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When we told the kids we were going to move out of our home and find a new one, Marlowe took it the hardest. She is my deep-feeling, ultra-empathetic child– and she wears nostalgia like an ever-present cloak around her life. Spaces, places, and people matter deeply to her, and she bonds with everything from people to entire homes. She was devastated to leave our old home and all its memories behind. As I helped her process her emotions, one of the visualization techniques we used to assuage anxiety was envisioning what her new room would be like in our new house.
I loved the process of hearing her ideas and collaborating on what she wanted it to feel like, how she wanted to use the space, and how she envisioned the color story. I not only wanted Marlowe’s new room to represent her personality perfectly as I see it but also to perfectly represent the vision she had for her new safe space. So what was she envisioning? She wanted a whimsical space that mixed pinks, blues, and gold. She wanted to use the same bed from her old room but wanted it to feel different and more grown up in this space. She also wanted a special place to curl up and read.
For me, it was important that this room could transition easily into a space for a teen, and that all of the furniture I bought might be furniture that she’d want to use in future spaces even after she grows up and leaves our home. While the design process began when Marlowe and I started dreaming up her new space, it officially started when Marlowe first saw the Rifle Paper Co. Peacock Wallpaper!
I had pulled a few various paper choices to show her that I thought perfectly represented the whimsical and feminine design direction she wanted to explore. When she saw the Peacock wallpaper, she gasped! She loved it so much! I knew that it would be the focal point of the room, and what we would base everything else on. Plus, if I’m being totally honest, it’s a wallpaper I’ve wanted to utilize for years!
I’ve been a fan of Rifle Paper Co. for so, so long. I’ve been using their products since they launched with planners, calendars, and greeting cards over a decade ago! I’m such a fan of their gorgeous design, attention to detail, and color choices. Everything looks beautiful but also doesn’t take itself too seriously and has a playful quality to it that I really admire in design. I knew it would be the perfect company to explore in building her dream room!
I decided to use the peacock wallpaper in blue and white on the wall behind her bed and then balance it out by adding some texture to the walls with linen paper by York Wall Coverings on the remaining walls in the room. I love how it made the space feel more mature and luxurious! I also fell in love with her rug by Rifle Paper Co! It’s so beautiful and very easy to clean in case of spills, or…well…KIDS. My favorite thing is that this room feels elegant and fun, but also perfect for a little girl. It fits her personality so well.
Let me know if you have any questions, and all the design details are listed below!
Wallpaper Installation: Supreme Home Finishes
Curtain Rod: Anthropologie
Chair: Pottery Barn
Bed: Restoration Hardware
Dresser: Custom (similar West Elm)
Shams and Bedding: Crate & Kids (similar)
Blanket: Pottery Barn Dorm
Nightstands: Crate & Kids
Table Lamp: Crate & Kids
Dresser Lamp: Stray Dog Design (similar)
Ceiling Light Fixture: Crate & Kids
Heart Frame: Michael Aram
Picture Frames: Target
Vintage Toucan: Etsy
Rattan Baskets: West Elm
Bookshelf: Crate & Barrel
Rug: Rifle Paper Co.
Accent Pillows: Rifle Paper Co.
I Love Your Guts Artwork: Kerri Rosenthal
Abstract Woman Artwork: Etsy (similar)
Monogram Journal: Anthropologie
Photographs by Julia Dags | Copyright © 2023 Happily Eva After, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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