Birdie’s Bedroom Reveal!! Designing WITH (Not For) Your Kids, And How We Exploded This Room With Color

Welcome to the reveal of my 8-year-old daughter’s room, and whereas she is determined to be a young person it really represents her persona, her sparkle, her happiness, and her love of colour. I’m actually crossing my fingers that now we have years with a lot of the items. And y’all it was SO MUCH FUN. I do know I’m extraordinarily fortunate to have a toddler who’s at the moment actually into what I’m additionally into (design) and which may not all the time be the case, so for now, I’m full-on celebrating this very particular 2-year collaboration and I’ll all the time keep in mind the primary room that we designed TOGETHER. (As a caveat, in case your child doesn’t appear to care, then simply do no matter you need (or don’t), each of my youngsters have actual design and magnificence OPINIONS which I completely recognize and need to honor so I work intently with them).

My aim was to let her take the lead, figuring out that this room wanted to match her persona which could be very enjoyable, energetic, colourful, and blissful and he or she has OPINIONS about design and colour, which I really like. She largely simply loves all the colours – thus the Schumacher Butterly wallpaper we selected (which is the principle factor I’m nervous that she’ll beg to alter as a tween, TBH). I wrote about it some time in the past right here, however one of many greater errors I virtually made was making an attempt to mute the colours and tame it down a bit, fearful that it was going to look simply chaotic and never have longevity. We had been engaged on her dollhouse collectively after I heard her squeals of pleasure for the colours and wallpaper we had been utilizing on it (which had been WILD), and that’s after I let all of it go and stated, “okay lady, let’s make this room YOU”. (See under on the backside on what my takeaway from that’s now). Now onto the room!!!

WAIT! You Rearranged! 

Okay, so two days earlier than the shoot (and we actually attempt to persist with deadlines today), I flipped the mattress on the other wall and all our issues had been (virtually) solved. It fastened the nightstand debacle as a result of we didn’t have the constraints of the home windows OR the closet door anymore. HOT TIP: Children do NOT like to come back house to their rooms rearranged, I feel it feels bizarre to them, however it solely took her a few hours to be on board which I totally understood. As soon as we put the mattress right here we performed with our furnishings once more, the scallop desk labored within the nook. Now, one of many solely issues I don’t love right here is my classic white Saarinen desk (on the suitable) merely doesn’t learn sufficient to make it look balanced, however in particular person, it’s really effective. Perhaps at some point I’ll come across the right nightstand (perhaps not). Anyway, because of all for encouraging the room to flip – IT WORKED. 

The Artwork Studio Nook

This nook is my favourite as a result of it’s so practical for her to do arts and crafts, and but so vigorous and enjoyable, stylistically. She needs to be an artist and whereas I don’t want to provide my opinion on how good she is, she is extraordinarily prolific (produces 2-3 items a day), devoted, and passionate and can sit there for hours and draw. I don’t know what I really like extra – the bulletin board we made collectively (see this DIY put up), the hanging fringed lamp we purchased collectively on the Monticello Vintage Mall, or simply how we stored the IKEA pedestal desk I’ve had eternally and located the suitable artwork cart to carry her provides. It took a couple of tries to determine find out how to organize the room however on this nook (and with only one hanging gentle) it really works so effectively.

Outsized Pink Lampshade (classic) | White Tulip Desk | Blue Job Lamp (classic) | Chair (classic) | Corkboard (DIY) | Massive Wooden Paintbrush | Disco Ball

And why sure, that could be a disco ball on the bottom (it’s the place the solar hits the longest within the morning really) and a large paintbrush made by native artist Purl (@total_nonsequitur). We shot on the GLOOMIEST day, with no solar in any respect, so Gretchen used the flashlight on her cellphone to mirror gentle on the disco ball, however when there may be solar this can be very dreamy and displays colourful gentle (from the window movies) everywhere in the room.

Artwork Cart | Inexperienced Pencil Holder

I LOVE that now the very first thing you see is that classic portray that I purchased from native artwork supplier Fabius Grange. My goodness, it’s simply unbelievable. It pulls in each single colour within the room.

