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Birdie’s Bed room Reveal!! Designing WITH (Not For) Your Children, And How We Exploded This Room With Coloration


Welcome to the reveal of my 8-year-old daughter’s room, and whereas she is determined to be a teen it really represents her character, her sparkle, her happiness, and her love of shade and I’m actually crossing my fingers that we now have years with many of the items. And y’all it was SO MUCH FUN. I do know I’m extraordinarily fortunate to have a toddler who’s at present actually into what I’m additionally into (design) and which may not all the time be the case, so for now, I’m full-on celebrating this very particular 2-year collaboration and I’ll all the time bear in mind the primary room that we designed TOGETHER. (As a caveat, in case your child doesn’t appear to care, then simply do no matter you need (or don’t), each of my children have actual design and elegance OPINIONS which I completely respect and wish to honor so I work intently with them).

My purpose was to let her take the lead, realizing that this room wanted to match her character which may be very enjoyable, energetic, colourful, and pleased and she or he has OPINIONS about design and shade, which I like. She largely simply loves all the colours – thus the Schumacher Butterly wallpaper we selected (which is the principle factor I’m nervous that she’ll beg to alter as a tween, TBH). I wrote about it some time in the past right here, however one of many larger errors I nearly made was making an attempt to mute the colours and tame it down a bit, fearful that it was going to look simply chaotic and never have longevity. We have been engaged on her dollhouse collectively after I heard her squeals of pleasure for the colours and wallpaper we have been utilizing on it (which have been WILD), and that’s after I let all of it go and mentioned, “okay lady, let’s make this room YOU”. (See beneath on the backside on what my takeaway from that’s now). Now onto the room!!!

WAIT! You Rearranged! 

Okay, so two days earlier than the shoot (and we actually attempt to follow deadlines today), I flipped the mattress on the other wall and all our issues have been (nearly) solved. It mounted the nightstand debacle as a result of we didn’t have the restrictions of the home windows OR the closet door anymore. HOT TIP: Children do NOT like to come back house to their rooms rearranged, I feel it feels bizarre to them, however it solely took her a few hours to be on board and I absolutely understood. As soon as we put the mattress right here we performed with our furnishings once more, the scallop desk labored within the nook. Now, one of many solely issues I don’t love right here is my classic Saarinen desk (on the appropriate) merely doesn’t learn sufficient to make it look balanced, however in particular person, it’s really wonderful. Possibly in the future I’ll encounter the proper nightstand (perhaps not). Anyway, because of all for encouraging the room to flip – IT WORKED. 

The Artwork Studio Nook

This nook is my favourite as a result of it’s so purposeful for her to do arts and crafts, and but so vigorous and enjoyable, stylistically. She desires to be an artist and whereas I don’t want to offer my opinion on how good she is, she is extraordinarily prolific (produces 2-3 items a day), devoted, and passionate and can sit there for hours and draw. I don’t know what I like extra – the bulletin board we made collectively (see this DIY publish), the hanging fringed lamp we purchased collectively on the Monticello Vintage Mall, or simply how we stored the IKEA pedestal desk I’ve had eternally and located the appropriate artwork cart to carry her provides. It took just a few tries to determine find out how to organize the room however on this nook (and with only one hanging mild) it really works so properly.

Outsized Pink Lampshade (classic) | White Tulip Desk | Blue Activity Lamp (classic) | Chair (classic) | Corkboard (DIY) | Massive Wooden Paintbrush | Disco Ball

And why sure, that may be a disco ball on the bottom (it’s the place the solar hits the longest within the morning really) and an enormous paintbrush made by native artist Purl (@total_nonsequitur). We shot on the GLOOMIEST day, with no solar in any respect, so Gretchen used the flashlight on her telephone to replicate mild on the disco ball, however when there may be solar this can be very dreamy and displays colourful mild (from the window movies) all around the room.

Artwork Cart | Inexperienced Pencil Holder

I LOVE that now the very first thing you see is that classic portray that I purchased from native artwork vendor Fabius Grange. My goodness, it’s simply unbelievable. It pulls in each single shade within the room.

