My Room: Enzo

My Room: Enzo

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Carrie McBride
Mar 8, 2010

Evidence of the start of spring can be seen all around the country so what better room to show you than Enzo's cheerful and bright green room. His mom Annalea did a whole lot with a little and we're so glad she shared some of the details with us: I don't know if I can label a style. Is there a term (other than the ever popular "eclectic") for using what you have and making the rest? Maybe found and handmade? We buy very little - mostly due to budgetary constraints - but also because I love the challenge and the end product.

We are sunlight-challenged for a good portion of the year (yay Illinois winters!), so when we moved to this house (June 2008), our goal was to keep it bright and cheery. Lots of red, yellow, and white with pops of green and blue mixed with the old wood floors is just lovely. Color is a low-cost, high impact way of adding your personal touch. I am inspired by bold, vibrant combinations. For us, everything matches because nothing matches. A good reflection of families - where you blend personalities, temperaments, and abilities to paint a new and beautiful picture of life.

This room serves multiple functions. Our littlest little (born November 2009) sleeps here, but all of the littles play, read, and rest here. The daybed also pulls guest bed duty when family or friends are visiting. Since our family is still growing, we know rooms will be swapped, changed, and revamped in the future. One of the goals, therefore, was to create a space that would flex with that. For the two bedrooms used by the kiddos, we chose the same paint colors and window treatments. From there, we added items we found on hand or made for the space. As they grow, their tastes and interests add a personal touch.

Handmade touches:
• origami map mobile
• embroidered art in hoops and fabric bunting on wall
• pillow covers (with the following fabrics that I had in my stash: Dancefloor in Teal by Anna Maria Horner, Rose Damask in Orange by Joel Dewberry, Groovy Guitars by Michael Miller, Mocca by Alexander Henry, Juicy Lemon by Alexander Henry)

Found items:
• the dresser is mine from high school
• the daybed a garage sale find by my mom 10 years ago that we spraypainted and added an old matelasse quilt to the top
• the paintings by our great-grandpas
• dragonfly lamp - my mom's storage

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Kiwi
Trim color: Antique White
Daybed Color: Valspar Gypsy Teal
Paint on closet door: Benjamin Moore Black Chalkboard
Ceiling Fan: Antique Bronze spraypaint

Curtains from Ikea and crib bedding from Target (2005)

Thanks Annalea and Enzo (aka Baby Cashew)!

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