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A Serene but Playful Little Boy's Room From the DC Design House

Jan 31 2013 - 7:53am

Most moms would agree that the goal of designing a nursery or child's room is to create a space that reflects the aesthetic of the rest of the house while also serving as a special enclave for the little one who lives there. The room that Nancy Twomey of Alexandria, VA-based Finnian's Moon Interiors [1] designed for the 2012 DC Design House is pure magic. The space is supremely serene, but it's also filled with playful touches that would make a little boy feel right at home. From the red wagon-turned-bookshelf to the delicate giraffe hooks, we're captivated by every detail. Click through, and be inspired!

The Overview

The official description from the DC Design House:

The calm, cool palette of this room provides a solid foundation for those injections of personality that every little boy wants to add to his own space. With a subtle nod to the forest, we've included a whimsical tree bookcase to complement the deer in the window treatment. The comfy lounge chair is a vintage find, brought back to life with fresh upholstery in an oversize chevron. We frequently find inspiration in apparel fabrics and this room is no exception. The wool rug is reminiscent of your favorite cable-knit sweater, the linen duvet is both inviting and forgiving, and the fine woolen houndstooth bolster is like an exquisite scarf worn proudly by grandfathers and grandsons alike. The sophisticated serenity is nudged gently to the side with our whimsical bed. Not just an upholstered headboard, but a fully upholstered platform bed shows off striped legs beneath the duvet. What fun! This is a little boy's retreat that would delight any young resident and the grown-ups who are allowed in.

Fabric Inspiration

The linen deer print fabric used on the Roman shades is at once whimsical and sophisticated.

A Touch of Modernity

The bold chevron fabric used to upholster the armchair (even the legs are upholstered — how gorgeous?!) add a pop of lively color and a hint of modernism to the room.

Nailed It

The nailhead trim on this pinstripe ottoman is crisp and masculine.

Controlled Chaos

Turning a toy (one with a cool, vintage vibe, at that) into a storage solution is an idea that we'd love to snag from Nancy. This little red wagon corrals the little boy's library (and a few toys) in a creative and playful way.

Custom Cubes

These smart little cubes were designed specifically for this room. Not only do they provide open storage (ideal for little ones who need easy access to their toys), but they can also be moved around to provide additional seating when friends are visiting.


This trio of giraffe hooks [2] ($20 each) from Anthropologie is such a stylish way to hang little coats!

Fire-Engine Red

Along with the classic Radio Flyer wagon [3], this adorable ride-on fire engine gives the room a pop of color.

Chucks and Bucks

A few pairs of good shoes, and he's ready to take on the world!

The More Headboards, the Merrier

How amazing is the layered look that these two headboards create? When the little room occupant gets bigger, he can simply get rid of the striped twin-size headboard and push a queen bed up to the appropriately sized blue one.

Striped Effect

The soft-colored wall stripes were originally meant to go only in the window nook. But once Nancy got started with the installation and saw how good they looked, she added them everywhere!

Just One Look . . .

. . . is all it took for us to be captivated by this space! It's beyond perfect for a little boy to live, play, dream, and grow in. Finding that delicate balance between serenity and fun (in other words, a room in which a child can play but still fall asleep) is no easy task. Next time we need some interior inspiration, we're calling Finnian's Moon [4]!

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