Our neighbor, whom I adore & want to be just like when I grow up, has the most amazing daughter, Rachel. Rachel is kind, polite, sweet & yet strong. She’s exactly what I hope my girls are like when they get to be middle schoolers. There’s one problem with Rachel though, she’s going through a phase that I’ve been dreading since giving birth to Samster. She’s growing up. I believe they call it a “tween”.
The dolls are starting to collect dust & ‘mommy’ becomes ‘mom’. Sigh. Along with that her adorable girl’s room just doesn’t quite fit anymore…that’s where I come in. Her mom Kelly asked if I’d help makeover Rachel’s bedroom into something a little more grown up but still loads of fun & personality. The only stipulation, it had to be TEAL. I totally jumped at the challenge of course, I had such a great time making over Sam’s bedroom & have been dying to do it again!
Normally when I decorate a room (and here’s my full disclosure, I am NOT a professional decorator nor do I claim to be) it starts with a favorite item that inspires me & I work from there out but with Rachel’s room, and with Sam’s, the inspiration was a color. In that case you first have to start with one important decision…will that color be on the walls or will it be the basis for the decor?
If your child has a favorite color than you might just assume that you need to paint the walls that color. There’s one problem with that, it really limits everything else in the room. For example, Sam really wanted pink walls when I painted her room but I knew if I did that I wouldn’t be able to use the fun pink rose bedding or glittery pink picture frames…it’d be pink overload. The same goes with teal, or really any strong color. Not to say strong colored walls aren’t possible, they can be totally & utterly amazing, as long as your cool with keeping the rest of the room pretty neutral. I scoured Pinterest and came up with two idea boards to show Rachel so she could choose which route to go, teal walls or teal decor.
Which do you think you’d go for, walls or decor??
Kelly & Rachel were supposed to come over my house yesterday but I had to cancel at the last minute because we’re currently under possible Hand, Foot & Mouth quarantine. Sophie Monster has the sores/bumps all over her rump, a low fever & is the grumpiest clingiest little human. I have a bad sore throat & P is also not quite himself. Soph has a pediatrician appointment today so we can find out for sure. Cross your fingers it’s just a diaper rash/common cold coincidence. My girls are supposed to be in a fun camp this week & for now I’m keeping them home. I don’t know who’s more disappointed, me or them.