Polly's Happy Place

Polly's Happy Place

Tammy Everts
Nov 30, 2009

Name: Polly
Age: 16 months
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Hot on the heels of our Small Kids, Big Color contest comes Polly's room, which beautifully illustrates how a white backdrop serves as a perfect foil for lively color. Polly's mom, Katie, found her inspiration in a set of Ida Pearle alphabet cards, using them as a palette for repainting all the hand-me-down furniture in the room. The result is fresh and bright, yet still wonderfully restful.

No surprise: Polly's mom, Katie, is a design pro. Her latest project, Art Wall Online, is a carefully curated virtual display space that exhibits the artwork of independent artists. Katie has applied these same admirable curatorial skills in Polly's room. Colors and textures are layered in a comfortable way that is homey without being cluttered. We asked Katie about her favorite elements, toughest DIYs, and more...

Inspiration: My inspiration came from the Ida Pearle Alpha cards. They forced me to create a room without a real color palette. Any color works in this room.

Favorite Element: Denyse Schmidt quilt

Biggest Challenge: Painting everything. The walls were chartreuse when we moved in, and they're wood. Tough. The ceiling. We painted all the furniture in the room: the changing table, dresser and crib.

What Friends Say: It's a happy space.

Proudest DIY: The linen roman shades. They were... hard.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom glider. I really wanted a chair that was super comfortable. I felt like I could splurge on it since all of the other furniture in the room was free.

Best Advice: Create a happy space.

Dream Source: Etsy

Resources: Crib, dresser, changing table, side-table were all hand-me-downs. The dresser was actually mine from when I was a little girl. The mobile and butterflies are from Etsy. The glider was custom made at The Comfort Shoppe (Madison, WI). Quilt and pillows are by Denyse Schmidt. The alphabet cards are by Ida Pearle.

Thanks for the tour, Katie and Polly!

Images: Katie Stephenson, with additional photography by Stephanie Natale

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