henry's room - moodboard two

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





henry's room - moodboard one

With time a-tickin',  I think I've narrowed down Henry's new room to two ideas. I'll show you the first moodboard today and the other one next week. I'm really not sure which way to go and would love your input - the good and the bad! Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places and honestly who knows why one thought sticks in your head when another one doesn't. Since I started this project, this is the image that keeps popping up in my mind.

Commune Design, Hollywood California 2008

Okay, so not your typical little boy's room inspiration! What I'm drawn to here is the wood panelling, combined with the eye-catching rug, the swath of bright yellow curtain, the driftwood lamps and the simple, basic white linen covers. As you might remember, I'm thinking of treating the wall behind Henry's bed with some kind of vertical or horizontal wood panelling either in a white oak or black walnut. That's where the wood will come in. The other elements will be more like below.

The jumping off point for my colour scheme comes from this vivid flokati style rug with diamond accents in emerald green, charcoal grey, and persimmon. Amazingly, it works very well with two of the elements we already own (the white Ikea malm dresser and java Eames rocking chair) which will inevitably find their way into the room. The bed will most likely consist of an upholstered headboard and foodboard in either charcoal grey linen or felt. I'll add another shot of colour to the room with bold emerald green linen curtains. No room is complete without a dramatic chandelier and I think this Coral Pendant would be a good fit. For toy storage, I'll probably have a low bench made under which I will stash five of these West Elm woven baskets for toys. I might paint the area above the bench in charcoal grey chalkboard paint to create a small craft area.  For art, we'll try and find some vintage sporting posters like the ones pictured above. Then I'll place a driftwood lamp on one of the dressers or a bedside table.

This scheme really came together because of the colourful flokati rug I found. However, it is the one element I'm afraid I might grow tired of down the road. The good news is that once this rug is removed the room is actually quite neutral. Imagine there will be a wood panelled wall, a dark grey bed, white sheets, white dresser and a grey chair. The only touches of colour remaining will be the green curtains and the art which could also be switched out. If I'm really looking for longevity out of the room I could even choose a more neutral curtain to begin with ensuring me many options down the road.

What do you think? It's quite colourful? Does it suit a little boy?  (The next one is more subdued!)