Meet Eli…

He recently turned 4, and his mama is the fabulous Miss Traci over at Beneath My Heart.

We love Eli, and thought it might be neat to get his opinion on kids room decor, so Traci did a little interview with him for us the other day and here’s what the cutie patootie had to say about the subject:

Traci: What do you think would make a great kids room?

Eli: Dinasers (dinosaurs) on the wall. And um, and um, tars (cars) on the bed. And tar (car) toys, and um….a baseball bat…and that’s it!

(Eli! Check out these 3D wall embellishment from Beetling.com! Pretty cool, huh?!)

Traci: What colors do you think they should put in the room?

Eli: Um…um…ernge. (orange)

(What about an orange-accented room like Ashley Ann put together for her boys, Eli?)

Traci: What if it was a little girl? What colors do you think she would like?

Eli: Um…pink!

(Like this Eli?)

Traci: What else? What would girls like in their room?

Eli: Pink and purple!

(Isn’t this a pretty pink and purple room Eli?)

Traci: What kind of decorations would girls want on their walls? Like…you probably wouldn’t see cars…but maybe…

Eli: Yes! Tars! Tars. Tars. Tars.

Traci: Cars? Girls like cars?

Eli: Yeah!

Traci: Are you sure?

Eli: Yeah.

Traci: Well, I don’t know about that.

Eli: Well, I wanna do it.

(Look Eli! You were right, girls can have cars in their bedrooms!)

Traci: What kind of toys should they have in their room?

Eli: Whatever toys dey (they) like.

Traci: What kind of toys do you think kids your age would like?

Eli: Um. Dinasers…BIG dinasers. And um. And um. Dinasers. Ernge dinasers and red dinasers.

(Look Eli! A dinosaur with a plant in his back! I think your Mom needs one of these!)

Traci: What kind of books should they have in their room?

Eli: Baby books!

(I’ve always thought this sounded like a fun book. Do you have this one Eli?)

Traci: What kind of lights should they have in their room?

Eli: A purple light!

(Do you like this one Eli? source and light)

Traci: What kind of beds should the have?

Eli: Um…baseball beds.

(Like this Eli? source)

Traci: Can you tell Layla and Kevin bye?

Eli: Bye, I lub you! (smile)

Layla: We lub you too Eli! (BIG smile!)


Pretty neat to hear about what a 4-year old boy would want in his room! We sure appreciate he and Traci taking the time to talk about it for us, and I sure appreciate this sweet little video they texted me the other day….

Not only is he creative, that kid has a great voice, huh?!

Happy Thursday!


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  1. says

    Adorable interview! And tell Eli that I would much rather hear him sing Layla, Layla, Layla Ooooooooooooooooooooooo…..all day long than Just Beiber! lol

  2. says

    Such a fantastic post. Eli cracked me up. I have two boys who LOVE cars, trains, and planes…but all the girls in our play group really like cars too. = ) Plus, my son loves pink. So you just never know! It’s fun to think outside of the gender norms sometimes.

  3. Deidra Dunbar says

    Awww…I have an Eli too, but he is getting ready to turn 3 and probably has no desire to comment on bedrooms…bummer.
    As for the inspiration pics, they are so cute! Love the orange!

  4. says

    can you ask eli what to do in a guest room for kids? i just got a very cute vantiy on CL, ready to paint a watermelon shade. off to pottery barn outlet for bed coverings. got some very cute sheets from macy’s. aqua print.(though i really like the ones you did in your mom’s guest room, the ones from target) so far it is kind of girly. Wait and see, i will have all grandsons (not for a while), my kids keep telling me i am gonna have to wait quite a few years. by then i guess i can redecorate :)

  5. says

    It’s so cute to see what kids come up with. I was kind of hoping for a pick your presto style room with all of those ideas combined. j/k :) It will be neat to see what you guys come up with. I know decorating my daughter’s room was probably my favorite project ever.

  6. says

    My 9 months old baby crawled so fast across the room to watch Eli’s video when she heard him sing, I played it over and over for her and she smiled :) I think he just won her heart over Barney and Elmo! LOL So cute!

