Leslee Mitchell Art

Elements of Style - Henry's Big Boy Room Reveal

Big Boy Room, Boy BedroomLeslee Mitchell

When Erin Gates, founder and principal designer of Erin Gates Design and creator of the award winning design blog Elements of Style, emailed me asking about my trade discount because she was interested in incorporating some of my cars into her son’s big boy room I knew immediately that this room was gonna be amazing. Erin did not disappoint. Last week she posted images from Henry’s big boy room. I am still blown away by this design.

boys bedroom vintage car print

I love every detail of this design! From the wallpaper choice to the mix of patterns in the rug and bedding to the type of frame Erin chose for my car prints. ALL OF IT!

boys bedroom

I have always wanted a vintage convex mirror just like the one in Henry’s bedroom shown here. I’m thinking it’s time for me to get my own vintage convex mirror.

big boy room vintage car prints

How great is this custom red lamp from Dunes & Duchess. You can never beat a great pop of red. In addition to the vintage convex mirror, I also now want this large target practice art piece as well. Might as well go ahead and order the Serena & Lily basket, too.

elements of style big boy room

Henry’s big boy room is definitely the most chic big boy room I’ve ever seen. I can’t tell you how flattering it is to have my cars as part of this design. I need some Jonathan Adler acrylic shelves in my life, too, as well as that cool leather chair. I already have the yellow Tonka dump truck, so I’m good there.

big boy bedroom car theme

There you have it, people. The most sophisticated big boy bedroom you’ve ever seen. It’s not every day that you get an email from a New York Times Best Seller who’s contacting you because she wants to incorporate your artwork into her own home. When that happens I can tell you it’s one of the proudest moments of your career. One million thank you’s to you, Erin Gates.


Car Prints: Leslee Mitchell Art (me!)
Vinyl Grasscloth Wallpaper: Donghia (another option very similar Sister Parish)
Side Tables: Worlds Away
Custom Upholstered Daybed: LivenUp Designs
Daybed Fabric: Kravet
Table Lamp: Custom from Dunes and Duchess
Toy Basket: Serena & Lily
Acrylic Shelves: Jonathan Adler
Elephant Throw Pillow: Cheeky Monkey Home

Our Favorite Car Combos

Car Combinations, Girls BedroomLeslee Mitchell

We are oftentimes asked by art store customers to help them decide on which cars to include in a set for their wall. It usually goes something like this: "I love your cars so much, but I just can't make a decision on what cars go together best. Please help!" So, we decided to put together some of our personal favorite car combinations. Some of the car combos below are from customers who shared photos showing the cars installed in their homes. The rest of the combos below are mockups we created after seeing cars customers purchased together as sets that we thought were really great. 

With that said....from what we can tell after watching the art orders since we launched the art store two years ago, there are two types of customers who purchase the car prints: 
                     1.  Customers who buy the car prints based on the colors of the cars, and
                     2. Customers who buy the car prints because they love the type of car (e.g.,
                         Ford Bronco fans, Jeep Wagoneer fans, Land Rover fans, VW fans)

Combo 1:  We love this combo from a recent customer order of 9 cars, 1 for each color of the rainbow. We thought it was a genius set & wanted to share so I created this mockup 🌈☀️When all else fails, just go with the colors of the rainbow!


Combo 2:  This car combo falls under the “this customer loves a Ford Bronco” set. We love it and we've got just about every color Bronco you could want for the Bronco fan 🚙 The Broncos are loved by customers of all ages. 


Combo 3:  We still can’t get over this combo put together by @nobledesigns. Never in 1 million years could any of us have come up with this and we LOVE it. It’s almost like the @hyggeandwest wallpaper and the cars were made to be together. We would say this combo was chosen both for the colors of the cars and the different types of cars. @nobledesigns you are a creative genius 🤓


Combo 4:  This is a car combo we noticed in a recent order and loved immediately. This combo is definitely based on the types of cars....all construction trucks. Not only do we love the three construction trucks as a set, the customer ordered them all in 16x24. We have no doubt that at 16x24 each this combo makes a huge statement on their wall. 

