Christmas decorations have been taken down and it’s time to get the house cleaned and organized. It always feels so bare around the house in January, which is always such a bittersweet feeling. I love the holidays but also enjoy organization, schedules and routine.
This month I’m finally getting around to some projects that have been on the back burner starting with Hudson’s bedroom. He turned 10 in August (still need to get that party blog up!) and with that came the graduation from many toys, kiddie games and a twin size bed. I am so proud of this kid and how mature he is at age 10. Don’t get me wrong, he has the energy level of five kids, but you won’t find a more generous and loving heart.
I knew baseball would be in our future from the moment the Dr told me I was having a boy. My husband played and coached at a college and semi-pro level and he begged me to name the baby “Cannon” because “he could hear it now…Now batting…CANNON KELLER!” Unfortunately for him, I knew I was going to name the baby Hudson, long before I even knew it was a boy. Sorry, Dan.
For ten years I have held off on any sort of baseball room decor. Mostly because what I had seen was so overly cutesy but also because if I had started Hudson’s nursery as baseball, we’d never escape it. But as I’ve watched Hudson grow and develop a love for the game, it was time.
The first thing we upgraded was Hudson’s bed. We moved him from a twin to a full and chose a bed that couldn’t be harmed easily (wood that could be nicked, fabric that could rip, material that would stain). I found this bed at Pottery Barn Kids and absolutely love it. I mix and matched the bedding between Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen. He has a baseball duvet and coordinating sheets plus an extra solid colored comforter for extra coziness.
We added the coordinating bedside table and topped it with an easy-to-turn-off lamp (the button is right on the base). To contain the insane amount of baseball cards this kid has, I added an old metal tray (found at an antique store) and filled it with his favorite cards.
Several years ago I found this old wooden cubby at a vintage market. I bought it the second I walked in the door and then realized I had no way to sneak this giant piece home. I had no choice but to drag my husband back to the market the next day to help load it up. I didn’t have any instant plans for it, but I have a thing for cubbies and knew it would be perfect at some point!
That time finally came and it’s a great piece in Hudson’s room. It’s filled with the baseballs he’s caught at Mariners games, books, vintage pennants (found on Ebay) and of course, more baseball cards. On top of the cubby is my small but growing vintage trophy cup collection. They are hard to find locally but fairly easy on Ebay or Etsy. From time to time I sneak some of the larger trophies out of his room and use them for flower arrangements. (You’ve probably read this on my blog a million times but I’m serious when I tell you to look around your house and see what you can use for parties!)
His room has a great walk in closet, but he’s a boy and let’s be honest, he doesn’t hang much up. His room needed a dresser and I fell in love with this locker dresser from Pottery Barn Teen. It adds the perfect element of athletics in his room!
On top of the dresser is a baseball bat cork board where he can pin whatever he wants and a vintage locker basket for him to stow his little treasures.
My favorite part of his room is the old, beat up field sign I had custom made from Cracker Jack Junk Co. I met the owners of this company four or five years ago in Spokane, WA and went crazy for their talent. I loved how they made their signs look truly authentic, like they had been around for 100 years. I reached out to them about a sign for Hudson’s room and they blew me away with what they created.
I’m a big fan of before and after photos and I didn’t take a great before photo, so I’m pulling the listing photo of this bedroom so you can see the difference! We painted the room (color: aesthetic white), swapped out the light fixture and re-carpeted.
The last thing I added was a rug. I know it’s kind of funny to have a rug over carpet but I feel like rooms need rugs! This one had a dark color and a good pattern that appeared to be a stain hider! With kids (and a puppy) this is a must.
It’s been a fun start to his room. We will continue to grow the vintage trophy and game baseball collection while working to teach him to keep it organized and clean. We’ll see how that last part goes….
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Photos by Kelly Clare Photography