Monday, November 30, 2009

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

This little boy's (or girl's) bedroom is inspired by the Peanuts TV special It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown. My son will be turning two shortly (time flies!) so I'm currently in the process of planning his big boy room. I like kid's rooms that are rooted in nature and I like classic Charlie Brown specials so I thought it would be neat if I combined the two.

The television special is about the Peanuts gang unwillingly attending summer camp after Lucy signs them up. My biggest challenge was not making the room filled with licensed characters but still capturing the essence of Charlie Brown and summer camp. My son is currently obsessed with tents so the first thing I selected was the Great Plains Teepee. I seem to recall making teepees back when I went to summer camp. I love the rug made to look like wood and the pillow made to look like a campfire. I think they're my favorite elements in the room. The sun jar on the dresser has a light inside that is powered by the sun, it reminds me of a jar used to catch fireflies. The little moose in the log car is adorable and comes in a set of 6 various racing forest critters. The owl pillow perched on the bed's foot board also adds to the overall summer camp woodland creature vibe.

Some of the room's aspects are obvious and not-so-obvious nods to the Charlie Brown special. The wooden camp sign is there because, of course, it takes place at camp. The show features a canoe race between the boys and the girls hence the decorative canoe paddle. The fun orange ride-on dog sculpture is in honor of Snoopy. I chose a yellow dresser to represent Charlie Brown's well-known yellow shirt. The little red wagon wall shelf is in homage to the unseen Little Red-Haired Girl. Then, of course, I had to include an actual Charlie Brown in the room. I did this with a bobble-head placed on top of the shelf. I also added a framed print of Snoopy fishing over the bed.

I wanted to keep the bedding neutral so I went with a basic white percale duvet and sham. Sure white bedding can be impractical in a kid's room but it really makes the campfire pillow pop! I also went neutral (and natural) with the unstained maple bed and driftwood floor lamp. Lastly the vintage camping print nicely incorporates all of the colors in the room. I will say that creating this room really made me want to design a summer camp theme room for my son now too.

Paint color is the appropriately titled Grassy Fields from Benjamin Moore.


Dexton 6' Great Plains Teepee ($99) from
Handwoven Wood Grain Rug (5x8 - $179) from Land of Nod
Campfire Pillow ($24.95) from GAMA-GO
SUN JAR ($40.00) from Uncommon Goods
Derby Critters set of 6 ($39) from Wisteria
Dwell Studio Stuffed Owl ($36) from Modern Nursery
Vintage Style Camp Wood Sign ($14.99) from Deborah McClain
Wooden Paddle Brown ($21.99) from Decor and Gift Shopping
Puppy by Magis Me Too Collection ($129) from Unica Home
Hemnes dresser ($199) from IKEA
Wagon Shelf ($58.99) from Pottery Barn Kids
Classic Peanuts: Charlie Brown Bobblehead ($12.99) from
Holiday Tents, Camping Adventures Print (framed $114.99) from
Caught A Big One Framed Panel Print ($44.99) from Cafepress
Percale duvet cover and sham ($99 & $29) from Room and Board
Calvin Twin Bed ($899) from Room and Board
Bleu Nature Tropique Lamp ($287.98) from


  1. do you take requests? can you make a lovely Art Nouveau/Gustav Klimt-like room?

  2. Sure do! I hope to one day make this blog mostly rooms generated from requests. Be on the lookout for your Art Nouveau/Gustav Klimt room in the coming weeks.