"Kids’ rooms should always incorporate a sense of whimsy and adventure,” says designer Jonathan Savage. But that doesn't mean they have to be kitschy: For a bunk room Savage designed in a Rosemary Beach, Florida house, the designer “immediately thought of a nautical theme” but “didn't want to fall back on the typical clichés.”
As a fresh way of incorporating ocean-inspired design elements, Savage enlisted “less ‘out of the tube’ shades” of red, white, and blue—specifically, cornflower blue and poppy red—which he first saw in his friend Scott Sloat’s (of David Kleinberg Design Associates) wallpaper design for Zina Studios.
To echo this seaside theme even further, Savage separated the six beds using panels of cream canvas that he attached to stainless steel rods, giving the beds the look of actual sailboats. The architecture of the room further added to the nautical aesthetic, providing a “sort of below deck vibe—that of a cabin on a vintage sailing yacht,” adds Savage.
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When it came to the decor of the maritime-inspired space, Savage sought out creations from a bevy of places, including Saxony, which provided the custom-made slate blue runner in between the beds. As for the theme-appropriate sailboat wall sculpture on the bedroom door, that was a find from Antiques & Beyond in Atlanta. And the vibrant red millwork? It was hand-lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s Poppy 1315. Plus, we can’t forget to mention the chic (and patriotic!) color block pillows, which are from Christopher Farr Cloth.
And although “this is essentially a bedroom for visiting grandchildren,” says Savage, “it's also a really cool place in which to sneak away for a little reading or a nap for any age group.” If only our grandparents’ house looked like this!
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