A couple of months ago when we added our kids' bathrooms, my son Luke's room had to have some walls moved and reframed.  He's turning 16 this summer and has had the same bedroom furniture since he was three. It was an ideal (and long overdue) time for a new room. I interviewed him to get a little direction. It went something like this:

me: "honey, do you have any thoughts on your new room?"

son: "yeah, I want a small couch – you know for two people – and a table in front for snacks, and an old school turntable."

me: thinking to self 'for two peop…?!'  "well… what about colors?  what colors do you want?"

son: "no colors."

Realizing he was describing a nightclub and not a bedroom for relaxing (alone) and doing homework, I decided I better just take matters into my own hands.  

There aren't many sources of inspiration for teenage boy's bedrooms out there. For some reason they don't make it to the glossy pages of our favorite shelter mags… Over the past year or so I've been collecting images of rooms that I thought my son would like. (To see my other teen boy inspiration rooms, click here.)This room from the Ace Hotel in Portland (via Remodelista) turned out to be one of our favorites and the inspiration for his room.

Ace hotel - remodelista

Lukes' room



The built-in drawers and closet had to be taken out in order to move the wall to accommodate the bathroom.  In total, the room lost about 8 inches of floor space.  The closet was relocated to the opposite facing wall. Instead of a dresser, we installed an Elfa shelving system from The Container Store inside the closet .  

after from same perspective as above




Luke bdrm before

after from same perspective as above

IMG_2813We took the window out and added the closet to the right.  Luckily we had open space for it on the other side where a future powder room will go. Rather than a headboard, I had a piece of cork attached to the wall to create a giant bulletin board. I enjoy seeing what Luke puts on it, and imagine that by the time he leaves for college (sniff) it will be filled with pictures, notes, ticket stubs and other mementos from his high school years.  

IMG_2817There wasn't room for a bedside table and frankly since it was always messy, I wanted to find another -tidier- option.  This platform bed from West Elm has three drawers on each side, which was the perfect substitute for a bedside table. It's been great to have no clutter! I found this gooseneck LED reading light was perfect for the space since it mounts on the wall and can be bent any direction. I contemplated adding a small shelf along the side wall for an alarm clock, but he uses his cell phone which charges overnight on his desk anyway, so there was really no need. I'm realizing I didn't hide electrical cords…


IMG_2814We kept the old pine desk we bought at a garage sale years ago, but painted it Restoration Hardware Charcoal.  After it was painted I thought it looked kind of disconnected to the room just by itself on the long white wall, so I decided to paint part of the wall the same color.  We still need to hang some record albums Luke's collected along the wall, but just haven't gotten to it yet! The orange Eames chair is from Room & Board.

You might have noticed the basket of legos on the desk?  If there is one toy that reminds me of Luke's childhood it's legos. He lost interest years ago, but I kept them anyway – stored in a giant plastic tub in our basement.  For nostalgia, I thought it would be fun to make drawer pulls out of legos to replace the knobs on his desk.  I suggested it to him and he adamantly refused.  I get it and let it drop.  I did leave a little basket of legos on his desk, just in case…

Hope you like it!


Paint – White is Benjamin Moore Atrium White. Gray is Restoration Hardware Charcoal.

Platform bed and wall mounted shelf – West Elm "Storage Bed"

Striped duvet – West Elm

Wool blanket and Gray pillows – Pendleton for Room & Board (machine washable!)

Light fixtures – Harold's Lighting (based in Seattle)

Orange Desk Chair – Eames from Room & Board

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