The Boy's room has been a work in progress for years. His is the one room in The House that is a modge podge. The reason for that is that he can't make a decision to save his life.
The Girl and I redecorate her room about every two years. When I last attempted to repaint The Boy's room, it's been the same color for 8 years now, he picked the exact same paint color that was already on his walls. Change and The Boy are not good friends.
I learned that I can gradually add elements and then he will fall in love.
Such as the fruit crate shelves. The Dad and The Boy built them together because The Mom was too cheap to buy actual fruit crates.
We added these shelves in the spring. It took him a while to get used to them. He would say, "I'm not sure I like them yet." He didn't want me to print out vintage labels, or stain them. That would be change.
This walls displays The Boy's varying interests. Science, specifically the Periodic Table of Elements, vintage license plates we picked up at a garage sale, plus a bonus one The Ohio Grandpa sent him from Grandpa's time in Colorado. A Baseball cross stitch The CA Grandma gave him for Christmas a few years back, and Legos. The Boy's devotion to Legos is boundless.
The flag that flew outside of my childhood home. The CA Grandpa passed this down to him recently. One day The Boy is going to own an antique store. Or be a hoarder. In which case, I will call his hoard an antique store and live in denial.
Going back to his Lego obsession, these bins take over his room. I only photographed two because it really is quite embarassing how many Legos this kid owns. With his August birthday quickly followed by Christmas, he tends to receive every single new set available. Lego sets were all he requested from his 5th Birthday to his 10th.
I came across on another much more creative person's blog, which I now can't remember, the idea of using type setting drawers for Lego min-fig storage. The Boy was a bit hesitant because he thought he could no longer play with his mini figs if I put them in one. I explained to him and he fell in love with the idea. Do you know how expensive those drawers can be? I finally found one on E-bay for around $20 including shipping. I LOVE it. So does he.
The Dad hung it right above The Boy's desk. The Boy spends hours playing Left for Dead, MIneCraft, and a billion other online games. He enjoys having his Lego buddies helping him out.
When I come across the minifigures series in any store, I pick up about $20 worth for him. We both enjoy seeing who he gets.
I've had a difficult time giving him equal time in the knitting arena. He doesn't wear hats, mittens, or scarves. He has turned down every offer of a sweater. Toys he loves, but I've not been much of a toy knitter lately and really, how many stuffed toys does an 11 year old boy need?
I've been slightly obsessed with Us maps lately. The Lion Brand yarn catalog randomly showed up in the US mail a few weeks ago and I found the perfect knit for him.
Oh, and to say The Boy is slightly obsessed with Left for Dead and Legos is no understatement. Some of his Christmas money recently went towards the purchase of Left for Dead Legos.