you'd like to know how I made the headboards, I talk about it here.

In the photos below you can see that I chose to make the curtains stationary by suspending them from curtain rings and more brown nailheads. A circle motif is repeated in the rings, the nailhead trim on the headboard, and then in the accent pillows on the bed with a stitched circle pattern in the large brown pillow, and polkadots on the smaller budoir pillow.

I also added a personalized piece of art from one of my favorite online shops, Sarah and Abraham, above each of the boy's beds (the art features a silhouette with each boy's name). I made the art appear to be hanging from the curtain rings above by attaching a chocolate brown ribbon to the back and clipping it to the center ring above.

The dresser in the room is an heirloom piece that we inherited from the hubby's grandmother, so I wanted to take extra care how I accessorized it. I added another sock monkey, as well as a vintage shoe stay and a barn star tied to a lamp with red checked ribbon. I added an additional punch of red with the cute "giggle" sign, and finished off the grouping with a vintage-look world globe.

As I mentioned before, the room is shared by my two youngest boys (aka the toddler demolition team). I decided to accessorize each of the beds in the same way to create a sense of symmetry and add to the visual appeal of the space. But to add individuality, each of the beds has a monogram, and of course, the art above each bed is personalized as I mentioned previously.

Now here's a little bit of information that you probably won't care about at all, but which I think is very clever. Mr. Three's bed originally belonged to my oldest son. Now, the monograms (which are made from white felt) on the bed are attached with fabritac which is not nearly as easy to remove as hot glue. So, you may ask, how did I change the monogram? Luckily Mr. One's monogram is BHE and Mr. Three's is BHL...so I very carefully cut off the two horizontal lines at the top of the "E" to create an "L". Pretty quick thinkin' huh?

Overall, a great start to this room!! Can't wait to finish accessorizing the other three walls. ;-)

Shopping Resources:

Brown polka dot fabric on budoir pillow: Brown Dottie by Moda

Stripe fabric on accent pillow: Wanna be a Cowboy by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake

Brown circle and square accent pillow: Walmart

King Size pillow case: Better Homes and Gardens for Walmart

Osnaberg fabric on headboards: JoAnn's

Tan and white ticking fabric: Walmart (believe it or not, I scoured the internet to find this fabric to no avail, then happened upon it at my local Walmart for only $4/yd. Serendipitous, no?)
Personalized Silhouette prints: Sarah and Abraham

Hope you enjoyed this little project as much as I did. If you liked it, I would love to have your vote over at So You Think You Can Decorate!

Have a great day~


Amber said...

The colors and pattern are so fun! I adore the way you added the ticking curtains behind their beds. They add so much personality to the room. The sock monkeys are also a playful addition. Thanks for sharing!

Anny said...

So cool and fun!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love how you brought in the colors from the sock monkeys, Wendy! I love the bedding and the stationery panels.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I love that sock monkeys were the color inspiration! I adore the pops of red and brown you added to the space. The drapery panels and artwork above the beds look great, too. And I love the tip about using a king-sized pillow!


The Starr Family said...

Fun, innocent, clever... this is absolutely adorable Wendy. I was not expecting you to go in this direction, I love it! Way to start the competition strong!

Kasey said...

super cute.
but where are all the toys?

The Little Red Shop said...

Not too shabby...eheh....what a wonderful room!

: )

Julie M.

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

Love! Love! Love! Question though, how are you hanging the curtains behind the bed? Are they fixed to the wall?

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hi Shannon: I hung them from curtain rings that I tacked to the wall with upholstery tacks. If you look at one of the whole wall photos, you can see how I did it.


Anna said...

the room looks great. Good idea to use the king size pillow.
I really like how you have mixed the old / new accessories and furniture in the room.

lafamiglia said...

Love, the accessories... the curtain backdrop and nailhead trim ...but especially love the Monograms! Oh my gosh! Have a thing for them ~ The room was literally transformed thank you for the inspiration!
Monica ~ La Famiglia Design

Amy Kinser said...

This room looks great!

debra said...

Excellent work! I love those Sarah and Abraham prints. I really 'need' to get one for my daughter's room. :)

Cori said...

This is one of the CUTEST rooms I've seen in a long time!

Just precious! I love EVERYTHING about it.

You CAN DECORATE, that's for sure : )

So glad I stopped by tonight.

Starview Sonnet

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

I really love the way you did all this to a rental! Just goes to show that a true decorator can work with anything!
Great Job!

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

What a wonderful room for little boys. So cute! The sock monkeys are adorable. Great job!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Ahhh... Wendy at her best! I LOVE the touches you add to a room. You've done such a nice job with the texture of the fabrics and so forth, I LOVE the tone on tone feel of the space. It's not only attractive, it's fun for two jumpin' little boys.

