We recently moved into a new home, and welcomed our second child. Making our son's bedroom a comfortable, fun and safe free-for-all space was really important to me in a time when he was feeling displaced both literally and figuratively. Since our daughter co-sleeps, we didn't have to worry about a shared room and this enabled us to give him a "big boy" space that held all (or most!) of the choking hazards, containing him in an empowering way rather than relegating his favorite stuff to less-trafficked areas of the house. We didn't have much money to spend, so we re-purposed a lot, did some thrifting and careful curating.
We found the pull-down map and were thrilled to discover that it fit the dimensions of the large window perfectly. He loves to look at it, and it doubles as a black out shade behind Ikea curtains.
His play kitchen was a homemade thrift shop score that I fixed up and repainted. The art on the walls is mainly by friends (Tim Hubner, Steeb Russell, Saelee Oh, Roosevelvet on Etsy, Stacey Stansbury), and not "for kids" but still fun, upbeat, and meaningful to him in ways that seem to change as he grows. The letters are his and his sister's initials: souvenirs from vacations. The play mat is pretty ubiquitous and also from Ikea. His clothes are stored in the magical built-in dresser, saving us floor space and giving him a mini-mantle.
On his cube shelves is an assortment of favorite toys he chooses not to share with his sister, special books and a few knick-knacks. The traffic light lamp was another thrift store purchase, and it casts a nice soft light for bedtime stories.
His rocking chair is a knock-off — we couldn't dream of owning the real thing — and the rainbow afghan yet another second-hand buy. His bed is a Montessori-style floor bed. Because it's a relatively small room, we couldn't make a separate reading/lounging nook, so we just hung clip-framed photos of his best friends and a homemade bunting in one corner and piled on pillows and stuffed animals. Voila! Double-duty cozy corner/big boy bed.
He relishes having his own space, and we had so much fun creating it for him!