When I was young my mom gave me the opportunity to decorate my own bedroom. She was good about things like that. Your bedroom can reflect your identity and she let me decide what I wanted to reflect. It was so fun! My first go-around I chose a pastel pink daybed with a pink rose and green-leafed comforter and shams. The walls were a very pale pinkish white with a high red shelf high running the length of the wall. On it was a china tea set from one grandma and a collection of porcelain dolls from my other grandma. My carpet was minty green to match the green leaves on my comforter of course! A few years later when I redecorated I still had the green carpet and pink daybed but changed my comforter to a minty green and white checkered and decided to paint the walls the same minty green because I had read that it was a relaxing color. So that made for one very green girls bedroom! But I loved it and, yes, felt very relaxed in it!
My girls moved in together over a year ago and we just got around to making their room cute. Like my mom did, I let my girls have a big say in the decorating. Caroline didn’t show much interest so Madeleine took the reigns, happily. I did have to put my foot down in the beginning because she was insisting on dark purple and black stripes. The room has a north window so their room is already a little dark so I didn’t want a dark paint job.
In order to get to a decent color scheme I took pictures of a couple of sheet sets and let her decide which one she liked the best. These were $15 each from Costco. Then I bought two $5 flat sheets from Walmart and an Ikea comforter. I sewed them all together. I don’t believe in top sheets for kids. Ridiculous. (Cara is hiding behind the pillow)
Madeleine decided on turquoise and white stripes for the walls. I was hoping to convince her to stripe just one or two of the walls for ease but it was a non-starter. I was nervous that it would end up looking like a Dr. Seuss room but instead it looks so cute! I should’ve trusted her judgement. We also needed to paint the ceiling white since it was a warm beige color.
Rob was the star of the stripes brigade. Leave it to an engineer to make sure everything is measured correctly. He also has WAY more patience than I do so I gladly left it to him, even though it took a full few days worth of work. I would’ve had it done in one but then Rob wouldn’t have been able to walk into the room and handle seeing imperfect stripes.
This vanity was Rob’s sisters when she was young and has been passed down. It is always full of the latest craft project. The black already coordinated with the sheets so I just needed to change out the bench fabric.
I didn’t want to cover up what little natural light that comes in the window so I just got $5 sheers from Ikea and cut them to length.
We added pink paper pom poms and $5 clearance Target string lights. The shadows on the wall are fun.
For the final wall I had decided to gift Madeleine a paint set, easel, and some canvases for Christmas. She wants to be an artist so I thought it’d be a great gallery wall for her. I’m excited to see what else she paints.
I also reorganized their small walk-in closet (nothing too special so no pictures) and in it hung this painting by my grandma to cheer it up.
So that’s their new room. I think it’s absolutely adorbs.
PS. I was hoping that having a cute new room would inspire them to keep it more tidy. Not the case.