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    A boy’s bedroom in Needham is fun but not too kiddie

    Decorating with affordable finds, a creative palette, and the subtle theme of exploration.

    Jessica Delaney
    Jessica Delaney

    Dina Holland, who runs interior design firm Honey & Fitz, didn’t want her 4-year-old son’s bedroom to feel “too kiddie” or emblazoned with an over-the-top theme. “Kids get tired of themes pretty quickly, and then you’re stuck with a room that doesn’t suit them. So we didn’t do a train room or paint a mural on the wall.” Instead, Holland hints at a child’s love of exploration in the furnishings and accessories she selected for the room, which is blessed with high ceilings and a leaded-glass window, hallmarks of their 1914 Victorian/Craftsman home in Needham. Holland loved the idea of “creating a space that encourages the imagination.” Blues, grays, and pops of citrus make the space bright and cheery — it’s also comfortable enough to serve occasionally as a guest room.

    1 | A vintage tablecloth depicting Nantucket whaling schooners found at a yard sale gave Holland the idea for a seagoing-adventure theme. The fabric now covers a pillow.

    2 | “Mixing and matching bedding adds interest,” says Holland. Pillowcases with rainbow tassels are from Anthropologie. A reversible orange and gray coverlet is from Land of Nod. Holland trimmed a Target bedskirt with a gray grosgrain ribbon, “an easy, inexpensive way to add a coordinating element,” she says.


    3 | Striped drapes by Martha & Ash frame the bed and draw focus to the end of the room.

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    4 | A West Elm jute chenille herringbone rug tops the wood floor. “I love the texture of natural fiber, but it can be scratchy, and kids are always on the floor playing,” says Holland. “The chenille in this one makes it more comfortable.”

    5 | Walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Barely Teal. “It’s brighter than I thought I wanted, but with the room furnished, it chills out a bit and feels like a fun, happy color.”

    6 | Holland brought back the Moravian star pendant light from Mexico. “It has a nod to nautical,” she says.

    7 | Affordable wallpaper panels depicting a map of the world came from


    8 | Brown houndstooth fabric now covers a vintage chair.

    9 | Red spray paint transformed a gold side table from “I wanted a hint of color against the map,” says Holland.