I acquired the artwork cart from Mattress Bathtub and Past. It took me FOREVER to seek out one that might sneak below the desk that didn’t appear like a kitchen utility cart. This one is extra fitted to paints, however we had been capable of take out a shelf and put in crafting instruments. Each of our children take a watercolor class after college at some point every week they usually LOVE it. Sometimes we don’t permit portray up right here (carpet and all) however I would put down a washable rug and let her paint with washable watercolor (I acquired these watercolor pencils for her for Christmas so I’m curious if this might make it much less harmful). I might love to alter the wheels on the cart to one thing much less office-y however I in all probability gained’t at this level 🙂 I’ve had the desk chair eternally (classic Paul McCobb) and I purchased the blue process lamp on Fb Market once we first moved right here for $60.

Wallpaper | Trim Colour | Door Colour | Desk (classic) | Desk Paint Colour | Mushroom Stool ({custom} upholstery with classic quilt) | Gold Lamp | Sconces (classic) | Artwork | Mattress (classic) | Quilt + Sham Set | Tassel Lumbar Pillow | Arch Pillow | Yellow Throw | White Facet Desk (classic) | Yellow Job Lamp (classic + related)

Now for the opposite facet of the room…TBH that is my least favourite shot as a result of the facet desk simply doesn’t present up!! Once more, in particular person, it seemed effective however right here there’s a clear imbalance and it drives me nuts. So I would change the desk, however I wished you to indicate how the room was laid out (additionally good mattress pillow styling, Emily, so messy). I imply, I may simply paint that classic tulip desk, I’ve had it eternally and shape-wise it’s an important distinction to the blue scallop desk…TBD.

Desk (classic) | Desk Paint Colour | Mushroom Stool ({custom} upholstery with classic quilt)

However this classic scalloped desk is SO CUTE now. I purchased this additionally on Fb Market and it was awaiting its second. Effectively, right here it’s. We painted it the week of the shoot this tremendous darkish blue/inexperienced referred to as Rainstorm by Sherwin–Williams and it turned out PERFECT. This was one of many selections that Birdie and I didn’t agree on (she wished a vivid teal or a purple). I pulled rank and stated that if she didn’t prefer it we may repaint it collectively after the shoot, however I have to do what’s finest for the entire room and this darker colour would floor the nook and I feel she would like it extra long run. She got here house from college and beloved it.

You might be in all probability staring on the CUTEST mushroom stool EVER. I purchased the classic quilt from Store Wilma (a neighborhood superior classic supplier) and had ADF Upholstery make it into one in all her signature mushroom stools. The children battle over this stool (Charlie makes use of it for his drum set) so I need to discover one other quilt and make one other one so that they every have their very own as a result of my goodness they’re good. Farmhouse, however make it playful.

Storage Bench | Patterned Throw Blanket (unavailable)

The storage bench has her costumes and provides a little bit little bit of softness to the bedframe (which I nonetheless need to change out for one thing extra easy, fashionable, and upholstered however she actually doesn’t need to so at this level I feel we’re protecting this rickety mattress till we have to improve).

The sconces although…I’ve been hoarding these for some time, uncertain the place they need to go. And whereas they’re far too fancy for an 8-year-old’s room, they’re good in right here so someway she’s the winner of those Nineteen Seventies Italian beauties. They’re unbelievable.

The desk/desk is one in all two locations the place she retains all her “stuff” and he or she’s collected the porcelain swans whereas antiquing with me. And like I stated, I’ve had that Saarinen facet desk and the yellow lamp eternally – each classic.

Did You Change The Window Shades?

Colourful Window Movie | Brass Switchplate | Window Shades

You may discover that the window shades have modified. The operate of the simple Decorview shades (and the way insulating they’re) was not one thing we may hand over, however I didn’t love how they seemed on the high of the classic diamond home windows. So I reached out to Twopages as a result of I used to be actually impressed with the shades in our household room, and inside weeks these custom-sized and lined white Roman shades arrived. I designed them to be totally practical, after all, however what I LOVE is that they act as a valance and really disguise the insulation shades beneath, so we depart them up for essentially the most half! Because the glass is unique (and subsequently very skinny) we maintain the “undershades” closed a lot of the day within the winter to not waste warmth. I simply love how the Romans made the room look so completed whereas protecting it wanting cozy and fashionable.

