News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007

Seven-year-old Nathan Ladner plays in his jungle-themed room.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Seven-year-old Nathan Ladner plays in his jungle-themed room.

It's a
jungle in there

7-year-old enjoys monkeying around in his Decatur room

By Danielle Komis Palmer · 340-2447

Seven-year-old Nathan Ladner fell in love with rope swinging when he was only 3. His favorite animals?


So, it just made sense for Ladner to move into an attic-space-turned-jungle-themed bedroom, with a jungle mural, a lofted bed and an oversized stuffed gorilla chair.

His mother, Robin Ladner, helped create the room. She has a passion for décor.

“I just love decorating kids’ rooms,” she said. “They just make all this fun stuff now.”

Where did you get the items in the room?

n Bedspread — Pottery Barn

  • Crocodile Rug — CompanyKids

  • Oversized stuffed gorilla chair — gift from a friend who won it at a fair

  • Chalkboard paint — Hobby Lobby

    What’s your favorite part of the room?

    For Nathan, it’s the hollow area in the back of the bunk bed — a great place to store his toys and books.

    What did you do yourself?

    Nathan’s dad Mike converted the former attic space into Nathan’s bedroom and built the lofted bed and the built-in shelves. He also wired the room.

    “I’m so proud of this room because he built it,” Robin said. “Right when we first got it, we showed everyone.”

    What are your future plans for the room?

    Possibly cover the ceiling of the bedroom to achieve the effect at “Rainforest Café” restaurants, Robin said. “Whenever I go there, it inspires me,” she said.

    However, she re-thought the idea when she realized how pricey the project might get.


    Nathan Ladner






    Parents Robin and Mike Ladner, siblings Jacob, 20, Braden, 13, Macy, 12, Raleigh, 3


    A jungle-themed bedroom with a mural depicting Tarzan and jungle animals, a crocodile rug and a lofted bed built by his dad.


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