I acquired the artwork cart from Mattress Bathtub and Past which took me FOREVER to search out one that will sneak beneath the desk that didn’t appear to be a kitchen utility cart. This one is extra suited to paints, however we have been in a position to take out a shelf and put in crafting instruments. Each of our youngsters take a watercolor class after faculty in the future per week and so they LOVE it. Usually we don’t enable portray up right here (carpet and all) however I’d put down a washable rug and let her paint with washable watercolor (I acquired these watercolor pencils for her for Christmas so I’m curious if this is able to make it much less harmful). I might love to alter the wheels on the cart to one thing much less office-y however I most likely gained’t at this level 🙂 I’ve had the desk chair eternally (classic Paul McCobb) and I purchased the blue job lamp on Fb Market after we first moved right here for $60.

Wallpaper | Trim Coloration | Door Coloration | Desk (classic) | Desk Paint Coloration | Mushroom Stool ({custom} upholstery with classic quilt) | Gold Lamp | Sconces (classic) | Artwork | Mattress (classic) | Quilt + Sham Set | Tassel Lumbar Pillow | Arch Pillow | Yellow Throw | White Facet Desk (classic) | Yellow Activity Lamp (classic + related)

Now for the opposite facet of the room…TBH that is my least favourite shot as a result of the facet desk simply doesn’t present up!! Once more, in particular person, it seemed wonderful however right here there’s a clear imbalance and it drives me nuts. So I’d change the desk, however I wished you to point out how the room was laid out (additionally good mattress pillow styling, Emily, so messy). I imply, I may simply paint that classic tulip desk, I’ve had it eternally and shape-wise it’s an excellent distinction to the blue scallop desk…TBD.

Desk (classic) | Desk Paint Coloration | Mushroom Stool ({custom} upholstery with classic quilt)

However this classic scalloped desk is SO CUTE now. I purchased this additionally on Fb Market and it was awaiting its second. Effectively, right here it’s. We painted it the week of the shoot this tremendous darkish blue/inexperienced referred to as Rainstorm by Sherwin–Williams and it turned out PERFECT. This was one of many choices that Birdie and I didn’t agree on (she wished a vibrant teal or a purple). I pulled rank and mentioned that if she didn’t prefer it we may repaint it collectively after the shoot, however I have to do what’s finest for the entire room and this darker shade would floor the nook and I feel she would like it extra long run. She got here house from faculty and cherished it.

You might be most likely staring on the CUTEST mushroom stool EVER. I purchased the classic quilt from Store Wilma (a neighborhood superior classic vendor) and had ADF Upholstery make it into considered one of her signature mushroom stools. The children battle over this stool (Charlie makes use of it for his drum set) so I wish to discover one other quilt and make one other one so that they every have their very own as a result of my goodness they’re excellent. Farmhouse, however make it playful.

Storage Bench | Throw Blanket (unavailable)

The storage bench has her costumes and provides a bit little bit of softness to the bedframe (which I nonetheless wish to swap out for one thing extra easy, fashionable, and upholstered however she actually doesn’t wish to so at this level I feel we’re preserving this rickety mattress till we have to improve).

The sconces although… I’ve been hoarding these for some time, uncertain the place they need to go. And whereas they’re far too fancy for an 8-year-old’s room they’re excellent in right here so by some means she’s the winner of those Seventies Italian beauties. They’re unbelievable.

The desk is considered one of two locations the place she retains all her “stuff” and she or he collected the porcelain swans whereas antiquing with me. I’ve had that Saarinen facet desk and the yellow lamp eternally – each classic.

Did You Change The Window Shades?

Colourful Window Movie | Brass Switchplate | Window Shades

You would possibly discover that the window shades have modified. The operate of the straightforward Decorview shades (and the way insulating they’re) was not one thing we may hand over, however I didn’t love how they seemed on the high of the classic diamond home windows. So I reached out to Twopages as a result of I used to be actually impressed with the shades in our household room, and inside weeks these custom-sized and lined white Roman shades arrived. I designed them to be absolutely purposeful, in fact, however what I LOVE is that they act as a valance and really disguise the insulation shades beneath, so we depart them up for probably the most half! For the reason that glass is authentic (and subsequently very skinny) we hold the “undershades” closed many of the day within the winter to not waste warmth. I simply love how these made the room look so completed whereas preserving it wanting cozy and fashionable.

