Cindy: “When I first moved down to the beach a little over 9 years ago, Erika was one of the first girls I met. We were in a Bible study together and I remember meeting at her house and me wandering off into her office and drooling over all of her fabrics and pictures. It’s been so fun to watch her career take off!
Erika first did our master bedroom 6 years ago and everything about it was perfect. She is so fun to work with and I always love everything she brings to the table. When Bryan and I bought this house, of course Erika was a must! … It just took a little convincing to get Bryan to agree to the whole house. She helped me from the ground up make my house better than I had imagined…I think Bryan was as pleased as I was.
So when it came time to move Mae and Walter out of their cribs and into big beds, I went back to Erika for help. I know she is ready for me to stop asking! I sent her several different ideas I found on Pinterest and she took it from there.
Of course, this all would not be possible without Erika so we asked her to share her thoughts on the process and how she found inspiration! Take it away, Erika!”
Have to admit, her room was my favorite part of these upgrades. Mae’s bedroom already had great bones.. gray-green walls and pink grassclothed ceiling. I chose an upholstered bed for her in a small scale pink leopard print like dot. The raspberry color worked perfectly with the ikat stripe fabric we used on the bolster. Couldn’t resist two monogrammed shams from Gramercy Home. The pink lamps were existing, we just doubled them up on the dressers/nightstands. The art over Mae’s bed are framed pages from a children’s book. The artwork is quirky and fun- it’s children dressed as birds. We framed them with ivory linen mats and bamboo frames.
Much of Barron’s old furniture got shifted to Walter’s room. Cindy kept thinking Walter was getting the short end of the stick, but I saw his sweet face when he first saw his “big boy room” and I can assure you it felt brand new and exciting to him. The bed is a family heirloom and it’s scale and lines add just the right amount of “antique” to the room. The juxtaposition of the lucite framed boats above the bed strikes a great balance that keeps the room feeling fresh. I was so thrilled that his chair still fit in the room, it anchors the corner and the polkadot pillow brings a fun twist.
What is so great about this room (well, all the rooms really) is the natural light. Nothing creates a cheerful space quite like lots of natural light. We repainted the walls a light gray-blue, moved art around (hung the ship over the bed), new bedsides and lamps, and he got a new (to him) bed. The bed from the guest room became Barron’s bed. I love when pieces can be repurposed, redressed and look completely different. We used a combination of stripes for the accent pillows. A big lumbar pillow with grommets and rope ties has a nautical feel without being too themey. The red and blue striped pillows bring in a fun punch of red, and fresh white linens and a white quilted coverlet make everything thing feel crisp. The antique brass lamps add a classic and sophistical twist.
This was such a fun project and my hope is that these precious children make many memories in these rooms!