Boy Bedroom For All Ages

Boy Bedroom For All Ages {Dolen Diaries}

I’m not a big fan of bedrooms that only last a short season of a child’s life. I’m all in for a little freshen up with a few new accessories here or there but I find complete overhauls every couple of years just unreasonable. When I was putting together my youngest son’s room I really was trying to create a Boy Bedroom For All Ages not just the his current preschool years.

Boy Bedroom for All Ages

Our home was built in ’64 so the bedrooms are on the smaller side. I personally don’t mind this but it does mean that I have to be choosy with furniture selections. I started with the daybed from Ikea. This daybed actually pulls out to create a full size bed if needed and I love the extra storage in the bottom of the bed. I have to say though what I love most is the amount of floor space a day bed leaves for play!

Boys Bedroom that will grow with them! {Dolen Diaries}

This small space needed a dresser and some height. Not only was the charcoal color what I was looking for it also had a vintage feel which I knew would add a little personality and not look like kid furniture. Oh and it was totally in budget since it was from Ikea! I found this awesome orange metal lamp on clearance at Land of Nod. I had read somewhere that you were supposed to have a pop of red in every room and I decided orange was my new red.

Cool Boy Bedroom Art

I stole this fabulous piece of car art from the garage. With it’s vintage vibe and fun pop of lime I knew it would be perfectly compliment the metal lamp. {Pop back over on Wednesday to see how this was made…}

Boys Bedroom Display Wall

I found this classic grey bedspread and pillow sham set at Target. The set only came with one sham and there weren’t extra shams available for purchase….grr! I really wanted to set a neutral stage so going with a pop of color was out of the question. Now I had to find another set of shams that had a good grey without being too much grey so it wouldn’t clash with the bedspread. This was quite a task. I finally found these off white and grey print shams.

The wall above the bed is a work in progress. As a former kindergarten teacher, I LOVE kid art! Micah teases that I’d have it everywhere if it weren’t for him. {He may be right…it’s just SO precious!} I painted this chicken wire frame that was from my old classroom a bright orange {Martha Stewart’s Carrot} to clip all of his preschool works of art to. {Heart melting moment…Kell loves monster trucks and mom! It even says so on his sweet little torn paper heart art!}

I added two shorter photo ledges for more display. I know as Kell gets older he’ll have special things that he wants to put up there. For now we have a little egg art that we painted together, a cuddly elephant, and a nursery rhyme book that was given to me for my 1st Christmas. The second ledge has a colorful puzzle and a little sharpie name art made by yours truly. I still need to fill in this wall a bit. Maybe some fun theme art that is inexpensive and can be easily switched out.


Kids Bedroom Reading Corner

My MIL made these floor cushions for Kell. They are perfect for laying on while enjoying a good book and Kell LOVES his books! The rug is another Ikea purchase {I promise this room isn’t sponsored by Ikea…you just can’t beat their prices for the style!} perfect for building block castles on and keep toes warm as they hit the floor in the morning. It’s a low pile, high traffic type rug so it will wear well.

Kid's Reading Corner {Dolen Diaries}

I picked up three of these photo ledges from Ikea that I turned into a book display. As he grows so will the types of books on these shelves. There you have a Boy Bedroom For All Ages, just one of the Boy Bedrooms for All Ages here in the Dolen household…more to come! But those are for another week! This week I’ve teamed up with some AUH-MAZING boy mamas {we have 36 boys between all of us!} to share our boy mama tips, tricks, & style….

Now let the Boy Madness continue….

Boy Mom Madness: Boy Bedrooms


Southern State of Mind | DIY on the Cheap | Dixie Delights | 

Just a Girl and Her Blog | Being Bianca

I Should Be Mopping the Floor |

 The Happy Housie | Blue i Style | Dolen Diaries  

 Beneath My Heart | House of Rose

Don’t forget to pop back by tomorrow for more Boy Madness!

A Real Life Page Out of the Dolen Diaries

Have you browsed Pinterest in the past three months? Have you drooled over the beautiful home tours of your favorite bloggers? Between the perfect burlap-wheat-mum-and-pumpkin Fall Tours and the rustic-modern-and-vintage-all-at-once Christmas Home Tours, do you ever wonder how these ladies get it all done? Do you ever wonder what the behind-the-scenes-not-so-picture-perfect homes look like? And … what do these creative bloggers do all day, exactly??

Well, I’ve teamed up with eight other bloggers to give you a behind the scenes look at our REAL homes and lives. The day-to-day happenings, and the less-than-magazine-worthy-pictures. We’re busy … far, far from perfect, and wear many hats (just like most moms). So, grab your coffee, wine, or other beverage of choice, and join us for our ‘Real Life’ home tours (and feel good about your own home at the same time).

