Madelyn's Colorful Mosaic

Madelyn's Colorful Mosaic

Name: Madelyn
Age: 3
Location: Chicago suburbs, Illinois

In the summer of 2010, Madelyn, big brother Jake (4), mom Kim and dad Dave made the move from a 1,000 square foot two bedroom apartment in Manhattan to a single family home on the North Shore of Chicago. The kids got their own rooms for the first time and Kim knew exactly where to start with Madelyn's decor.

When she learned that she was expecting a girl, jewelry maker Kim (check out her Etsy shop) got to work on a mosaic mirror to put in her daughter's room some day. It sat under her bed in NYC for three years, and when they made the move to Illinois the mirror was the perfect inspiration for Madelyn's room. Mother wanted the room to be colorful and to inspire creativity and joy, and daughter insisted on purple and pink. The color combination might not have been Kim's first choice, but she wanted her opinionated three year old to feel like a participant in the creation of her own space, and together they chose a pale lavender and a bright pink for an accent wall.

Kim added many lovingly handmade touches including the mirror, the mosaic marble table and the handpainted M. She also repurposed the skirt from Madelyn's crib set to make the window valances and revived an old bookcase by painting it the same color as the accent wall and topping it with a glitter glaze. Even the lanterns benefited from Kim's creative touch, with gemstone tassels made from leftover jewelry supplies and scrap wire. Ultimately everything came together in a way that is definitely not babyish and should keep Madelyn happy for years to come.

What was your inspiration for Madelyn's room? The mosaic, stained glass mirror brings back memories of my pregnancy and the excitement of having a baby girl.

Do you have a favorite element here? I love the bed with its mix of lanterns and pillows. It gives the room a layered, cozy look. I didn't want anything to match or to be symmetrical. I am definitely not a lover of symmetry. I hope that Madelyn can add to the pillow collection as she begins to travel and have her own life experiences.

What was the biggest challenge putting this room together? Because I never had the opportunity to decorate a baby girl's nursery, I had been collecting ideas and inspiration since the day I found out I was having a girl. The biggest challenge while decorating Madelyn's space was restraint. I have a strong appreciation for so many different design styles and I love to accessorize, so it was hard to edit some of my ideas and to hone in on what I really wanted the final outcome to look like.

What do your friends say about the room? I am always excited to show people Madelyn's room. I think it just makes people feel happy. I often hear, "I love this room! I want to live in here." I feel the same way, I just don't think Dave would enjoy living in a rainbow palace.

Which is your proudest DIY project? The mosaic mirror took blood, sweat and tears and it is very meaningful to me.

What advice would you give other parents creating a room for their child? My best advice for someone decorating a nursery is to not make it too juvenile. Babyhood is so fleeting and it is expensive to have to redecorate in two years. Aside from the crib, the other elements of the room should work well with a big-kid bed and later, a desk.

What's your dream source? If money was no object, I would buy pretty much everything at Sedoni Gallery, an art wonderland in Huntington, New York. When I go there, I want everything! They have glass, jewelry, sculpture, art and accessories. Their staff is very helpful, and I always leave feeling inspired to create.

good morning pillow (the flipside says good night!) - Kim's concept, custom made by Etsy seller whimsey & co.
Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans prints - the jazz cat, purchased at Newport Jazz Festival the week Madelyn started walking
ottoman, step stool and glittery painting - Homegoods
rug - IKEA
armoire - Bellini, Kim changed out the hardware
desk - Nadeau
daybed and trundle - Legacy Furniture
lanterns - leftovers from Madelyn's grandparents' 40th anniversary party, purchased in NYC's Chinatown
bedding - Land of Nod
owl, round and flower pillows - Sedoni Gallery
paint: Benjamin Moore Lavender Ice 2069-60 and Springtime Bloom 2079-40

(Thanks, Madelyn, mom Kim, daddy Dave and big brother Jake!)

Images: Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph

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