” I loved the Little Lulu stories, where she would fantasize that her bedroom rug would turn into a pool of water, and she could dive down into the center of the world.” – Lynn Johnston
Kids need a space of their own, and no doubt that place is usually their bedroom. Whether it’s too relax, work on homework, or let their imaginations run wild, it should be a place of solace after hectic days of school and activities. I had so much fun revamping a client’s twins’ bedrooms. A boys room and a girls room, so I got the best of both worlds. Above are the before and after shots of the girl’s room. When kids are no longer babies, it’s nice to give them a room they can continue to grow in that is not over the top. The new additions to the room make it more sophisticated, but still a cozy place to curl up or roomy enough to play.
This young customer loves blue just like her Mom, so I created a tufted headboard in silk velvet. I love the crispness white linens give to a room, and found bedding with a subtle embroidered trim to dress it up a bit. The nightstands are revamped vintage wooden end tables with new modern hardware. Those lamps? No they’re not ceramic. Those are some of the brass vintage ones we re wired and painted in high gloss. For a fun twist, we added a turquoise and silver jacquard rim to band the top and bottom of the white linen shades. The painting of an old chair is one I snatched up at an art show knowing it would be perfect in the right child’s room. The finishing touch is a large plush faux fur rug from Ikea that is a comfy area for her to sit and organize her expanding rock collection.
The grey couch that was at the foot of the bed in the first before picture? This is it! I mean it when I say I’ve yet to find a piece of upholstered furniture that couldn’t be reborn with new fabric. This print is by an amazing watercolor artist, Jackie Von Tobel, whose fabrics are a fave of mine to use in child and teen rooms. We moved it against another wall to open up the room and added a marble top vintage side table.
I love navy and it is one of my go to’s for masculine rooms. Wide striped bedding from Serena and Lily has a modern yet nautical feel when atop a new bed made of reclaimed wood. Skinny piping and a chartreuse pillow give it just a pop of contrast, as well as the brass lamp gone green with a burlap shade. Instead of a traditional rug, I went with a navy cow hide to give the room some texture and a soft place to walk on. I repainted the existing bedside tables for an updated look. I am a big believer in re-purposing, so I refinish client’s existing furniture whenever I can. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! You don’t have to spend a fortune or reinvent the wheel when it comes to your kids’ rooms. New bedding, rugs, and paint can send them into the next chapter of their life so you can still save for their college tuition.