We did it! After endless deliberations about flooring — oak? bamboo? laminate? — an epic online and real life search for curtain fabrics, and several trips to IKEA (it was the cinnamon buns and free coffee before 10am that kept drawing me back!), we finally got our act together and got on with the real business of transforming Pearl's room.
Here's a reminder of how it looked a few weeks back in its guise of unloved guest room:
Scruffy carpet, mismatched furniture, all rather drab and dull, though the cat is clearly happy enough. And here it is now...
A cheerful, welcoming space with lots of room to play, dream, create and do whatever else it is you do at age four.
The planning, or more accurately procrastinating stage, seemed to go on for ever. But when we finally got going, it all seemed to happen in a matter of days. I say we, but my husband did all the hard graft of pulling up carpets, laying the bamboo floor and painting new skirting boards. Thank you, Mark!
One of the key things I wanted to include was a little art station for Pearl to draw or paint or build her LEGO, and a gallery wall so she could display her creations.
You would not believe how much I labored over the arrangement of those paintings. In my mind's eye, I could see this lovely informal cloud-shaped grouping, but I couldn't seem to make it happen on the wall. My husband started getting antsy about all the Blu-Tack marks I was leaving behind from my failed tryouts with newspaper templates. In the end, I followed his advice which was to "JUST PUT THEM ON THE WALL!"
There are lots of talented, crafty women in our family and I wanted Pearl to be surrounded by things that were lovingly made for her by people she loves. My mum (Pearl's grandma) made this adorable mini-mosaic cushion and the beautiful quilt at the end of her bed was hand-sewn by her auntie Fran. I rehung a pretty cross stitch sampler (also by my mum) over her bedside table and realized I had hung it way too high in her old room as she'd never got close enough before to spot it was all about her!
Some things are still a work in progress. This Frozen movie poster needs hanging, but first I need to make my mind up about shelving. I thought an EXPEDIT/ KALLAX would be perfect in the space facing the end of the bed, but now I think it would be too bulky. I am trying to think ahead a few years and while the EXPEDIT is okay for storing picture books, it is not ideal for paperbacks. In the meantime, a few of her books are balanced precariously on top of the dresser.
The wardrobe doors also need fixing back on their hinges and if you are eagle-eyed you can just about see the masking tape around the trim, which still needs another coat of paint. But we are pretty much there.
Other than the floor, which we are laying throughout the house, we didn't have to spend too much on Pearl's room. I got new curtains made up — thank you Forest Mill Shop for turning them around so quickly! And I picked up various bits and pieces from IKEA like the storage boxes, picture frames and bedside lamp.
I suspect this this room is as neat and tidy as it is ever going to be. But that is how it should be. It's a room for living in, not looking at.
When Pearly saw her new room for the first time today, her comment was "nice." That's good enough for me.
MORE OF REBECCA'S STYLE CURE
- Rebecca's Style Cure Progress: Planning a Gallery Wall
- Rebecca's Color + Project: Choosing Fabrics
- Rebecca's Floorplan: Nailing the Layout
- Rebecca's Before Photos: The Saddest Room in the House
- Rebecca's Style Scouting: A Riot of Color and Pattern
- Rebecca & Pearl's Interview: A Clash of Styles
And check out my Style Cure Pinterest board here.