Dream Home 2.0 // Big Boy Room

The e-design of my dream home series continues, this time I’m sharing Ollie’s big boy room. When we left New York, our little dude was still in a crib. The crib will stay in storage when we get to our new home and Ollie will get his very own big boy bed! I have big plans to whip up this Ikea hack to give my boy the upholstered bed he’s never dreamed of. I’m feeling inspired to use a lot more pattern, and of course, a lot more color in a little boy’s room, than in the other rooms I’ve shared. I am just in love with the mud cloth wallpaper pattern in the photo below on the right, by Spoonflower, it’s in consideration once we see a space. I also love how the room on the left incorporated the pattern into the headboard. I also want to upgrade his kiddo art work (check out his nursery here) and incorporate more photography. And of course, some really fun elements like the dinosaur lamp pictured below.

Big Boy Bedroom Inspiration

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Big Boy Bedroom e-design

Right Now I'm Loving: Platform Sofas

I have been loving these simple platform sofas for a while, I was even planning to attempt to make a version (since been put on the back burner). The juxtaposition of the hard, wood frame with the comfy cozy cushions is both modern and relaxed. This sofa is the equivalent of the effortless cool girl.

Platform Sofa
Platform Sofa
Plywood platform bed
Pop & Scott Platform sofa
Pop & Scott House
Platform Sofa
platform sofa

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Our Home Tour


LIVING ROOM


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KITCHEN


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PLAYROOM


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MASTER BEDROOM


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GARAGE / STUDIO


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Lauren Koster Home Tour

RESOURCES


LIVING ROOM: couch - West Elm  / rug - West Elm (similar) / leather chair: West Elm (similar) / coffee table - CB2 / side table - CB2 / hanging chair: vintage (similar) / pillows - Urban Outfitters, DIY / fauxdenza Ikea hack / planter - Target / print - Etsy / lamp / light fixtures - Amazon

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie // glasses - Ikea // letter board - Amazon

ENTRY WAY: entry table - DIY Ikea Hack // round mirror - CB2 // basket - Amazon // rug - Rugs USA // Storage bench - DIY Ikea hack // light fixture - Cedar and Moss // print - Max Wagner 

PLAY ROOM: sofa: craigslist / Mirror: Rejuvenation / rug: Target / pillows: Urban Outfitters / play kitchen: Ikea Hack / shelf: Target 

BATHROOM: wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror -Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target(actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

OFFICE: shelves: Home Depot // table: Home Depot // desk: Ikea // rug: Crate & Barrel // chairs: vintage // prints - Society 6

BEDROOM:  bed - craigslist // bedding - Target // sconces - Urban Outfitters // vanity - DIY Ikea hack // full length mirror - Ikea // round mirror - Urban Outfitters // fiddle fig - Wayfair // print - Urban Outfitters // sheets - Restoration Hardware // curtains - Target

NURSERY: crib // crib sheets // rug //  apple print // bamboo shades // curtains // rocker (Craigslist) recovered with this fabric// VW Bus knit toy // diy quilt // New York blocks // London Bus knit toy// diy name banner//  New York illustration// dresser// lamp// New York photograph// cart// storage bin// brownstone pillow 

GARAGE STUDIO: Storage Wall: Elfa storage system - drawers // wood crates // handled wood box // white tote bins (used as recycling on floor) // large white tote bin (on top shelf) // small white tote bins (on middle shelf) /Hanging organization: Rubermaid Fastrack System // Paint: Walls and ceiling - Behr Polar Bear // Floor - Rust-oleum Rocksolid Marble floor refinishing kit in Mountain White // cabinet paint - Valspar "Swiss Coffee" // Dresser - thrifted (refinished on this post) // work bench - left by previous owner, refinished using Minwax Antique Walnut // Rug - souvenir from Morocco (similar) // paper lantern - Elbow Grease Design

 

Our House 1 Year Later

Last week we hit a milestone, one year of living in our house.  I thought I'd share some snaps of how far we've come in the past year.  We didn't do any major renovations, but we painted the ceiling of the living room, painted the kitchen cabinets and transformed a bathroom with tile paint.  We also did a slew of Ikea hacks to make our home function the way we wanted it to.  We are so happy we we are, but of course have a few projects on the docket, including an overhaul of the basement and a few more mentioned below. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

Our baby turned into a little boy in the past year.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

We painted the front door inside and out, changed out the light fixture, added an Ikea wardrobe and Ikea hacked built in benches for storage. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

In the kitchen, we painted the cabinets, took down one section of uppers and added open shelving.  I hope to eventually add a tile back splash, change the flooring to slate tiles and possible change out the countertops.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

The major change in the living room was to paint the ceiling.  By next year, I want to swap out the lighting. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

This room is still a work in progress, but I'm hoping to add some elements that turn it into a cute, well designed playroom. 

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

I shared this bathroom makeover a few months back and it really is the room makeover that I am most proud.  We took it from the above photo to the below with under $1000 for everything!!

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

The bedroom has come a long way, but in the next few weeks we will be investing in a king-sized mattress, we already found the bed on Craigslist, and I hope to give it a refresh, a bright white paint and replace the boring light fixture with a modern ceiling fan.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

I put a bold navy blue paint on the upstairs half bath.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates
Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

And finally in Ollie's room, I painted the walls from lavender to bright white, and it made such a big difference.  

Lauren Koster Creative House Updates

ENTRY WAY: entry table - DIY Ikea Hack // round mirror - CB2 // basket - Amazon // rug - Rugs USA // Storage bench - DIY Ikea hack // light fixture - Cedar and Moss // print - Max Wagner 

LIVING ROOM: Sofa: West Elm / pillows: Urban Outfitters / Leather Chair: West Elm / Coffee Table: CB2 / Accordion Table: vintage / lucite side table: CB2 / rug: West Elm / pouf: Amazon / fauxdenza: DIY Ikea Hack / hanging chair: Craigslist / desk: DIY Ikea Hack

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie 

PLAYROOM: sofa: Craigslist // rug - Target // side table - thrifted // footed planter - Target // mirror - Target // wall hanging - DIY 

BATHROOM: wall paint - Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey // white tile paint - Rustoleum Tub and TIle Refinishing Kit // black tile paint - Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network // round mirror - Ikea // long mirror -Ikea // chandelier - vintage from eBay (similar here) // sconces - IndLights via Etsy // Changing Table - Target(actually a bar cart) // plant stand - Ikea // rugs - vintage via ebay (similar here) // wall vases - CB2 // frame for DIY art - Amazon // shower curtain - West Elm // bath towel - Ballard Design // hand towel - Wayfair // tray for products - CB2 // products - & Other Stories // 

HALL BATHROOM: dresser - DIY Ikea Hack // rug - from Morocco // framed flea market landscape - framebridge // 

BEDROOM: Bed - West Elm (old, similar) // quilt - Anthropologie (old, similar) // sconces - Urban Outfitters // vanity - DIY Ikea hack // full length mirror - Ikea // round mirror - Urban Outfitters // throw - Urban Outfitters // sheets - Restoration Hardware // curtains - Target

NURSERY: crib / crib sheets / rug /  apple print / bamboo shades / curtains / rocker (Craigslist) recovered with this fabricVW Bus knit toy / diy quilt / New York blocks / London Bus knit toydiy name banner/  New York illustrationdresserlamp/ not pictured: New York photographcartstorage binbrownstone pillow