Forget the "Big Boy" room idea, way to short-lived. . . For Cooper's upgrade from his nursery I decided to go with a theme I know he will love forever or at least until he goes to college. . . Wordly. Vintage. Bohemian.
Last year (yes it was that long ago) I fell in love with John Robshaw's Tie Die Coverlet and Shams. So much so, that I knew I was going to have to start saving some major penny's in order to be able to afford it! Thanks to the lovely lady's at Cottage Chic, I was able to accomplish my most materialistic wants. The blue and white batik pillows were a clearance steal from West Elm. The red geometric bolster from John Robshaw, was not.
To see more of his textiles go to http://www.johnrobshaw.com/
Check out the vintage 70's picture of a three-year old me. On top of the world if I recall. A gift from the artist Hunter Mallory, the picture was mounted and saved for over 30 years. Last year during a studio pow-wow-he pulled it out of the rafters just for me. Tears, I tell you . . .
Sometime this Spring my "Mama" took this amazing vintage batik off of her wall and threw it in my car. She can be demanding like that when she wants you to have something. . .and as guilty as I felt for taking it, I know Cooper and I will love it forever. Thanks to Corners at Park Road for framing it in the white lacquered modern frame and making it all mine!
To learn more about batik go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batik
I scored the Indian batik style fabric remnant at Post & Gray in South end for $50. Next sweet awesome Ruby created the french pleat curtain panels. Kept open they add a touch of class. Even better, when they are shut, look like a fabric wall hanging. I LOVE!
Last fall we painted the walls Ellie Gray in Duration Paint from Sherwin William's. (My favorite true grey) The lamps were found on sale at West Elm for $69 each. The mirror from Ballard Design used to hang vertically in our Master Bedroom. The mahogany dresser dates back to the late 1800's from Louisiana. Part of Scotty's bachelor furniture, it is a true antique beauty.
Love Ikea for cheap cool storage units that are totally affordable and equally cool! They all end up banged up, so it's better to save the money for the fun stuff!
My old friend James left this replica sculpture on my porch as a gift for my 26th birthday. It has been in my home ever since and I laugh every single time I see it! The french Perrandello/Jeanne Provost vintage theater print is from Alexander Scott and reminds me of Sean Connery. Nothing could be more masculine.
Meet Fred the Fish. I found him hanging a long time ago at Tradition's for $45. The owner was like "If I take this down, you can't return it." Whateve's. . .for that price he had a new forever home. More importantly he was the original inspiration for the room and his newsprint coloring has helped me along the way. Every room has to have a starting point!
The wrought iron sleigh bed was my own "big girl" bed and was a gift from my father in High School. Once hunter green, I think it's true calling was Fire Engine Red. . . I had it sprayed high gloss lacquer just to be sure. The linen bed skirt and roman shades were made by Ruby from remnant fabric I found at Post & Gray. The added band and single pleat add structure and balance the bohemian coverlet.
Sure hope he still likes it in 15 years.
Oh and if you follow this blog, you will remember that sweet Ruby was fighting the fight of her life, Breast Cancer. I just heard that she doing great and while cancer is cancer. . .she has won this battle. . . and I for one am extremely happy about that!!