Girls Bedroom: Before and After.

We went from this from this….DSC_2435

To this…

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I was hesitant to title this post and reveal  “after” pictures because it implies that I’m finished.  Overall, the girls bedroom has the bright, vintage/modern feel that I was striving for and the main design elements have come together. They are fortunate to have a separate playroom for playing, entertaining friends and crafting so it’s lovely that they have a separate, tranquil place to sleep. The girls have given it their seal of approval which is the most important thing since the client always comes first! As much as I love decorating, it is their space and I want them to delight in it. You can see from the pictures that I’ve moved elements around to illustrate how small and subtle changes can create freshness. It’s not a museum after all.

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Closet interior.

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The room is indeed small. However there is a good sized hallway where I have placed an additional dresser and a much-needed bookcase. It also provides extra space for the plethora of tchotchkes and art we have acquired. Here are some shots looking down the hall towards the girls bedroom. How about that knotty pine door?  It’s a closet!  This home has an abundance of storage space. Note the built in drawers. I know. This hallway would have been characterized as a bedroom by NYC real estate standards.IMG_6498(1) IMG_6499

Based on my Pinterest inspiration pictures these are elements that I utilized.

  • Polka dots. I love the way pattern adds depth. This is a wall decal sticker set from Target. I used the dots in the colors and sizes I wanted and saved the rest for another project. Similar set here.
  • Vintage floral print wallpaper just wasn’t an option so I carried the theme over to bedding. The pink set I already had.  I found the other set at wait for it…Target! You guessed it. I think they complement each other quite well. Shop the sheets here.
  • Bright white walls. I want to paint all of my walls white!!! It is so fresh and sets the perfect blank canvas for any design scheme.
  • A mix of vintage and modern pieces. The white dresser, iron bed, sconces, floral bedding and vintage yellow chair contrast with modern lines of the Pink Ikea Malm dresser, the white bed with drawers and pieces like the eyelash pillow and artwork.
  • Rag rug. I actually scored this at World Market for like $20. It was serendipitous to walk in during their global rug Bazaar and see a pile of colorful limited supply rugs. After untying and laying out each one (they love me there) I decided on this one. I really think it works well. It doesn’t detract from the white floors and it is a nice colorful and unique accent. Similar, but pricier here.
  • Wood or organic element. The window bench functions more like a side table for the girls to share. It was on clearance at Target and I bought it like 100 years ago just waiting for the right spot to use it. Now if I could just find a spot for all the other bargains and special pieces I’ve collected that are gathering dust in storage. Similar, larger bench here.
  • Books, baskets, dolls and such. The girls chose the dolls that they wanted on their beds with them. We then arranged other dolls on shelves and the remainder traveled to the land of misfit toys. We organized the books on the bookcase in the hall with the exception of a few large and colorful ones that we stacked under the bench to conceal the trash bin and extension cords. I used a large white basket for laundry in the closet and placed jewelry, trinkets, belts and so on in decorative baskets from the Goodwill, which is a great place to get unique storage on the cheap by the way.
  • A little chair. We found this busted up mini Klismos chair in the trash when we were newly married and living in Brooklyn. I love the shape of the chair so much. We assumed that we would have kids “one day” so we carried it home, stored it for years and it eventually made the journey with us to the mini apple when we bid adieu to the big one. We had it restored and painted bright yellow for the girls.
  • Pink. Most girls I know like pink, as do I, but I prefer shades that are not in-your-face Pinky Pie all day and all night. In this case I painted the closet interior a bright but bearable pink that provides a vivid pop of color every time one reaches for a new ensemble.

And there we have it. Next up, guest room.

Thankful for: Old homes with character

Wanting: An unlimited decorating budget.

I’ve learned: If I don’t buy artwork when I first see it, it’s gone when I go back. So frustrating:(

The Girl’s Room: Before And Getting There.

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I snapped these before shots for personal reference and never did get back to styling them to be Pinterest worthy. Hey, It’s real life.

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You know you want that air purifier.


You’ve seen the inspiration pictures. The virtual vision board in all its beauty. Now, lets turn our attention the actual room in flux. The photos above are admittedly not the greatest. OK, they are terrible but you get the idea.  Though the footprint is a decent size, approximately 9′ x 11′, there are slanted ceilings,  paneled walls and an abnormally large radiator which have each created significant design challenges. You’ll note in the pictures that there is a crib and a twin bed. We now have both girls in twin beds, and have for a while. There is not enough head room to accommodate bunk beds but truthfully I prefer the symmetry of a bed on either side of the window. I’ve grown tired of the vintage fabric that I used for the head-boards, the green shaggy carpet that gave the room some texture and the pink accent wall, much as I love pink. Even the geometric patterned roman shade (see below) that I had custom-made five years ago seems dated. It all feels too prissy and preppy.  I’m going for a modern, bright and whimsical bedroom as inspired by the plethora of  images I have put before you. Pinterest, you are a blessing and a curse.


 

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Roman shade

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Detailed shot of vintage fabric on headboard. I loved you, Goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beneath the carpet are gorgeous white floors that I had installed (by my husband) when we moved in five years ago. I knew way back then that the room needed as much help as possible in the light department. I have to dig up a picture of this room from when we bought the house. Oh Lord. Green plastic tile floors, turquoise walls and wood paneling.  It’s painful to remember.  Hey, we wanted to make this house our own. We got what we bargained for. Any who, The light bounces off of the white floor and just illuminates the room. It’s bright, sophisticated, modern and simple. The new white walls have the same effect.

Much as I love before and after pictures we at not at the after stage yet. Below are some middle pictures. The work in progress. Old finishes have been removed The pink wall is now painted white (Glidden white on white from Home Depot) and I lay down a temporary fuzzy rug and made the beds with plain white sheets from Target. The blank canvas is ready!


 

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Wallpaper sample.

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Oh the Mess! The Pink Ikea dresser will work in here once it’s cleared off. There is the air purifier you love so much, and a humidifier for good luck.

 

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Dresser trying to hide the enormous radiator. This will be cleaned off I assure you.

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Wall waiting for more art.


 

Let’s break it down. We have the floors, we have the paint, we have the beds and dressers. What we need is:

  • New bedding
  • Fabric for head-boards if I re-upholster. Still undecided on this front.
  • Area rug
  • Window treatments
  • New placement of decorative items and art.

My plan and process.

  1. Compile inspiration pictures. Check.
  2. Write down the individual elements that I am drawn to.
  3. Pull together some items that represent the elements I want to use.
  4. Trial and error. Lay out the various bedding, window treatments, rugs and decorative elements that I acquire and figure out the possible combinations. This is the fun part.
  5. EDIT!!!! Always the hardest part for me. It really is a skill to design, write, speak, parent, pretty much anything, with restraint. When there are lots of great options it’s hard to choose a course and stay with it. I find other areas to use the items edited out, save them for my next project or just straight up return them and get my precious money back.
  6. Take after pictures and share them with you.

Thankful for: Pinterest!!!

Wanting: To take more risks in design and life.

I’ve learned: I can take inspiration and apply it to my life in simple, meaningful ways.

‘Til next time…