Maëlys and Chloé's No Pretty in Pink Please Girls' Room

Maëlys and Chloé's No Pretty in Pink Please Girls' Room

Jackie Boucher
Aug 8, 2011

Children: Maëlys (6) and Chloé (3)
Location: La Ciotat, France
Room Size: 12 m x 12 m

Roxane took the notion of DIY very seriously when creating her girls' shared space. Everything from the beds to the wardrobe to the upholstery to installing the floor -- she proudly did it all with her own two hands. Add a year of concerted vintage hunting and a drive for using unconventional colors and -- voilà! -- you have a one-of-kind, gorgeous room for two little girls who got the pretty without the pink.

What was your inspiration for the room?
Both my dear love of vintage and my girls' hate for pink were the biggest influences in designing this room.

Before starting, what did you know you wanted to include, for sure?
It took us a year to collect all the antique furniture and items that went into the room. My daughters and I did it together. When it was time to put the room together we knew exactly what was going to go in it.

What is your favorite element in the room?
I love the dresser.

How is the room similar or different from the rest of the house?
It's very similar; actually. I love collecting and renewing old furniture. I sand, I paint, I hunt for old toys and vintage objects -- it's what I do.

Were there any surprises?
A little bit. I completely renovated the beds, dresser and wardrobe which meant a lot of sanding and painting. It took me a long time; it's a lot of work for one person!

What was your proudest DIY?
That I did everything by myself! Me and only me: the furniture, walls, upholstery, floor installation, decor etc. I also made the bedspreads, curtains, and pillows (with the help of my daughters drawings). I love to create! It's my passion.

• Furniture handles (mushrooms, rabbits, fawns): Pakhuis Oost
Wallpaper (Penguins)
• Stickers: Mimilou
• Lamp (rabbit and mushroom): Egmont
• Shelves: Alinéa
• Flooring: Gerflor
• Paint for walls and furniture: Tollens

Thank you Roxane! Readers, you can see more of Roxane's creations at pöm le bonhomme or if you happen to find yourself in Marseille, France, you can see her stuff first hand at Dunhea Shop.

(Images: Roxane Bondono)

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