Masculine Tween Room


Welcome!  You know you have been busy when you haven't written a post in a month!  Life has been exciting here at Eleven Gables.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that:
I turned 40, my husband whisked me away to Napa, the boys have kept me busy with mounds of homework each night, I've they have written three book reports, I have had the pleasure of working on three client's homes, and I have been working, in my spare time, to complete this fun challenge of the "Fall in Love Room Make-Over."  Thank you to my biggest fans, my five boys.  They have spurred me on, given me "mommy time," and accompanied me on way too many trips to the store for this or that.  Thank you to Cassie from Primitive and Proper for inviting me to take part in this makeover series.  If you haven't had an opportunity to look at some of the other room makeovers, I challenge you to do it!  I am honored to be among some real talent!!   Bliss at Home just completed a gorgeous modern kid room and Newly Woodwards did a whole barn workshop!


And now, on to the makeover!!


  I turned our once darling nursery (sniff, sniff)... 


...into a Ralph Lauren Lodge inspired tween room for my oldest son. 



 He definitely had opinions about what he wanted in this room.  He loves all things hunting, fishing, and camouflage.  The wall color was chosen first to reflect the color of his boy scout uniform shorts.  The shorts are a gorgeous olive color, a little dark for the walls, but we found a complimentary color that worked perfectly!  The walls are painted in Valspar "Cliveden Gray Morning."  

My son and I have been pinning items to his Pinterest board for about a year now.  He tells me an idea and I tuck it away for such a time as this.  I may have only shown him lots of Ralph Lauren's rooms with tons of plaid for inspiration.



He wanted his room to feel like a log cabin, so we hunted for a log bed that would give a cabin feel.  I upholstered the box spring in a windowpane check.  Don't ask what fabric it is... I have no idea.  I found it in the remnant section at Hancock about 8 years ago.  I hoard fabric.  I have a problem.  Just ask my family.



The antlers are from my son's first hunting trip with his Poppy.









A cozy chair is the perfect reading spot for this boy who loves to read!





Tutorial and details about this frame and a free printable are coming soon!  















Another DIY project coming soon... this bulletin board holds many treasures.












The best view in the house!




This built in desk is the ultimate display area for my son's treasures.










By attaching stick-on magnets to his lures, we are able to display them in an organized way.



 Yes, he collects bones.  This boy can spot a bone a mile away.  He has come home with deer bones, a beaver's skull, various teeth, mouse bones, antlers, you name it.





I begged him to let me keep a few of his baby things out.  I'm sure they will be hidden away before too long.



Name that skull... 









If you squint, you can see him holding a giant fish in that picture.


 






As I mentioned in my before post here, we desperately needed a new dresser.  I wanted something that was antique, but that was still substantial enough to hold a few socks and t-shirts.  This one was on casters which made it perfect.  My boys have geography homework like crazy.  They are always pulling out these big maps, so I thought I'd just throw them up on the wall so they can easily look at them.  The dresser moves out of the way easily on its casters.








These gilded antlers are an easy DIY.  I'll show you next week!  I'm including a jar of this golden goodness in a giveaway, so stay tuned!










A vintage drum holds a bow and arrows.




Behind the door is a favorite hat (covered in camo duck tape) and a fishing vest.  




 The buffalo check has been sitting in my fabric closet for many years begging to come out!  I'm so thrilled it finally made an appearance!  You can make this sturdy curtain rod by following this tutorial.  I rubbed it down with Ebony Rub-n-buff to tone down the bright silver.  The curtain rings will be sewn on... eventually.  :)





 One last look at my son's masculine tween room. 



Thank you for stopping by and supporting me in this blogging adventure!  I love Instagram and post, almost daily, about life here at Eleven Gables.  I would love for you to follow along with me there.  This 6 week deadline has been just the push I needed to get this room done.  Now, I'm itching to do another room!!  Shhhh, don't tell my husband!  


Make sure you visit all of these fabulous bloggers who participated in room makeovers!!

Monday
Decor and the Dog
Home + Style Report
Dwellings by Devore
A Home Full of Color


Tuesday
Shift Ctrl Art 
Go Haus Go
The Gathered Home
The Thriftress


Wednesday
Primitive & Proper 
Wills Casa
Nalle's House
Brittany Makes
Number Fifty-Three


Thursday
Boxy Colonial
Bliss at Home
Eleven Gables
Newly Woodwards
The Chronicles of Home

Linking up with these blogs:

A Stroll Thru Life

49 comments:

  1. What a fun lodge room for a boy! Love all the antler decor. :)

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    1. Thank you!! He is in heaven! xox, Emily

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  2. Emily your son's masculine room came out beautifully and will definitely carry him all the way through the teens years! I love how you conspired together about the elements of the room for a year and how this room really reflects your son's interests. You definitely got the lodge vibe right!!! That bed, the magnetic fishing lures, maps, plaid and outdoorsy treasures came together beautifully, I think you should send photos to Ralph Lauren, he would hire you as a stylist in a heartbeat!!!! :) Wishing your son many happy years enjoying his new space.

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    1. Lisa, Thank you so much! That is so sweet! Oh to work for Ralph Lauren would be a dream! xox, Emily

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  3. This is as fabulous lodge room and has so many personal things for a teen boy. Love it all.

