Marlowe's Bright Bohemian Room

Marlowe's Bright Bohemian Room

Lauren Hufnagl
Apr 17, 2013

Name: Marlowe
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Room Size: 150 square feet

When I came across Marlowe's room, I fell in love with its bright colors and whimsical bohemian vibe. Like the rest of her mom Drea's home, the room is sunny and filled with fun patterns and thrifted finds. And with the addition of some fun party decorations, little Marlowe probably feels like she's waking up to a celebration each and every day.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
This room is most certainly a whimsical girly room. It's light, airy, and a space that any little girl (maybe older girl too) can enjoy. Everything is a little mix matched, but it still fits perfectly together. That's how we seem to enjoy it in this home. 

What is your favorite piece or element?
I'm in love with two things. One, her crib, turned big girl bed. I never, ever expected to have so much pink in one room (or anywhere in my home really), but it all seems focused in this spot...and surprisingly, I like it (a lot). I also love the dresser. It was such an ugly dresser when my dad picked it up on the side of the road, but now it's a beautiful place to keep all her most worn pieces. And of course her woodland mobile - it was the first one I ever made. It makes me so happy to see that even at two years old she still loves it. 

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
I think the biggest challenge was self-inflicted. I loved her old space so much that all I could focus on was re-creating something like that, but with the shape of her new room in our new home, there was no way to move forward without all of the big pieces lining the walls, big boxy piece next to big boxy piece. Once I realized her little kitchen set could be tucked into her closet, it became a whole new room. The clutter got tucked away to allow her to be the messiest chef in the kitchen whenever she wanted, and the colors within the room seemed much lighter and brighter. 

What do your friends say about the room?
Friends love this space. They're always impressed to see old party decorations become a child's dream bed canopy. People are always surprised with how tidy it is too, but with every toy having an easy to get to storage space, nothing ever sits out too long and the space stays open and clutter-free. 

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Have fun with it, it is a child's room after all. I mean why not if you find or make pieces you love, then add them. They are only small once, and a child's room can very much be a party all the time. Also, don't force it. Inspiration will come, the room will evolve and grow with you and your child. 

If money were no object, what's your dream source?
This is a tough one. I don't actually know of many (if any) children's decorating shops. But if it were possible, I'd expand the room, extend the ceiling, and have an indoor tree house bed inside :) 

Source List:

  • Garland: Handmade 
  • PaintQuiet Home Paints  //White //Light Blue // Darker Blue
  • Dollhouse: Vintage  
  • Curtains: A local Indian store
  • You Are My Favorite PrintUrban Outfitters
  • Elephant PrintOana Befort 
  • Dresser: Found and upcycled
  • Mobileshop ohdeardrea
  • Rug: Thrifted
  • Quilt: A handmade gift
  • Picnic basket: Thrifted
  • Large Woven Bag: Thrifted
  • Two Other Baskets: Homegoods
  • Little Red Riding Hood Lantern: Heirloom
  • Our Love Will Never Fade PrintMan And Wife
  • Closet Curtain Panels: Thrifted
  • Story Book Records: Gifted from our local record shop owner
  • Crib: Babies R Us

Thanks, Drea! You can see more of Drea at her blog, ohdeardrea or her namesake Etsy shop.

(Images: Drea/ohdeardrea)


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