Name: Natalie (5)
Location: Crosby, Texas
Natalie was excited to get a new "big girl" room for her 5th birthday. We joke that she has very discerning style, so I knew her room would need to be stylish, feminine, yet still appealing to a young girl. We also wanted this room to carry her through for the next several years, so while I wanted it to be sweet and cutesy it also had to stand the test of time.
I love a bargain, so when I found the Pottery Barn duvet cover for less than $50 I let it be the jumping board for the room, thus the white, grayish-taupey color, and lavender. I wanted the room to have a minimalist feel, so I thought the stripes would be perfect to adorn the walls without feeling the need to hang too many art pieces on the wall. I matched the grayish-taupe color to a color on a paint chip at Lowes and used it for the darker stripe. I moved a few blocks down on the same paint chip and chose the lighter color.
The Euro sham I sewed and embroidered myself. The fabrics for the Euro I found at JoAnn's Fabric. The lace trimmed sheets and pillowcase were purchased from IKEA. Since the stripes in the room were meant to be the focal point of the room we opted against a headboard and found a cheap, pine, unfinished bed frame that I distressed myself in a darker raspberry to break up the airy color palette. The curtains and rods were also an IKEA find. Love that place! The vanity was a fun find at an antique shop nearby along with the sconce above her bed. The secretary desk was handed down by her great-grandmother and painted by her grandmother. I just love the juxtaposition of the modern stripes with the vintage vanity and sconce.
Perhaps, my favorite thing in the room is Natalie's library corner. I love seeing all of the book covers on the children's books and reading the fun book titles. The lights are just a strand of white Christmas lights modified with cupcake liners and the silhouette prints were generated in Photoshop and printed on textured art paper.
We managed to redo Natalie's room for under a thousand dollars and it was money well spent when we saw her face the first time she walked into her new room.
Thanks, Viviana! Readers, you can visit Viviana at her website Heart Spun Imagery.