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#Lairing My Boys’ Bedrooms

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We were so unprepared before Finn’s birth. His room was in disarray and we were in the middle of packing the hospital bag when vaj-agra falls happened. In less than fours hours, we had a baby boy in our arms.

This time I wanted to buy all of the things, not just to be ready but because I wanted to be part of the process of making my boys’ rooms RAD (it’s so weird to say “boys” PLURAL). DUDES GET NESTING TOO, LADIES. I needed help so I called in the big guns and emailed my friends over at The Land of Nod to help me out. They not only helped me pick out baby furniture for the boys’ bedrooms but they also graciously sent two of their senior designers to our house…

Video made by CAPTIV3 Media. No Kanye Wests were harmed in the making of this video.

Finn’s Big Boy Bedroom

It was important to me that we integrate some of Finn’s old knick-knacks into Finn’s room, but it was time to level up Mr. Finnegan Bigboypants Capen. I wanted to find a way to make sure he knew I knew he was growing up. Give him his own desk. Big boy bed. You name it.

BEFORE PICTURE

We took photos of the final reveal of our boy’s bedrooms. More news on that below.

Below is a list of a few of the items in his room and a thought about each of them. You can purchase them here or through the catalog if you like. They’re affiliate links, so click away if you feel like supporting our website.

THE GOODS: FINN’S ROOM

Looseleaf Pendant Shade (World)

I loved this globe shade. I want my son to grow up knowing that the world is bigger than a car ride to school and small enough to map in its entirety.

Buy it here:
Looseleaf Pendant Shade (World)

Nice and Knit Blanket

This blanket is not only soft but it’s also cuddly. Just like me. Now, I’m colorblind so having his room in varying textures of gray is not on accident. Plus, it looks all postmoderneclecticbohosheik or whatnot.

Buy it here:
Nice and Knit Blanket

A Teepee to Call Your Own (Black Stripe)

What? YOU WISH YOU HAD A TEEPEE IN YOUR ROOM? Well, we’re putting one in Finn’s room. Most kids bedroom furniture sets are super similar. A teepee? Well, this kids bedroom furniture set has A FRIGGING TEEPEE.

Buy it here:
A Teepee to Call Your Own (Black Stripe)

Kids Beds: Black Spiral Spindle Bed

I’ll be honest. I don’t think I would’ve normally purchased this bed, simply seeing it on the website/catalog. But I’m SO glad we got it. It’s so modern and old-school at the same time. The woodturnings are rad.

Buy it here:
Kids Beds: Black Spiral Spindle Bed

Little Sloane Leaning Desk (Grey)

We have a tough space with Finn’s room. The wall space is odd and then there are massive windows, which are cool for light but bad for a desk. This was a great solution for us.

Buy it here:
Little Sloane Leaning Desk (Grey)

High Rise Bookshelf (Grey)

Again, we had limited wall space so we had to go high-rise with this sucker. We have so many books that we’ve been collecting since Avara’s baby shower. Like New York City, we built upwards.

Buy it here:
High Rise Bookshelf (Grey)

Welcome to the Jungle Sheet Set

Want the coolest bedding? Get this stuff by Lisa Congdon. She’s an artist and radness engineer. Finn LOVES his bedding.

Buy it here:
Welcome to the Jungle Sheet Set

Tug O Lamp

I drew upon a few references with Finn’s room. I wanted a little nautical in there. BOOM. Rope lamp!

Buy it here:
Tug O Lamp

Kids Toy Boxes: Kids Wooden Primary Stacking Storage 2 and 3 Bin

We’ve had these forever. They are durable and hold tons of stuff. AND you can stack them. It seemed like a perfect fit to bring them back but this time in gray.

Buy them here: Kids Toy Boxes: Kids Wooden Primary Stacking Storage 2 and 3 Bin

Intergalactic Play Set

Finn has had a wooden rocket ship since he was very little. It was time to upgrade to version 2.0. We might’ve skipped to 3.0 with this one. It’s 40″ high!

Buy it here:
Intergalactic Play Set

The Land of Nod created a Pinterest board of Finn’s room here! Every item is there.

Baby #2’s Nursery

We were in the middle of putting the nursery furniture together the last time Avara went into labor. We wanted to be ahead of that curveball. Here’s a before picture and some of the items we put together for the baby’s room. It needed to be really comfortable for breastfeeding but also serve as a workspace for Avara. It basically needed to be a TRANSFORMER room with multiple capabilities…

BEFORE PICTURE

THE GOODS: BABY #2’S ROOM

Mod Nod Swivel Glider (Devote Pewter)

Those first few months are especially SIT-WORTHY so getting the right chair is key. This one had what we needed: swivel, glide, lower arms and durable. I could practically breastfeed sitting in this chair myself!