Chair (classic) | Spherical Pillow | Wicker Ottoman (classic)

On the other facet of the room (subsequent to the portray) I put my second classic Swedish chair (that no 8-year-old deserves however right here we’re) and it’s excellent. I’ll find yourself stealing it if it really works in a extra distinguished room (the opposite one works completely in our visitor room) however the scale works so properly and I like the way it pulls from the pink within the wallpaper, but is a bit deeper and richer in a great way.

Wall Mirror | Jane Denton Wall Artwork | Cabinets | Cabinets Paint Coloration

Now for the opposite facet of the room – we hung these cute scallop cabinets (that we painted Silken Peacock by Sherwin-Wiliams) to show all her treasures, books, and artwork. We needed to really take off the brackets and screw them into the wall as a result of they hung off the wall in a slanted means, FYI, however as soon as up, they’re sturdy and so cute (I really feel prefer it’s a design flaw and for $80 every ought to sit flush towards the wall so I wished to warn you).

Cabinets | Cabinets Paint Coloration

I’m obsessed along with her little clay sculptures and that portray she made from Oscar and Buttercup (along with her COVID nanny who was an unbelievable artist).

What Do I Need To Add/Change?

I wish to play a brand new sport referred to as “If I may snap my fingers” which is an train on what I might change if I may, clearly, simply snap my fingers. For this room, I actually wish to add crown molding. We tried a DIY that absolutely failed the week earlier than the shoot (I’ll present you in a bit) however it simply feels unfinished. We’re engaged on Charlie’s room in 2024 so I wish to wait till we all know for certain if need it in there and in that case I’ll rent somebody to do them each. And sure, I want to simplify the mattress to assist the room look extra like the remainder of the home, however I’m in no hurry anymore. Possibly I’ll discover a completely different nightstand to steadiness out the blue desk, however once more, would seemingly be one thing classic I encounter (and sadly the wicker-skirted desk is just too broad and excessive).

Pay attention, it was not with out some type/resolution bumps alongside the way in which. We didn’t agree on every part and we had just a few conversations about complaining (and entitlement, my kryptonite) however we landed in a superb place – aka  “No I cannot purchase the $13 purple and lime inexperienced polyester cover with LED lights you discovered through Pinterest, however sure, in fact, you should utilize your personal cash to purchase what you need after the photograph shoot that’s for our household enterprise and I’ll fortunately provide help to :)”  After all now it’s all accomplished she loves it a lot and I get to listen to her telling her mates how she made the bulletin board and selected all the colours (selective reminiscence, I def needed to tweak them when she wasn’t noticing). And after a lot begging I even let her be within the YouTube video with me (the place she proceeded to inform her mates she’s on YouTube, and I used to be legit mortified that folks thought that I’m encouraging my 8-year-old outdated have a YouTube channel! I’m not!!).

Designing along with your children as a substitute of FOR your children will be difficult and I’m very fortunate that this was simple for me to problem (this was my dream room after I was a child). My finest recommendation is to restrict the alternatives, don’t allow them to store on-line by themselves – even on Pinterest, and allow them to categorical themselves within the decrease stakes items (just like the window movies), ensuring that any main investments have longevity or flexibility. And you may all the time do what I shamelessly do and bribe her with procuring cash and a doughnut to go classic procuring with me, the place we discovered so many cute issues in her room.

Don’t overlook to look at the long-form YouTube video (Watch a brief enjoyable teaser beneath after the advert performs)!

Bed room Sources:
Wallpaper: Schumacher
Carpet: Stark
Door Coloration: SW 6239 Upward
Trim Coloration: SW 7006 Further White

Home windows: Classic
Colourful Window Movie:
See this publish
Roman Shades: Twopages
Insulated Blinds: Decorview
Switchplates: Rejuvenation
Classic Desk Paint Coloration: SW 6230 Rainstorm

Mushroom Stool Upholstery: ADF Upholstery
Gold Desk Lamp: Schoolhouse
Cabinets Paint Coloration:
SW 9059 Silken Peacock
Wall Mirror: Mattress Bathtub & Past
Massive Picket Paintbrush: Purl Samoheyl
Mattress: Classic
Bench: Mattress Bathtub & Past
White Facet Desk: Classic
Sconces: Classic
Artwork Desk: IKEA
Artwork Card: Mattress Bathtub & Past
Wooden Chair: Classic

*Design by Emily and Elliot Henderson (and ARCIFORM)
**Images by Kaitlin Inexperienced



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