Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Birthday Room Redo

When we moved to our new/old house, my oldest daughter called dibs on the best bedroom for herself. It has French doors leading to a sunroom with great windows, and is quite charming. In fact, it was one of the selling points for the house. My younger daughter waited very patiently while we decorated her sister's room first. So, I have been secretly planning to redo my younger daughter's bedroom for her birthday. I have yet to figure out a way to get her out of the house for a weekend while we repaint and install all of the new furniture and draperies. I have already received some of the furniture, but need to order some things ASAP to get them here in time. I thought I'd share a quick sketch of the plan:

I just picked up this bed from IKEA and need to paint it white. You may have seen it recently in Domino:


We already have this bedding from Pottery Barn, shams and Duvet Cover. So the walls will be painted a coral-y pink:


I received these nightstands from Bungalow 5 the other day. Storage is always an issue for my little fashionista:

I need to get these Pagoda lamps ordered right away from Worlds Away. I am going to add some grosgrain ribbon to the shades top and bottom to add a little color like these shades from PB Teen:



I have these drapery panels from Pottery Barn, and just need to pick up some wood rods from Home Depot to paint an espresso brown. This is the most economical way to get a substantial looking rod. (I have a thing about telescoping rods. I can't help it but they really bother me.):


We already had this area rug from West Elm in her room which she picked out quite awhile ago (in the dark brown):


A quick sketch of the dresser wall:


I am thinking about this dresser from Pottery Barn mostly because of the size. It is a good size and not too big for the space. And I like the detail at the bottom of the piece:

I am planning on painting it a warm black and changing out the hardware to something a bit more interesting like this from My Knobs:


I am thinking about this mirror from Horchow, a very good price at $189 I think:

And then add these resin branch sconces from Oly Studio on either side of the mirror with perhaps shells on them. (Somehow I think I may be overruled along the way with a couple of Hello Kitty items):


And there has got to be flamingos. Photos or vintage prints. Somehow flamingos are going to be in the room. I think a couple of pieces to the right of the bed to balance the window on the left. I may frame some photos I have taken. But if anyone has any other ideas, I would love to hear from you!

I am dealing with a pretty tight budget and a short time frame. I am hoping I have time to get things repainted. I might take a quick look at some shops for a more unique dresser and some other one-of-a-kind things to make it more personal. But I promise to show you the results. We'll see how close I get to the sketches!

50 comments:

erika @ urban grace said...

Looks GREAT! What a lucky daughter! I just ordered the Bungalow 5 nightstands in green (for a client), anxious to get them in!
Can't wait to see your after pictures!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Fit for a queen....or a princess! How old is she?

love the fun rug and the bed...the flamingos will be the piece de resistance...I think an old paint by number flamingo painting or two would be fun!

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Oh that room is going to look so pretty! I'm sure your daughter will love her new room once it's done.

Anonymous said...

Lucky little girl....and a very talented Mama. Your renderings should be framed. All of your picks are wonderful for a growing girl. Will there be a spot for her artwork and inspiration? We set up a gallery of easy access frames for my grandsons to trade in and out their art.....also a bulletin board for "good stuff". Thank you for sharing...Ginny

sandra/tx said...

I love all your ideas. We're redoing my 12-year-old daughter's room, and she's picked out all the furniture and fabrics. They're fine, but I really wish I could inject a little more girly-girl into her design.

katiedid said...

HI Erika-
Thanks! I have to say that Bungalow 5 is a great place to work with. Customer service is top notch! Very nice product for the price.

katiedid said...

Hi Linda-
She will be turning 13! Now both my kids will be teens. And she is gaga over flamingos. Hence the pink, and the art choices. If she was an animal, she would be a flamingo! Tall, thin, very pretty, fashionable and hangs with her flock.

katiedid said...

Hello DG-
She has waited a long time for her turn, so I hope she is happy!

Wanderluster said...

What a lucky girl to have such a talented mother. I love the look you’ve put together, feminine and sophisticated. I like the idea of a gallery wall of empty frames as Anon suggested, ready for her artwork. Or you could do DIY pin-up boards with fabric stretched over small cork boards, criss-crossed with ribbon so she could tuck things in or pin them up. This could bring a little more pattern into the room, if you wanted that.

