I am working on pulling together some ideas for a client with two young daughters and I am reminded what a blast I have decorating spaces for children.
It’s too bad everyone doesn’t have the no-holds barred, colorful, fun, whimsical yearnings that my young clientele require for their spaces.
The above bedroom, featured in Rue Magazine’s April issue, was for my three and a half year-old daughter who ready for her “big girl” room. I wanted to have fun in this space with pattern and color, but wanted it to be mature enough that she could grow into it.
1// Moving into a "real" bed from a toddler bed or crib is serious business and so we wanted to make a splash with a statement sleeping area. I knew I didn’t want an upholstered piece and I didn’t want a wood bed for her. I liked that this bed from Restoration Hardware Baby + Child because it was a kind of a modern version on a classic canopy bed -- in iron -- with a grey upholstered headboard that could play off of the color elsewhere in the room.
2// Last year I stumbled upon this Cole and Son wallpaper at the Lee Jofa showroom that was newly installed in one of their vignettes. The trellis pattern was in a brilliant emerald green with a bright white background and I knew it would provide a wonderful backdrop for her space. It even comes in black and white too which I am dying to use in a future project.
3// You all know me by now and I am a sucker for finding hidden treasures online and at estate sales. I found this campaign-style desk and stool in fabulous condition on Craigslist and wanted to refinish it and use it as a desk/nightstand for my daughter's bedroom.
I took it over to my refinisher and he thought the piece dated back to the 70s! All it needed was a fresh coat of paint, a new fabric seat cover on the bench and a nice glass top to protect this beauty from crayon marks and Play-doh.
4// Because of all of the pattern and color going on everywhere else, I decided to simplify the bedding here and go with a clean white duvet cover from Restoration Hardware and subtly patterned sheets that were a perfect match from JCPenney. Decorative pillows are where it’s at in this room -- did a fun euro piped in emerald green in a pattern from Pindler and Pindler, a crisp white linen sham with the gorgeous poms from Samuel and Sons and the bolster, also made in a Pindler fabric, which finishes the bed in a fun, playful way.
7// Another treasure hunt find -- her armoire. A purchase from one of my favs downtown Millionaire Rejects. Originally in pine, I had it painted to match the green of the trellis and lined it in the wallcovering of the room so it looked gorgeous open or closed.
It has become a more refined toy chest. Now she has books, toys, photographs on display in there and the drawers are a nice catch all when cleaning up toys.
Don't be afraid to channel your "inner child" with color and whimsy when designing your own spaces.
Color has an influence on your happiness!