One of my favourite things watching children grow up is that time when they speak up and say “THIS is my style.” and then tell you how they want to dress or want their room to look. Those moments when they ask questions and suggest something different to what we’ve always done make my heart swell because I want them to do that. I want them to challenge me and what has always been as they discover who they really are and make their own authentic mark in the world.
Lately I’ve noticed this emerging more and more with Mr Little. He’s quick to say that he’s eight and a half and that he wants to wear black all the time. While he rides his black skateboard. He knows how he wants to look and he knows what feels right for him. It makes me smile because I love that he proudly says “This is who I am.”
With being a big eight and a half year old comes the desire to move from the room of a preschooler to something more grown up. He’s ready to move on from some of the things he’s always had in his room, and I get it. He wants to feel that his space is a reflection of who he is and the boy he has grown up to be. So, my head is in the space of planning and sketching for a room makeover for him. Nightlights and cuddly toys will make room for music speakers, his surfboard and his skateboards. His reading couch will give up its space for a quiet zone for him to continue the illustrative books he loves creating and to sort his footy cards over and over. He’ll move from blue and green to black and white.
Inspired by that, this week’s lovely list of rooms is ten beautiful black and white rooms for babies and kids.