Big Roo’s Modern Outdoorsy Bedroom

by melissa on October 5, 2010 · 71 comments

Since Big Roo loves green and we all love the outdoors, I figured it was only logical to do an outdoor kids room for him. There was just one problem.

Most outdoorsy rooms I’ve seen for kids just really didn’t suit our style.

I’m not into red and brown flannel, mallard ducks and army green for a little kids’ room. I wanted something bright, modern and just all around cool.

Well, piece by piece we worked on Big Roo’s room and I finally have it to a place I’m ready to share with the world.

Everything we picked out for the room was selected to match the Owl bedding from Dwell Studio. I’ve become a bit of an owl freak as of late but, wait, this isn’t about me right? Well, luckily this bedding was met with Big Roo’s enthusiastic approval… mainly because it had green on it!

We actually bought the awesome kids’ table from Inai Inai Ba almost two years ago when they were in their infancy (more on them tomorrow). Big Roo loves to color and play with his cars on that table. And knock the chairs down to jump over them. Boys.

The low profile IKEA dresser is small but perfect kid-height. The cute little wooden animals are from another etsy shop Just Hatched (more on them Thursday). I’m in love with the skunk. Big Roo made the birdhouse at day care. The little white lamp is why we love IKEA (cheap and modern).

The cool outdoor wall decals are from Wee Gallery, who makes killer wall decals among other things. We’ve been a fan of them for years (Big Roo used to have their giraffes in his room but they’ve since been handed down to the bebe).

One of my sisters soaked up all the artist mojo in our family. She came to visit and painted the owl and circle tree (which you’ll see below) to match the bedding. Then my hubby (who is also rather talented) painted the green and brown tree to give a splash of bright green to this side of the room.

Above Big Roo’s bed, we put three pictures from one of his latest hikes (I actually think a larger frame is in order but it’ll do for now). The table is an IKEA favorite (the always-cheap-as-crap Lack table). It’s one of those tables that he could break every two months and we’d still replace it because it costs like $8.

Those alien looking things on the table are actually Oxo Candela nightlights that I bought off eBay. I bought them a while ago and got all giddy when I saw how perfect the colors matched. After scouring etsy for a plush owl, I also scored the cutest owl from the shop plants & animals. I’m SO thrilled that little owl.

Finally, when you walk in, we have a couple of shelves from IKEA. One has a piggy bank on it and the other has an N (no, my kid’s name isn’t Big Roo) and an adorable raccoon from the Just Hatched set. Gee, I puffy heart me some etsy.

That’s it in a nutshell! A modern outdoor kids’ bedroom without the flannel.

I hope you all enjoyed the tour!

Speaking of etsy, come back tomorrow and Thursday for a couple of giveaways from Etsy shops Inai Inai Ba and Just Hatched.

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1 Renee October 5, 2010 at 8:00 am

That’s a nice room! I like the neighborhood park feel it has.
And I’m with you on the flannel and mallards. Too great huntery.

2 Brenna - Suburban Snapshots October 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

Lady, this is beautiful! I very uncreatively bought all the matching girl-owl stuff for Anna’s bedroom with the Ikea Hemnes dresser (which hello, is HUGE) and an Ikea bed we bought ages ago that they don’t make anymore – twin with drawers underneath. I love it, though envy your original artwork. The square tree is fantastic!
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3 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Your room sounds really cute too!

Not to knock my hubby’s fine talents, but the tree is pretty easy! It was lots of painters tape to make the branches and then the square green part. We love how it turned out!

4 ilinap October 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

Adorable! Please come decorate my sons’ rooms. They are currently a chic hideous.

5 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm

It will only take me like 8 months to finish their rooms. I started on his room before the little guy was born! :-)

6 Roy Scribner October 5, 2010 at 8:48 am

It. Is. So. Clean.

That is a great-looking room – I love the trees and the little table. Are the grey-stripped trees decals? Those are really cool!
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7 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Trust me. It’s rarely this clean!

And the grey things are tree decals. They’re a part of that Wee Gallery set I mentioned.