  7. says

    Tooo cute! I love his answers…..future designer on the rise! I only have 1 boy but Eli is on the money with dinosaurs and cars! My son is 12 and still has some in the locker in his room!

    Great post…..even better interview!

    Lucky 7 Design

  8. crissy armstrong says

    he is precious! oh my gosh. love the inspiration. that voice is too much. melt my heart.

  9. says

    OH! It’s the MYSTERY MACHINE as a bed!!!! I wish I had had one of those as a girl. :)

    Not sure about the Dinos, though…a bit scary for some?

    Great ideas! And now you’ve got a new song written just for you! :)

  10. Kati says

    The tickle monster book is awesome! I got it for my neice for her 1st Christmas…she was almost 1. She LOVES the book. She is 3 know and still requests it to be read to her…but you have to wear the gloves. she gets mad if you don’t.

  11. says

    So cute! I just played the video for my 6 year old named Layla and she couldn’t figure out why this boy was singing to her! And my Layla LOVES cars :)

  12. says

    Hey Layla! :) Oh my Lord, isn’t that Eli just edible! I got to meet him in person not long ago at Traci’s house, and he is just the sweetest little thing EVER! (he let me watch him play in mulch…which he wasn’t supposed to be playing in. shhh..don’t tell Traci! lol)
    Have a great week my friend!

  13. says

    Giga-dorable is what that Eli is!! Loved the interview and your choice of images to represent his vision. Made my day is what this post did, Thanks bunches!

  14. says

    Now THAT’s going to be in my head all day! SOOO cute! Btw-I’m so glad you are working on kids’ rooms . We’re moving into a new house and my boy’s are going to get their very own “big boy” rooms!

  15. says

    Thanks for this post! Eli put a smile on my face and a song in my heart. (Layla, Layla, Layla oooooo)
    Those 3D dinosaur and the VW Van Bed are awesome!

    Your Friend,

  16. Mary says

    In two weeks I will be a grandma for the second time. My granddaughter Sarah is absolutely wonderful, I am anxious to have baby Wyatt in my life also.
    After raising 2 boys and a girl, I know all about boys. Eli is a special
    little person. Thanks for sharing him with us.
    Enjoy your blog soooo much. Hoping to go to Tybee Island next fall for our 46th anniversary.
    Hugs, Mary

  17. FABBY says

    Hi Eli, you’re the cutest little boy I have ever seen?! Love the video and what a happy, fun and warm post…I’m in love with all the beautiful kids rooms! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. Hope you visit and lots of hugs. FABBY

  18. Lisa Cole says

    Cutie patootie is right! What a doll!
    I like his idea about orange accents. That would work for a boy or a girl, avoids the cliche blue or pink, and could easily transition from a baby room to a more grown up one. And the little VW van was awesome! -How about an orange VW van with a little hippie beach shack vibe?
    Nice job, Eli! (and the singing was a hoot)

  19. says

    Love boys, have 5 of my own, and love that you got an official opinion! ;) He is adorable as are all the design ideas!! I would love for you take a look at my post I did on creating special spaces for children featured in the House of Fifty Blog. I poured my heart into it as I do for all the spaces I create for my boys, they are my inspiration! Thank you for listening to the sweet mind of a little boy!


  20. says

    I absolutely LOVE those bedrooms for girls! I have 3 girls at home & just showed them! My 6 y/o says “can we buy that bed today?!” the VW one. Love. I like the room w/the two beds & that dresser w/the iron scroll on the wall? Love. Thx for the ideas! =)

  21. Allison A says

    Aw, so sweet. I lik ehow his interview went and how he is so set in what he likes weather it’s for a boy or a girl. Some of those inspiration pics are fab! Tose 3d wall decals? INSANE! The pink bedroom? SO CUTE! And don’t get me started on his singing. Melt. My. Heart!

    Thanks Eli! You made this sleep deprived Mama remember that no matter what, do what ya love.

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