There's something so comforting and romantic about the room Marie-Claude assembled for her daughter. She shares her inspiration: Almost a year ago, I saw a magazine advertisement for Madeleine Weinrib rugs, and knew I wanted something in that spirit for my daughter Romane's room. It showed a beautiful mixture of ethnic patterns in red, pink and white. I was so in love with that magazine page that I eventually glued my daughter's name in the middle, framed it and hung it on her bedroom door.
As the actual rugs advertised were too expensive for my budget, I bought different fabrics and sheets in the same colors and used them to make the drapes and bedding. It was also the perfect occasion to showcase one of my grandmother's quilt on the rocking armchair.
In the end, it looked more country then ethnic. But it is fine with me for the moment being... although I love change and hope that I will eventually find a bolder fabric for the curtains. (And would be very happy to find out where to find Weinrib-like-but-affordable-fabric.)
Before Romane was born, I had a first coup de foudre when I discovered a vintage wallpaper tree in a British decorating magazine. As it is made in the Netherlands, I was really happy to find a Canadian store I could order it from. I had already bought green wooden hooks shaped like flowers, so I decided to draw stems and leaves in order to make this corner of the room look like a little garden. I was not really looking for a theme, but the fact that her duvet cover now has birds on it kind of fits.
Of, course, I got the idea of using Ikea spice shelves as book racks while browsing Ohdeedoh, which I have been addicted to since I discovered it last spring.
Like the Weinrib advertisement, the artwork on the bedroom walls cost almost nothing. I photocopied a few pages from a very nice children's book, Sleepy Places, and framed them in Ikea frames. They all show kids sleeping. I was hoping their example would rub off on Romane, but it took quite a while!
• Dresser and low armoire: local antiques bought by my parents as part of their bedroom set when they married 45 years ago
• Toddler expandable bed: Ikea (also from Ikea: the little shaggy rug, the curtains fabric, the picture frames, the spice racks as book shelves, the Lack shelf above the radiator, the white alarm clock and the lamps.
• Bedding: Carré Blanc, in Montreal (my mother in law transformed a single pillowcase and a single sheet into two pillowcases and a small duvet cover)
• ABC poster: Arthur Quentin, in Montreal
• Wallpaper tree: Inke Heiland
• Flower hooks: Côté kids, in Westmount
• Rocker: Dutailier
• Wooden cities under window: Muuji
Thank you Marie-Claude!
(Images: Reader Marie-Claude)