Thanks to Heather Ciras for producing this post!
A soon-to-be-teenage girl, especially one who lives in a house full of brothers, needs a little space of her own — somewhere slightly girly and full of the quirky sweet things that she loves; somewhere that reflects her own particular view of the world. When designing her room, my daughter Caroline and I had a few objectives: use the space wisely, store all her belongings in a pretty way, reuse the big items, and use lots of color. It was also a good excuse to spend a lot of time together.
I’m an interior designer, so planning was important before we jumped right in. We brainstormed the different uses for the room: a place for sleeping (naturally), a place for reading, and a place for hanging with friends. She’s had her bed for many years so we reused it, but we covered it in a quilt we found together at a local consignment shop. Her simple white bureau was also reused.
To these pieces we added an inexpensive Queen Anne curio cabinet for Caroline’s collections and crafts. Caroline loves to make things, and she and I have an Etsy shop where she sells her origami crane mobiles (like the one seen over her bed) and vintage finds.
To complement Caroline’s eclectic sense of style, we added a bunch of fab vintage pieces. First, a little-used, bright yellow vintage Baker loveseat came from an estate sale. Then the bedside table, which is a tool cabinet from a local hardware store that closed. It’s a great choice as there are lots of little drawers for storage. The swinging chair in the corner of the room came from Habitat in the UK — I’ve been a huge fan since I was little and talked my parents into a hammock for above my own bed. We had so much fun hunting for these pieces together.
Like lots of girls her age, Caroline likes Harry Potter and other popular things, but, for better or worse, she and our other children take what they want from media, and leave the rest. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t know a Jonas brother if one showed up at the front door; I’m pretty proud of that. She’s very confident in her own choices, so as for the design and color choices in her room, it was quite self directed — I just get the idea of what each child is leaning toward and pull color chips for them to choose from. I’m happy that all my children are happy in their personal spaces, and that they all have unique styles with which they are more comfortable. As a parent, I hope this means I did something right.