Single Mama Style: Sharks & Anchors Boy’s Bedroom

Ready for another Single Mama Style post? (Probably not. I post these and hear crickets chirp, which makes me feel like I have horrible taste.)

I have a love-hate relationship with decorating. It’s fun to have ideas and pin them, but it’s not so fun to commit to something and put it with other somethings in hopes that you’ll end up with a cohesive final product. And spending money on things that are pricey, as my mom can tell you, gives me anxiety.

But, you know how moms are (read: naggy). Le sigh. I have been Pinning All The Things for months and now it’s decision and purchasing time. When I was stuck on things I whipped up mood boards so I could better visualize the room. Or my plans, rather.

Today I’m sharing the board I made for Jaylen’s shark- and anchor-inspired room.


We’re starting with a light gray wall (Behr’s Manhattan Mist) and a fun gray anchor pillow; he saw the anchor pillow in a Houzz Kids post on pirate-themed bedding, but he didn’t want pirates. “I want anchors, like Grampy has,” he said.

I loved that he wanted anchors, so I wanted to go with nautical decor and incorporate orange, his favorite color. We ended up with a snorkeling sharks duvet, an orange rug and geometric orange curtains plus a few anchor touches. Everything’s pretty friendly for the typical single mom budget, fabric aside (a splurge because I was under budget elsewhere). Here’s source information and a budget breakdown:

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Shark duvet cover, Pottery Barn Kids, $54.99 (sale price)
  2. Young House Love small wire globe lantern in midnight, Shades of Light, $89
  3. Sunset orange cast iron anchor hook, Etsy seller Boldhouse, $15
  4. 24×36″ World’s Most Dangerous Sharks print,, $24.99
  5. Nautical compass art, Etsy seller EEartstudio, $9.99
  6. Anchors Away Throw Pillow, Land of Nod, $16
  7. Constellations – orange fabric (for curtains), Spoonflower, $17.50/yd. (x 5 yards = $90)
  8. Yo Ho Pirate Throw Pillow, Land of Nod, $19
  9. Blue Sapphire Flip Chair,, $89*
  10. 5×7’6″ Fables Rug, Joss & Main/Wayfair, $240
  11. Metal porthole mirror, Target, $89.99*

* Trying to find les expensive options

And there we have it.

I don’t think it will be in the pages of a magazine any time soon, but he likes where we’re headed so I’m happy. I also have a mood board for the girls and I’ll share that next (think teal, rainbow and zebra!).

14 thoughts on “Single Mama Style: Sharks & Anchors Boy’s Bedroom

  1. May 2, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I really like it. I love the pirate pillow the most and the porthole mirror. Can’t wait to see the finished rooms.

    1. Echo
      May 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I hope I can pull it all off. lol.

  2. Melissa
    May 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Echo, I am LOVING these. Your house is going to be so cute! Your son has awesome taste and I would love all of this for my own room (minus the shark stuff, because they freak me out!)

    1. Echo
      May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Me too, but he’s all over them!

  3. Ronda Johnson-Lawrence
    May 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    1. Echo
      May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Same here. I hope it looks half as good as I’m planning.

  4. Linda
    May 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    It looks great, it’s a good mix of everything he loves! No crickets here!!! LOL

    1. Echo
      May 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      I can always count on you, Linda! lol!

      1. Linda
        May 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        Tht’s right girl, ride till we die!! LOL… a little carried away there!! 😉

        1. Echo
          May 3, 2013 at 10:15 am


  5. Janessa
    May 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I love the little twist on the nautical theme. Mixing the sharks with the anchors and adding orange is going to look great 🙂

    1. Echo
      May 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope so!

  6. Michaela
    May 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    If you get some foam squares and material you could make your own flip chair.

    1. Echo
      May 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      OMG! You’re a genius!