Superhero Explorer’s Bedroom


My own little superhero is obsessed with maps, countries and buildings. I’ve used a combination of these themes in his bedroom through pictures, bed linen and storage.

Tube Map Bed Linen

Tube Map Bed Linen

I spotted this bed linen whilst sitting in a doctor’s waiting room a few weeks ago, browsing through an Asda/George home catalogue which the only piece of available reading material.  I knew this would be a bit hit with my little SH, and a bargain at £12 for the set.  It was ordered before I entered the doctor’s surgery and delivered a few days later. As expected, it was a huge hit at home.  We spent quite a few entertaining evenings finding ways between different tube stations and now my little SH can navigate his way around the London underground, no problem.   So – fun, funky and educational too  – result!


On the walls I’ve framed some of my little SH’s pictures and wrapping paper featuring a vintage map using simple IKEA frames.  The New York poster above the bed is also wrapping paper.   I love using these kinds of materials as they are easy to use and inexpensive to change, so you can keep updating as your kids grow and their interests change.

Homemade Display Shelves

Homemade Display Shelves

As his collection of buildings grew, they began to take over the top of my little SH’s chest of drawers and I started thinking of ways to display the buildings in a more interesting way.   I found a small, wood shelving unit on Achica and painted the outside with Farrow and Ball Green Blue emulsion.  In the middle sections I cut out and stuck some pieces of vintage map wrapping paper which I purchased from a lovely website I found called Willow & Stone.   The result was much more interesting than the original shelf unit and we were able to locate most of the buildings in the relevant part of the world.

Welcome to Superheroes in Disguise

IMG_3709Hello, I’m Alison and I decided to start this blog for people like me – parents of boys who love design – beautiful interiors, gorgeous clothes, but who find that most of what’s out there is for girls.

Not only is it hard to find stylish stuff out there for boys, but like many of the mums I know, I am constantly trying to juggle what I like and what I know my five year old son will like.  As much as I might love something, if he doesn’t, then I know from bitter experience that I might as well save my money.

Finding beautiful things for boys can be a challenge, but that makes it all the more worthwhile when you find something that you not only love yourself, but that puts a big smile on your little one’s face.  There is some great stuff out there for boys, you just need to know where to look for it.

Did I also mention that I love a good bargain too?

Juggling work, family and all of life’s other commitments can be tough, and we all know that time is a precious commodity for parents.  I hope this blog will be a useful resource in helping you to find the stuff both you and your little superheroes will love.

It would be great if you could share some of your ideas on Superheroes too!

Alison x