So many details, but what really stands out are how you hung the drapes behind the bed. LOVE!

Everything looks like it's in it's rightful place.

Beautiful entry, Wendy!


House of Giggles said...

You did an amazing job on the boys' room!! I love the sock monkey theme :) What a great way to make use of the beige!

Thanks for sharing!


Annesphamily said...

I love the sock monkeys so I am in love with this room . The colors blend so beautifully and what a lucky guy to have this cool room!

SweetMelissa said...

Sock monkey...makes me giggle just like the sign. Adorable!


Marianne@Songbird said...

Lovely room. And I really love how you took the sock monkey as your starting point. What a source of inspiration!

Laura said...

I love this room! You did an amazing job working around the beige - the room is fun & warm with cute pops of color. Kasey had a good point - where are the toys? ; )

Wendy said...

Love the room! It is hard to decorate when kids share a room (mine do too) but you did a great job. I voted for you too!

Megan said...

Love how it turned out! I'm still in the process of decorating my boys' room...it's almost done...jsut a few more accessories but I love what you did, I love having an old world, muted type look for little boys' rooms.

Good Luck!


Irene said...

What a great way to add texture and color without painting. I love it!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hi Kasey and Laura...my boy's only have a few toys in their room...in a basket in the closet...most of the toys are down in the familyroom/playroom.

Deb said...

What a sweet room! You are an amazing decorator.

PaperCourt said...

So adorable. I wish I had your talent!

Crystal said...

What a great room. I really like this color scheme, for your boys. It also looks so cozy and calming, just what boys need ;)

Have a great day.

Crystal said...

I am not sure my comment posted. Everything looks wonderful. I bet you boys sleep well in the cozy and calming room.

Have a blessed day.

Nancherrow said...

Looks great! What fun ideas for keeping neutral from looking boring. Thanks for posting!


Shelley in SC said...

Oh my word . . . so absolutely adorable . . . and doable . . . and fun. Fabulous idea!

julie said...

wendy its perfect! i LOVE this room! the sock monkeys, fabric, the fabric behind the bed, wow, you did a great job! i gotta get over there and vote for you! good luck! xo

Cori said...


I just can't get over your adorable boy's room--AMAZING!

I had to do a blog post on you and the So You Think You Can Decorate site...hope you don't mind.

You've got my vote, for sure and I love the greyhound #10 second.

Starview Sonnet

Kolein said...

The room is so pleasing to the eye. I especially like the choice of rug...soft and calm. The tones are calm and then the contrast with the wood dresser is masculine. Just perfect for boys! And it all looks so inviting and CLEAN!!!! Love it so!

LuLu said...

I could spend hours discussing decorating with you!! The curtains against the wall was just brillian and sock monkey idea as the color scheme and theme... adorable!
Just perfect!!! I love the giggles sign... wonderful touch that has me thinking i need a giggles sign!

Runner Mom said...

Too too cute! And I adore the sock monkeys!


Laura said...

wendy - i would love to see a future post on your family room/playroom. if anyone can make toy organization look amazing, it's you!

Holly said...

Oh Wend,...it turned out just darling!
I love it. What a whimsical, fun combination.

Bex said...

I absolutely love it! You are amazing!!

Pamela said...

Loving the sock monkey room! It looks wonderful!

Stacey said...

I love it! How genius to use the sock monkey as inspiration! Yes, you can decorate!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wendy, I meant to stop by sooner, but I wanted to let you know how adorable that room is. I have two boys, so I can appreciate the challenge of decorating for them. I love how this room is subtle and classic, but it's still playful. This is definitely a room that will "grow" as they do. Well done and good luck! I can't wait to see what else you're cooking up.

Tiffany said...

Oh, I love how you used the sock monkey as inspiration for color. The beds look awesome with the combination of pillows and monkey and the ticking fabric hung up on the wall is beautiful! I love it all! Nicely done!

Olivae said...

I absolutely love this room!

Amy said...

Sock monkeys as your inspiration piece-- LOVE IT!

freckled laundry said...

This adorable, Wendy. I love the sock monkeys. My B/G twins will be in beds soon and it seems as though their shared space is about the same size as yours. I've saved this to my inspiration file! Great job.

inspiredhousewife said...

I love the sock monkey! Thank you for reminding me about him..My daughter is expecting my first grandchild and her husband want's the baby's room to be garnet and gold..his college colors..but not to baby looking..but if we throw in a sock monkey it could be perfect...thanks again.

inspiredhousewife said...

I love the sock monkey! Thank you for reminding me about him..My daughter is expecting my first grandchild and her husband want's the baby's room to be garnet and gold..his college colors..but not to baby looking..but if we throw in a sock monkey it could be perfect...thanks again.

Sallianne said...

Sock monkeys rule! Great job!