Crooked Halo has gotten sooooo grown up that she wants all the pink to go away!!!We affectionately dubbed her room "the pink palace" named for the rather pepto walls and bubblegum furniture that reside there.
Ah me, I guess its time for a re-decorating project!I must admit ,though I am excited about the creative possibillities, I am also sad my baby feels a need to leave this rather younge look behind.She was 5 when we changed the room from the mostly yellow and red furniture with cowgirl accents,that had been her nursery theme,to the more girl-i-fied version you see before you now.
Since Jungle Dream Pagoda,is also a chronicle of my families life and times ,I wanted one last detailed look for posterity....plus its a great before shot(right?).Come with me as I walk down memory lane and wax poetically about a room that was even featured in, The Dallas Morning News,when my baby was profiled for her personal style!
I love this tulle window treatment!If you click and enlarge,you will see that there are actually 2 colors of tulle draped ever-so easily in this simple treatment. The thrifted plaster angels are the same hot bubblegum pink that I painted the furniture in.Her vintage troll doll collection line the windowsills.
Every girl(big or little) needs an inspiration board. This one I covered with a thrifted fuschia Hawaiian print.
We tend to use vintage clothes as artwork here at the Pagoda,and this asian pajama outfit in her blue accent color fit the theme perfectly.What is to become of Trixie ,Dixie,And Dell?This painting is a treasured item,that I don't think will fit the new look(to be revealed presently).
More vintage clothing as artwork,ready to be wore right off the wall(and of course a messy pile of CD's).
This metal vanity is one of the few pieces we will keep,along with the ironwork shelves. Ofcourse they will NOT be pink anymore.
Heres the desk area/closet/nook(Hi Julius,I see you hiding in the corner!). This will be filled with pillows and will take on more of a conversation pit function.
Gee whiz was this desk hard to paint(and just look at the sweet blue rose knobs from Anthro!). I remember rushing to finish it before school started that year. Do you think thats where she does her homework? No,that'd be the bed!
Her closet is actually quite organized,and ofcourse also pink with pink hangers(we will be using lots of primer!)The beaded curtain seemed like such a great idea at the time,ugh,but what a pain it was! 2 weeks ago ,The Little Blossom and I heard a crash and guess what it was? It must have known its time was up,after this shoot it made it to its final resting place, the trash!
Now for the big reveal! Crooked Halo wants a more sophisticated look,something loftish and arty.She wants to use a nice taupey brown for the wall color and has chosen Sherwin Williams ,Meadowlark. I heartily approve of this color! This vintage gown was worn by my daughters Grandmother as she was named runner-up to Miss Indiana in the 60's. It will figure heavily in the design inspiration.
This loft bed from Ikea is actually the jumping off point for us(lets hope we ONLY use that term figuritively!).We will be doing an industrial and lacey vintage feel. With lots of brushed aluminum,lacey vintage clothes ,browns taupes and ecrus. Sort of a ... warm, monochramatic, victorian boudoir meets the set from Madonna's "Express Yourself " video.Wouldn't something like this look great beneath the bed,I love the juxtoposition of styles!
I believe a re-design every few years is great,and find the philosophy of "pick a design they can keep through college" to be absolute horseradish! A child needs to be able to express themselves and reinvent their living spaces, even if its something as small as choosing a new bedspread and curtains. Here at the Pagoda ,we say "lets try it" !