Chair (classic) | Spherical Pillow | Wicker Ottoman (classic)

On the other facet of the room (subsequent to the portray) I put my second classic Swedish chair (that no 8-year-old deserves however right here we’re) and it’s good. I’ll find yourself stealing it if it really works in a extra outstanding room (the opposite one works completely in our visitor room) however the scale works so effectively and I really like the way it pulls from the pink within the wallpaper, but is a bit deeper and richer in a great way.

Wall Mirror | Jane Denton Wall Artwork | Cabinets | Cabinets Paint Colour

Now for the opposite facet of the room – we hung these cute scallop cabinets (that we painted Silken Peacock by Sherwin-Wiliams) to show all her treasures, books, and artwork. We really needed to take off the brackets from the cabinets and screw them into the wall as a result of they hung off the wall in a slanted means, FYI, however as soon as up, they’re sturdy and so cute (I really feel prefer it’s a design flaw and for $80 every ought to sit flush in opposition to the wall so I wished to warn you).

Cabinets | Cabinets Paint Colour

I’m obsessed together with her little clay sculptures and that portray she manufactured from Oscar and Buttercup (together with her COVID nanny who was an unbelievable artist).

What Do I Need To Add/Change?

I prefer to play a brand new sport referred to as “If I may snap my fingers” which is an train on what I might change if I may, clearly, simply snap my fingers. For this room, I actually need to add crown molding. We tried a DIY that completely failed the week earlier than the shoot (I’ll present you in a bit) however it simply feels unfinished. We’re engaged on Charlie’s room in 2024 so I need to wait till we all know for certain if I would like it in there too. In that case I’ll rent somebody to do them each. And sure, I want to simplify the mattress to assist the room look extra like the remainder of the home, however I’m in no hurry anymore. Perhaps I’ll discover a completely different nightstand to stability out the blue desk, however once more, would seemingly be one thing classic I come across (and sadly the wicker-skirted desk is just too huge and excessive).

Hear, it was not with out some fashion/determination bumps alongside the best way. We didn’t agree on every little thing and we had a couple of conversations about complaining (and entitlement, my kryptonite) however we landed in place – aka “No I can’t purchase the $13 purple and lime inexperienced polyester cover with LED lights you discovered through Pinterest, however sure, after all, you should utilize your individual cash to purchase what you need after the photograph shoot that’s for our household enterprise and I’ll fortunately allow you to:)”  After all now it’s all achieved she loves it a lot and I get to listen to her telling her pals how she made the bulletin board and selected all the colours (selective reminiscence, I def needed to tweak them when she wasn’t noticing). And after a lot begging, I even let her be within the YouTube video with me (the place she proceeded to inform her pals she’s on YouTube. I used to be legit mortified that individuals thought that I’m encouraging my 8-year-old previous to have a YouTube channel! I’m not!!).

Designing WITH your youngsters as an alternative of FOR your youngsters will be difficult and I’m very fortunate that this was straightforward for me to problem (this was my dream room after I was a child). My finest recommendation is to restrict the alternatives, don’t allow them to store on-line by themselves – even on Pinterest, and allow them to categorical themselves within the decrease stakes items (just like the window movies), ensuring that any main investments have longevity or flexibility. And you may all the time do what I shamelessly do and bribe her with buying cash and a doughnut to go classic buying with me, the place we discovered so many cute issues in her room.

Don’t neglect to look at the long-form YouTube video! Under is a enjoyable quick model (Simply anticipate the quick advert to play:))

Bed room Sources:
Wallpaper: Schumacher
Carpet: Stark
Door Colour: SW 6239 Upward
Trim Colour: SW 7006 Further White

Home windows: Classic
Colourful Window Movie:
See this put up
Roman Shades: Twopages
Insulated Blinds: Decorview
Switchplates: Rejuvenation
Classic Desk Paint Colour: SW 6230 Rainstorm

Mushroom Stool Upholstery: ADF Upholstery
Gold Desk Lamp: Schoolhouse
Cabinets Paint Colour:
SW 9059 Silken Peacock
Wall Mirror: Mattress Bathtub & Past
Massive Wood Paintbrush: Purl Samoheyl
Mattress: Classic
Bench: Mattress Bathtub & Past
White Facet Desk: Classic
Sconces: Classic
Artwork Desk: IKEA
Artwork Card: Mattress Bathtub & Past
Wooden Chair: Classic

*Design by Emily and Elliot Henderson (and ARCIFORM)
**Photographs by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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