Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom

Marian ParsonsBoy's Bedroom, Decorating, Holiday, My House24 Comments

I took some time a couple of weeks ago to put some finishing touches on Calvin’s room and, while I did that, I added a few Christmas decorations.


I finally swapped out the brass curtain rod with this matte black single curtain rod from Birch Lane.  This one is pretty heavy duty just in case someone thinks it’s a good idea to hang on the drapes.  My boys generally don’t do that sort of thing, but it’s always in the realm of possibility.


I didn’t swap out the rings out of laziness, to be quite honest, but I actually don’t hate the brass rings with the black rod as much as I thought I would.  Even though there is something unexpected and interesting about it to me, I will swap them out for black ones at some point.

I hung some wool pom-poms from the curtain rod and headboard for a playful, Christmas touch.


I also got this Birch Lane kid’s classic monogrammed pillow for his bean bag chair.  Does that just look like the best place to curl up?


I made the larger pom-pom garland a couple of years ago for an HGTV tutorial and I bought the smaller pom-pom garlands from a craft store.



This room doesn’t have a lot of functional storage, so I wanted to make the most out of the little “desk nook” in the dormer.


I found the old school desk at an antique store.  It was the perfect size and it has a lift-up top, so Calvin can keep some art supplies, paper, etc. inside.  Since the desk doesn’t provide a ton of storage, I added some vertical storage with the wire wall basket organizer on the left wall.   It provides some additional storage for books, pads of paper, notebooks, etc.


I had a small bulletin board in the nook, but he filled it up in no time and requested more real estate.  I got him four smaller bulletin boards, so we can play around with the configuration and also so he can have sections for different artwork, pictures, and mementos.  (Actually, I was looking at his boards a few days after I took these pictures, and I noticed he added a colored Christmas tree and presents and had pinned them up together.  It was so sweet!)


I also added a light over the desk.  Again, since space is an issue, I added a swing arm wall sconce in oil rubbed bronze.  When they don’t have to get up early for school, we let the boys stay awake in their rooms and read, draw, or play quietly.  This little nook has been great for that.


(I still need to get a cord cover for that cord!)

I’m planning to swap out the 1800’s dresser for one that is more fitting for a young boy, but I haven’t found just the right one, yet.  On the current dresser, though, I thought it would be fun to go “old school” with my ceramic Christmas tree.  My aunt made it years ago and it was left in my Opa’s attic.  My mom made one that was identical, so we always had it out at Christmas and, when no one else wanted this one, I quickly claimed it.  When I was a kid, I always secretly wished we could put it in my room and I know Calvin is enjoying it this year.  He insists on keeping it on as he falls asleep and I’ll sneak up to turn it off before I go to bed.



When we moved Calvin into the guest room, I wasn’t sure how much the boys would like having their own room.  I was pretty sure they would miss each other and want to move back in together.  That just hasn’t been the case, though.  They like to have sleepovers now and then, but they have each enjoyed having their own space.

Now, I need to give some more attention to Marshall’s room.  He’ll be turning 10 soon and it’s time for him to have a desk and book shelves fitting for a double-digit kid.

That’s on my list for 2017, but one thing at a time…


Disclosure: The finishing touches in Calvin’s room were supplied by Birch Lane.  As always, all opinions are my own and I only promote brands I think would interest my readers.

Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom

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24 Comments on “Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom”

  1. It’s a good idea to use a sturdy curtain rod, you never now when the empire will show up! Love the room! I love the Christmas decorations. How fun! Merry Christmas!

  2. Love what you’ve done with the nook – the antique desk and swing arm lamp are perfect! I’d also keep the brass rings with the black rod – it’s sophisticated and looks great! Merry Christmas!

  3. What a great room for your son!!
    I’m wondering where you got the Winter Wonderland pillow .. my apologies if you mentioned it, and I missed it.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. What a lucky boy I bet other mums hate you lol does he like it ?

    Birch lane looks pretty good but sadly the UK version of the store us rubbish and tacky:(

  5. Just the greatest most comfortable looking little room!!! Very nice job. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Christmas tree from your aunt!!! Perfect!!!

  6. Love the ceramic tree! I made one years ago and gave as a gift to grandmother in law. When she passed away I received it back and at that time I kepted it for the wonderful memories. I will be getting it out….yours is great! Love all the memories!!

  7. I really like what you have done with your son’s bedroom. My kids have always had “real” furniture and linens in their bedrooms. I am not into the latest action figure bedspreads for kids. My son has a blue toile bedroom and my daughter has raspberry toile. When they were very little and shared a room, I had both fabrics together in the same room. Always enjoy your blog, especially the decorating. Merry Christmas!

  8. Although my little boy is a grown now, I still love seeing pics of your boys rooms as it brings back sweet memories. I love the nook in Calvins bedroom and that vintage ceramic Christmas tree is so great! I have a vintage one in white with all blue lights that I use each year.

    I am sure you were sad at first to see them split up but it usually happens as they get into their pre-teens and want their own space.

  9. I thought the brass rings with the black rod were intentional! I love the combination. The room is adorable and perfect for a budding young man.

  10. this comment is not about calvin’s room….although i think it is a wonderful space….. i thought i had sent a comment previously about the paper nativity that calvin had made; but, for some reason, i don’t think that it went through! i just wanted you and calvin to know that of ALL the magical Christmas tours that i saw on blogs this season, i spent more time gazing at his manger scene than on any other aspect of home decor!! to me, his beautiful nativity spoke volumes of calvin’s character and the focus of your family as we approach the 25th…. have the merriest of Christmases and all the best in 2017!!

  11. So nice. I love the colored pom poms! You’ve made the best the that desk space and I really like that, while there is so much bulletin space available, it doesn’t show “front and center” and all the mess that goes with a bulletin board, just the edges until you get close.

  12. Would it be possible to have a source name for the white coverlet on the bed. I’ve been looking for one forever and haven’t had any luck. Thanks so much!

  13. I love everything about Calvin’s room but have to say my very favorite thing is his Eagle’s poster! We have been fans of Wentz (quarterback) since following him through his college career at North Dakota State University.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  14. I’m curious about the rug. Did you purchase it from Burch Lane? I need something for a boys room and I really like what you’ve done.

  15. Now I’m wondering about the buffalo checked curtains. Do you mind sharing where you found yours?

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