Camping Themed Boy’s Room

I have been having the best time meeting most of my favorite bloggers at Blissdom.
Dear sweet Home & DIY bloggers, y’all really rock!
A few of those rockin’ women bloggers:
Sandra (
Sawdust & Paper Scraps), Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Shaunna (Perfectly Imperfect), Ashley (Pure + Lovely), Erin (Two Story Cottage) and Layla (TheLetteredCottage)

While I am here, I figured you might love a good before and after. Here is my son’s bedroom shortly after we moved into our home.

Pretty boring, huh? Poor guy didn’t even have a bed frame. But, frankly, it let me sleep better at night knowing he wouldn’t roll out of bed.
Two plus years later, we moved beyond the rolling out of bed phase AND something divine happened. I met a “real” mural artist and it was like finding a clone of myself! I promptly hired my clone to help me paint a mural in my son’s room.
A beautiful woodland and mountain theme!
Tom Barber (mural artist in Raleigh, NC) painted most of the background and I painted the animals (because wildlife illustration was my major in college.)
I bought some corner rounded shelves at Home Depot and installed them in the corner where Tom painted a big tree.
A perfect spot to curl up with a good book.
The closet is my son’s super secret hideaway.
When you open the door you are met by a tent.
Pretty Handsome Son can either close it up or secure the tent flaps on the sides with the velcro tie backs.
The tree is made from some crepe myrtle branches that we had to trim from our trees out front.
The lantern in the tree was an old oil lantern. I drilled a hole in the bottom and inserted a candelabra light kit. It is the perfect amount of light for him to read stories by.
I used a larger branch for the curtain rod. And tied the rod to the shelf with some rope knots.
And I had to add this adorable bird that my son made in preschool. No kids room is complete without his or her artwork.
He sleeps soundly under the light up moon on the wall.
The bookshelf was re-painted and I mod podged old US Geological Survey maps onto the back.
I wish I had a room like this when I was a child. Heck, when he outgrows it (which I hope he never does), I’ll move in to his room!
Bedding from Target Woolrich collection.


  1. Megan {Honey We're Home} says:

    I can't believe you painted all those animals! They look so real. I bet your son LOVES that room.

  2. Wow! He one lucky little guy! I love what you did with his room. How fun to be a kid in such a wonderful space. You put a lot of thought into it. It turned out beautifully. I am sure Layla and many others will gain inspiration from this. Mine are out of the house now but they would have loved this space. Great job!

  3. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says:

    Wow, Brittany! That is an amazing room! I love those corner shelves in the tree — they are just perfect! Can't wait to hear more about Blissdom!!

  4. Well that's just… AWESOME!

  5. The Painted Cottage says:

    His room is AWESOME! I can imagine that he rarely wants to leave! :)

    So glad you're having a great time at Blissdom!


  6. Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement says:

    Your talent is amazing!!! I can't imagine how excited your son must be to have a room like this! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Penny Pickles says:

    Turned out amazing – I wish I could find my painting clone here in Indiana! An illustrator after my own heart! I love the details and touches – just fantastic!

  8. This is amazing! Simply …amazing!

  9. FABULOUS! Did I mention FABULOUS? Seriously! You have done an amazing job. Sooo many cool things in this room!

  10. Chandra Chinnis says:

    Great room!!!!!!! The animals you painted are life like. I love muralist. I knew a good one when we were in California but haven't found one here in SC.

  11. Those pics are spectacular, I bet it's more amazing in person!

  12. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    OH my goodness…you must have so much patience!

  13. What an amazing room, almost makes me wish my boys were little again.

  14. I love your blog and usually follow it via email, but I had to come over today and tell you that this is SPECTACULAR! I think my daughter would literally faint if I painted her bedroom as beautiful as this. You rock! :)

  15. Wow!!! This is incredible!! You are so talented!!

  16. Wow, you did an amazing job! What boy would not want to be in that room 24/7?

  17. LOL! How funny is it that we pulled the same images for our inspiration? I love your boy’s room. Where did you find the light up moon? It’s great!

  18. Just beautiful, Brittany! It inspires me to get going on Nate’s (he has an outdoor theme bedspread and stuff to go with it.) I just need to take some of these great details and apply them :)

    owner, Talk For Tots

  19. Amazing!

  20. did you make that tree stump reading stool at the foot of his bed or was it purchased? i love it!

  21. Wow this room is amazing! I really love how you took an outside setting and turned it into a bedroom retreat! I’m so impressed with this and it has inspired me to do something great like this for my son!

  22. My niece would totally groove on this for her room! There’s nothing she loves more than to set up her little corner in the tent on summer camping trips and make it her own tiny territory. The closet tent is supercool too…I know she’d spend hours making it her favorite space. Many thanks for this…I’ll forward it to my sister!

  23. Hi!
    The room is fantastic and so inspirational for me working with childrens rooms. I’m from Sweden and I also have a blog named Skapande Hem (Creative Home) for my renovation of my house and other things that I build. I hope you want to look at both my blog and my website Melotimo.
    Your blog here is awesome and I will look around here more.


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