Room Decor, Part 2

Aug 23, 2013 by

Well ladies and gents, it looks like once again I’ve made a mistake.  You put yourself out there…sometimes people like it and sometimes people don’t.  Welcome to the not-so-fun part of blogging.


Yesterday, I wrote about my struggles to find G$ some big boy room decor.  I got completely  a little sidetracked talking about my hatred for owls, but I thought I made my point clear.  Unfortunately, based on several messages I got from concerned friends and family, I was mistaken.


It seems that many of you read my post and thought I was trying to decorate G$’s room like it was for an adult, or to my personal taste only.  First, thank you all very much for your concern.  I appreciate all of you caring enough to message me your thoughts.  So, as a token of appreciation, let me assure you that you are worrying for naught.


Although, as an adult, my taste probably runs a little more “grown up” than “kid-friendly” sometimes, I want to create a comfortable, warm and inviting space for both my kids to live and grow in.  What I hard a hard time accurately portraying yesterday is that, although I may not like certain animals or themes, that isn’t the real issue.


The real issue is this: it’s very easy to find things for a nursery.  Finding things for toddlers is more difficult.  What caused me such trouble is two-fold:

First, most things I’ve found are too cartoony or too grown up.  Not much in between.  Second, I am dealing with a two year old.  What he likes changes every other week.  So it doesn’t make much sense to decorate with, say, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, right now when next month it will be airplanes and hot wheels.

What I am looking for is simple:  Things that are appropriate for a wide age range, fit our general color scheme (blue, gray, white, green, etc.) and make him feel at home.  If anyone out there has helpful tips on decorating toddler boys’ rooms or can point me in the direction of someone who can, please let me know.  I need help! 🙂

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Room Decor is for the Birds

Aug 22, 2013 by

I have had it.


It’s nearly that time…



Pregnant meltdown time.

crazy woman




Today’s Pregnant Pissy Situation (PPS) involves room decor.  Someone shoot me.  Seriously.  Since we moved G$ into his big boy room, we have the nursery basically set up and ready to rock for Navan, other than putting his name on the wall and moving clothes to G$’s room.  But G$’s new room…ugh.  Boring.  Not one thing on the walls.  This is not for a lack of trying, mind you.


But I can’t seem to find anything that is not:

A) babyish

B) cartoony

C) involving any of the following: trains, balls, animals, pirates, skulls

1) Side note…WTF is up with skulls for little boy clothes and decorations?!  You turn 10 and wearing skulls makes you feel like a BAMF, then go for it son.  Let your freak flag fly.  But G$ is two.  I still get to dress him.  And since he’s not joining up with any biker gangs (though his mother may have been accused of gang membership at one point…) or creating a poison (other than in his diaper), I don’t really see how skulls are a necessary part of his personal style.  But I digress.


Now, back to the animal decor problem.  I realize there are trends in decor for babies, just as there are in clothes for adults.  However, the current two things I am seeing EVERYWHERE are monkeys and owls.  Can we just talk about this bizarro world for a minute?


The monkey thing doesn’t bother me too much.  I don’t personally care for them, but I understand that some people find them cute and cuddly.  All I can think of are live monkeys who stink to the heavens and have favorite activities like flinging poop and touching other monkeys’ privates.  Actually, that’s strikingly similar to human boys, so maybe I’ve solved the monkey mystery.


But the owls.  WHAT THE FUCK?!  Seriously, people, work with me here.  Owls are creepy as hell.  They are only awake at night, they stare at you with their big creepo owl eyes and hoot.  All.night.long.  Is this really the example you want to create for a baby?  Ok, I’m kidding a little bit there, but OWLS ARE CREEPY.  This is not debatable.  They are not cute.


My G$ big boy decor search brought me to Etsy today.  I have a friend who had great success decorating her daughter’s nursery with items found on Etsy, so I figured I’d give it a shot since Target, Walmart, Home Goods, Crate and Barrel, Land of Nod and CB2 have already let me down not-so-gently.  This screenshot is what I found when I searched Etsy for “boy room decor:”

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NINE of twelve images are flipping owls, people.  Click to make it larger if you don’t believe me.  Why does “boy room decor” automatically = owls?  Would it kill you to get some simple, modern, able-to-grow-with-you decor, Etsy?  ARGH.

And that, my friends, is your PPS for the day.

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