Saturday, June 25, 2011

I need some advice...

I want to decorate Patrick's big boy room with a Cars themed room. I really don't want to go too "cars" with it. Like the movie theme? I've been inspired since we went to the Grand Canyon and saw all of the retro route 66 stuff.

So far, I have:

This

and

This
(thanks, Jennifer Monroe)
and

This

I have a toddler bed that I can repaint. We are thinking of leaving him in the crib a little longer, but I was thinking of maybe a Lightning McQueen pillow or something. Maybe solid crib sheets.

I like Kim's idea about old maps.

Does anyone have ideas for bedding? Or seen any cute boys' room like this?

10 comments:

beth said...

One of the links didn't work. It's the autobahn measuring wall hanging.

Amber said...

Hey Beth, I read your post and can't resist responding. I love the idea of doing a type of Route 66 inspired room. I would go as much route 66 and as little from the Cars movie as possible. I am doing a series of conferences and presentations about the media and the marketing industry to children. And that is exactly what these companies want children to do is go to sleep in bedding with these media characters and then waking up and grabbing the bookbags with the media characters so that children are thinking about the characters all the time. Disney marketers actually call it fighting for kids' "mindshare" (a sick word if you ask me). If the children are thinking about the characters all the time then they will want more products related to the media. It is a vicious cycle which ends up with children spending too much time in front of screens and parents spending too much money on toys. There is a great documentary called "Consuming Kids" that you can watch in segments on youtube that gives more info on this trend. Regardless of what you decide, though, I'm sure Patrick will love WHATEVER type of room you create for him! Good luck!

Take heart... said...

I like the Route 66 idea. I'm sure (somewhere) you can find old license plates to hang up... maybe an old rolling tool chest to be used as a nightstand/dresser... you can make a large scale paper mache stoplight to hang from the ceiling.. I'd go with only maybe a sheet set of Cars or even a simple pillowcase of it.. the rest do solid colors.

M.B.S. said...

So, for old maps, you could use decoupage...

you could get thrift store frames, paint them all a simple color, and put pictures of old cars in them.

M.B.S. said...

Here are some pics you could frame/put on a bulletin board/decoupage to old tins (and put toys in)

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.vineyard-cafe.com/UpCloseInConcert/Route66/Route66-Car.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.vineyard-cafe.com/UpCloseInConcert/Route66/Route66.html&h=441&w=645&sz=51&tbnid=l7apb7DtKbCmhM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=132&prev=/search%3Fq%3Droute%2B66%2Bcar%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=route+66+car&hl=en&usg=__HP8A4QN5B_spUn0291qPN1LW0Rc=&sa=X&ei=UAcHTvvbO-_UiAK8mdiICw&ved=0CF0Q9QEwCA&dur=247

M.B.S. said...

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hickerphoto.com/data/media/174/ad_24351n.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.hickerphoto.com/historic-route-66-346-pictures.htm&h=352&w=468&sz=50&tbnid=gvJ7gqR2IpZ-kM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&prev=/search%3Fq%3Droute%2B66%2Bcar%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=route+66+car&hl=en&usg=__IDbAxKOEzoV9t-3qgC3Y6RD2cLc=&sa=X&ei=UAcHTvvbO-_UiAK8mdiICw&ved=0CFcQ9QEwBg&dur=232

M.B.S. said...

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com/content/files/images/photos/Route_66.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com/Cities/6-unskippable-stops-in-Route-66.asp&h=1200&w=1920&sz=538&tbnid=LItRxb1XGY3YlM:&tbnh=71&tbnw=113&prev=/search%3Fq%3Droute%2B66%2Bcar%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=route+66+car&hl=en&usg=__BhFv2QASMItRhmfNzimGPMZp0_M=&sa=X&ei=UAcHTvvbO-_UiAK8mdiICw&ved=0CFQQ9QEwBQ&dur=527

M.B.S. said...

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://doney.net/aroundaz/route66/DA_truxton66car.jpg&imgrefurl=http://doney.net/aroundaz/route66/truxton.htm&h=400&w=300&sz=76&tbnid=nH5tlHXXBRKALM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=68&prev=/search%3Fq%3Droute%2B66%2Bcar%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=route+66+car&hl=en&usg=__a6Fo59e6TnwJZ6StnwnRXHv4WEk=&sa=X&ei=UAcHTvvbO-_UiAK8mdiICw&ved=0CFoQ9QEwBw&dur=280

M.B.S. said...

Route 66 bed linens on ebay.

Here's one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Pottery-Barn-Teen-Route-66-photo-shams-NEW-Set-2-/150622654978?pt=US_Pillow_Shams&hash=item2311cf5202#ht_500wt_1156

M.B.S. said...

Here's another route 66 pillow sham on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Route-66-Pillowcase-/200617928938?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb5c2a8ea#ht_500wt_1156