Christmas in the Kids’ Rooms
You’ve made it to my very last Christmas tour, and I saved the most fun spaces for today: my kiddos’ bedrooms. I have three very different children, so each of their spaces gets decorated in their own style. My oldest, Sawyer, is a 15 year old who is too cool for Christmas decor, but also loves tradition. My middle child, Emmy, is 13, and the most like me. She loves to change it up year after year, decorate her own space, and she finds the Progressive commercial with all of the pillows relatable. Wilder is the baby of the family and is just over 2 1/2 years old, so decorating for him boils down to anything he can touch, play with or read that will teach him about this special season. And for any of you who are new here, I will answer your question just as I answered all of the doctors and nurses who asked me: yes, my kids have the same father, we are just crazy and decided to add one last baby to our family. Now, before we head into their Christmas-ified bedrooms, I want to welcome you here from Southern Hospitality! Rhoda’s home is so beautiful, and she’s just the kindest soul. A huge thanks to Marty for hosting this tour. OK, here we go, onto these bedrooms that were clean for a day! (Under each space, I’ve put together a shoppable gallery for you, as well as one big one at the bottom of this post. This post contains affiliate links, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support!)
We’re going to start in the oldest’s bedroom today and work our way to the youngest. Sawyer’s room is not huge on space (well, it’s really not that small but he insisted on a queen sized bed for all 90 lbs of him), so we’ve come up with lots of storage solutions. We added track shelving for him last year to store his books as well as all of his special memories. As I said in my intro, he loves tradition and is all about those relics from the past. (By the way, his fan is the same as the one in our bedroom, but he has his blades flipped onto the black side.)
Over the years, he’s collected several nutcrackers and that is the one thing he wants added to his bedroom each Christmas. Otherwise, he tells me not to do anything. As you can see, I did sneak in this little red tinsel tree.
His impressive collection boasts nutcrackers of all sizes and styles, and even a couple of vintage guys, like the Santa above. He loves soccer, so he even has a soccer player.
Actually, he loves soccer so much, he has two! (We bought him one, and my parents bought him the other.)
If you couldn’t guess from the decor, Sawyer is a bit of a history buff as wel, and loves Abraham Lincoln. More recently he has gotten into Greek history, but his room very much supports his American loving heart.
Above his bed, he has a quote from Abe himself! This year, Emmy and I found Snoopy Christmas sheets at TJ Maxx, and Charlie Brown’s Christmas is a family favorite so we decided to grab a set for her and Sawyer. There were no crib sheets or I’d have gotten some for Wilder, but maybe next year he’ll be in a twin bed. Anyhow, I sent Sawyer a few pics of available sets, and he chose these.I love how they add a little color to his bed, which is otherwise neutrals.
As you can see, I also added a plaid wool blanket which ties into the color of the sheets. This blanket is actually the real deal, straight from Scotland. Chris traveled there a couple of years ago and brought it back for me, and the colors look perfect in Sawyer’s space.
The last thing I added to this space was a set of Star Wars string lights… Not really Christmas-y but very teenage-boyish.
OK, let’s head into my other teenager’s room now. This one, oy. It’s typically a hot mess with clothes on the floor and art projects all over the desk, and SO MUCH STUFF, but I threatened her life if she didn’t clean it so I could take some photos. And let’s be honest here, there’s a reason her desk area won’t be making an appearance today. At-home learning has gotten the best of it. Let’s focus on the good here, shall we?
Emmy is a girl after my own heart and prefers to decorate her room herself. Gone are the days when I could put together her space just as I wanted it. Everything you see today is her own doing!
On her bed, where she spends most of her days right now curled up with her laptop and Microsoft Teams, she’s added a collection of holiday pillows, an abominable snowman, and a couple of cozy blankets.
And of course, here are her sweet Snoopy sheets. This gray set with snowflakes seemed so perfect!
Soft white lights hang permanently from her canopy bed, but for this season she also added pink glitter icicle ornaments. I love how whimsical they look hanging together.
You can also see above her bed that she has hung a marble tapestry with a strand of photos. Some of these are from her younger days, and she’s added many of her little brother, which makes my heart go pitter patter.
Her big request this year was a small tree for her bedroom. Over the years she’s used a little pink tinsel tree, but it broke, so it was time to move on. I had this silver tree that the lights went out on, so I told her she could have it and gave her some extra colored lights and told her to help herself to any of the vintage glass ornaments I had.
This tree makes her so happy, and she loves to have her little brother come sit on her bed with her and gaze at the lights.
One other thing I want to mention that she created and added is the little pipe cleaner and pom pom tree on her dresser. She’s had these vintage gnomes for years, and they look perfect with her whimsical little tree.
She has such a creative and curious spirit, and I hope that never changes.
Let’s head on into the toddler’s bedroom now! Wilder’s room was made for Christmas with its black and white tree wallpaper paired with his green painted ceiling. He is only 2 1/2, so as much as I’d love to put a tree in his room, and fun decor on his bookcase, he’s just not ready for it. Instead, I focused on adding things to his space that would help him learn about Christmas. On his bookcase, I added some little wooden trees I found at Target for $10. I wasn’t sure about them, but Emmy advocated for them, and he actually really loves playing with them. By the way, they’re now out of stock but you can pay more than double for them on Amazon… that’s a joke. Don’t do that!
For Thanksgiving, my parents gave Wilder $10 and we bought him this book. He’s a big fan of the Little Blue Truck series, and we’ve already read this one several times. He loves the lights on the last page, too.
Reading is one of Wilder’s favorite activities, so we have an accessible bookcase filled with all sorts of books that can handle his little fingers…
… but also a couple of DIY ledges filled with books that we read to him.
I added a paper tree garland I made last year, some LED string lights, and filled them with some of our favorite seasonal books. When I was a child, I was obsessed with Little Critter books, so naturally, he has some of those, Sawyer’s favorite, The Polar Express (which I can’t read without crying), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bear Stays up for Christmas, Owl Moon…
…Stranger in the Woods, The Hat (Emmy adored Jan Brett), The Velveteen Rabbit, The Moon Shines Down, and more.
Wilder loves books more than my other two did, and we read all the time. He actually loves to lay in my bed under the Christmas lights to snuggle up and read these days.
When we don’t lay in my bed to read, his nugget is the perfect place to sit.
These star pillows came with his teepee last year, but I love them here in his room. We also added some little paper ornaments to his vintage accordion rack.
And in the corner of his room, I hung this vintage felt Santa face that belonged to Chris as a child.
Simple seasonal touches that a toddler can touch, play with, and read go a long way. Wilder has already learned so much this year from the books we enjoy together, and also from his teachers at school.
That concludes the tour of my kids’ bedrooms…. nothing crazy and over the top, but each space suits each child perfectly and that makes my mama heart grow three sizes.
That also concludes my entire house tour! If you want to check out the rest, I shared here, here and here. Now be sure to head on over to 11 Magnolia Lane to Christy and Amy’s magnificent cozy Christmas Tour.
And be sure to visit all of the other links from the week below.
Monday December 7th
Tuesday December 8th
Wednesday December 9th
Thursday December 10th
Friday December 11th