In October 2021, we shared a pictorial and story entitled “Experts at Artful Design” about a St. Simons Island beach cottage renovation project for the Stoner family that was completed by Gail Butler and her team at Taylor House Interiors. When the family decided that they wanted to add two more bedrooms designed for kids at “The Blue Heron,” Jonathan once again called Gail for the project.

The Stoners have three children, so they wanted to create sleeping quarters that would be able to accommodate additional overnight guests when the kids invite their friends to visit. Jonathan had two sets of bunk beds designed for each bedroom that would allow the room to comfortably sleep ten people. Each top bunk can sleep one, the middle one has capacity for two, and the pull-out trundle bed can sleep two more.

Gail explains the color scheme of the rooms, “In keeping with the cottage’s ‘Blue Heron’ theme and because it is connected to a sense of calmness and serenity, I decided to use variations of blue for the rooms. This creates a feeling of relaxation and radiated peace. If a child’s room has blue, he/she will feel calmer and more relaxed.”

The white beadboard used by Gail in both rooms added to the nautical feel and provides a crisp, clean touch without being too stark.

While each bedroom has an entrance from the main house, the winding staircase that connects each bunk room to the other allows the kids to come and go without disturbing those outside the bunk rooms.

The bathroom connected to the bottom bunk room calls to mind sparkling Caribbean waters with the blue tiles in the walk-in shower. The bottom bunk room and its bathroom can also be accessed from the first-floor den.

A convenient feature of the top bunk room is its small kitchen area that boasts a sink, counter and cabinet space with refrigerator to hold snacks and drinks. This bunk room is connected to the upstairs guest room and bath.

Continuing the ocean tones but giving a different look to this room, Gail added accents of a soft sage color in the chest, the tile, rug, seats on stools, and accessories.

Both rooms have large television screens to allow for movie viewing or gaming, depending on the kids’ entertainment preferences.

While both sets of bunk beds were designed in the same way, they have unique accents that make them distinct from each other. The downstairs bunk room has a classy touch of brass. The drawer pulls, steps and lights shine warmly.

The upstairs bunk room has a more nautical feel, with rope pull accents and brushed nickel lights and hardware. Between the bunk beds, there are steps that can be used for storage to keep everything ship shape.

Gail says, “My main objective was to have Jonathan’s kids love both rooms as soon as they saw them each for the first time … and they did. The first night they spent there, all three stayed in the downstairs bunk room. And so did their mom Leesa!”

If you’re looking to complete a project in your home and would like to see what Taylor House Interiors can do to make your design dreams come to life, stop by the showroom at 3079 Frederica Road, give them a call at 912.638.5560 or visit

Additions Ahoy originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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