Aidan started his life in a little fish-themed nursery that I loved. When he was not quite two, he was all about balls: "ace balls", "aah -mmm balls" and "ah -er balls". So, when he moved into his big-boy room before Adelaide was born, we went with a sports theme.
But now, and for all time I imagine, he is my "machine guy". So, when we moved to a new home this year, it gave us the opportunity to make a bedroom that was right up his alley. (The alley behind an auto parts store or construction site, to be exact.)
.The total cost of this room redo was twenty-one bucks. The only actual items I purchased were these two signs at the Canfield Fair and an old broken level at Habitat Re-Store.
Every single other item already belonged to Aidan or was rummaged from the basement or garage of my parent's house, which was also my grandparent's house for many years. Grandma and Papa were more than happy to have us clear out some "treasures" from their house! We've decided to call this look, "Old School Youngstown Garage".
I'm really happy that he's surrounded by things that belonged to people who love him, even if those people were gone long before he was born. He has my Grandpa's helmet from East Ohio Gas and many of his old tools. Some antique books and bottles that belonged to my dad and his parents and grandparents are there as well. My mom's fishing pole when she was a little girl is in the mix with some fishing gear that belonged to her grandfather. I still have a box in the garage with a few more items to display. What I love most about this "look" is that we can always keep adding as we find new treasures!