Our Makeover: A Modern Boy’s Bedroom With A Dash of Adventure

Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover!

Yesterday, we told you all about our plans to make over our little boy's bedroom. Before we get to the big reveal, let's do a mini recap. 

We moved into the Curbly House when our son was two weeks old. Because we were insane people who purchased, gutted, moved into, and attempted to furnish and decorate a whole house with a brand new baby, his room was left looking fairly generic.

Curbly: Boy's Bedroom Makeover Before
A view of the nursery the day we closed on the house and the ceiling fell down.
Boy's Room Makeover, Before
A view of the nursery a few months later.

But, like sands through the hourglass, days turned into years, and our boy grew from a wee sprout to a 2 1/2-year-old joyful little guy with lots of opinions and interests. Mainly, he loves things that go (specifically: trains), “guys” (little Playmobil figurines that he names), and creating mountain adventures for his playthings.

After putting together some mood boards, we set out to create a room that was centered on the theme of mountains. Let me digress for a moment and say that mountains are having their moment. Emily Henderson did them super-well for Oh Joy's nursery

Oh Joy's Mountain Mural
Photo: David Tsay

And, Pam Lostracco created this magical wall in her bedroom.

Photo: Pam Lostracco

Mountains are the poster children for adventure, so we were excited to put our own twist on the trend. My favorite thing about our mountain mural is that we made it magnetic so that our little guy could play with his little guys on the wall. We used several coats (five, to be exact) of magnetic paint and to magnetize our wall. Then, we drilled holes into the backs of several Playmobil figurines and inset magnets using industrial strength craft adhesive. The magnets are securely locked in place, which is important because strong magnets and little children can be dangerous together.

From blank wall, to magnetic mountains, to magnetic mountain climbers!

We were incredibly lucky to partner with Land of Nod for this project (if you haven't seen it already, check our Curbly friends Al & Meghan's nursery makeover, also in partnership with Land of Nod). We love the charm, style, and quality Land of Nod weaves into their furniture, and we adore the playful aesthetic they embody. 

With our mountain theme fresh in my mind, I created mood boards featuring some Land of Nod pieces we wanted to incorporate into the room's design. Namely, the Andersen bed and the Blue Patina rug. These two pieces really grounded the room making it easy to build character into the space and give it a layered feeling. 

The final result is a space that reflects our growing boy; it suits him perfectly.

Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

Night Stand - Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

Book Nook - Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

Playmobil toys
Hang on, Steve! I've got you!

Playmobil toys mounted with magnets
Megan, I swear, if you give him one more treat, I'll let go of this rope.


Mountain Accent Wall - Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover

And, here's our resource list for those interested. All pieces are from Land of Nod, unless otherwise noted.