Today I’m showing you A Real Life Page Out of the Dolen Diaries…

A day in the life home tour {Dolen Diaries}

Welcome to our home!

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

Watch out for the cars there…there is almost always something to trip on in our entry {boots, shoes, backpacks, coats, and yes even toys!}. It’s a daily reminder that I need to work on creating a mini mud-room in our entry closet.

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

If you were coming over in the evening this is what you would see. I try to do a quick pick up every evening before bed. I don’t like all of us getting up to a big mess. I did say TRY…sometimes it’s been a long day and I just need to go to bed. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a good example of that this week.

Real Life House Tour {Dolen Diaries}

During the day our living room is flooded with natural light and I absolutely adore it! I just got these white couches a couple of weeks ago from Ikea and I’m in LOVE!

Real Life House Tour {Dolen Diaries}

One of the boys left a blanket off his bed on this one today. I will throw this down at the bottom of the stairs for them to put it into their room later. Classy, right!?!

Real Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

I keep this market basket in our living room to throw the toys I find around the house throughout the week.

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

We still haven’t properly handled our TV cords. It’s SO ugly and drives me crazy but we’ll get there.

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

Our coffee table always has a lot going on.

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

My boys have sock issues…they take them off everywhere! Seriously, I started charging my oldest $3.00 a sock because his sock habit was so bad. I couldn’t turn around without coming across one of his dirty socks. Eww! Eww! Kell apparently felt like his socks needed to be on our hutch. I had to chuckle when I saw this…I mean who does that!?! Oh my boys!

We live life at this messy table {Dolen Diaries}

Our table usually has a mess on it and I am constantly cleaning it. We live life here! On this day the boys had just had snack and were working on their homework. Kell always wanting to be in the mix was playing “guys” but was way too distracting for Ash so Gray took him downstairs to play. He’s such a good big brother!

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

This piece of furniture ends up being kind of a catch all…I like to have baby wipes close by when I’m doing crafts with Ash & Kell. The doll was left by a friend’s daughter and is waiting for her owner to come get her. Gray is in a student leadership class at church. Part of the class is verse memorization so I write his weekly verse on our chalkboard so we can all practice it. It’s been the most awesome thing for me, too! Those domed thingys are still empty but I like them even without anything in them….we’re still settling in remember!?! How long can I use that excuse?

Everyday Messy Kitchen {Dolen Diaries}

This is one area that I wish was perfectly clean…I always have stuff on the counters and a paint brush or two by the sink. Doesn’t everyone!?!

Our hallway typically is pretty clear but sometimes a boy needs to dump his Nerf bow in the hall to use the bathroom.

Speaking of our bathroom…I keep it pretty clean but one of Ash & Kell’s favorite things to do is play in the sinks. It makes a pretty big mess but they love it!!

Real Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

Kell loves his books and his Paw Patrol stuffies right now.

Real House Tour {Dolen Diaries}

The master is pretty small but I actually like the size {but I do wish it had a master bathroom}. It feels sweet and cozy. I make my bed most mornings but I always have a basket or two of dirty laundry hanging out in there. You can see laundry poking out here and there…

Real Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

I painted Micah’s dresser and my bedside table with chalk paint but I still need to find the perfect drawer pulls. I know I’ll find them!

Real Life Home Tour {Dolen Diaries}

The playroom is an organizing disaster! I can’t wait to get a handle on it!

Real House Tour {Dolen Diaries}

It also needs some prettying up! Or I guess since I have boys, cooling up. It needs to be a cool/fun place to hangout for not just our kids but for our whole family.

So there is a Real Life Page out of the Dolen Diaries…I hope you enjoyed your peek into our everyday home. And if you’re dying for more behind-the-scenes … pop on over to visit these ladies and see what kind of chaos (or lack there of) is happening around their homes:

Perfectly Imperfect Home Tour ... A Behind The Scenes Glimpse Into The World Of Craft Bloggers

Crumbs and Chaos … A Real Life Home Tour from View From The Fridge

Please Excuse the Mess, We’re Making Memories from Crafts By Courtney

Silhouette School’s Messy Office…Reveal from Silhouette School

Behind The Scenes Of A Creative Blogger from My Creative Days

Perfectly Imperfect Home Tour from The Blue Eyed Dove

The Many Hats of a Craft Blogging Mom from Delineate Your Dwelling

A Day in the Life of a Blogging Mama from 3 Little Greenwoods

A Real Life Page Out of the Dolen Diaries from Dolen Diaries

Our {Perfect}ly Imperfect Home Tour from One Krieger Chick