When I met with this family to decorate their house, their daughter told me she wanted something eclectic that depicted her love of travel. She told me some colors she likes and I ran with it. I have to admit, I was nervous about her room because she was worried it wouldn't be what she had in mind - perhaps she was worried it would be too traditional since her parent's part of the house was more traditional than her tastes.
At the same time, she didn't ask for much - she said "all I need is a bed - anything else would be awesome!" I found this so refreshing coming from a sixteen-year-old high schooler where so many kids (these days) seem entitled and spoiled. I was also taking notes on how to raise children that are filled with more gratitude and less expectations. Because she was so humble and endearing, I made it my mission to create a space that would be the perfect reflection of her.I started with the Bianca duvet from Urban Outfitters and a black and cream wool rug. The wool rug, also from Urban Outfitters was a splurge, but it grounds the space with a tribal pattern. Check out the mirror above the bed -- Target! And it was a steal...
As for the bedding, I loved the punchy colors AND the globe, of course, as a nod to her travels. I layered the bed with some velvet, a suzani pillow and a bright pillow from World Market to mix it up.
I chose these industrial carts as bedside tables. These CB2
"go-carts" have casters that lock into place and offer tons of storage at her bedside.
She told me she hoped to one day live in New Zealand so I searched high and low for wall art. I found this killer decal on a New Zealand website and had it shipped over. I love the graphic vibe - thank you Ann for putting it up! I found the retro glider on the porch (left by the old owners) and love the extra unexpected seating.
Layered with a kantha throw and some Oriental rug pillows, it's a great spot to hang with friends. We decided to keep the glider in it's original condition because she liked the aged look.
I scored this pouf at World Market...
oh, and the chair (fab retro lines) was recovered in white croc vinyl and is also from our studio/shop The Coop.
I layered with accessories - affordable finds from HomeGoods.
Ann had this mid-century dresser at The Coop and it was the perfect style for this mod space. She was planning on taking it home to her house, but I intercepted.
The arrow bookends may just be one of my favorite touches. I found the set on clearance at Pottery Barn.
Of course, she needed a study space - this lacquered secretary offers tons of storage and a work surface that closes to conceal clutter.
The back is wallpapered in an Osborne and Little wallpaper for an unexpected pop of pattern.... it's from The Coop, of course!
A smokey lucite chair is the perfect desk perch (another Coop score).
She was blown away by her new room and said it was "more than she could have ever imagined - it's SO me", she said. I'm so happy she loves it.... Happy Labor Day weekend! I'm off to relax...
bye bye birdie...
photos via Patrick Shovlin