8 Keri October 5, 2010 at 9:00 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this room! It is so cute and kiddie without being cliche and boring! It has such a light and fun atmosphere!! I bet Big Roo just loves it!
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9 Christy Knutson October 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

LOVE THE ROOM Melissa! You did an amazing job! Those boys sure are lucky to have you as their mom. :)
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10 Sarita October 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

Mel, I think the small picture frame is great. What I do is buy more like it and keep putting pics in from other hikes or outdoor things you do! Instead of 1 frame, use bunches of frames to display tons of pics! Love the room!
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11 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Good point. I didn’t think of using more than one frame. You’re genius!

12 Ann October 5, 2010 at 9:47 am

Love it! You all did a great job. I have been thinking about what to do for my son’s room for a while now, but haven’t found my jumping off point yet. I love that you started with the bedding. Great idea!
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13 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Thanks! Yep, starting with the bedding helped me pick out colors and such. We managed to get a green paint that matched the bedding to a T!

14 suzanne @ pretty*swell October 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

LOVE! Especially the paintings. Very inspiring!
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15 The Hunter's Wife October 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

Very cute!
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16 Brittany at Mommy Words October 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

This looks fantastic! I think the colors and the owls are just precious! I so wish Miles liked owls more than trains but alas – we have gone with vintage train in his room.

I will definitely be back for some etsy giveaway fun!

And yes…this room would be perfect for OhDeeDoh!
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17 Yuliya October 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

This looks amazing, great job!
I think my favorite is the square tree :)

18 merranie October 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

wow – amazing! great job. thanks for sharing. i’ve been obsessed with owls for some time too – i love the retro designs that are everywhere of late.
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19 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Me too. I wonder what cool owl things from back in the day that I gave away years ago. I’m sure I’d like them now!

20 Tiffany @ MomNom October 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

So cute!
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21 Losing Brownies October 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I love his room! Our little guy has an outdoor theme too. I based it around his crib bedding. I got a huge tree removable decal from babies-r-us.

22 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Oh cute! I think removable decals are the best thing to hit home decorating in a LONG time.

23 Erin Lane October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Oh my lord, this is BEAUTIFUL! I have got to do something like this for Bug’s new room in a few months. I didn’t even really finish his nursery the way I wanted.

Such inspiration. Now to budget accordingly…
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24 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:47 pm

It took me longer than I wanted (started it before the bebe was born) but glad it’s finished and how I envisioned it!

25 Rosalynn October 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Awesome room Mel! You are so creative! Great job!

26 Alyssa October 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I love the detail you put into the room! It looks great!

27 Veronica October 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

At the risk of sounding like a total fan girl i freaking love this. it is so gorgeous and understated and I might totally bite your style when the time comes for me to decorate my children’s rooms :) Nice work.
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28 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:47 pm

LOL- fan girl. Bite away!

29 Rachael October 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I LOVE it. We live in a log house that my father in law built, so we can’t really paint or decorate that way.

30 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

well I’m sure that has an outdoor feel all its own. Neat!

31 Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation October 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Can you please come decorate my kids rooms? SO CUTE!!! I heart Dwell Studio stuff!
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32 MonicaFernaays October 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

That room is so adorable and open and just right for a little boy!! I with you on the flannel and duck decoy’s…I think you did an awesome job! I haven’t done a lot of Esty shopping, I guess I need to look into that some more! Thanks for opening your home to us!!

33 Keyona October 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Oh my word! That’s adorable! I can’t wait for my baby boy to grow up!

34 Keyona October 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Also, you are super talented!
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35 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

hehe- thanks!

36 Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) October 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I love it!! We looove some owls. And those colors are great! One fun thing about our upcoming move is that we get to redo the rooms. So fun!
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37 Jamie October 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm

It looks fantastic! Super cute and modern. I love the colors and the bedding. I think I love everything. :) Great job!

38 Tina @ Life Without Pink October 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Awe what a sweet room! Its so modern and cheery, great job!

39 Melody Scott October 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Very nice! Love the wall paintings, very fresh and clean with a nature vibe! I’ve been considering re-doing my yougest’s room into a woodsy look but without the flannel and hunting cliche look. More along the lines of Smokey Mountains Black Bears in a green green forest. Glad to see someone else who thinks outside the box! But I hope the room is only this clean for the photo shoot, since it makes my kid’s rooms look like they are victims of tornado alley!!!

