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A Bedroom for the Guys



That room in the picture above is not in my house, but I do love it.  I am showing it to you because I’ve got to do something about my son’s room.  I’ve been looking for some inspiration.  Do you know how hard it is to find rooms that work for twenty-something year olds??  There are hundreds thousands of precious girl’s rooms.  There are even a large number of little boy’s rooms like this clever one below.

But finding something that works for older guys is not easy.  Most of what I find is nautical.

I have found a few that do seem suited to them, and they even have a southern feel. See what you think.

Look how similar the bed in this next one is to the beds above.

Sarah Richardson has done a room for the guys that is not too

Here is one whose look is really

I really like this next room.  It has the “feel” I want for the space, but I doubt my son would approve.

And I love love love the drapes in this

Our sons’ room is not bad, by any means.  It just doesn’t work for our twenty-something year old until he knows whether or not he is going to law school or grad school or what.  He has had a twin sized bed for way too long, and he has a queen size mattress set in storage.  So the twin sized bed is about to be booted out.  That means that some things have to change…at a minimum, the furniture arrangement and the linens.  This room from The Lettered Cottage has the most similar layout of our space,and it has the feel that I think is fitting of both our son and the house.

So next time, I will hopefully show you the space as it is right now – the before.  But don’t expect the after for a month or two. We interrupt our regularly scheduled life to bring you Christmas in the next few weeks, and I just found out we are hosting our school’s faculty Christmas party here again. (Yes Mom, you read that right.) That’s means a little extra work needs to go into the Christmas decorating, and it means that bedroom will have to stay like it is for just a little while longer until I can wrap my head around what to do in there.

And speaking of holidays, don’t forget you can still enter to win 2 cans of Williams Sonoma pumpkin cupcake mix to have just in time for Thanksgiving!  The drawing will be this Saturday night (11/10/12,) and all you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on the post. 🙂

And here is a question for you today:

Which of the rooms above do you like best for a 20-something year old?

hoping to hear from you,

**Giveaway has closed.   Winner announced 11/12/12.

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Wanda - November 11, 2012 - 8:40 am

Thank you so much for the link ! I will be bidding!

Rose - November 10, 2012 - 6:06 pm

@ Wanda,
Here is a link to some seafoam buffalo check fabric that is on Ebay right now (11/10 5:04 PM Central). 18 yds @$85 + $19.99 shipping…a good deal IMHO. Hope you catch this message!

Maybe you could pass it on to her, Kelly??

Kayleigh Harkins - November 7, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Kelly, I really liked The Lettered Cottage room. I think it was the rug that sort of contained the furniture and I also really liked the dresser in the middle of the room. I liked the first few rooms that you posted with the hunting and fishing artwork too. I think that a room should reflect your personality and interests.

Christina @ Floridays Mom - November 7, 2012 - 6:45 pm

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Barbara (WA) - November 7, 2012 - 9:31 am

I love the Lettered Cottage room (those red doors!). My sons are grown and gone (in their 30’s!!) but probably wouldn’t have liked the southern style rooms. Or print curtains/pleats/ruffles of any sort. But they also didn’t grow up with a mom with a good decorating talent, sigh. All this to say the warmth and clean lines of the LC room get my vote.

Lindsay at Life of Splendor - November 7, 2012 - 9:08 am

Hi Kelly! I LOVE the rooms that you posted. I’ve actually been looking a lot at boys rooms lately…no reason to yet, but girls seem easy…my sister is having a boy so it made me start taking a look. I love the one with the weathered beds and the green. I’ve had that one pinned forever. But I must say, that room from The Lettered Cottage is really one of my favorites. I loved when they posted that. I don’t know if that’s any help, but I feel like weathered wood (wood is always good and masculine) plus buffalo check and maybe a little nautical flair is great for a boy of any age.

Donnamae - November 6, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Interesting question…what would I like…what would my son like? I have a 24 yr old at home. He does not want a decorated room. He has a twin bed,,,he picked out the comforter and all art work. He has a tv, and recliner…and has a mixture of contemporary and vintage. I would have picked the room by decor pad…my son’s room looks more like the one from the lettered cottage. He likes it, so therefore, I like it! 😉

Vicki - November 6, 2012 - 8:35 pm

My vote…theletteredcottage all around winner for a 20 something but I love the colors in the houzz room.

Stacey - November 6, 2012 - 6:58 pm

Oh gosh, I’m right there with you. Our 20 year old son is living back home while going to school. He left then came back. Since we just moved he has designed his room and we are both happy with it. Our older son is a senior in college this year. He hasn’t ever lived in this house but I’ve made one room that somewhat reflects him.

I love all the pictures you chose. Of course the checks are awesome. Love the 5th picture you have but I’m pretty sure that both my boys would not approve of the floral drapes and ruffled lamp shades. 🙂

Rose - November 6, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Great pictures! I like the one from the Lettered Cottage best just because I love buffalo checks myself.