Combo 5:  Because girls love cars, too! Searching for a cool way to update your daughter's room? We have the perfect, PINK solution for you!!


Combo 6:  We love when customers throw an airplane in the mix with their car print set. That’s what @laurapong did here with her 6 piece car combo. Well done, Laura 🚗🚕✈️🚙


Combo 7:  Still having a hard time deciding what cars to combine for your wall, go with primary colors because it's tough to go wrong with them. Notice, too, that with the bedside table pulling in the color red this room now has the colors of the rainbow 🌈(again....when all else fails, just go with the colors of the rainbow!).


Combo 8:  Planes, trains and automobiles!!! Yet another car combo we would have never come up with, but we think is BRILLIANT. Notice how they chose primary colors to represent each type of transportation. So good!


Combo 9: Is it possible to experience love at first sight with a big boy room? We can confirm that yes, it is. We are head over heels in L🐸VE with this big boy room design by @katiedavisdesign with two of our airplanes ✈️. So simple and so perfect. Thank you so much @katiedavisdesign for sharing your #lesleemitchellart. Ben is one lucky little guy. The red 💯@framebridge frames are sooooo good. Looks like two 8x10 vertical airplane prints are just the right fit for above a twin bed. 🛌 Noted. 👌🏻


Combo 10:  For the teenage girl who has outgrown pink, we've got a combo for you as well. We love these three cars because each falls on the more feminine side in both type and color. Perfect for any hip girl looking for cool art for her empty walls. We love how the three cars colors work with the colors in this room. So good! 

Hamptons Boys Bedroom

Big Boy Room, Playroom DesignLeslee Mitchell

When I first saw this boys room design by Helen Davis Design on Instagram with my cars on the wall, I nearly hit the floor. It. is. everything. I mean from the custom grass cloth wall covering to the velvet headboards and all the way down to the animal print rug. Good Lord, Helen. You are way too good at this. Thank you so much for including a little Leslee Mitchell on these walls. And, I can't even with that powder blue ceiling. Please let me move into this room. 

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When I look at this next photo, I cannot stop looking at those perfect tangerine chairs. LOVE.

kids room design

There's not one thing I would change. I love it all. Thank you so much, Helen. YOU ARE MY BOY BEDROOM HERO!! Helen for President. 

ROOM SOURCES (or at least ones that are pretty close):

Car Prints: me (Leslee Mitchell Art)
Interior Designer: Helen Davis Design 
Custom Grass Cloth Wall Covering: Phillip Jeffries
Window Treatments: Schumacher 1889
Rug: Custom from Eve and Staron
Bedside Lamp: Culloden Table Lamp by Aerin from Circa Lighting
Chandelier: Prescott Medium Mobile Chandelier by Kate Spade from Circa Lighting (this link is for the chandelier in my mood board above, not the one in the actual room).
Velvet Headboard: Antique Strie Velvet from Schumacher 1889 
Ceiling Paint: Lulworth Blue by Farrow & Ball
Desk Chairs: Panton Tangerine by Design Within Reach
Huge Giraffe: Pottery Barn Kids



My Nursery One Room Challenge

Nursery Design, Boy NurseryLeslee Mitchell

Recently I took on a One Room Challenge with myself (minus an actual room and no real baby). The challenge was to design a nursery for a boy around my orange Ford Bronco print. The wallpaper was the very next thing I picked out because I love seeing my cars paired with a great wallpaper. The wallpaper pulled in emerald green to the color scheme which already included orange. The obvious next color choice, to me, was navy. Who doesn't love navy? It's timeless and a true classic. Orange, green and navy....sounds good to me. For the remainder of the design, I pulled from all my favorite places. Check out the list of sources and links to the specific items at the bottom of this post. Important side note: no I am not expecting. Enjoy!

