We are almost there! This 6-week process has absolutely flown by! This week was fun- accessorizing with art and lighting! Accessories are the icing on the cake in a room- definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects of decorating for me.
I'll start with the art!
Like many people, I have fallen in love with the modern interpretations of Slim Aarons- style beach photographs that are popping up in galleries, magazines, and on blogs. Christian Chaize and Maison Gray are both talented modern photographers who take fabulous beach photos. While it may seem crazy to spend a considerable part of my budget on a photograph for a 3-year old's room, I wanted to get him a piece he can keep forever, take to college, hang over the sofa when he gets married (haha), etc. After looking and looking, I decided on this piece by Maison Gray. I love the turquoise and pops of red in the photograph, and it takes me to a happy place every time I look at it.
After the photograph arrived, I decided to get it framed at Art Aspects here in Charlotte. They do a superb job, and for a piece you want to keep for a long time, I highly recommend them.
I went with a glossy white wooden frame (all of their frames are made of solid wood), and after a lot of back and forth, I decided not to mat it. I think the photograph looks more modern without the mat, especially since the photo is signed and numbered. They bubble wrapped it for me to bring home.
And up on the wall! It's hard to tell out of context, but it is quite large (44x32) and almost has the effect of adding another window to the room.
Since the Maison Gray photograph is a more mature piece, I wanted to add a touch of youthfulness with art as well. Somehow this cowboy wall hanging that was my dad's when he was a little boy has survived through the (60+) years. He gave it to me when B was little, and it adds such a meaningful vintage touch to his room. B loves it especially because "It was granddaddy's when he was a little boy!"
I purchased a pair of Animal Print Shop photos to go over each of the twin beds. They are so cute and affordable. I especially love that the photographer, Sharon Montrose, specifies which standard frames will fit each photo. It makes it so much easier!
B loves the zoo and loves giraffes, so I knew he would love these photos (and he does! The one change he actually likes!).
I ordered the giraffe
and the zebra.
Thanks to Sharon's trusty advice, I picked up two Ikea Ribba frames- they are the perfect size. And they look great with the white frame on the Maison Gray photo.
These frames with mats have such a custom look, and I think they were around $20 each.
I'll wait and show them on the wall during next week's big reveal!
And on to lighting...
We don't have an overhead light in this room, so good lamp light is essential. To go on the MCM nightstand between the beds, I wanted to use a more modern lamp. I love vintage lighting, but as with anything, it's all about the mix. If I use a vintage piece of furniture, I like to accessorize it with modern lighting. Or if I am using vintage lighting, I will place it atop a modern piece of furniture.
The Caprice Aqua lamp from Arteriors seemed like a good fit. It's modern, pretty, not too feminine, and the color is perfect.
I had already contacted Arteriors and was in the process of purchasing when I thought, "Maybe I should just check Homegoods, just in case they have something." Deep down I was cringing at the thought of spending upwards of $200 on a glass lamp for a 3-year old boy's room. So I ran over to Homegoods, knowing it was a shot in the dark.
Look what I found. For $40.
The dimensions and scale were identical to the Arteriors version. The base was made of textured glass just like the Arteriors version. It came with a drum shade, just like the Arteriors version. The brushed chrome finial isn't my favorite, but I will work on that later.
B's long vintage dresser has plenty of room for a pair of lamps, which is perfect since the room does not have overhead lighting. Safavieh's Evanna lamp is one of my favorite lamps, a classic, affordable gourd-shaped ceramic lamp which comes in a myriad of colors. Since I had used turquoise for the nightstand lamp, I decided red would be a good choice for the dresser.
After taking some quick measurements, they were just the right size for the dresser, so I ordered a pair.
And without showing too much of the room, I think they are just right- one on each end of the dresser. They add a tremendous amount of light to the room.
We are almost there! Be sure to check out the progress of the other ORC girls, and stay tuned for the Big Reveal next Wednesday!