Zoey's Handmade Haven

Small Kids, Big Color Entry #10

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Name: Zoey Kumiko (5 months)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Color Inspiration: One of the first gifts I received when I found out I was pregnant with Zoey was a box of Charley Harper memory cards. I thought they were just darling! Graphic drawings, adventurous colors and best of all-- it was easy on mommy's eyes! I envisioned her room to have the same feel-- playful and inviting, yet sophisticated in its own inspiring way. I ended up framing some of the cards and they now find their home on top of an antique kitchen hutch that my husband and I turned into a bookshelf.

Tip for Using Color: Don't go too matchy-matchy. Be open to new colors-- even if they don't fit in with your original plan. You might surprise yourself! :) Half the things in her room I got not knowing exactly how I was going to use them, but determined to make them work somewhere! I handpicked items based on how their individual colors, patterns and design fit together as a single entity-- not because they had the same shade of mustard yellow! An emerald side chair at a garage sale, 2 yards of Amy Butler fabric in tangerine and a slew of Liberty of London fabric storage bins in three different color combinations. Friends sometimes comment "I never thought of using those colors together!"

I ended up with an elegant room full of vibrant colors that all work together, oh-so-well! Don't just pick what you like... wait for something you absolutely love! Zoey's room is my own haven...my happy place. I hope she grows to feel the same way about it!

Colors Used: Robin's egg blue and mustard yellow were my initial color inspiration. But eventually I added many variations of fuscia, dusty rose, emerald green and tangerine. To give the room some uniformity amidst the schmorgesborg of colors-- I chose to keep all of the furniture (minus the lovely green chair) a variety of antique white and the hardware a dark walnut color.

Thanks for your colorful entry Andy and good luck!

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