Scarlett's Bright Room of Color & Pattern

Scarlett's Bright Room of Color & Pattern

Carrie McBride
Mar 23, 2015

Name: Scarlett Grace (3)
Location: Byford, Western Australia.

Scarlett is a girl who loves all things bright, and colourful. She loves dressing up and spreading all her barbies out to play imaginary games with them all day long. I wanted to design a room for her that brought all of those things together whilst still fitting in with the style of the rest of the home.

I also didn't want it to be too 'themed'- something that she would grow out of rather quickly. So to tackle this I used a loose colour palette of pink and blue to form the basis of the room, and sprinkled lots of diy projects throughout as well, whilst still leaving ample amounts of floor space for her and her dollies. The floral fabric on the walls was the perfect jumping off point to achieve this.

Source List:

  • The walls are painted Dulux Natural White
  • The three main panels on the right wall consist of fabric (bought from Spotlight), fabric starch and mouldings. I cut the fabric in to three equal lengths, marked on the wall where I wanted them to hang, and 'glued' them on with a mixture of powdered fabric starch and water. When they dried I painted some detailed skirting boards the same colour of the wall and nailed them over the edges of the fabric so they looked like framed wallpaper panels. When we eventually get sick of the fabric we can just easily pull it off the wall (no damage done) and change it out.
  • The curtains were made with only a panel of blue cotton and some hot glue. My sewing machine was still in packing boxes at that time (we have recently moved back to Perth after living in Melbourne) so all hems and edges and even the pom pom trim was hot glued together! You would never know to look at it and it made the project super quick and easy!
  • The tassels hanging on the curtain rod I made using brickies line from the local hardware store
  • The dolly storage is upcycled plant hangers that I was given from a friend, I just spray painted them in some fun colours and hung them from a screw in the wall
  • The circle rug is from La de dah kids
  • The gallery wall is a mixture of op shop finds, free printables and the flamingo print is from YorkeLee Prints.
  • The gorgeous bunting was made by my aunty for my sisters wedding
  • The gold letters are an Omm Banner that I put together using words from a song I used to sing to Scarlett every day when she was in my belly
  • I made the little dress up hooks using a tutorial from 'The Red Thread Blog' out of air dry clay and copper leaf
  • The cupboards are from Ikea and I replaced the handles with some leather handles that I made myself. The baskets on top hold all of Scarlett's dress ups that are in high rotation.
  • The little wicker chair I found at a local op shop for a couple of dollars.
  • The bed is from a Melbourne antique store
  • Scarlett's nanna handmade the yoyo throw on the end of the bed
  • The bedside table is an old tea trolley that my late nanna used to bring out every christmas to display her homemade baileys and whisky and creme de menthe.

Thanks, Hayley! Readers, see Hayley's design and styling work at Hayley Gemma.


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