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Orange Bronco Print: Leslee Mitchell Art
Wallpaper: Sandy Point Emerald Green by Thibaut
Crib: Campaign Crib Natural Walnut by ducduc
Dipped Stools:  Serena & Lily
Quilt: Mini Cabin Quilt Navy by Serena & Lily
Mid-Century Dresser: Vintage found on Chairish
Braided Rug: Aria Rug by Serena & Lily
Sheepskin Rug: Gray Sheepskin Rug by One Kings Lane
Chair & Ottoman: Jack Chair Windowpane Plaid by Schoolhouse Electric
Crib Sheets: Oxford Stripe Crib Sheet Midnight Color by Serena & Lily
Floor Lamp: Brass Ball Floor Lamp by France & Søn
5' Giraffe:  Posh Tots  
White & Gold Pendant: Crate & Barrel
Work Hard Print: Schoolhouse Electric

Manhattan Nursery Design

Nursery DesignLeslee Mitchell

Classic car meets uptown Manhattan. If there was ever a perfect nursery design, you're looking at it. The cars have never met a wallpaper they didn't pair well with, but I must say they are too fine when paired with this TANZANIA wallpaper by Thibaut Design. 


A favorite part of my trip to New York to photograph art installs has been the connections I have made with fellow car lovers. I fell in love with this taxi rattle by Estella NYC the second I saw it. 


As much as I loved seeing pieces from my Car Series on the wall of this nursery, I was equally fascinated by these chic custom white shelves holding a set of arranged by color Matchbox cars on the adjacent wall. These tiny shelves were a minimalist's dream come true. 


Is this not the cutest little stuffed taxi you've ever seen? 


The perfect place to store children's books when space is limited....on the inside door to the closet. So smart. 


Studies have shown babies sleep better when they have Leslee Mitchell Art on the walls of their nursery. I'm just telling you what I heard. FYI. 


What's a art install blog post without a little behind the scenes action? Special thanks to Dolci Key (my old Nashville assistant turned NYC living model) for all these great moments captured while photographing this incredible nursery. 

Car Prints: me (Leslee Mitchell Art)
Interior Photography: also, me (Leslee Mitchell)
Custom framing: BLICK Art Materials 
Crib: Reese by Pottery Barn Kids
Bed Sheet: Pottery Barn Kids
Gray Sheepskin Rug: Pier 1 Imports
Wallpaper: Tanzania by Thibaut
Monogrammed Blanket: Sferra
Organic Taxi Rattle: Estella NYC 
Dresser: Kitson by Restoration Hardware Teen
Light Fixture: Taren Flushmount by Restoration Hardware Teen
Ottoman: Lulu Cocktail Ottoman by Wayfair
Lamp: Wayfair
Braided Rug: Chunky Braided Jute Rug by Restoration Hardware
Basket: La Jolla Basket by Serena & Lily
Changing Table: Mod Dressing Changing Table by Wayfair
Storage Baskets: Beachcomber Utility Basket by Pottery Barn
Multi-Colored Blanket: Wallace Sewell
Gray Blanket: old Donna Karen
Wooden Play Gym: Clover & Birch

Brooklyn Big Boys Room Design

Big Boy RoomLeslee Mitchell

If there was ever a wallpaper made to be paired with the cars, it is most definitely Muscle Cars Wallpaper by Studio Four NYC. Keep scrolling and you will see what I mean. 


One of my favorite things about visiting my art customers and photographing their art installs is learning about fellow car lovers like Candylab Toys who have turned their deep love of classic cars into a product. How cool are these wooden cars!? They looked so good parked on the dresser below the Bronco Pileup. I love Candylab's story and think they have a very cool logo. Not at all surprising considering they are also designers. We have since connected on Instagram and are planning a collaboration. I can't wait. 


That's quite the view of Brooklyn out this window, eh? Perfection.


Bronco Car Art:    Leslee Mitchell Art (me)
Interior Photography:    Leslee Mitchell (also, me)
Interior Designer:    Sasha Berlin Design
Wallpaper:    Muscle Cars by studio four nyc
Wooden Cars:    Candylab Toys
Bed, Dresser, Bookshelf:   Duc Duc NYC 
Lettered Pillows:    Land of Nod 
Stripe Pillows:    West Elm
Rug:    Custom from ABC Carpet & Home
Glider & Ottoman:    Room & Board 
Dresser Lamp:    IKEA
Green End Table:    Room & Board