Thanks for letting me share all the details behind this beautiful room with you this week! It really was such a treat to work on this space. Not only is Chloe the daughter of one of my best friends and a best bud of Knox’s, she also happens to love all the same things I love – namely hot pink and sparkly things. So really working on this room was just like creating the room of my dreams for the 3 (um….or 36) year old version of myself.
When we started this project, the room was in a very common state – they had already made the big move from crib to big girl bed but most everything else in the room was leftover from nursery days. I see this all the time in kid’s rooms and so often that “baby” furniture is sitting unused, cluttering the room or just isn’t functional anymore. Her changing table was the first thing to go and we knew we needed to upgrade the lighting, window treatments and seating in the room. Overall her mom wanted a bright, fun room full of colorful accents and with just enough sassiness to satisfy her little girl’s hot pink and mermaid fantasies.
Here’s the room when we started.
And here it is today! You can see the original design for this room here. I always find it interesting to reflect back and see how things change and evolve as the room comes together.
I made this sweet glitter letter name garland for her door using these Pottery Barn German glitter alphabet ornaments but I’ve seen similar letters in the dollar bins at Michael’s!
Hello happiest place on Earth! Seriously, could you die? I just LOVE how bright this room is. The whole room got a fresh coat of bright, neutral paint (Sherwin Williams Heron Plume) We kept the bed and dresser neutral and added in some fun accent colors, mostly drawn from her bedding.
The chandelier is an Overstock hack that I blogged about here.
How ridiculously perfect is that mermaid C above her bed? I mean for a little girl named Chloe who loves mermaids, that was a no brainer. I think I squealed when I found it. You can buy it here. It’s framed in an IKEA Ribba that we sprayed gold. Her headboard is this one in sandstone linen, chosen specifically for how neutral it is and its ability to grow with her. The bedding is a fun mix of styles, not a matched set which I far prefer. Euros are Serena & Lily diamond quilt in citrine (color discontinued), standard shams are the Kiawah from Pine Cone Hill and the long lumbar is custom. The quilt is the crinkle puff in pink magenta from PB Teen.
A giant sequin bow on top because why not?
If you have a very opinionated little one making requests like mermaids or fire trucks for their room, your best bet is to introduce those elements in the cheapest/easiest to change parts of the room. For this “mermaid” room, I kept the mermaid elements restricted to just art and accessories. That way, when she decides she hates mermaids and is all about butterflies, you don’t have to re-do the whole room!
Sweet mermaid prints from Sarah Jane Studios (who has the cutest prints for kids rooms EVER).
LOVE this nautical map. Because obviously a mermaid needs to know about the oceans of the world, duh.
Perfect little mirrored nightstand from Target. I use this all the time. Maybe you recognize it from my 15 go-to products post? The size and price are both right and a little mirror goes a long way to brightening a corner.
Kid’s nightstands always seem to become the dumping grounds for everything from books and drinks to toys and crayons so whenever possible, I try to forgo tabletop lamps and use wall mounted sconces instead. Same bedside light without giving up that valuable nightstand real estate. These are the Astrid from IKEA and I love them because they don’t need to be hardwired and the pull cord is easy for little ones to operate.
The nursery toile curtains got swapped out for some IKEA panels that I embellished with hot pink pom pom trim. I posted about that project here.
Book storage! Ack!! Every kid’s room I work on is struggling with this. Big bookcases are great but they eat up floor space and they need to be wall secured to be safe. Whenever possible, I try to incorporate book ledges instead. They let you store the books facing forward which is much easier for kid’s and they keep floor space open. This one I mounted below the window which is an often forgotten piece of wall space. In a kid’s room it’s a great height! This one is from here.
Instead of doing a pair of nighstands on either side of the bed, I did a desk on one side and pushed it up against the bed. So technically it’s another bedside surface like a nightstand but it does double duty because it’s also a little vanity. This one is an Overstock hack that we painted a pretty Tiffany blue. I posted about that project here. The chair is a ghost chair knock off from LexMod. The Victoria armless chair is a great scale for a kid’s chair that will also transition to teen years.
I mounted a couple of IKEA shelves over the desk for additional storage and display space. We sprayed the brackets gold for just a little added touch of personalization. They’re a great spot for displaying mementos (like her first pair of ballet shoes….COULD YOU DIE?!) I used some little pieces of coral here and there on these shelves again as a subtle nod to the whole mermaid thing.
I covered that cork board in this great metallic gold dot burlap. It was one of those totally unnecessary things that turned out so great, it was obviously necessary. You can see that post here.
Those mini colored pencils and gem shaped crayons are from my favorite line of art supplies – the Kid Made Modern line at Target. The camel is actually sold as a sugar bowl but I like him holding crayons much better. You can buy him here.
This little vanity mirror is hysterical and weird all at once which in my book is the best kind of thing. He comes with silver feet but they come right off with one screw and of course I spray painted them gold. You can buy one here. The tray is vintage.
Hugs and Kisses needlepoint pillow from PB Teen, sadly no longer available.
The other side of the room got rearranged a bit. The changing table got replaced with this beautiful vintage dresser and the old rocker was donated and replaced with the world’s hottest hot pink chair. This picture is like an instant mood lifter.
The hot pink “she believed she could” print is available as a free printable here. I made the silhouette embroidery hoop. See that here. The inlaid bone C is from TJ Maxx. The little suitcases are from Land of Nod and the rainbow stacking toy is one of my favorite kid’s toys ever from Grimm’s. You can buy it here.
This little shadowboxed mermaid is actually a Jonathan Adler porcelain Christmas ornament.
Happiest chair in the world from World Market. Admittedly, it’s the furthest from neutral you can possibly get and I did present a neutral option but I’m so happy they went for this big splash of color. Amazing price too for an upholstered chair and very befitting an adorable Blabla mermaid doll, don’t you think? The side table is from Overstock here and the lamp is from Land of Nod.
The rug is the Martina from PB Teen (discontinued). Rather than get a huge 9×12 and put most of it under the bed, we opted for a 5×8 to ground the area beside the bed as a play spot. The colors are gorgeous!
I want to thank Ruth Eileen for all of these gorgeous images. As a designer you work so hard to get every last detail right and beautiful and having it all immortalized forever in great photography is just like the cherry on top.
And of course, the obligatory before and after shots that we all love to see!
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