OK - - just a quick post tonight - -probably with lots of pictures! I have finally finished Cameron’s room. I think boys rooms are tough. Not so much when they are babies, or even toddlers, it’s that 9 year old, going on 10 that I have found tough. I had lots of ideas of what I wanted to do, but Cameron is now developing his own creative ideas and opinions. That’s hard for me. One, it tells me he is growing up, and I really don’t like the thought of that and two, it means I need to allow him to express his ideas and not just do what I want to do!
I learned that Cameron is a very neutral guy. We must have gone shopping 10 times looking for a comforter. I would point out something I liked - - he would hate it every time. You know what he wanted? Plain brown - - he let me choose between a lighter or a darker brown! I learned that he doesn’t like color - -except blue. He doesn’t like patterns. And he doesn’t like my idea of organization. He is a no nonsense, either it’s right or it’s wrong, no frills kind of guy!
He wanted an adventure room. I’m still not sure exactly what an adventure room entails, because every time I would suggest something he would, in his sweetest, most kind manner tell me, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings Mom, but that’s not what I was thinking of having in my room.” He was so concerned about hurting my decorating feelings - - it was so sweet! Finally I told him to just start pointing out things he liked and we would make it all work.
I don’t know if it all really works together, but it was a process and really, it was more of a process of a mom letting her son grow up and express himself, and a son learning how to voice his opinions and not worry about disappointing his mother. Does the room have things I would change if I were just decorating it myself? Yes, of course. It’s hard working a frog habitat, legos, rock rugs, and all brown into a room. But he loves it and really, that is what it is all about. A room for my little man to love hanging out in, a room to bring his friends to, a room to feel comfortable in!
See these mini cloches? They were Christmas bell ornaments that I bought on clearance after Christmas. I took the bells out and they turned into perfect small cloches to “highlight” the bug collection. The picture on the right is what is under the cloche on the right!
Nothing helps set the theme of the room like an Adventure pillow with the definition of adventure embroidered on it! I used zipper edging to trim it out and a pieced together back to give it a very “adventurous” feel!
If you look closely, you can see his two fire belly frogs hanging out in their habitat!
The wall next to Cameron’s bed it like an ever growing bulletin board. We put up “invention” pictures and shelves to hold treasures. And of course pictures of him with his favorite people!!
*In non decorating news, we are so close to Handsome Hubby coming home for R&R -- - I think I will only have one more post before he gets here, we’ll see!! I have been super busy finishing up orders - - in fact, in the past two days I have made 18 pillows and I have 11 more to finish up by tomorrow night. I still have our bedroom to finish, and in a perfect world, I would have a whole week of posts showcasing the bedroom all pre-written and ready to post while Handsome Hubby is home. But who am I kidding? That would be a perfect world! - - I certainly don’t live in one of those!!