I have three boys, and they sleep in two different bedrooms that both share the same color scheme, so I'm presenting both rooms in the same post today. The scheme is very patriotic, as you can see. The shades of blue are on the dark side, though, and the shades of red are faded, so the cumulative effect is not one of crazy primary colors, but more of a vintage nautical look.
I love the posts on these old-fashioned twin beds, and the red and navy braided rug softens the room and encourages the boys to play on the floor. (It is usually strewn with Legos, wooden building blocks, and action figures. The window here, at the front of the house, is set low in the wall, so instead of bedside tables we have an old coffee table for their reading lamp and books (normally, piles of library books live here, as well as drawing paper and colored pencils).
This painted blue dresser is the twin of the one in the master bedroom. Again, the primitive look works perfectly in a cottage, and there is plenty of storage space for the few pairs of shorts and bathing suits that the boys need while they are here at the beach. The City Gas light is a nightlight from Target, with a matching wastebasket that is hidden at the bottom of the frame.
Framed vintage nautical flags are actually the only decoration with an identifiable seaside design. The bold colors and shapes set just the right tone for a boy's room. These throw pillows -- something mom just loves -- tend to live in the closet, piled into a makeshift "couch" for reading on the floor.
The knitted flag throw pillows are soft to lie on when the boys are reading in bed (a hobby they seem to have picked up from their mother). They also double as excellent backdrops for maneuvers by little green toy soldiers.
I love that the red, white and blue color scheme is unbroken throughout the room. The boys' clothes actually often match their room, as these are the shades they most often wear. This floppy beach hat has been handed down from brother to brother for fifteen years!
Another of our "Art in the Park" finds is this watercolor of the iconic Brewster General Store. The front porch of the store really does look like that. When we come to the Cape, we bring up toys and things to do, and I try to encourage the boys to choose simpler toys as opposed to electronics. This Kendama toy was a special birthday purchase last year at Dr. Gravity's Kite Shop, a local toy store in Harwich Port. The fuzzy slippers match lobster-print pajamas picked up at The Lobster Claw restaurant in Orleans.
The second bedroom occupied by the boys is tiny, tiny tiny... so small that it's hard to get a photo of the whole thing. It features bunk beds, and has room only for a chair, no dresser.
The chair is actually my favorite feature in the room. It was left with the house, and clearly was a well-loved seat in someone's midcentury home. The American flag on the wall is a beautiful vintage piece, but I'm not sure of its history, as it was left with the house as well.
The Polo Ralph Lauren fabric on the old chair reminds me of the 1950's, although it is new. The magazine rack at the right was a woodshop project made by my father-in-law back in his elementary school days (in the 1940's). This room is small, but cozy, almost like a clubhouse or even a treehouse for the boys. Surrounded as they are by all this nautical and patriotic memorabilia, I wonder if they dream of sailing on Navy ships?
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