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I've shared a room with ds his whole life, and never decorated a nursery. When he does move into his own room though (probably in the next year), I'd like to do a theme. I'd probably spend about $100 on the entire, small room.<br><br>
Can anyone tell me why I shouldn't do Sesame Street as a theme? My sister is against it because of the commercialized aspect of it. But after recieving a chair with a picture of Elmo on it, my ds has fallen in love (he's never seen the show or anything, but now has a couple books as well). The thing is, my local store, Superstore, carries Sesame Street bedding and decorations quite cheaply. And I am a student, with every dollar I spend right now being owed back to the government starting in four years.<br><br>
So..what do you think? Can I decorate with another theme this cheaply? Is it disgusting to see a room full of one brand? Do you looooove Bert and Ernie? (That's another reason I'd like to do this. I have a soft spot for Sesame Street because I grew up with it).<br><br>
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Well, I wouldn't do it because it can never be undone (enslaving him to Elmo that is). Sure, you can decorate his room Elmo-free for under $100 depending on what furniture he has already. What are you looking to add to his room and we can provide suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wouldn't do an Elmo room because he will probably get tired of Elmo. Six months ago my DS looooved Blue's Clues and was totally obsessed with everything Blue, and now he's not really into it and has moved onto a new obsession with trains.<br><br>
Since pretty much all the Elmo stuff I have seen has the colors yellow, blue and of course red, maybe you could decorate his room in primary colors and add Elmo/Sesame Street accessories like the chair or an Elmo pillow. Then when he outgrows Elmo and gets interested in other things it won't be so expensive to change his room.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wouldn't do an Elmo room because he will probably get tired of Elmo. Six months ago my DS looooved Blue's Clues and was totally obsessed with everything Blue, and now he's not really into it and has moved onto a new obsession with trains.<br><br>
Since pretty much all the Elmo stuff I have seen has the colors yellow, blue and of course red, maybe you could decorate his room in primary colors and add Elmo/Sesame Street accessories like the chair or an Elmo pillow. Then when he outgrows Elmo and gets interested in other things it won't be so expensive to change his room.</div>
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I totally agree with this. I'm not opposed to decorating with Sesame Street at all, but I wouldn't base the room around it, for the simple fact that he will outgrow it or get bored with it quickly. If I were in your shoes, I'd do primary colors and add Sesame Street accents here and there. Have fun with it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I totally agree with this. I'm not opposed to decorating with Sesame Street at all, but I wouldn't base the room around it, for the simple fact that he will outgrow it or get bored with it quickly. If I were in your shoes, I'd do primary colors and add Sesame Street accents here and there. Have fun with it!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I totally agree with this. I'm not opposed to decorating with Sesame Street at all, but I wouldn't base the room around it, for the simple fact that he will outgrow it or get bored with it quickly. If I were in your shoes, I'd do primary colors and add Sesame Street accents here and there. Have fun with it!</div>
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I am totally not opposed to a Sesame Street bedroom either. My ds loved Elmo months before he ever caught a glimpse of the show on TV. And I mean LOVED Elmo with every fiber of his being. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But not even 6 months later and Elmo is just "eh" now. It's Thomas the Tank engine and Bob the Builder that catch his eye when he comes across them.
 

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I have to agree w/ the most recent PP's.. My DD (2.5 yrs) was OBSESSED w/ Elmo, Cookie, and Big Bird for about the past yr. It was the one show I let her watch every morning, while I was getting dressed and making breakfast. I liked the learning aspect of it, but I don't like the commercial aspect or the fact that the only language they ever touch on other than english is spanish. No flames please, but my daughter has no Latin heritage, and I want her second language to be something that is in our family tree... Sorry, back to the OP's question...<br>
I would decorate in primary colors for a little man. You can add a few of the SS characters, then when he outgrows it (and he will, sooner than you like) you can bring in race cars, or construction vehicles, or any of the other things little boys tend to favor. My DD's room is pastels, which is great b/c now she is wanting everything Cinderella.. She has all but forgotten about SS. I get my 'Mommy time' during reruns of the Cinderella movie...
 

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I loved Bert and Ernie with every fiber of my being for my entire childhood and I never outgrew it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> But I still like the idea of decorating in primary colors and just adding a few Sesame Street things in case he does outgrow it. Your sister has a point about commercialization...but maaaaan...it's Sesame Street!
 

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I like the idea of sesame accessories and bright colors. (You could even consider sheets for the bed accessories, I think) Sesame sheets might be a good incentive to get him into the big boy bed at night, if that's ever an issue.<br><br>
DD is 28 months and she loooooooves Elmo. I am pretty anti licensed character stuff, but really, she loooooves him, and watching the DVD brings her a lot of joy and she loves reading the Elmo books. We don't have any other toys or accessories, but I do think it would be special for her if we did.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I loved Bert and Ernie with every fiber of my being for my entire childhood and I never outgrew it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> But I still like the idea of decorating in primary colors and just adding a few Sesame Street things in case he does outgrow it. Your sister has a point about commercialization...but maaaaan...it's Sesame Street!</div>
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It's true that Sesame Street is commercialized but I recently saw this documentary re: Sesame Street on PBS about the creation of a show for a country the Middle East (I can't remember where). Long story short, it showed the struggle that the creators had to maintain Sesame Street's goal, which was to bring eduaction to those who were poor and might not otherwise receive it. If you notice Sesame Street is in the Bronx and Plaza Sesamo is set up like a common plaza in a Latin neighborhood. They wanted the environments and characters to be representative of the children's everyday life and interactions. I know it's idealistic, but the creator's goal was to try to somewhat even out the educational gap between the working class and the upper class. It made me cry (I studied class differences and their effects on individuals within the greater society in grad school).<br><br>
Also, the money that Children's Network Television earns from the sells of licensed products is put back into Sesmae Street and other CTW educational projects. So even if it is commercial, at least it has a good cause.
 

