Do you ever start out thinking you’re going to decorate a room one way, and then realize halfway in that you’re totally not? That happens to me a lot. I’m cruising along, making decisions, buying things, making things, and screeeeech… All of a sudden I realize I’m doing the wrong room!
This time, working on my daughter’s room, I thought I’d try gathering up some inspiration photos first, so I’d have a better idea of what I was doing. And you know what? Something happened! I was going along, collecting pictures, and amassing this big collection of photos that “spoke to me” and then screeeeech…. I realized, I wasn’t picking photos that were best for HER, I was picking photos that were best for ME.
I know a lot of you are saying, “well, duh, Angela”, but it was like this life changing realization for me! To connect with the person who’s going to live there, you know, and really feel them and their needs… (even if that person is me, when it’s my room)… it’s just brilliant! Now, all the wondering and guessing — it’s gone. I feel like I just KNOW what’s right for the room.
Well, with lots and lots of brilliant examples from the Internet, of course!
So, when I started, I really thought I would make a room that was sweet (but not too) and had lovely traditional touches, floral bedding. Something like this lovely room from Cynthia over at An Accomplished Woman:
(One quick note: each of these pictures came from a way talented blogger who very graciously gave me permission to share their pictures with you. I hope you’ll visit them all because they’re all, seriously, fantastic.)
Don’t you just love the dollhouse? I’m seriously wanting to build a doll house. I don’t know why. It’s just come out of nowhere. But anyway, I love that room. I was thinking something like that.
I could envision it, too, with a fairy-tale quality and some romantic bedding. Something like this gorgeous room from Nikki at Grand Design Co. Oh, man, couldn’t you just imagine yourself in this room with the birds chirping and the forest out your window?
Plus, see that adorable green stool there by the bed? I love that. The bedding just makes me gasp every time, too, all romantic and soft.
So like that, I was thinking I’d made a room like those two.
But as much as I want it to be that way, Baby Girl just isn’t that person. I can’t see her in a room like that and I just can’t bring myself to do it. My girl loves bright colors. She loves RED, and PURPLE and YELLOW and TEAL and anything cheery and vibrant just like her. She’s a ray of sunshine, she is.
Isn’t it cute? And cheery? I love all the pillows and the bright, cheery bedskirt. So cute!
Can you see the eclectic pillows and the addition of the yellow and teal into the mix? I just love the yo-yo pillow, I am definitely going to have to make one of those.
Oh yes, and one other thing we have to have. Quilts. And hand-embroidered vintage pillowcases. And polka dots. It’s required. When you’re talking about Baby Girl, polka dots are definitely required. Definitely polka dots like Tina from Cherry Hill Cottage has in her cheery, adorable room with the (gasp) perfect polka-dotted sheets:
Plus, did you notice the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt at the foot of the bed, or the vintage hand-embroidered pillowcases? Sigh. Just adorable.
So. That’s what my girl needs for room, don’t'cha think? I’ll just have to save the romantic fairy-tale business for MY room. Heh.
Aaaaaand, I’ve already been pulling fabrics from my stash and starting some sewing. We’ve been gifted a big, bouncy bed to include and things are just moving right along. Next up, I’ll share some sneak peeks of fabrics and projects in process.
Meanwhile, what about you? What would you include in a little girl’s room?
P.S. Thank you, all you lovely ladies, for giving me your gracious permission to share your rooms with my readers. I hope they all love them as much as I do and come visit and see more! You are all so talented!
Thanks again to:
Ashley from Under the Sycamore (Her Bedroom)
Becky from Sweet Cottage Dreams (Her Guest Room)
Cynthia from An Accomplished Woman (Her Guest Room)
Nikki from Grand Design Co (Her Daughter’s Room)
Tina from Cherry Hill Cottage (Her Bedroom)