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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Girls Wonderland Whimsy Room Pink/Green/Blue/Yellow on: March 31, 2010 08:34:41 AM
This is my daughter's room, which I am about to rip out and redo again. (She's a teenager now, horrible wretched things! Smiley) Let me know what you think about this room. And if you have any ideas on my redecorating thoughts. (I rather mused out loud at the bottom of the post.) Would love to hear anything you think pertinent, as when I redecorate this room my daughter will be at her dad's and it will be a surprise for her. (I know her likes and dislikes, so this will not be a problem. Just want to make sure I have covered all the necessities.) Teenage girls and teenage girls' moms are welcome to send me their ideas as well.
Her bedroom was a work in progress for about 4 years. (We bought a new house, etc.) I hand-painted the furniture first and made all my other designs around it. I call it her Whimsy, but the pictures don't really do it justice. (I had to scan photos, can't find the CD.) It's rather like Alice in Wonderland without the characters.
My nickname for her is "Sunshine", so I incorporated it in several places, like on the desk, the desk chair, and the crown on the canopy. The canopy is ceiling- and wall-mounted and made from wood, fabric, and twinkle lights. The inspiration for the canopy came when my daughter became irritated that her brother's room had "all these cool lights in it" and her room didn't have any. (My son's room was the inside of a spaceship  Cheesy) The best thing about the canopy is at night, it is really light sleeping under the stars because the lights twinkle on and off very softly. (She was pleased.)
I have also included photos of the cat rocker I repainted (was an ugly gray brown) and it is based upon one of our cats that is a tabby. The two nightstands match the desk and chair and all the furniture was painted at the same time. (She is the 3rd generation in my family to have this bedroom set. Underneath all that paint is solid mahogany. (Yes, I hear the gasps!) The last photos are of her wall cabinets. (These are my very favorite thing in the world to add to a child's room because all their junk is hidden behind doors and looks so neat and clean. My son has a set in his spaceship that are covered in silver lame. Am going to redecorate his room, too.  Sad ) These cabinets are simply those storage cabinets you get at Home Depot, etc. for about $125-$150 each and usually come in white or wood tone laminate. Basically I padded these, covered in fabric, french memo-ed, and trimmed and voila! original artistic storage that really works! I have included a photos of one with the doors open.

I am going to be redecorating this room, but I am keeping the cabinets and I will recover them to match the new decor. I haven't decided on the new decor theme, like I said she's a non-human life form, harrumph, I mean a teenager. But I will be replacing the twin size bed with a full size. I'm sorta thinking a custom upholstered loft bed, only 4' off the ground maybe with a shaped tuffed headboard, storage underneath, etc. Kinda a Parisian theme. Like raspberry and gold. I'd like to keep the harlequin diamond design on the walls, but in a different color, but we'll see. I love harlequin diamonds!








2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Boy's Train Depot Nursery on: March 25, 2010 02:19:30 AM
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This is a nursery I designed for a friend of mine's soon-to-be grandson. She had always been fascinated by train depots as a child herself, so I decided to decorate the room with the window as the ticket window, the crib as the train itself, and all 4 walls were muraled as the outdoors after the train leaves the depot. I designed, built, and sewed the canopy (the top of the train engine) with a full back drape and 1/3 side drapes. You may not be able to see too clearly in the photos, but after the canopy needs to be removed (simple ceiling mount) for the baby's safety while in the crib, there are murals behind it so it still maintains its integrity. Once the child goes to a toddler bed/twin bed, the canopy can be reinstalled. There are little extras in the room, like the lanterns on either side of the window are real lanterns, the train depot sign says "Austin's Depot", the tall clock muraled on the wall has an actual working clock, the table beside the rocker was custom-made from some trunk-shaped boxes I had, and the red crib dust ruffle actually has wheels on it (removeable for washing)......Basically, all the items except the furniture and the crib bedding was custom made for this room.

As I am a newbie to craftster, I would love to hear your thoughts. I love to decorate children's rooms and I will be posting other rooms I have done. (No, I don't get paid for any of this...in fact, I usually end up spending more money than the person the room is for Smiley But you have to feed your inner crafting monster! Cause if she's not happy, nobody is!
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