Having raised a rather rambunctious son, who is now 28, I would never ever use white anything in a man’s bedroom no matter what their age!! No dust ruffles..just a comforter. If you are needing to buy a bed frame, a sleigh bed or platform bed might be the best idea. Shades are more masculine than drapes IMHO and add book shelves for books just in case he does go for law school, he’ll need the space. I also would put in a table and a couple of chairs so he has room to spread out while studying rather than a desk which can be confining when you need to have a lot of reference materials out. Lamps should be attached to the walls or ceiling or they WILL get knocked over even if by accident. But you probably all ready know all of this LOL!!

Enjoy your holiday decorating.

Debbie Cherry - November 6, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Love the green and brown “photobucket” room, but the queen bed is probably a better choice for a 20 year old. Enjoy his time at home- mine are out of the nest and I miss them being around!

the farmer's wife - November 6, 2012 - 1:55 pm

I am most drawn to RedClaySoul. Plus I love the link name–RedClaySoul–very southern. The hunting theme draws me in because it is my past, my present, and my future. What is your family’s heritage? What are your male counterpart’s interests and hobbies? Work them in with art work and color scheme. Can’t wait to see your finished product!

Garden, Home and Party - November 6, 2012 - 1:40 pm

I really liked all of your examples with the “nautical” one being the favorite. I had to laugh when you talked about your twenty-something son still being in a twin bed when he comes home. Our 6’3″ son stopped fitting in his twin bed during the college years and it wasn’t until he graduated that we purchased a queen, only to have him move to an apartment with friends. 🙂 Oh well, the queen works well for guests.

Genny - November 6, 2012 - 1:00 pm

This is a tough one! I like elements of each room. Having had 3 girls I’ve never had the chance to do a boy’s room — but I think doing a total masculine bedroom would be fun! And, you have some time now to think about what you’d like to do since you are waiting until after the holidays. I love to decorate for Christmas too. How sweet of you to be the host!

Stephanie - November 6, 2012 - 12:52 pm

I think the one with the blue and cream drapes you like so much goes with the rest of your home. I am a fan of “The Lettered Cottage” tho. Love their style.

connye neal - November 6, 2012 - 12:45 pm

MY eye loves the liz williams room…but having two grown boys myself- it would never actually LOOK that way in real life. The Lettered Cottage looks like he could live and be comfortable in it.

House Crazy Sarah - November 6, 2012 - 10:59 am

My son is just turning 7 so we are still in the Legos/Cars/Toy Story phase – lol

Cathy Norrie - November 6, 2012 - 10:21 am

Hi Kelly

Yup… the Lettered Cottage room wins hands down in my opinion. Love the framed print of the dog (my son would have approved I’m sure). Clean, simple yet comfy… the only thing missing is a large bookshelf to hold all the great books he reads!… and of course a place for his vinyl record collection. Hmmmm… it’s a good thing my son has his own house!

All the best

Susie - November 6, 2012 - 8:18 am

Love the last one – give me some thought in case (actually, probably, WHEN) our twenty-something graduates from UT. Bye, bye empty nest…

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 6, 2012 - 7:36 am

I am such a Sarah Richardson fan so her room is my favorite….a warm sophistication. I am already working on the Christmas decorating…like to have everything done by December 1st…have fun with yours..!!…

Patty from Michigan - November 6, 2012 - 7:29 am

I have to go with the last one from The Lettered Cottage. Simple and clean looking.

Mora - November 6, 2012 - 5:57 am

I like the last pic. Having 3 sons in their 20’s, I think they would like the classic simplicity of the of the room. The clean lines, without it looking modern is very appealing. Sounds like your place is the the place to be on the holidays! Have fun!

Anne Boykin - November 6, 2012 - 2:52 am

Hi Kelly, It’s hard to pick just one favorite. I’d have to say the one with the blue checked drapes. I love buffalo checks. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with your son’s room!

Kathy Roberson - November 5, 2012 - 11:47 pm

I went with a nautical theme for my 19 year old son. I like photos 3, 4, and 10. Could you go with a nautical theme, monogrammed pillows,blue buffalo checks and a bed that is at least a full size. I also like the lamps in the fourth photo. And, those drapes in “” are pretty.

Rebecca@MidCenturyModernRemodel - November 5, 2012 - 11:37 pm

I like the final one. My son recently turned 14 and we were adding a bathroom onto his bedroom. His room had been painted a BRIGHT blue. We re-painted it white, toned everything down a notch and got rid of little kid pictures. He booted out his little kid books (although I snuck my favorites into boxes). He still has the twin bed because my dad made it for him. So my opinion is kind of plain, less decorated is more comfortable for young men.

Wanda - November 5, 2012 - 11:02 pm

I love buffalo checks! The navy ones in the photo are wonderful. I am trying to find them in a sea foam color, but am not having much luck.

Can’t wait to see the before pics. I do understand about everything being put on hold for Christmas. It is my year to have all the kids, so it is a really big affair!

Amanda @ Dixie Delights - November 5, 2012 - 10:33 pm

great inspiration photos!! boys rooms ARE hard. I love the one with the monogrammed pillows and the one with the fish. can’t wait to see more… xo

Megan - November 5, 2012 - 10:24 pm

I really like the 4th photo {the colors remind me of the green in your tv room} and I do love the Lettered Cottage room. It has those masculine colors yet remains light and crisp. Good luck!

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