Apr 20, 2010

toile de boy

welcome to grady's room!
yep, i used toile in my son's room.
but not to worry...it's a very manly toile---
complete with cowboys and dogs,and horses and 
uh...manly stuff.
i designed this room 
(the bedding, curtain panels, furniture,most accessories) 
about 3 years ago, just as grady was
getting out of a crib. i hoped it would grow with him, 
and serve him until he was 7 or 8. 
so far, so good!
keep in mind that this is a rental.
(hence, the ugly brass light fixture.)
sooo i kept the walls very neutral, and did not add trim.
the duvet cover, bedskirt and 
curtain panels were all custom-made.
the (MANLY) toile was purchased in atlanta, 
at a large discount fabric store, 
and the bedskirt fabric was purchased from joann fabrics.
nothing fancy, here folks. 
wait till you see where i bought the fabric for the curtain panels!
the wall color is lenox tan,
by benjamin moore.
the striped dresser was purchased at 
the furniture mall in hickory, north carolina.
the shelf was already in the room.
lucky me!
a pair of boots that my little man
has outgrown. *sigh.
most of the vintage trophies are metal...
the running trophy was my husbands, 
which he won when he was eight years old.
my little man earned this one though...
along with all the belts!
i customized this from a shadow box with 
some red fabric and vintage blocks.
the sterling silver rattle was a baby gift.
you know i love houndstooth!
a set of vintage embroidered cars.
and a sign that pretty much sums up my little man!

these were purchased on ebay. 
they are in their original frames, but the
mats were in terrible shape, so i had them
replaced with silk mats.
isn't the detail scrumptious?
love it...
i bought the fabric for the curtains at
walmart, (yes, walmart!) for $1 a yard!
the cornice "belongs" to the rental house,
but i covered the original hunter/burgundy/navy stripe
with black burlap.
i repeated the curtain fabric on the 
piping of the duvet cover.
the bed is from jc penney, 
the table from tj maxx homegoods.
i bought the clock for $1 at a local thrift store.
the tractor is actually a tooth fairy box.

the vintage license plates were also
purchased on ebay. they represent the
home states of me (ohio), 
my husband (alabama),
 and my little man (tennessee)
i love adding vintage items to a kids room.
i feel it gives them a sense of history and charm.
i made this usa pillow.
i will post a tutorial later this week.

for a little fun, i used these
cheetah print sheets from ralph lauren.
(purchased at tj maxx)
 the the metal board was purchased at
a little store in hartselle, alabama.
these are actually vintage postcards,
which were purchased at an antique store in
knoxville tennessee. i cut some cream paper
to create a little fame around the postcard, 
and then glued it onto a striped piece of 
scrapbook paper. 
the frames cost less than $4 at target.
i gave this map to my husband as a 
birthday gift when were engaged. 
the map is of micronesia/guam, where he 
spent two years as a missionary before he started college.
thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow! This is the most adorable room ever! You are clever and talented. I'm a huge fan of hounds tooth too! Have you seen the h.t. ottoman at Target? I have it and love it. Lucky little man to have such a stylish room!

  2. okay, here's the list of things i love:
    cheetah sheets combined w/red plaid, houndstooth, & toile
    toile (needs a mention by itself!)
    vintage black shadowbox
    beautiful bed frame
    red bookcase w/ striped backing
    cardboard antlers

    obviously i was dying to mention everything. looks fab, great job!

  3. I absolutely love the eclectic collection of items in this space. The arrangement over the bed and the blocks in the shadow box are my two favorites.

  4. what a cute idea for a boy's room-so unique which is hard to do for boys! love the added touches of houndstooth. did you say you made the antlers- which i love btw?! the montage on the wall looks great too.

  5. that is such a cute room - i love your fabric selections.

  6. alison,
    yes, i made the antlers.
    there is a tutorial for them in the previous post! they are super cheap and
    easy to do, and can be customized to fit any room.

  7. great room, i love to see handsome boys rooms! my olser son, 8 has some in his room and my other son, 2, 's nursery is filled with toile - love.it!

  8. I love it when the details make the room and this is just the case with your son's room. It's eye candy! Need to know the discount fabric store in Atlanta...I love in Chattanooga and there are no goo dfabric stores in this place! I love fabric and can design a whole room around 2 or 3 different patterns...isn't that so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I would not have thought to put toile in a boy's room, but it works! The Lego sign is great! I just did a Lego storage wall in my 11 year old son's room. http://thepenningtonpoint.com/2010/04/how-to-make-useless-giant-legos/

    I love the antlers! Lisa~

  10. Thanks for sharing so clever and cute! Can't wait to see what you did with your daughters room. :)

  11. This room is so impressive looking! I love every little detail, the colors and patterns used, and how it really shows Grady's little personality!

  12. It's adorable! As always another great job well done!

  13. I love the vintage blocks...where did you find them? Adorable idea!

  14. lindsey,
    the vintage blocks were purchased on ebay.
    i LOVE ebay as a source for vintage things...so much easier to find just what you are looking for than running all over town to little antique stores!

  15. LOVE!! Wow I love your style. Beautiful!

  16. Very nicely done! I love the attention to detail!