Last winter I decided, quite out of the blue, to re-do my college age son’s room. Once I got into it, friends (and my husband) kept asking “Why are you spending money on a room for him when he may never be home permanently again?” And frankly, it did give me pause. Why was I spending money on a possibly temporary room? Well, to begin with, my younger son still had his furniture he had gotten when he was three years old, and needed new “big boy” furniture so it made sense to pass down my older son’s existing furniture to him. But this left his room empty and since he does still come home, and it’s also where guests stay, it needed to have something in it! So, I needed to find a way to re-do the room A) on a budget, because he was possibly never coming home permanently, and B) make it look masculine and adult, while not losing his personality. I wanted to make it feel like it was still his room, while also working as a pseudo guest room (it’s the only “extra room” we have), and not spending too much. Quite a feat, actually! If I managed to do it on a budget, I’d be able to gift these items to him to take with him next year and then actually be able to decorate a real guest room! (But that’s another post!) After all is said and done, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and I think he is too!