I think one of my favorite spaces to design is a young girl's room. The first one I was hired to do was my niece's room--and I wasn't even designing homes for a living yet. It was just something my brother asked me to do while they were on vacation a few years ago. It was so fun to use the playful/whimsical part of my brain. Ever since then I have been a huge fan of girly rooms. Young girls tend to appreciate a rainbow of color so that's an easy fit for me. More times than not when I ask little girls their favorite color they're like ALL OF THEM. It's music to my ears.
A few months back I was lucky enough to get to style London's room. She's 10 and one of the sweetest little girls I've been around. She had hot pink stripes on her ceiling and she let me know right away she was over it. "No more pink," she said. She thought the color pink was too girly for her sensibilities. I asked if we could paint the walls turquoise and she very excitedly agreed.
Here is what London's room looked like before.
It wasn't bad, it just wasn't pulled together. Her mom told me she needed a dresser, a place for books and art supplies, and a place to sit.
Funny enough, I was selling my 15 year old daughter's dresser because we were in the middle of redoing her room. So London's mom bought the dresser from me. It was a win for both of us!
I wanted to stay on budget, so while splurging on bedding from Anthropologie and a hanging chair from Serena & Lily, I cut costs by purchasing the other main pieces from Wayfair, Target, and HomeGoods. It's kinda how I am with my clothes. I might spend $125 on a pair of good blue jeans and then buy all my tops at Target. It's how I justify buying expensive jeans!
Everything shipped quickly and my team and I spent an afternoon shopping for art and accessories. At Target I spotted a gold dot print removable wallpaper and decided to apply it to the tops of the night stands. Doing little tricks like this is an inexpensive way to customize plain furniture. Plus no one will have one like it! It's unique, just like you.
Here's how the room turned out after we finished.
I wasn't there when London saw her room for the first time, but her mom tells me that she gets up every day and makes her bed because this is her dream room. And she goes to bed at night and says to her mom, "I love my room so much." That's all I needed to hear.
If you'd like your home or a room in your home restyled by me, please feel free to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org. I even offer E-Design.
Have a great day.