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Parker’s Big Boy Room!

Happy Fall! It’s been a crazy few months but we FINALLY moved into our new home! We are currently renovating so that has taken up the last few months!  Today I’m sharing the start of Parker’s big boy room, which is a “Woodland Theme”.

Before we moved out of our townhouse, Parker’s baby room was grey and white chevron with elephants, and after he turned 3 years old we decided it was time to transition to a big boy room, but wanted to save money and wait until we moved into our new home! Also-to be super real with you all…he barely slept in his room anyways and had been co-sleeping with us for some time, so it never really bothered me that he didn’t have a fancy baby room!  It’s definitely an opinionated topic, but he started co-sleeping with us one day when he got sick and we got stuck doing it for way longer than we wanted! We made it our routine and it worked for us for a while.  I actually loved co-sleeping and do not see anything wrong with it, but if I could do it all over again I would not start (for my own sanity, and my own pillow!!)

We decided once we bought our house that enough was enough and that we were going to stop making excuses and start having him sleep in his own room.  It really was perfect timing, and if anyone currently co-sleeping I’m telling you our move was the perfect time to make the transition!  A few weeks beforehand we starting talking to him about his room in his new house and how awesome it would be for him to have his own new big boy room.  I think he was just as excited as we were-so it honestly was super easy for us to move him out of our bed!  The first few nights we had to lay down with him until he fell asleep, but I think he realized after a few nights of waking up that he could do it by himself.  I thought it was important to teach him that we were just right next door, and whenever he calls me to this day I always come and lay down with him for a second if he gets scared.  I also bought him a little nightlight, so that if he does wake up and stumbles outside of his room he is always safe.  If you are having trouble transitioning, I would also make a “Sticker Chart” so that every morning when they wake up they can add a sticker to the da.  My friend suggested it and it definitely worked for us! This way you are praising positive behavior-and what kid doesn’t love a sticker?!

After stepping into Hobby lobby and seeing how cute the “Tee Pee” section was, I knew I wanted to go with the “Camp” or “Woodland” themed room.  Shiplap is ALL you see on Pinterest these days, and we wanted to incorporate this into our house somehow.  Given the theme we chose for his room, it just made sense to use this as our accent wall. The ship-lap was pre-made from Home Depot and our contractor put it up for us but there are a TON of easy DIY’s I have included at the bottom of this post.  It’s still a work in progress but I hope this gives your some inspiration!

These prints are from an awesome site called Homgrl.  Her prints are the CUTEST, and she even makes children’s clothing (check out Parker’s tee below) and the cutest farmhouse signs! Use code “NICOLINA” for 10% off your purchase!  The two gray prints I created myself before Parker was born, and I wanted to add something in from his baby room!

I also just ordered some garland to hang on the prints as well! You can customize your garland in ANY colors! Check it out here!

I think someone approves of his new bedroom!



I still have another wall that I need to decorate, but I’m stuck and don’t know what i want to do yet! I was thinking of doing a floating bookshelf, but I am still looking for some ideas and want to stay minimal!  Stay tuned for more updates on our home renovations, and HAPPY SHOPPING! Don’t forget to tag me in all of your Woodland themed rooms-I would love to see your ideas!

Shiplap How tos:

How to shiplap a wall–the Do’s and DON’Ts!

How to Plank a Wall for $30 (DIY Shiplap)

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Nicole Bradley

Social Media Enthusiast fueled by lots of coffee. I'm a small town girl, living in Upstate, NY! I'm a mom to the coolest six year old named Parker and little babe, Sloane. Most days you can find me in converse and a graphic tee, hanging with my sweet fam!

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  1. Julie Theresa
    4 years ago

    Obsessed! Love the teepee theme!

  2. Dani
    4 years ago

    I am LOVING his room and the shiplap and all the decor!!! Great post and thanks for the links to the DIY’s!! 🙂

  3. Sarah
    4 years ago

    I’m sooo in love with his bedroom! Thanks for linking everything-I am def doing this for my son when hes born!

  4. Jessica Fitch
    4 years ago

    Can you link the mattress that you bought for him? Looks sooo comfy!

    1. Nicole Bradley
      4 years ago

      The best memory foam bed ever!