And love the flamingos… what a unique accent. It made me think of http://www.catherinesanimals.com/ - she has some fabulous prints. But for a more budget friendly take, you could take your photos and instead of plain mat, use a patterned wallpaper as the mat around the picture. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

katiedid said...

Hi Ginny-
Yes, she has a whole wall opposite the bed that has bookcases, a desk with bulletin board for her photos and art. I agree....very important for a girl to express herself. And we talked alot about what she wanted her room to be as well!

katiedid said...

Hi sandra!
Thanks for the visit. It is a fun age isn't it? They really start having strong opinions about what they like. My daughter is just a year older I guess. We have been "collaborating" on things for quite awhile now.

katiedid said...

Hi Wanderluster-
Thanks for your input! I just went over to Catherine's Animals and she DOES have flamingos! I am printing them out to show my daughter. Very cool.:)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love your design for her room and I'm crazy for that Horchow mirror. You're right... great price.

If it were me, I'd place this on one of the bedside tables...

http://www.amazon.com/Flamingos-Roof-Calef-Brown/dp/0618562982/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219244945&sr=1-1

jae said...

It looks terrific! I can't wait to hear her reaction to such a special surprise!

mama wants more said...

The room sounds (and looks) like it will be beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished pictures.

Brilliant Asylum said...

You are the greatest mom! She will be thrilled. I love all of your selections.

SimplyGrove said...

What an amazing mom you are!!!! She is one lucky daughter:) Cant wait to see how it turns out! It looks like its going to be gorgeous.

katiedid said...

Hi Pamela!
Thanks! And that book is cute! She may be getting that for her birthday as well. ;)

katiedid said...

Hi Jae!
Thank you! That means alot from the person that is the perfect gift giver.

katiedid said...

Hi to mama, brilliant and SG-
Thanks you guys! Sometimes you look at something long enough and it starts not seeming quite right! I am going to have to check all of the measurements again to make sure things are the right scale. But most of it is good to go. ;)

Olivia said...

The room looks great...what a wonderful birthday surprise for your daughter?

I was thinking about that Ikea bed too, but I have been holding off because I've heard Ikea furniture is hard to paint. Will you be painting it yourself or will you have it professionally done? I'd love any advice you might have.

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

Adopt me.

Topsy Turvy said...

Wow - love your sketch and the design!
Wonderful job.
Try checking on Etsy for some flamingo items. This seller has a cute pillow: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5631321
And there are a couple other artists who do prints w/flamingos that are nice.
Please show photos when done!

-Lana

Kelly said...

Have you thought of a vintage Turner mirror with the flamingos on them? I love those and they'd look fab in this already very fab --and sophisticated! -- room.

michelle said...

very nice sketches!

katiedid said...

Hi Olivia-
I will let you know! I have never painted IKEA furniture before. I was planning to sand lightly, use a primer and a spray paint if I can find one a decent color. I may have to use a bruch. But I will let you know!

katiedid said...

HOBAC-
Send me the papers! ;)

katiedid said...

Hi Topsy and kelly!
Thanks for the tips. I am going to check on them tonight!

Thanks Michelle and thanks for the visit.:)

Emily said...

Love your design! I can't wait to see the end result- you are such a talented artist!

Rachel Mallon said...

Great Design and I love your drawings.

Cote de Texas said...

can't wait to see the finished room and the bed especially. Be sure to sand it good - I once bought something there and painted it without a good sanding - big mistake! And check out the mirrored dressers at z gallerie. I just bought one for a teenaged client and it really added glam to the room!! love the mirror you picked out - it all looks great!!!

Pea said...

What a lucky girl she is ...:)
Your sketches are very good.. Also I like the mirror ...

Mrs. Blandings said...

Katie - it's so fabulous! Try British Traditions for the dresser - you can buy it wholesale and they have lots of stain and paint options. It's so reasonable and usually fast. It's not a high end reproduction, but a great look at a great price - they are perfect for kids rooms and basements, etc. I do think there catalogue is on line.

Style Court said...

Katie, wow!

Your daughter is very lucky. I'm in love with your illustrations and of course the plans. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Thanks for sharing.

The Decorated House said...

Delighted to find your blog today.
Your DD's room is going to rock!
Donna

Patricia Gray said...

