Thursday, Aug 25
As expected, this series is taking me for—eh—-ver! I’m going to blame it on summer. Now that the kids are back in school, I have more time to sit down and enjoy the process of blogging, something that I have really missed for the past several months. So far, I’ve given you a tour of the basement and I’ve shown you all the sweet little details of the nursery. Today, it’s all about the girls’ room!
New Home Tour: The Girls’ Room
Decorating a space for two girls can be a challenge, especially when one girl is ten, entering her tween years, and the other is six and still very much a little girl. I think the key is to think long-term. What colors, patterns, designs, and styles will stand the test of time for both of them? What furniture will grow with the girls as they get older?
I’m looking forward to making a couple of upholstered headboards like the one in the guest room. I think I’ll go with something in a solid color with very little if any pattern. The bedspreads are from Bed, Bath, & Beyond (yay for Kate Spade!) and the floral shams are from World Market. The silver lamps and lampshades are also from World Market.
Or maybe something like this one?
My mom had her old desk painted for Dimples. It’s a Pennsylvania House piece that reminds me of my childhood. I used to love organizing my mom’s stationery, pens, and books in all the little cubbies, drawers and shelves. She always had a beautiful image of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in the center cut out there in the middle, a reminder of her beloved Sisters of Charity from Seton Hill College. So when she offered to have it painted for my daughter, well, I was really touched. I removed all the hinges and the small pulls and spray painted them with some silver metallic spray paint. I found the perfect handles for the large drawer at Hobby Lobby. The drawer pulls on the little square drawers are from Lowe’s. Just like her mama, Dimples loves arranging and re-arranging her desk with all her special things. It brings me joy to see a piece that I associate with my mom in our own home, updated and totally functional.
I searched and I searched for just the right chairs for these two desks. I knew I wanted them to be similar but not exactly the same, and that I wanted to try my hand at some Annie Sloan chalk paint, so I looked at Goodwill, Homegoods, At Home, and Hobby Lobby to no avail. Everything was too expensive and too matchy-matchy for my taste. One day I was driving somewhere with Little One and there, on the side of the road, at a yard sale I found these two chairs with perfect caning on the seats for $10 a piece! I purchased the chairs, put them in my van, and drove straight to ReStyled to pick out chalk paint colors. One of the furniture restyling experts there took a look at a photo of the girls’ room I had on my phone and recommended Emile for Social Butterfly’s chair and English Yellow for Dimples’. I can’t say that I ever would have chosen English Yellow myself, but it really looks gorgeous with the white desk. And Emile is perfect with the green, in my opinion.
The drapes are from Bed, Bath, & Beyond and I added a black out liner to them to help with the summer sunlight. Because of the brightness of the stripe on the bedspreads, I wanted something plain but pretty. I think these white silky floor-length window treatments are dramatic enough to keep up with the rest of the decor, without taking center stage.
The metal frame you see above is from Homegoods. It’s the perfect place for the girls to display their artwork, birthday cards, and correspondence from friends back in Virginia.
Thanks for stopping by for another room tour of our new home. Next I’ll share with you our upstairs sitting room and master bedroom! I’d like to say that’ll happen next week, at least that’s my goal!