January 25, 2010

on the cheap

Wish you were here....


Wish I was there, too!


When our two older boys left home, it was time for our youngest to move into the coveted big bedroom.

From very early days, his goal in life was to be a waiter in Hawaii and live in a hotel. And climb palm trees.


As his parents, we were totally supportive of this plan. His father, because he would need to visit his son for extended periods of time in the winter. And me - because it sounds a tad bit safer than rescuing people lost at sea in wild storms like his oldest brother, or ridding the world of terrorists like his middle brother. (Job descriptions may or may not be highly dramatized - mama's a little neurotic.)


Back to the actual point of this post, Junior has always had a Hawaiian theme for his room decor. His old room was Pottery Barn Kids, but he had outgrown that and was ready for something more teen appropriate. He had received a Hawaiian calendar each year for Christmas, so we decided to make a wall collage of the pictures.


That wall collage grew and grew, and soon went around his entire room.


It was sometime after the new year, when calendars were on clearance, so I went to one of the online calendar stores and purchased every one I found.

The possibilities are endless. A favorite sport, animal or destination. There seems to be a calendar for almost everything, even vampires, and the online place I shopped had calendars from years past for dirt cheap.

It was very fun, very easy and a very inexpensive way to give a room a makeover.

And just in case you need reminding on this fine Monday morning, Island Boy says....

21 comments:

  1. What an awesome way to bring color, and interest into his room. A guy room...all the way. You did it very tastefully, so that it definitely is a Hawaiian theme but not childish or tacky!

    I popped over from the Farm Chicks website - don't visit there often but I am glad I did this morning!

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  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it

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  3. Such fun and so many ways people could use the idea. Thanks for the look.
    Annette

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  4. Do your boys know what a cool mama they have? Really - do they?? What an amazing idea and it looks so put-together and fun!

    ps- Whadja have for lunch?

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  5. SOUNDS LIKE HE'LL BE LIVING THERE ONE DAY! LOVE THE IDEA FOR HIS ROOM, LOOKS VERY COOL. MAYBE HE'LL BE NICE TO YOU IN YOUR OLD AGE AND BRING YOU TO HAWAII TO LIVE! LOL COME SAY HI :D

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  6. Theresa...that is one fantastic idea, and so doable. How did you adhere them to the wall?

    I love love that last pic...what bokeh!

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  7. Love the room....love hearing about your boys and your sweet girl....love the Hawaii look. You have great kids...sounds like they have a great mama too!
    Blessings,

    Debbie

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  8. mary from michiganJanuary 25, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Nice. We did a similar theme in my college age daughter's bedroom. We went all the way, with a wall-mounted bed like you'd find on a cruise ship and photo's she'd taken on missions trips to Mexico and family trips to Gulf Shores, AL.
    I'm so tired of the rain and mud right now. I think I'll spend the night in her old room tonight and dream we're all together again, on a cruise ship headed to Grand Caymen or Cozumel like we were last year at this time. Sniff, sniff. Now that she's married and lives far away, it's nice to have the memories!

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  9. Great idea! I have long been a fan of calendar art. So, I'm thinking...your boy and my girl are about the same age. If we play this right we could share grandchildren.

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  10. Something about that fun loving third son,eh!! GREEEEAT looking room! My oldest wants to be in the Calvary, my second a nuclear design specialist and the baby..."a celebrity and engineer"---quite the range of interests!! My Dad always wanted me to work for the airlines for the obvious perks. Hope you will be blogging with a tropical umbrella glass in hand in a few years. Until then keep up the great ideas and the great pix---love 'em!!! Sue in MUDDY MICH!!

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  11. I just discover your blog and wow, it's so awesome !
    You're now in my favorite links !

    See ya.

    Marie from France

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  12. Just stumbled upon your blog recently and I love it! Great post! Love the calendar idea :)

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  13. I love this idea! Can you share how you adhered the calendar pics to the wall?

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  14. I have just spent alot of time going through your beautiful blog and admireing your home. We share alot of the same taste, thats for sure. As I am currently living in alittle country cottage in the cold North of Europe, and spending my days planning the next step of it's rebirth, you certainly gave me ideas ;) And we even share the same art... you know those bird pictures in your bathroom? They adorn my diningroom :) I will surely be back to drool again! LOVE your home, and your barn is gorgeous!

    Best wishes from Tee

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  15. Loving your blog..
    my son is a surfer..
    has always aspired surf..
    and to be near the water..
    make that OCEAN ..
    surfing..
    so what does he do?..
    makes custom made surfboards..
    and when not working,..
    surfs!!!
    warm hugs, laughing smiles..
    Loui♥

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  16. I just came upon your blog and I love it! I really want your dining room and blogged about it: sewfunbymonique.blogspot.com
    Monique

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  17. Ooh la la..what a terrific blog...lots to see...great job!

    come visit, Dianne

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  18. Teresa,

    Your blog is so, so lovely! It makes me happy to read it. Just wondering if your sweet son ever made it to Hawaii to be a waiter? :)

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