Hi Katie
Wow...I love it. Bedrooms are so very important. I still fondly remember my bedroom when I was growing up. I think that it started me on my career in Interior Design. I think that your daughter will have wonderful memories of this delicous bedroom you have created for her. Well done Katie!!!!

Things That Inspire said...

I love this room! As an adult, I would be thrilled with it, so I think it will suit her for a very long time (maybe forever).

I too was wondering about all of the painting of furniture, and I saw your comment about sanding, priming, then painting. I have a chest of drawers that I would love to paint, it is from Hickory Chair 10 years ago, and I hate the original pseudo country French brown finish. I would love to paint it gray or cream, and put some new hardware on. Maybe I will first experiment with my hand-me-down side tables. I have painted a lot of unfinished furniture for school art auctions, I just have never taken off a finish before.

halcyon said...

I agree profoundly with what Patricia said above! My Mom did this was all three of her children; urged us to notice things and make choices at an early age. We'd actually plan our rooms and go shopping with her and help put it together. It's what interested me in design. It was a lot of fun too. Katie, she will love the room. A little advice on the painting. Unless you are very good with spray paint, I'd use a brush. Surely the Mister has a compressor and paint sprayer? If not, I'd actually use oil based paint. It self-heals brush strokes. After rediscovering oil based paint this time around in the painting of the house, I always use it now. Tougher and the results are great. No brush strokes. May I say that one of my very favorite things about decor are the drawings, the comps. I could drool over Anne Harwell's room drawings all day and now I see yours. Mark Hampton would be proud! (Want to see more)

katiedid said...

Thanks Emily and Rachel!

Hi Joni!
I checked on z gallerie and there are two there that could work. I will be running them by the boss this weekend.:)Thanks!

Hello Pea! Thanks for the visit and your kind words.

Mrs. B - Great resource! Thanks for the info.

katiedid said...

Hi Courtney! Thanks so much. I hope we can get it done in time! So much to do to get it finished.

Hello Donna and welcome! Thanks so much for the visit.

Hi Patricia! My younger daughter is very into spaces and clothes. She wants to be a ashion designer, but I could see her doing spaces as well. I look forward to seeing what she will become.

katiedid said...

Hi TTI! I have painted furniture defore, but mostly older pieces. I am hoping that the sanding and priming will do the trick to get the paint to adhere. I have also found that Rustoleum spray paint (if you can find a color you are OK with) will pretty much stick to anything. So that helps. If I was having a fine piece redone, I think I would look to a furniture refinishibng expert. I hope you have good luck with your furniture!:)

katiedid said...

Hi Kevin!
I will look into the oil paint, especially if my trusty old Rustoleum does not have a good color. Although I am pretty handy with spray paint, if I do say so. I am thinking I may get to it this weekend! I agree with you about having a room where you can pick out things yourself. I show me daughter things that are in the budget and she takes it from there! I think she is having fun with this too.:)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What a lucky girl she is! I would frame your drawings for her too! So much fun!

xo

Anonymous said...

That's one very lucky girl...
For the flamingo's, I'd suggest a combination of one or two nice pics of your own and a print or so from Etsy. Loads of cool flamingo's available there!

mominaledo said...

I LOVE your choices! I'm doing my 4 yr old's room...I might try and mimic a few of your ideas - hope you don't mind! Her walls are a pretty lavender - I'd like fuschia, black, green accents.

hello gorgeous said...

Hi katiedid - I love this and can't wait to see the final product. I saw that exact mirror from Horchow at HomeGoods for a fraction of the cost but that can be such a crapshoot. Gotta go, I have more reading to do!

la la Lovely said...

Love your site.. and what a cool mom you are!!!! I think I would like to move into this room!!!! Can't wait to see it!

Greeting Card Printing said...

Supermom! I'm sure this is one of the things your daughter will be forever thankful for :) Such creativity and love poured into the design. Very inspiring work.

pve design said...

Oh, what a lucky girl! I would love to see "bolsters" on the bed trimmed in the greek key and then for a whimsical touch and feathered boa....hung on a pretty hook~
pve

Doug said...

I found a great looking ring pull that also looks might work. I should also mention that yourhomesupply.com also carries a huge selection of cabinet hardware. They have most anything you could want. I hope that's useful!
Great work layout and design! I love the mixture of texture and pattern! Keep it up!