Name: Violet (2)
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Room Size: 100 sq ft
We had quite the challenge when we began planning our daughter Violet's big girl room. When we moved in it was an explosion of animal print and garish red - a far cry from the bright and airy space we envisioned for her. After a couple of gallons of paint and a lot of hard work, we've transformed it into just that.
We had a small budget, so we worked on the space slowly and over time. We saved money by finding an inexpensive antique dresser on Craigslist, a $15 pull-down map on eBay, and repurposing a modular closet storage piece from IKEA as a bench. I created the bench cushion myself using foam that I purchased at a local fabric and craft store during a 50% off sale and leftover fabric from her nursery. Saving money on the big pieces allowed me to splurge a little on the smaller accessories and art. I hope that the space will grow with her as she becomes a little girl and even into the teenage years with a few updates here and there.
What was the inspiration for the room? The rug was a piece that we had purchased years ago on clearance from Anthropologie. It didn't fit with the rest of the decor in our house, but it seemed a shame to waste it, so it became the jumping off point for the rest of the space.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room? Oddly enough the inspiration rug. Chartreuse wasn't the easiest color to work with, but I eventually came across a beautiful color scheme of greens and corals over on Creature Comforts and that set the ball rolling. I was actually very excited to have the opportunity to use corals and pinks, as I definitely didn't use traditional girly colors in Violet's nursery.
What is your favorite piece or element? My favorite part of the room is probably the mural that I painted. I really wanted to use Julia Rothman's Daydream wallpaper in the space, but the budget just didn't allow for it. So I used it as inspiration and free-handed the clouds and birds onto the wall behind the bed.
What was your biggest indulgence? I have a soft spot for handmade items, and especially for dolls. The 'beauty' doll from Lori Marie was definitely a splurge, but well worth it. Not only is she a work of art, but my little girl is just completely in love with her.
If money were no object, what's your dream source: Probably Anthropologie - I love their selection of wallpaper, rugs, and window treatments. Not to mention the accessories!
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child? I would definitely say the three most important things would be an inspiration piece, a plan, and a budget. This will really focus your search and help the space feel cohesive.
- Paint: Behr Country Dairy
- Narrow Leg Bed: West Elm
- Dottie Quilt: House 8810
- Dresser: Craigslist
- Bench: IKEA
- Bench Cushion: DIY
- Bench Fabric: Jo-ann Fabric
- Zinc Letter 'V': Anthropologie
- Gray Sham: Restoration Hardware Baby & Kids
- Pink Polka Dot Sheets: Land of Nod
- Striped Pillow: Urban Ecology
- Floral Pillow: Skinny LaMinx
- Star Pillow: Hello Milky
- Large Round Pillow: Land of Nod
- Small Round Pillow: Pretty Little Things by Lori Marie
- Linen Pillows: DIY (Fabric from Joann Fabric)
- Doll: Pretty Little Things by Lori Marie
- Map: eBay
- Adventurers Print: Fifi du Vie
- Bear & Antler Hooks: West Elm
- Christy's Cottage Dollhouse: Melissa & Doug
- Bedside Shelf: Michael's Craft Store
- Umbra Horizon Crunch Cans: Container Store
- Up Poster: Fine Little Day
- Book Shelf: IKEA
- Star Pillow: Colette Bream
- Swallows Wallpaper Decals: Love Mae
- Curtains: IKEA
- Large Rug: Anthropologie
- Faux Sheepskin Rug: IKEA
- Eleanor Frameless Mirror: Pottery Barn
- Star Garland: DIY
- Tissue Paper Tassel Mobile: FleurLux
- Squirrel Lamp: Anthropologie
- Gold Mushroom Lamp: Mokkasin
- Handpainted Blocks: How Now Design
- Gnome: MOMA Store
- Terrarium Postcards: Quill and Fox
To see more of our home you can visit my personal blog here: A Lovely Lark.
(Images: Lauren Hufnagl)