Nautical Boys Bedroom


It’s not just the grown-ups getting to have all the fun at the lake house. The boys’ room got a little upgrade too this summer.

First I rearranged the room to feature the beds on the opposite wall. It’s now the main focal point when you come in the room, and I’m amazed at how much more spacious it feels in there. I also laid a new stripe rug from Jaipur underneath to serve two purposes: (1) to protect the carpet and (2) to provide some visual interest to the all-white room. That’s kind of the rub with white rooms — you have to do something to make it all pop because otherwise it all falls flat and looks like somebody’s boring post-college rental.

The DIY painted oars from a few years ago have migrated upstairs and I love them over the beds. Kinda wish I had a couple more, but they’ll do for now.  The beds are from Land of Nod (RIP – it’s now known as Crate & Kids – WHYYYYYY) and we love the simple frame. The one on the right also has a trundle underneath where we store extra pillows, blankets, and linens.

Hexagon lamp is handpainted by Jill Rosenwald. And the red campaign hutch is a Craigslist find that I spray painted (and it was seen in HGTV magazine a few months back!).

I replaced the boring white blinds with these Harper blackout  readymade roman shades from Pottery Barn Kids. They’re much more effective at blocking the light AND maintaining better overall efficiency. I’m always amazed how much heat those blackout shades can block. We got lucky since the windows were actually a standard size for once — most of the time I’ve had to order custom ones since the windows were funky.

It’s always been one of my favorite rooms in the house at Carlton Landing and now I love it just a little bit more. Archer has claimed the bed by the window, and we sit there at night, watching the stars (or on the 4th of July, the fireworks) over the rooftops. And playing lots of “I Spy” too of course.

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