Name: Clark Henry
Location: Los Angeles, California
When graphic designer Chancie Meehan moved her son Clark from his nursery to a big boy room in what was formerly the guest bedroom, she needed a theme that would incorporate the grownup furniture that was already in the space — dark wood antiques she inherited from her mother — with all the lively accessories that a two-year-old expects to find when he wakes up in the morning.
She gave the walls a bold, graphic treatment by bisecting them with a red railing made from crown molding and painting a blue-gray below — a modern color combination that offsets the traditional furnishings. Inspired by Clark's park ranger Halloween costume, Chancie decorated the railing with animal alphabet flash cards, objects from nature, and various playful odds and ends that she has collected.The artfully arranged display gives the room a cozy lodge-like quality, enhanced by the fact that the only window is well-covered to keep out the morning light. The result is a relaxed space away from his many toys that is perfect for encouraging a toddler to curl up and dream of the outdoors.
Inspiration: Boy Scouts, outdoor vintage, hand me downs
Favorite Element: Owl mobile and pillows
Biggest Challenge: Figuring out what to do about his "big boy" bed. We decided to take the boards out of the four poster antique bed we had and drop it to the ground. It fit perfectly and now he has tons of room to jump around.
Proudest DIY: Flashcard Railing, made out of crown molding turned on its side
Biggest Indulgence: New comforter
Best advice: Put things you like together, even if they don't exactly match, somehow things come together anyway
Future plans: I am going to paint the side tables in a black gloss or orange color, still deciding. I also would love to do a mural in the blue gray area of a forest/shadow pattern in a shade gray/blue darker than the existing one, so it would add a textural layer yet be subtle.
1. Owl mobile came from Clover in Silverlake
2. Decals of numbers came from modern pop art
3. Clark train from Dinosaur Farm in South Pasadena
4. Lamps from St. Vincent De Paul
5. Side Tables from mom's house
6. Railing made from wood crown molding turned on it's side from OSH
7. Pillow fabric found from scraps of fabric I had and like the colors together
8. Bedspread from Target
9. Monkey Painting from Dragonfly Duloulou in Los Feliz
Images: Sarah Rainwater