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  4. Emily!! So awesome!! I'm sure he loves it and will love it for a long time!! Great Job!! Love all the plaid :)

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    1. Thank you, Denise! He better love it for a long time ;) he he. xox, Emily

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  5. Love it so much Emily :) I have a fantasy for our cabin that I will one day make out RL fabulous! There are so many great details you added in this space...I need to look again. P.S. thanks for the the shout out! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Kristin! I would love to have a RL cabin! total Fab!! Thank YOU for the shout out! xox, Emily

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  6. This is EPIC. Wow. I love that you made rustic and campy feel really chic and modern. I never would have thought a log bed could look so current - but with the pillows and textures and fabrics, it's perfect. And I love how you organized his desk. And do not even get me started on that chair! I need that chair in my life!

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    1. Kim, Thank you so much! yeah, the thought of a log bed scared me a little. Totally not MY taste. But, my son loves it and I figured if I threw in as much plaid as I could get away with and minimize the "Camouflage" request by painting the walls a greeny-gray, the bed would be okay. The chair--- a gift from my mom. She bought it for her "lake house" then changed the decor. I love it too!

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  7. This is so good! I love the mix of patterns. And that chair. That chair is dreamy.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! That chair my parent's cast-off from their lake house. Total Score!

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  8. What a beautiful room. I love all the plaid.

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    1. Thank you, Katja! Thank you for all your hard work in this series too!! xox

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  9. BRAVO! You totally nailed it - and your son looks perfectly happy in his new reading nook chair!

    Well done, really did a great job with this makeover!

    But bones and antlers? Kinda glad I had girls, haha, is that a dog skull in the shelves? Yes, girls, for me that worked, haha. You are a brave momma! : - )

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    1. Thank you, Michele! Yep... bones and antlers. You should see all the skulls I didn't include. That boy brings home treasures on a daily basis. Probably a dog... looks like canine teeth. I'll have to ask him. He has a book that helps identify all the bones. Too bad the beaver skull didn't make the cut. It is awesome. xox, Emily

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  10. Beautiful! Love it. The bedding and the map is perfect. So fun that you all got to work together on this room!!

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  11. Ok ummm how bout we address these "you turned 40" lies youre spreading first. You dont look a day over 25;). I love that you really took the lodge feel and ran with it. Every detail is totally "boys weekend in a cabin in the woods". Love the log bed and all the plaid. Great job sweets.

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    1. Thanks, Shavonda! I feel 40! Especially after the past 6 weeks. I heart plaid too!!! lots of it in my fabric stash!! xox, Emily

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  12. This make-over was done with so much style. It looks great. Catherine

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  13. Emily, it looks fantastic! You did such an incredible job of incorporating his desires into an amazingly stylish room! Your son sounds so much like the way my little brother was growing up - right down to bringing home bones! (Where and how do they find them all?! It's a mystery!)

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    1. Thank you, Brynne! I got to add a turtle's skeletal head to the collection. :)

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  14. oh emily i love it! this is exactly the kind of room i want for sawyer when he is a tween! love the plaid and rustic touches- it's awesome!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Cassie. Thanks for the kick in the butt to get this way overdue room finished!!

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  15. I love this room! We have two boys and even though they have always been into camping and everything to do with the outdoors, we never did a room like this. It's magazine worthy!

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    1. That is so sweet! Thank you so much! xox, Emily

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  16. Love the entire lodge feel! That plaid chair is amazing. Just perfect for that space!

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  17. I love all the textures and patterns. Love it all.

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  18. Emily, it is so awesome!! So many thoughtful details were put into the space and it all came together beautifully! Well done my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Kris! It was certainly fun putting it all together! xox, Emily

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  19. It's definitely come a long way from its nursery days! Great job--love all the little touches, like that bulletin board. And of course the bone collection :)

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    1. Thank you, Gretchen! Bulletin Board tutorial will be on the blog Friday! xox, Emily

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  20. I love that you incorporated your son's interests while still making the room work for your tastes. Please please please provide sources for the leather pillows. They are amazing!

    www.designbyrobinsnest.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! The leather pillows with the buckles are Ralph Lauren Home. The dark brown leather and the cow print are Better Homes and Gardens Live Better line from Walmart. It's all about the mix!! xox, Emily

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  21. Oh Emily, I love it SO much! So stylish but obviously so true to your son. The bed is fantastic and I love the mix of pillows. Such a great space for a little/big boy :)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! All of my boys are begging to have me do their rooms next. Too many projects, not enough naps! ;) xox, Emily

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  22. Emily, I LOVE everything about this room. That plaid chair is to die for!! Fabulous fabulous job and glad you are back blogging!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! It's good to be "back." ;) xox, Emily

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  23. I love all the rustic touches and all the plaid! He is very lucky to have a mom like you! That frame is so clever too, perfect for a boy who loves hunting!

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  24. I just found your site via Southern Hospitality. The room looks so Ralph Lauren. Are the khaki sheets on the bed linen or chambray? I want to get a pair for my own bed. :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! The khaki sheets are from Ralph Lauren. I picked them up at HomeGoods. They have a rattan print on them. I can't for the life of me remember their name. The duvet is a khaki denim from Pottery Barn Kids. I hope that helps!

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  25. Do you have a tutorial for covering the box spring with fabric? Please, please!

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  26. Hey Emily, I recently started reading your blog. You have a great design eye and talent. I have looked at the pictures of your house so many times. It is very inviting and beautiful. I bought my first house recently and I am slowly furnishing the house. The one thing I have a hard time deciding on are the window treatments. I would like to know which places to buy fabric from and get the curtains stitched. Right now the house has only basic blinds which I want to replace. And I have two big sunrooms that have picture and double hung Windows where I might use Roman shades. I have this mammoth task of deciding on the curtains for whole house and I don't know where to start! Can you please give some suggestions.

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