40 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Your room sounds adorable! And, I was frantically cleaning it up before the pictures– it’s NEVER this clean!

41 Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud October 6, 2010 at 2:10 am

That room is absolutely perfect! I’d sleep in it! lol

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42 Eve@BeautifulSpitUp October 6, 2010 at 6:29 am

Wicked cute!! I totally get the obsession with owls; they’re adorable without being “adorable!” I currently am obsessed with elephants and my son’s room reflects that! I hadn’t thought of browsing etsy though… awesome tip, Mel!
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43 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm

oh I’m sure there are some adorable elephant stuff on etsy!

44 Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig October 6, 2010 at 7:28 am

Ahhhh, I love it! When can I move in?! ;)
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45 Andrea October 6, 2010 at 10:02 am


I am also officially disgusted with how cool you are. Totally unfair. :(

This is what I want to do (not exactly!) to lil one’s playroom, and it’s my agenda, I’m just so not there yet!

Love it!
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46 Missy @ Wonder, Friend October 6, 2010 at 10:26 am

I love this room!! Inspiration for our next big boy room.

And what? You didn’t name your kids Big and Little Roo? Consider my bubble burst. ;)
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47 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm

It’s shocking isn’t it? I mean Roo IS such a cool name and all. :-)

48 Karen(Tricia's mom) :) October 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

Love it Mel, but really, that’s a kids room? Its waaaaaaaay too clean!

49 Sue Robinson October 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

SO cute! Love it! Looks straight out of a fabulous magazine photo shoot. Please tell me you aren’t always that clean?

50 Andree October 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Abosolutely stunning! Gee – I wish my Mom had created such a magical room….really, it is gorgeous.

I can only imagine what creative, intelligent, kind souls will develop in such special rooms….

Congratulations : – )

51 melissa October 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I sure hope so!

52 Katie October 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Wow, that is an amazing bedroom. Perfect for a kid!! You should look at my flowerpens on my website. You might be able to use them to match that bedroom. You can put them on the desk and nobody will know the decorations are pens.

53 Alexandria October 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

That’s really an adorable room

54 Melisa October 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

Want to come over and design a room for my Boy???? This was fantastic!!!
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55 Julie October 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

I love this room! A really excellent mix of modern and outdoorsy.

56 Lynda October 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

This is so gorgeous and clean looking! I love the furniture and wall art. I wish I had any decorating skills whatsoever!
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57 Lindsay | DesignerWife October 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

That is one of THE CUTEST kids rooms I’ve ever seen. Like, I need to go have kids right now just so I can recreate this room in my house. Adorable!! :)


58 adriel October 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I ADORE this room. Seriously Melissa – it’s sooo cute. I love that bed set and the graphics on the wall… and that color green just happens to be my absolute fave. Love everything about it, including that fab view from the corner windows!!! Well done to you guys! x

59 L. Eleana October 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

You did an awesome job with this room! I love it!!

60 Merry120 October 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Wow! That is such a great room! I wish I had ANY talent in decorating. Poor Evan will never have a room as cool as this.

61 melissa@wall decals kids January 28, 2011 at 2:31 am

This room is amazing! I especially love the painted trees on the wall. Everything about this room is good! Your son is so lucky!
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62 Online Information February 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

Awesome. I love this kind of bedroom. I wish I have this kind of bedroom.

63 ajira June 18, 2011 at 2:49 am

Wonderful detail in the room. I love that it relates but isn’t too matchy matchy. And it’s an awesome room for any child. So tired of seeing the same kinds of rooms for boys and same kinds of rooms for girls. As if all boys or all girls like the one type of thing. Where’s the post about bebe’s room? ;D
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64 Irene June 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

LOVE this room! There’s always something about green and trees that just evoke the words fresh, clean, and modern!

65 AmyR October 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Love the room! I have the same bedding and am trying to find a matching paint color, so far with no success. Can you tell me the name of the light green paint color on your walls? It looks great with the bedding.

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