Name: Finley and Jackson
Location: Seattle, WA
Room Size: Bedroom: 10' x13'; Playroom: 9' x12' feet
This darling brother and sister must have wonderful sleeps in their sweet shabby-chic and modern rooms. Cozy, light, warm, subtle pops of color and thoughtful vintage accents combined with Emily's (Finley and Jackson's mom) spectacular taste and creative aesthetic make this tour memorable. To learn more about Finley and Jackson's rooms, check out Emily's (mommy) style/design blog: www.raynebo.net.
How would you describe the look and feel of these rooms?
Finley's room, even before there was anything in it, was already perfect for what I had in mind. I wanted her nursery to be feminine, romantic and vintage-inspired. Both Finley and Jackson’s rooms have 9 foot ceilings and white crown molding door frames and baseboards. Both rooms also have two windows that are each 6 feet high. All of these characteristics already gave the room a romantic feel. Our soft gray with a hint of lavender walls were also the perfect backdrop for what I had envisioned for Finley's room. I started collecting furniture from many different sources in a white distressed finish with more of an aged look. I thought the white pieces would look clean and crisp against the white floors. The centerpiece of the room is definitely her French Vintage Chaise, inspired by a French Louis XV style. I then added a muted pink medallion rug by Restoration Hardware Baby and Child and a couple of gold accents pieces (including the pin board I made) to finish the color palate.
Jackson's room feels very vintage-modern. I was pregnant with Jackson the first time I walked into this room that was destined to be his. On a sunny day, Jackson’s room is the sunniest and warmest room in the house. I thought that adding pops of bold colors (flag banner I made, his knit blanket, rug and locker dresser) would compliment both the walls and the white floors. I also love finding little vintage toys to display around his room.
We were lucky to have an extra room for a playroom that has two huge windows with a great amount of sunlight (the biggest window is about 5' x 6' feet), creating a bright and cheery ambience. This is a smaller room, but the ceilings are 9.5' high so it actually feels much bigger. I really like the idea of displaying special toys and favorite books, so all of the storage in this room is exposed. I also love creating unique ways to display photos, cards, and the kids’ drawings, so I have my pin boards, wired frames etc. all over the walls. We don’t have much of an entryway in our house and the playroom is right by the front door, so we created sort of a “mudroom/wall” for the kids’ outerwear, hats, etc. The style of this room is very much vintage-rustic!
What is your favorite piece or element?
Finley’s room is my favorite room in the house - it is very shabby-chic meets vintage-glam.
Every inch of Jackson's walls were already painted in this beautiful mural; perfect for a little boy. Two of my other favorite characteristics (in both Finley and Jackson’s rooms) are the exposed brick (old air ducts) and the white painted floors.
As for Finley and Jackson's playroom we remodeled it by decreasing it in size to accommodate for a larger walk-in closet for the master bedroom on the other side of the wall. We also removed the door and widened the doorway to make the space more open and accessible, which is one of my favorite aspects of this room. It feels like it just flows into the living room and it’s so inviting.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The mural in Jackson's room has to still be my favorite aspect of his room, although at the same time it posed somewhat of a challenge because I’m pretty limited in what I am able to hang on his walls. I had to keep wall décor to a minimum because there is so much going on with just the walls and I didn’t want it to look cluttered.
What do your friends say about the rooms?
For Finley's room, they say it looks like it’s straight out of a catalog! Everyone just falls in love with Jackson's room when they walk through the door, just like I did. It was destined to belong to a little boy.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Just go with your gut and have fun with it! Don’t worry about things being too “matchy-matchy.” Every room has it’s own character before you even start filling it with stuff. Take that into consideration when you’re thinking about what kind of style you’re going to go with.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
Restoration Hardware, Baby and Child, Serena and Lily
- Chandelier: Pottery Barn Kids
- Medallion rug, hot air ballon mobile, shelving brackets, talbe lamp (on dresser), drapery, French chaise, Millbrook iron crib: Restoration Baby and Child
- Dresser: Antique find
- White chair/school desk: Flea market find
- Side table: Amazon
- Rocking chair: Land of Nod
- Locker dresser: Online purchase
- Bed: Amazon
- Vintage school desk: Antique find
- Desk chair: Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
- Green metal chair: Flea market find
- Storyteller rug, vintage workshop storage bench, vintage schoolhouse play table and chairs: Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
- Clock: Pottery Barn Kids
- Red toy bin and book ledge (above chalkboard): Land of Nod
- Wall shelves: CB2
- Green and red play chair: Vintage find
- 7-Up bottle crate, vintage radio flyer wagon: Other favorite vintage finds
Thanks, Emily Wang and Kai Carroll!
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