Girl’s Bedroom: A Navy and Pink Re-do

I just love this re-do I’m about to share with you.  This is successful e-decorating* in action!

*What is e-decorating?  Well, it’s long-distance decorating with a heavy use of photos, Pinterest boards and marathon emails.

My California clients Will and Jen wanted to freshen up their daughter’s room but they didn’t want to break the bank.


Here’s the room before.  It’s cute!  But their daughter wanted a more pulled together “big girl” look.




I suggested this fabulous Navy Fleur Chinoise pattern scheme from Caitlin Wilson Textiles:

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How great is that navy and pink for a little girl’s room?!


Once Jen and her daughter approved, we were off and running.   With my direction (Jen, paint the wall this color!  Buy two of these pillows, one of these pillows!  Get this rug in a 8×10!), and Jen’s amazing task-master abilities, the room now looks like this:


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Here’s the window seat. Those window treatments are from Etsy.


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Here’s a glimpse of the window seat before…




A close up shot where you can see the gray chevron rug we chose.

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Here’s another shot (apologies for my lame iPhone filters!).  Jen in her brilliance kept the “C” on the wall and painted it pink.  Her daughters each painted a DIY picture to hang on the wall.  She also repainted the furniture white with silver trim – wow, new paint can really make a difference.


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Also!  Jen kept the existing chandelier but updated it with new navy-trimmed shades from Pottery Barn.  No decorating detail escapes this woman, I tell you!


Jen and Will ended up spending less than $2,000 on this entire room re-do which you may know for an entire room is a pretty good price tag!  We shopped sales, we tried to use discounts, and did as much DIY as possible.


Well done, Jen!  I hope your daughter loves her new room as much as I do.

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Small details = wow! impact

Okay, yes, I know summer is officially over.  But I just wanted to squeeze in one more summer piece of happiness before we give ourselves completely over to Fall.

My friend Jen took this photo at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse a few weeks ago, and I just had to share it with you:


 Design by Henry and Co.


Seriously, I want this to be my house.

My favorite part has to be that one little strip of pink / lavender ribbon that is running along the middle of the wall.  Do you see it?  I can’t say for sure, but it looks like grosgrain ribbon.

I swear, it can often be the little ideas that take a room from “pretty” to “ooooohh sublime!”


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Cheerful Kitchen Idea – Colorful Grout


I just spotted a terrific kitchen design idea in the latest HGTV magazine.


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Tangerine colored grout!  Here’s my wrinkled copy…

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That’s right – they used “tangerine” colored grout between white tiles.  I just love the effect.

What a clever way to inject color and cheer into a kitchen!

I showed my mom who basically was like, “I hate it”.  And I was SHOCKED.  I mean, I think it’s one of the more clever, cute things I’ve seen lately.  But she made a good point – isn’t orange going to be out in 5 years?  So you’ve invested money in something permanent that will look outdated in a heartbeat?

Okay, I get her point.  But I think this could be a super cute project for a small city apartment or a bungalow.  Some small space where the investment isn’t a huge amount of $$ and it’s okay to be a little more trendy.

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The debate rages on in our household.   What do you think?  Choosing a grout that’s colorful – terrific or terrible??

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High / Low: Canopy Bed


Did you ever see this gorgeous bedroom in Domino?


Designed by Miles Redd


Thanks to this photo, I’ve been obsessed with that bed for years.I know it as the “Anthropologie Bed”, as you can get one from Anthropologie that looks just like it:



It retails for $1,698.



But…I just spotted a similar bed at PB Teen for much less, and it’s on sale for $899!


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One step closer to my Miles Redd bedroom…

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