Names: Isabelle and Juliette
Ages: 6 and 8 years old
Location: Montréal, Québec
When we first spied the photos of Isabelle and Juliette's room, the first thing that got our attention was the eyecatching hot-pink buffet. The more we looked, though, the more we found to love. The girls' mom, Louise, has a fantastic eye for vintage finds, as well as that rare ability to combine a multitude of colors and patterns in a fun-yet-harmonious way.
In fact, designing this shared room - and the flood of positive reactions she got from friends and family - inspired Louise to put her talents to work by starting Pour Toujours, an Etsy store that sells upcycled and vintage treasures.
Juliette and Isabelle began sharing this room when they were 3 and 5, when their parents were expecting their baby brother, Olivier. According to Louise, the challenge was making the girls excited about having to change bedrooms in order to share a room. To begin the transition, she had each girl choose her own fabrics for making duvet covers and pillows, but they couldn't get them until the room was done.
Louise described the grand unveiling to us:
One day, we sent the girls to our neighbor's house and, with the help of my father and my brother, we decorated the bedroom. After their bath, they came in for the big reveal (like in the TV shows). Everything was there: their beds, all ready to sleep in, the shelves with all their stuff, their closet with their clothes. They were so excited and happy, just like in the TV shows.
I'm really proud of my children and my home (so much time, work and pleasure) I can talk all day about them. So here I go...
Inspiration: My girls (of course) and the bedroom I wish I had as a girl. I was raised with my father and three brothers, so we didn't talk much about fabrics and wall colors around the table.
Favorite Element: The natural light and the fun colors make me happy when I come in their room (if it isn't too messy...).
Biggest Challenge: Some people may think it's the narrow L shape of the room. It's true it didn't leave me much choice in how to arrange the furniture. But it worked out great, because it's like they each have their own space.
What Friends Say: It's very fresh and girly and it looks like a real kids' room. It's different and less traditional (more personal) then what they're used to seeing. Also the pink buffet always makes a big impact on young and old.
Proudest Do-It-Yourself Project: I painted and sewed almost everything in their room, but I think the pink buffet (that used to be yellow and in my kitchen) is my proudest project. My oldest wanted the new bedroom to be pink, but the room had been painted just the year before (blue-lavender-grey) and I was too pregnant to oblige. That's why the buffet went from yellow to pink. The room isn't pink, but it still feels like it is.
Biggest Indulgence: Maybe the fabrics, since I spent less then $100 for the beds and the buffet all together.
Best advice: Don't try to match everything, and leave room for the future. When everything matches it feels too static, too finished. There is no place for the changing passions and personality of your kid.
Dream Source: I don't have one dream source, but the tons of magazines I have read through the years (like Living Etc. and the late Martha Stewart: Kids and Baby) and the numerous hours of design shows I've watched have all inspired me.
Shopping Resources: Thrift stores, fabric stores, auctions, other rooms of my house, my Etsy store, dollar stores, Ikea (hard to completely avoid it).
Thanks so much for the gracious tour, Louise!
Images: Louise Lehoux