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Because we move so frequently, it has become really important to me to create space for my kids that doesn’t remind them that we do. I’ve found it extremely fun to exercise my creativity in such a warm way! In our last house, Maddelyn got her own room for the first time, and I tried to be very intentional when cozying it up for her. I love when kids’ rooms are intentionally inviting and engaging, so when it was time for Drew to graduate from co-sleeping in our bedroom to sharing a room with his sister, I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to go about creating that inviting and engaging space for both genders.

At the time, they were both newly obsessed with Peter Pan. I couldn’t wait to introduce the movie to them, knowing they would love it. I mean, how can you not??
So there it was: the inspiration for their room.

I gathered further inspiration from Pinterest, but nothing that really struck my fancy, until… Etsy.

I stumbled upon CustomVinylDecorShop, and from there, the magic began!

We painted this accent wall the color ‘Dark Night’ by Sherwin Williams, and I ordered the decal in medium-gray.
When I say it’s stunning…. it’s seriously stunning.
It’s such a show-stopper by day, then transforms into a mesmerizing scene of the movie in the dim light of their nightlights.

The shop does all different decals (obviously). I love wall decals; they add so much to a room without the worry of a heavy picture or something falling on the floor. (Call me crazy, but we live in an earthquake-prone state, so things potentially falling to the floor is always taken into account!)

The bookshelf / toy box combo was from Walmart, and it’s been awesome. Perfect size, and sturdy. Easy for the kids to access books and toys by themselves.
(I couldn’t find it on Walmart anymore, but found it on Amazon here.)

Peter Pan has so many awesome, adventurous elements to it, which is what makes it so great, so of course, they all had to make it into the room, right? Which means my husband inherited a project: Captain Hook’s pirate ship mast. I arranged the kids’ beds next to each other for three reasons: 1, to create more of the “ship” look under the mast, 2, so they could sleep next to each other, and 3, to hide all the electrical cords. Plus, they’re allowed to climb around on “the ship,” so we play pirates and “sail around” a lot.

Jesse is amazing at taking my design ideas and turning them into reality. Honestly, I think most husbands are wired for this, so I say, don’t be afraid to involve your husband! Let him help you make your dreams come true! 🙂

We had an old wooden American flag pole and holster still (what you screw into the side of your house to hold the flag), so he sawed it, painted the two pieces brown, then roped them together. He picked up reels, the cleat, and the twine at Home Depot for cheap, and with the help of a white sheet and his nautical knot knowledge, made the mast come to life. Neither of us were keen on a skull and crossbones flag hanging over our children (haha), so we used an extra Coast Guard boat flag we had laying around. The helm underneath was hanging in our bathroom as decor, but fit perfectly on “Captain Hook’s ship” instead. Which gave me an excuse to go to Target and grab a new framed art for our bathroom. And you know as well as I do that we’ll all take any excuse to go to Target. 😉

Glow-in-the-Dark stars look amazing in this room at night.
Some go across the blue wall, and the rest trail across the ceiling over their beds.

When arranging this room, I was going for a “His and Hers” concept with a more common play area opposite where they sleep, so the left side is visually “for Drew” and the right side is visually “for Maddelyn.”

“Think Happy Thoughts” was for her birthday party, but once that was over, it fit perfectly on “her side” of the Peter Pan room.
The baby versions of classic literature are adorable, but the Midsummer Night’s Dream and Treasure Island covers reminded me of Tinkerbell and Captain Hook, so they earned display rights.

(These books are called ‘Baby Lit’ and there are MANY of them. All very sweet with engaging pictures, so a great way to introduce kids to the classic stories. You can find them here.)

Next we move on to Mermaid Lagoon. They came from the Etsy shop Chromatics, and I ordered them in ‘Gold.’
The shop creates all sorts of decals, and has more of an eclectic style. Worth checking out.

To the right of Mermaid Lagoon, they have their white display shelf (doesn’t every child’s room have one of these?), and on it is a set of keepsake literature books, Peter, movie scene blocks, a whimsical clock, and a stuffed animal crocodile.

I ordered three watercolor prints: the pirate ship, Peter, and Tinkerbell. I happened to order mine from a shop called Home, James! (who doesn’t carry the prints anymore), but you can find them ALL OVER Etsy now. Any Disney movie. All sorts of colors. For girls, for boys, whatever. Just search ‘Disney Watercolor Prints’ on Etsy, and you’ll strike gold. They’re really cool to look at– visually engaging and artistically inspiring for kids.

The blocks came from the Etsy ship ChickenDoodles, and seriously, how cute are they? Each side of each wooden block has a different scene from the movie, so I rotate them around sometimes for fun. I love that they’re sturdy and handmade; plan on storing them in the kids’ baby boxes of keepsakes.

The clock came from Kohl’s. It’s the Double Bell Tabletop Clock, and it matches the one Captain Hook is holding as closely as I could find in my budget. Plus it says London, so.. bonus. Haha.

Croc is from my sister. I’m not sure where she got him. He’s super soft, though!

Next, to the right of their window is their Neverland Cafe. Lots of playing goes down here. In fact, with all the cooking and baking and restaurant-playing they do, I half-expect Drew to be able to help me make dinner before he even starts talking.

There’s the Tinkerbell print, and the chalkboard sign is from the Dollar Section at Target. Another point for the Dollar Spot.

I always stop in here for my morning coffee. They make the best Vanilla Lattes.

It’s honestly one of my favorite spots in our entire house.

And last but not least, you have…

the Indian Encampment!

So, I did an Instagram post on this awhile back, but you guys, Jesse made this. For $11.
I’m alllllll about a budget, so I wasn’t really keen on the idea of paying $50-$100 for a tent off Etsy or wherever.
Four bamboo poles from the Garden Section of the Exchange, rope, some zip-ties, and one bedsheets later, voila!
Like I said before, don’t be afraid to involve your husband! They are usually wired to rise to these types of occasions!
The kids LOVE it and play in it ALL. THE. TIME. Sometimes it’s a hiding place, sometimes it’s a stage for Maddelyn’s concerts, sometimes it’s a reading nook.

The star string lights are from the Dollar Spot at Target, and the floor pillow we already had.

The Native American headdress… um, I actually made that by turning a baseball cap backwards and hot-gluing feathers all over it with a bead headband, and uh,… wouldn’t recommend getting involved in all that…

Just buy one off Amazon. Hahaha.

Save yourself lots of time, frustration, and feathers floating around your kitchen like a chicken just ran through for its life.

So much life fills our kids’ rooms, does it?  So much growing. So much learning. So much laughter. I wish it never had to end.
But until it has to, I’ll be over here enjoying every second in our ‘Neverland’
where nobody has to grow up, and
where the kids can just be kids for just the little while that they are.

“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“Can anything harm us, mother, after the night-lights are lit?”
Nothing, precious,” she said; “they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“You just think lovely wonderful thoughts,” Peter explained, “and they lift you up in the air.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“She asked where he lived.
‘Second to the right,’ said Peter, ‘and then straight on till morning.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


  • Lowella G

    Omg! I love love this!! Keone is beginning to like Peter Pan too! But oh my, the creative wonders! I love every small detail! I must say the teepee and neverland cafe are my faves! 😍😍 great job mama!!

    June 8, 2017 at 1:18 am Reply
    • the Star Spangled Mama

      You are so sweet! Thank you! This was a fun theme to try and put together in the small white box of a room they have, haha 🙂 I should do a tutorial on how to securely make your own teepee tent! Jesse did it for $11, and it’s stood the test of 2 crazy kids always playing in it!

      August 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply

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