Buy it here:
Mod Nod Swivel Glider (Devote Pewter)

oslo-crib-champagne

A rad crib and sort of ahead of its time. Literally. I’m not even sure if it’s available for purchase yet. We’re committing to seeing how much we can get this boy to sleep in his own bed after last time… Whew.

Check it out their cribs here: ducduc for Nod: Oslo Crib in Grey

Kids Bench: Kids 2-Door Storage Bench with Bookcase

Space for baby stuff storage? Yep. We got it. And it’s super cool looking. I wanted some warmer colored wood in here to keep things light and natural. Like me. Except I’m almost translucent-colored.

Buy it here:
Kids Bench: Kids 2-Door Storage Bench with Bookcase

Kids Lighting: Silver Geometric Lamp Base

When I was imagining my newborn’s room, I knew I wanted something from his home planet of Krypton. Just kidding. But doesn’t this LOOK LIKE IT’S FROM SUPERMAN’S HOME PLANET?

Buy it here:
Kids Lighting: Silver Geometric Lamp Base

Kids Throw Pillows: Kids Happy Cloud Throw Pillow

If I can teach my sons one thing as a parent, it will be that our attitudes and imaginations dictate how we journey through our own lives. I want my boys to have their head in the clouds. And on them, in this case.

Buy it here:
Kids Throw Pillows: Kids Happy Cloud Throw Pillow

Land of Nod created a Pinterest board of Baby #2’s room here! Every item’s there.

Thanks for checking out all the the crazy #Lairing I’ve been doing. Please help me start a revolution of fathers making more decisions about their kids’ rooms and all the Batman-level supplies on the utility belt of being a parent. If you have any questions about these items, just post a comment and I’ll help you as best I can.

GO HERE for final reveal photos of my sons’ rooms on our Facebook page!!!!!!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post but I’ve been obsessed with Land of Nod since we found out we were pregnant with Finn. Somehow, I hypnotized them into helping us pick out furniture and letting us chose some pieces to take home that we dearly loved. These opinions are my own and were my own before I reached out to Land of Nod. Honestly, they’re just some of the nicest people I’ve talked to and worth supporting. Some of the links above are affiliate links to support HowToBeADad.com. Thanks for reading!
 

12 Comments

12 Responses to “#Lairing My Boys’ Bedrooms”

  1. Jo says:

    Love it all! Looks like you are all set for the new baby!! It’s awesome that Land Of Nod helped you guys out with your kid’s rooms! I would love to get involved with some branding on my blog!! I haven’t quite gotten there yet, but I’m so close!! I feel like if I can just get 1 on the hook, ya know?

    • charlie says:

      We’ve been bleeding from our eyeballs making this blog for 2.5 years. I’ve been talking to LON for 2 years because I think they’re swell. Good luck!

  2. Brent Almond says:

    I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me. It was WAY better than Cats (I hate cats).

    Can’t wait to see the final result and then spiral into a jealous rage!

    ;)

  3. Land of Nod FTW! Kids will love this. Good work Charlie Capen.

  4. Monica says:

    My hubby has made ALL the decisions in how both nurseries look and what furniture we buy. Heck! He’s even decorated our whole house!!! I think I picked the drapes and the paint colour in our guest bathroom, but truth be told it looks pretty bad. Needless to say, I think he’s got better taste than I. Sigh…
    Nesting for me is being able to fold the laundry and keep it folded as long as possible.

  5. Liana W. says:

    Hubs is the decorator in this house. I do a decent job of picking colors and such, but he has The Eye that can just see how everything works. Including his superpower (one of them, anyway): somehow magically knowing whether a piece of furniture will fit, without measuring. I make him measure every time because I’m a natural skeptic; I should know better by now. This is why I trusted him to a) find us a place to live when we moved to another state, without any input from me, and b) set up all of our furniture before I came out with Cub1. You go, Charlie!

  6. Carol J. says:

    It is great that you are involved in your kids life and in helping at decorating their rooms. I especially love the tee pee. When I was a kid, me and my bother always wanted a tent or something to play in. I love the storage ideas, too.

  7. This is SO fabulous Charlie! Land of Nod was brilliant to team up with you for this fantastic project. And no one makes videos as well as you do. I want to be you Charlie when I grow up. Wait. You are younger than I am. And you have a penis. I don’t want one of those things. Okay – I just want to steal your awesome. You keep your boy stuff.

  8. Laurie says:

    Amazing!!!!

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