Last week, I promised a second moodboard for Henry's room. The one I had planned was calm and serene and somewhat sophisticated. However, as I was working on it I came across this image of Caitlin Wylde's studio and just like that my moodboard careened in a different direction. That's the great thing about inspiration - you never know when it's going to strike or where it might take you! This idea is a bit more fun and childlike than what I had planned and probably better suited to a growing boy. Hopefully, it will spark his imagination and satisfy his adventurous spirit.
I first posted this image of Wylde's studio about two years ago on my blog. I've always been attracted to the overlapping arrangement of naval flags and found seaside elements displayed in shadow boxes. In fact, Caitlin's entire home is a testament to this flotsam and jetsam style.
In takes a deft hand to pull off this maritime-inspired design. One wrong step and you fall prey to cliche. The fear is that you end up overdoing the sea-faring element and wind up with a room that looks more like Captain John's Seafood Restaurant than a coastal retreat. The trick is finding the right mix and knowing when to reel in the line (sorry, I couldn't help myself).
I think one of the key's to achieving Wylde's flotsam and jetsam style is to mix vintage nautical and found elements with jaunty stripes and organic textures. These amazing Naval flags immediately set the scene and establish a classic red, white, blue and yellow colour scheme which is picked up in the striped kilim rug and pillows. (I need to find an inexpensive version of this rug if anyone has any ideas.) The Noguchi paper lantern is a modern icon and one of those objects that works well in so many environments. Here it adds an organic touch and is less predictable than a typical sea-faring lantern.
I absolutely love this royal blue criss-cross wool blanket. It just seems made for a little boy's room. I picture it on a vintage bed frame of some kind although a quick search of the usual places (ebay, craigslist) didn't bring up much. This rustic wood fishing stool would make a good side table or place to prop some books. When I showed Henry these photos he was immediately drawn to the rope light. The room actually has an existing wall sconce so this might be an interesting element to add to the room. Finally, these wire baskets would be great place to store toys. Once again, I'll probably design or buy a bench and then store these baskets underneath it and paint the wall above in chalkboard paint.
So, the question is which to you prefer: the first moodboard with it's grey, green and persimmon sporty them or this one? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Is anyone interested in seeing the calm and subdued moodboard? Do I add another choice into the mix? I think my hormones are effecting my ability to make a decision!Image credits: Caitlin Wylde's studio Caitlin Wylde's Home - Marcia Prentice for Apartment Therapy