Published: October 02. 2012 6:42PM
Written by Mayme Baker
“First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys.”
— Ray Bradbury, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
“A boy is a magical creature — you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can't lock him out of your heart.” — Allen Beck
Boys will be boys. If you are a boy, have a boy or have lived with one for any length of time, you know it’s true.
“Jack be nimble, Jack be quick!” Mischievous males can be just that — fast, wild and impulsive — wielding sticks and stones (and later, car keys!), sporting disheveled clothing, grimy hands, stinky feet, messy mouths and usually toting a pocketful of treasures collected throughout the day.
But thank goodness for these rough-and-tumble, tender, fearless, wonderful crazy creatures!
Creating mini man-caves worthy of such fellows can be fun but also a little tricky. Consider the wishes of the little guy versus what Mama thinks best. Therein lies the challenge. Sure, I guess it is easy enough to order a child’s bedroom straight from a catalog, complete with matching sheets and wall decor, if you’re going for that mass-produced effect.
More often than not, rooms designed around a theme can be rather cringe-worthy, not to mention predictable and downright boring. On the other hand, if your youngster is given carte blanche, the results, among many things, may include an array of miscellaneous posters, tape and tack holes covering the walls. Often this is complemented by scattered mounds of clothing.
There must be a suitable alternative, right?
When charged with the delightful task of shaping a boy’s sacred space, I aim to strike a handsome balance between playful and grown-up, old and new, and goofy but still cool and intelligent. Your golden child should feel safe to express himself and be happily surrounded by his favorite objects. Shelving for displaying rock collections, books, potions, model cars and sports trophies are a must in any lad’s room.
You also need lots of storage for all the little beastly bits of things that must not be thrown away. Customarily I gravitate toward timeless patterns and color choices along with transitional furnishings that will not date the room or the boy but rather usher that rascal right into adulthood. Durability of bedding, upholstery and window treatment fabrics is key, of course. These elements create a base for the design and set the stage for the young man to throw in the wacky personal elements that will polish off the whole look.
|BIG TOP TOT: This nursery will morph beautifully into a big boy roost.Mayme Baker Studio|