Our New Home: My Teenage Son’s Room

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teen boys room gray
Earlier in the week, I showed you our home tour {here}.  In it, I showed a quick snapshot of the window treatment in my son’s room, with promises to come back later with another post showing you inside of his “man cave.”  I took pictures earlier in the week, but at the wrong time of day, since the sunlight was streaming in the window.  But it’s been gray and cloudy the rest of the week, and I haven’t had good light to reshot the photos, so I finally decided just to go with what I have!

We’ve been making the transition over the past year or so to a more grown-up color palette and decor.  You can see his red, white, and blue “little boy” room {here}.  I made very few changes–just took out the red, white, and blue accents and added red and gray ones.

I’ll do a source list another day, but the color on his walls is Sherwin-Williams Grayish.  The powder room is the same color.


I was kind of going for an industrial look.  The galvanized pipe curtain rod is {here}; I love how it turned out!

DIY pipe fitting curtain rod
We’ve decorated using a mix of his dad’s Army-guy stuff (still cool to a 13-year-old–really boys of ALL ages!) and vintage pieces from his grandfathers and great-grandfathers.
If you’ve read other posts on his room, you’ll recognize most of the same pieces–the boy does NOT like change!
I made a small gallery wall over the bed.  It took some arranging and rearranging, but I think I worked the symmetry out pretty well in the end.  
I’m going to get a different bookshelf from World Market, but I’m still saving my Craigslist dollars before I buy it!









Boys’ rooms can be tricky to decorate, at least in my opinion, but he’s satisfied with how it turned out, so I think we’ll keep it this way for awhile!

I’ll be back soon with a source list.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I seriously cracked up when you said that your son doesn’t like change because mine REALLY doesn’t like it either and I’ve been wanting to spruce up his room too! You did an awesome job on this space and I love all of the personal touches. I’m totally going to be copying the galvanized pipe curtain rod as soon as my son decides to let me! LOL!

  2. I have to laugh at the “boy’s not liking change”…a true guy thing…!!…However, he absolutely must be happy with this change!…Love the room..so many creative details and love all the vintage touches!…Fantastic job Christy!

  3. I just discovered your blog. Great job on the room! I was wondering about the holder you are using to display all the coins on his bookshelf? What a great idea for all the coins we’ve collected over the years! Thanks!

    • Hi, Lori–
      Believe it or not, I found that one at a thrift store, but if you google “challenge coin display” there are lots of places that sell them online. I’ve even seen them at Hobby Lobby, although we don’t live near one of those now. 🙁

  4. I’ve loved this room ever since you first shared! I included it on my Boy Mom Madness recap today 🙂

  5. Beautiful rooms! Where are the quilt’s from?

  6. Joy Baljet says

    Great room!! Where did you find the rustic navy open end table?

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