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I also worry about a sesame room because he will grow out of really quickly. Or if you want to do it, maybe you can use solid color bedspreads, sheets, etc.. You can cut out pics or print off cpu of elmo and his friends and frame them for the walls. Maybe a big (or little) tin garbage can with what's his name painted on the side (you can use it as a trash can or a laundry hamper). All this stuff can be changed easily and it's cheap. I did my son's room this way with the theme being harley davidson (although i think he may never outgrow that!).<br><br>
We did a solid black bedspread from walmart ($30), twin white sheets from big lots ($8), bright orange rug ($10), a toy motorcycle and harley truck for his dresser ($10, the harley truck was a gift), bought black with flames fabric for curtains ($12), and a harley lamp from lowe's ($35). That was right at $100, I guess, and it wasn't so much stuff that it would be clutter up the place. It will also be easy to change if he decides on something else.
 

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If we had an appropriate room to redo for a child, I would want a cork-board wall, or even a wall that was magnetized--to hang pictures. I don't know about the rest of it. Right now our shared family bedroom has all kinds of pictures taped up to the walls. If my son had his own room, I would want to make it kid-decoratable in any way possible. Toddler/preschool art, and then magazine pages and posters and pictures from the internet of stuff he likes--my dream kid room.
 

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Personally, it's a lot of fun to do a theme, but I wouldn't pick Sesame Street. Nothing against Sesame Street, but around the time you have to pay back your student loans, your DS is going to be begging for a different themed room. How about a jungle theme or dinosaur theme or transportation theme or train theme? Those themes won't last forever either, but longer than Sesame Street.
 

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Well, if you paint in primary colors, and then buy themed sheets and wall decorations, it'd be pretty easy to change. Or paint a street theme on the wall, then you can use it with Sesame street, Nascar, Trucks, Construction Worker or any other boy theme you can think of. You can paint the bottom half of a wall with that black chalkboard paint with a white dotted line, so it'd look like a street, and then he could draw on the wall too. Oh, and put a layer of magnetic paint under the chalkboard paint, then you can used all sorts of magnets on the wall too. You could paint the top half with a cityscape in some bright colors. Well that's probably what I'd do if I had a boy's room to decorate.
 

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I saw something on HGTV where they found paint that had some sort of metal in it so that the surface worked with magnets. Then they put a coat of chalkboard paint on top of it. That's my plan for Lu's room--that and some clothesline and clothespins to hang her art!<br><br>
Regarding Sesame Street--I agree with the poster who advised decorating around a color-scheme and then adding inexpensive and removable Sesame Street touches. The benefit of this, on top of being able to remove it if your child outgrows Sesame, is that you can take the cool stuff with you when you move!
 

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I think I'm right there with the consensus: make it a bright, inviting room that will still work 5 years from now. I love the idea of the chalk/magnet wall and a cityscape or mural or something like that. Do you have an Ikea anywhere near you? Even if you don't, they have some great ideas for rooms: <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/rooms/childrens_room/" target="_blank">http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/ca...hildrens_room/</a><br><br>
Also, I used to work with kids doing murals, which is a great great way to decorate a child's room. Even if you have a rental and can't paint, you can make a hanging mural on canvas (which you can then take with you, of course). I like the Nova acrylics: <a href="http://www.novacolorpaint.com/" target="_blank">http://www.novacolorpaint.com/</a> (of course, as a fellow student I know that time as almost as crucial as money, so that may be more than you want to take on.)<br><br>
I would also get sheets that will last, honestly. Something in a solid color--bright is good--that you won't have to get rid of when your child outgrows the elmo crush.
 

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another possible drawback to an elmo bedroom- muppets can look kind of scary at night. I had a bert & ernie poster on my wall as a young kid. I loved it during the day, but it would frighten the heck out of me in the dark. (the big googly eyes, I think)
 

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i love sesame street.<br>
it was the first children themed show that featured multiculturalism through different languages and ethnicities being represented.<br>
i hate elmo.<br>
therefore i support the no elmo idea, but i will never turn against sesame street!<br>
viva la sesame street!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I think decorating a room with commercialized characters is just plain tacky.<br><br>
Now, I realize there was a whole thread on "tacky" awhile back and it's clear that different folks have different definitions of the word, but a SS room fits the bill for my definition. It's like you're just plugging right into the media and instead of being creative, taking your hard-earned $$ and feeding it right back to the gaping maw of commercialism. To me it's the equivalent of paying for a shirt with a big "GAP" logo on it - essentially giving a big corporation free advertizing.<br><br>
Plus, yes in a few years he's going to think it's babyish and you'll have to start over.<br><br>
eta: I truly don't mean this as flaming you, so I hope you won't take it that way! I just had an instantaneous reaction to the topic. I guess I'm with your sister on this one.
 

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I really like the idea of primary colors too and some SS stuff--like his chair, stuffed toys you can get at garage sales and wash up for him (DS has Elmo and Cookie that way).<br><br>
then in a year when he likes Thomas the train or something LOL, well Thomas is blue, James is red........you're getting the idea? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
and yeah, I think bedsheets count as acessories. Or just get the comforter (or a blanket) in Sesame and get matching primary color bedsheets so again when your kid is sick of the Street, the bedsheets will still match other things.<br><br>
if you can find a sale the wall stick ups of the characters aren't too expensive either, they peel right off and tend to wear out about the time you need to redecorate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
if they make just Sesame lampshades, that would be a nice little accessory too, get a basic lamp and change shades as needed.<br><br>
DS and I are huge fans of Sesame as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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