(Welcome again to Alex, one of the finalists for an editor position at AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)
Name: Melissa and Owen Location: Rochester, NY A minimalist at heart, we're always a sucker for simple rooms with understated elegance. After seeing photos of Melissa's lovely home, with its strong mid-century influence, we asked about her son Owen's room figuring it would have the same designerly aesthetic. We were right!
It's hard to believe that the majority of the items in Owen's room are indeed garage sale treasures (from the toddler bed to the sleek green lamp) since the room has an understated luxuriousness to it. Melissa, apparently has a great garage sale lucky streak; the bed, orange pouf seat and wooden toys were great finds purchased for practically nothing. Her garage sale finds and knack for knowing how to place things "just so" have yielded a sweet bedroom for Owen. All of the decorative items are complimentary to the very calming feeling the room gives, and also illustrate that a big budget is not necessary when creating a cozy milieu as the dhurrie rug and lanterns are from Target; the bedding, the Kerf-like square dresser and orange frames are from Ikea; and the dresser and hamper from Babies R' Us. Melissa's DIY sensibilities come through in the window treatments -- made from a tablecloth -- the fun pillow on his bed, and the whimsical origami crane mobile, which compliments the orange details throughout the room.
Something else that really makes the bedroom pop is the bright sky blue shade of the wall coloring. Of this, Melissa says, "The winters here are so dismally miserable and gray that I wanted to make the rooms we spent the most time in as bright and cheerful as possible." It is definitely cheerful! To keep his room organized, Melissa stores and switches out many of his toys in the basement, which saves space, "We do a lot of rotating of toys and decor, storing things we're tired of in the basement and bringing out things we haven't seen in a while." This trick is also useful in that it makes children feel that they have "new" toys, as items they may have forgotten about suddenly reappear. Vibrant punches of color, an eye for great deals, sensible storage solutions, an environment without clutter and fun little touches throughout all equal one great room. Great work, Melissa! - alex