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If you’re familiar with the interior design world and watch shows on HGTV, you probably have seen many interior designers disagreeing about making a kid’s bedroom or even a nursery look “too” juvenile. Not generalizing, but many interior designers would advice you to use fun and colorful fabrics around your kid’s nursery, but rarely would recommend a themed room. Why? Because as we all know, kids grow up fast and you would have to keep updating the room every couple of years. With a neutral nursery, the kid can grow and you only have to make minor changes. In other words, you would save lots of money! That’s all right, all good, but when I found some pictures of this super-fun bedroom I had to include it on “Cool or Fool” because I’m so curious what your opinion on themed rooms is.

This pirate ship bedroom was designed by Steve Kuhl for a very lucky 6-year-old boy.

“The main feature of the room is the incredible floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2×12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. A bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated coloring was used simulate an old ship’s hull.

The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship’s hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There’s also a completely hidden spiral slide, that lets you travel downstairs in a more adventurous way.”

So, even though many interior designers say that you shouldn’t really go too far with themed bedrooms, what do you think about this one? Too much? Super fun? Cool or Fool*?

High in The Sky

Would you feel totally comfortable with your kid going up that high?


Oh, I miss being a kid!


This is how it looks inside the ship.

Secret Passage

A “secret passage” to the level below. Now, this would freak me out to leave a “hole” like this in my kid’s room. 🙂

To The Bridge

You have to climb the ladder to get to the bridge.

I’m really curious what you think about this. Should we keep our kids’ rooms neutral and save money in the future or should we make their space feel like their space (a space where they can live out their fantasy of being a pirate, a pilot, a cowboy, a princess)? What do you think of themed bedrooms? Cool or Fool?

One thing I know for sure… we’re kids only once. 🙂

Did you have a good week? Mine was good, but I’ve been feeling even more tired and also really nauseous. I’m almost 8 weeks pregnant now (on Sunday) and I know I’ll feel better after the 12-week mark. At least, that’s what I’m hoping! But overall, I’m doing great and I’m so, so excited because my little boy will be turning 6 on Saturday. It’s just incredible to see your kids grow. It’s a real blessing!

Make sure to enjoy your weekend. Do something you enjoy and haven’t done in a while. Eat your favorite food, buy a new perfume, go for a walk in the park and see the first blooms of spring. Make of this weekend a special one.

See you back here on Monday!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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* “Cool or Fool” happens every Friday. I’ve started this section where I post “different” and controversial things that I know some of you will love and others will not. The point is to tell us what you really think, regardless of anything. It’s a space where you speak your mind and analyze what you see. Have fun with it and laugh along the way!

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  1. Tereza said,

    Lúdico, eu diria. O sonho de qualquer menino, com certeza. Tem seus riscos, concordo, mas as crianças desafiam a gravidade o tempo todo, então…
    Muito interessante, se tiver que classificar, cool.

  2. The enchanted home said,

    IS THIS FOR REAL LUCIANE??? OMG..I have never seen anything quite like it! My son would so take advantage of this when he gets in trouble..he would run into his pirate ship and never come out because he knows mommy wouldn’t go on that gangplank..haha..oh boy I can see our chases now..how hysterical they would be! This is crazy cool..thats how I would sum it up. Definitely a boys dream room…..but seriously can you imagine waking them up in the morning and if they don’t get up….oy…too much aggravation for mommy and making the beds and dusting…on second thought no thanks…I will admire it from afar.
    Good day mate!

  3. Amy Vermillion @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design said,

    Luciane…blessings for a wonderful pregnancy!
    I think any little boy would love this room!
    Happy Weekend,

  4. SizzleandZoom said,

    Too cool! If I had a little boy this would be a wonderful room. I know it’s a little dangerous but
    what a wonderful experience for a boy.

  5. Kate @ Travelmoon said,

    First the slides in the house last week and now this! You are making me want to be a kid again….I think this room is so amazing-my vote is for cool! I think a theme room can inspire such creativity and great memories that it’s worth it in the end!
    Hope you feel better! Have a great weekend!

  6. michele@hellolovelyinc said,

    i’m all for making a kid’s dream come true. what could be more satisfying? that said, i have teenagers who have far out ideas and no style so…i’ll let them fulfill some of those dreams on their own and with their money someday.

    so….cool if you’re a multi millionaire.

    be well and do what you have to find more time for relaxing.



  7. Sherri @ Inside Out Design said,

    I actually love it. What a wonderful memories that child will have. It would be perfect for a family with a few kids in the family so they can all play. But I agree with you about the hole in the floor – that would freak me out too! Hope you have a great weekend … My daughter started feeling the worst around 8 weeks and then by week 13 it was over and now she is feeling great (17 weeks). Hang in there! Have fun celebrating #6! xo Sherri

  8. Sheila Zeller said,

    I think themed rooms are a lot of fun, but my personal lean is toward fun colours and accessories, multi-functional furniture, and where there are architectural nooks and crannies to utilize, doing something cool with them. Of course, I totally encourage creative storage that is visually appealing. I think a kid’s room should be fit for a kid, but a full-blown theme room like this one, though amazing, isn’t really my style. I hope you are well… BTW – did you see this post? http://www.sheilazellerinteriors.com/articles/a-little-burst-of-blush-rose-wine-decor
    The 2nd to last photo caught my eye and I thought of you at the time! I hope you have a great weekend! XO Sheila

  9. designchic said,

    How fun would this room be for a child…you know I’d worry about that hole in the floor, but totally amazing for a kid. Hope your weekend is wonderful and you find something to help the nausea – so hard –

  10. Greet said,

    This must be a paradise for a child!!! Wonderful!! You brought me good ideas for a child’s room! Thank you for sharing this Luciane!
    Hope everything is ok , that you feeling well!!!
    Wish you a wonderful weekend!

  11. Sandy Henderson said,

    Cool! What child would not love a playhouse like that! Oh the dreams they could dream.

  12. Mandi Smith T said,

    Not really into themed rooms. M.

  13. Dovecote Decor said,

    What? Is there no back yard. This is playground material, and they are just as dangerous. Netting and rails need to be higher. Hopefully a full time Nanna is sleeping in the room with these children to save them from Captain Hook.

  14. Cameron (House Sale) said,

    I think this is a great design for kids. They would love it. But as for safety, I think its kind of dangerous. I could live with it if for example the room itself is designed as a pirate ship. If not, then ship should not be hanging.

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