Friday, December 10, 2010

Freedom of Choice

I knew it would happen sooner rather than later as my daughter has always had strong opinions. The time has come . . . she has outgrown her pink room. I wouldn't go so far as to say she hates pink, but it's not a color she would EVER pick out now as a mature 8-and-a-half-year-old. I always thought pink and green was timeless. Guess I was wrong.
I realize this looks like a lot of pink, but it's very subtle really. The walls are a very pale shade called Confection by Martha Stewart (when she had paint at Sherwin Williams years ago). It's just too "girly-girl" according to Meg who has her finger on the pulse of all things cool and tween (although I hate that word).

Her duvets are white linen with ruffles down the center that I got on sale at Pottery Barn about 7 years ago. I still love the bedding - so simple. Meg said it's not "comfy" enough (it's not as soft as cotton) and it lacks pizazz. That random green ball looking-thing on the wall is garland she used to literally deck her wall. She also hung lollipop ornaments from her chandelier, and that's a little Santa with bottle brush trees on her bedside table.

Since Meg's favorite color is green (and not paired with pink), we decided we'll go with a green and aqua/pale turquoise color scheme. Our guest room down the hall is green, so she decided a very pale aqua blue for the walls would work for her.
I was inspired by the color palette of this living room by Ashley Whittaker in House Beautiful.

And while the blue in this bedroom from House Beautiful is not the shade we're going for, I love the overall blue/green theme and feel of the room. Of course, we're keeping her iron twin beds and just changing bedding, fabric, paint and accessories. I love upholstered headboards, but I have neither the budget nor the patience for changing her beds right now.

I was playing around on Olioboard last night and pulled some inspiration pieces. Since Meg doesn't like anything too "frou frou," I had a hard time finding simple bedding that would appeal to both of us. I think the Pottery Barn Teen Suite Organic duvet in Mint will work quite nicely. I haven't looked for a paint color yet, but that's next on my list. I pulled some pillows from Hable Construction, fabric from Premier, the Maskros pendant light from IKEA and some posters I found through Haven and Home on Etsy that add some whimsy.

Of course, this is just a jumping off point, but I think Meg is on board with these choices which is half the battle . . . okay, the total battle. Her new bedding is a big part of her Christmas present this year, so I've got to get it ordered ASAP.

So what do you think? Is this look "big girl" enough?

9 comments:

Matt said...

Does this mean that there is paint in the near future?

Julie Holloway said...

love these colors (my favorites)--I bet she will love it, too (but that pink room is so sweet!)

Kim said...

Love the blue/green combo. I am dying to get in the ballerinas' bedrooms and redo, but BSD is not on board. The girls don't care, but I'm ready for a change. Not going to happen anytime soon.

That IKEA pendant is all kinds of fun too.

Drew and Nancy Kim said...

I've got those John Golden prints lining our upstairs hallway where the boys' bedrooms are. It was fun picking out the most appropriate phrases for them -- my personal fave was "no girls allowed," a sentiment which they are totally on board with at this point in life. Can't wait to see the pics of Meg's new room!

Haven and Home said...

I love the pink room but I also love what you have picked out, can't wait to see what it looks like!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Oh, I still haven't outgrown pink and green myself. How great that she has an opinion!

CRICKET said...

I think the color palette is perfect! Like her curtains, i am looking for something si,ilar for my daughters room - PB?

Jess said...

love the bright colors!!!! you might want to check out pine cone hill. can't wait to see the make over!!!

The Zhush said...

Hi, thanks for the link! My daughters and I are reading this post together...(my other daughter, the younger of the two, loves the room as is now) and my older daughter and I both LOVE the inspiration images, especially the Ikea fixture!