Just for kicks, here was the inspiration photo…
…and here’s how it looks today! John expressed his desire to have blue, black and lots of fish in the space. So we went with that.
Paint - Benjamin Moore Clay Beige (walls) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Floor - unstained white oak
Rug - Ballard Designs Trellis Rug (outlet)
Lantern – Pottery Barn Bolton Lantern (ebay) Reading lights – Pottery Barn Barclay Arc Sconce
Floor Lamp - Ballard Designs Julian Apothecary Floor Lamp (outlet)
Back in the day, it was originally two rooms, but one of the previous owners took the wall down between. It measures about 14’x24’ now! Oh, how I wish I could talk to the original builder turned owner. I’d love to hear more about our home’s history and the other two families that were raised here.
Whit has his own room across the hall, but the two have slept in here ever since he moved out of his crib. I posed the yay or nay silhouette pillow question on Instagram and ended up going with them. I figure better here (or under the bed where they will likely end up in two point five seconds) than in a closet. Mother and I made them from the littles’ actual Clay Rice silhouettes a couple of years ago. John and I both absolutely ADORE the Skipjack fish sheets by Southern Tide. It’s one of Honey’s favorite clothing lines and I could hardly believe my eyes when the sheets popped up on their website. The quilts, duvets and euro shams are all from Pottery Barn, and the little mirrors are from One Fish Two Fish in Savannah.
I tacked fabric up on the back of the bookcase earlier this year to infuse a little of the requested black in the space (Cameron Black by Premier Prints). The occasional table is Threshold for Target. I love having all this space to store his ever growing collection of books and such (I use the word “such” for lack of a better word to describe things like a clay pumpkin).
I love a good gallery wall almost as much as a bookshelf! Cause we love our pictures around these parts. Old Try sent me the Red Ryder print for Christmas last year and I knew the moment I opened it that it would live in here. In addition to old and current photos, I’ve framed a vintage map of Georgia, our house portraits, a special monogrammed bib, a silhouette, the lyrics to Moon River, his John Derian plate, and some rules I made for always being a Southern gentleman.
Mother and I made the curtains a few weeks ago in Robert Allen Linen Duck with Towers by Premier Prints on the trim. The bamboo shades are from JC Penney and the curtain rods are from Home Goods. The antique dresser was the first piece of furniture I purchased for his nursery more than eight years ago. (I know, I know. Most people would have gone with the crib but it was a fantastic excuse to ensure Honey said YES.) The fish painting is by the darling Catherine Lovett of Savannah. I can’t tell you how much I wish I lived near her and could be her friend. *stalker* What you can’t see in these photos is the gold leafing. It’s pretty darn gorgeous! Sister tied me down and made me buy the wood shell bowl at Home Goods at least two years ago (read: she said she was buying it if I didn’t and I knew it would make me envious every time I saw it at her house). And it sat in a closet until last week when I filled it up with the boy’s game balls. Probably not how she intended that I use it, but it works.
I was so so so so so SO excited when I found the Home Decorators Marie Arm Chair in the store discounted to more than half off!!! I had intended to go with the natural herringbone but the price on this was too good to be true. And, I could just pop it right in the back of the Jeep and carry it home without waiting (or paying) for delivery. The Accordian Side Table is from Urban Outfitters and holds more of John’s treasures.
Whew! Last but not least is the little desk area tucked into the corner. It was Mother’s desk as a child, then my desk as a child, and now I’m honored to be able to pass it down to John. Mother and I made the “puffer vest” for the old chair. Not exactly what we had in mind, but good enough. The gorgeous fish painting is by Angie Reuter. She’s a very special lady to little John, so he adores having her work in his room. The LED desk lamp was compliments of Lamps Plus – John chose it himself and I love it’s sleek design!! My littles love to have places to keep their “treasures” and it took no time at all for John to fill up the wire box. The silver cup belonged to Honey’s grandfather and now holds John’s loose change. Honey made the chalk board message center and I tacked up a little clothesline to hang special invitations, pictures and practical things like spelling words.
With that, I think I’ve covered every square inch of the room. More than you probably ever wanted to know, but I’m nothing if not
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