Monday, August 1, 2016


After months of dragging my feet, Joe's big boy bedroom is finally complete. The truth is, Joe's been ready to get out of his crib for quite awhile now. Me, on the other hand, not so much. 

Moving Joe into his big boy room was extremely emotional for me. For one, my baby boy is growing up and I want more than anything for time to just slow down. But what hit me even harder was the fact that Joe's move meant we'd now have to have an empty nursery -- another difficult reminder of the baby we lost.

Emotional feelings aside, the decorating kept my mind off things quite a bit. (My favorite distraction!) I wanted to make sure Joe's room felt like him. He loves all things that move -- planes, trains and automobiles. He's also the type of kid that comes inside with sweat down his face and dirt all over his clothes. He needed a room that was just as cool as him. Not too little kid-ish, but not a stuffy Pottery Barn catalog, either.

My inspiration came when my Grandma gave me an old picture of my Grandpa wearing his WWII Purple heart medal. It was such a cool picture of him and had so much meaning. My Grandpa passed away while I was pregnant with Joe, so he never got a chance to meet him. He was a big reason Joe was named Joseph as it was/is my Great Grandpa, Grandpa and Dad's name.

So with the picture of my Grandpa, my initial idea was to create a picture collage of all 4 generations of Joes. Sort of like a tribute to Joe's namesake. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that all of the men in our family have had a major influence on Joe. So I decided to create a collage of all Joe's heroes with vintage pictures of his Grandpas and Great Grandpas.

Once that was up, the rest of the room was easy to fill. We found a lot of things at old antique shops, the Nashville Flea Market and even in our parents' attic. So many details have so much meaning -- the little rocking chair is a family heirloom, the quilt was made by my Great Grandma and the baseball mitt was used by my husband and his Dad. I know nothing matches exactly but I think it all comes together pretty well.

I'm excited to finally share pictures with you all! Enjoy ~

Joe requested that we include pictures of Patrick and Norman in his bedroom 
(his Uncle & Aunts' pets). I couldn't say no to that! 

Airplane sheets available at Amazon.

The inspiration for the room - my Grandpa, Joseph Murnick.

You can find all the details on this bookshelf makeover here.

 The baseball glove that belonged to Joe's Dad and Grandpa. 
Both of their names are barely visible on the leather.