It's here its finally here, all the details on Finn's California Coastal Bohemian Big boy room. For those of you who are new around here, I'm a born (almost, since I was two) and raised Southern California beach girl. We spent the last 3 years in Silicon Valley in Northern California, until I finally convinced my husband to move back home to southern California. And the best news we were able to buy our first home together in Costa Mesa!
At the bottom of this post are all the links I can think of, if I missed something please comment and let me know. I literally put thought into every single detail in this room and I kinda wanna live in it myself. I find Finn taking breaks throughout the day in his own space and it gives me the warmest fuzzy feeling knowing he loves it as much as I do.
Before the previous owners could hand over the keys to us, they needed a little more time and we had already made arrangements to move back down. So, we ended up renting a cute little beach cottage for 6 weeks until we could move in to our first home. During that time all the perfect sleep we'd had since Finn was a baby, was out the window. We use to have a child who went down in minutes, slept 13hrs every night and took naps daily, but once we got in the temporary space, and had him in the pack-n-play, we lost it. All that sleep goodness was gone; he took hours to go down to sleep, he climbed out of the pack-n-play every night and only slept in the car for naps. So, it became glaringly obvious that once we moved into our new home, the first room I was going to tackle was his. He needed a space fit for a growing toddler, that was all his and it was time for a big boy room with a big boy bed.
I wanted to transition him into a space that he could grow with for years to come, and I knew I wanted it to have all the so cal beachy vibes, but without being too literal. I started thinking about what I wanted it to look like and I started pinning all the Chip and Joanna things but nothing seemed quite right. I wanted a space that wasn't like anything else I had seen, I had a few small things in mind but I needed it all to come together.
This was our 5th move in 4 years, and the first time we actually more rooms than I needed. We decided to make one of the rooms a playroom, so that's when Finn's room became more about individual playtime and family reading time. We didn't need a ton of storage because I planned on making the playroom the main home for all his toys.
His room is actually the biggest and the brightest room in the house with this amazing asymmetrical wall. When I found this whimsical vintage wave mural I knew this was the perfect thing to make this space feel like a bright and fun Hawaiian hideaway. After I decided this was the anchor of the room I just started searching the world wide web for beds. And man was that depressing. How can a small child's bed be so dang pricey?! They were either expensive and amazing or cheap and not at all what I wanted. Until I stumbled on this green linen bed and it's so perfect for his space and for him!
We read almost every single morning and night to Finn. I often find him in his room on the floor with 5-6 books he's going through. So, it was super important that I made a reading nook in his space. One that was comfortable for him and us when we all piled in there. I also didn't want it to be too cluttered or have a chair that took over the space. Seriously, this chair and these bookshelves couldn't have been more perfect for that vision.
To be honest, my style can sometimes lack color. I'm that neutral girl, but for his space, I felt like this was where I could let loose and really bring in some bright rainbow accents, alongside indigo and pops of sunshine with some yellow accessories. We have two Lorena Canals rugs in our house and because they are washable I knew I needed one of this space.
Lastly, the artwork was something I literally couldn't imagine this space without. Max Wanger is a genius minimal photographer and I knew I needed to complete Finn's first room in our first home with one of his prints. It took my husband and I days to agree on one and finally framed this one with Simply Framed and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't want to take it off his wall and put it in my bedroom. So jelly of this one.
(both Little Cottonwood but they are sold out- linked to an even cuter versions)
A Big thank you to Alison Bernier, who took these photos for us. Your captured the space perfectly!