Friday, September 14, 2012

Operation Tweenybopper: Room Reveal

I'd call Rose's room about 80% done.  Most of the big stuff is done.  The walls are painted, the beds are made, pillows sewn.  We just need to recover lampshades (still puzzling over that one), make or buy curtains, make her a desk, and hang things on the wall.  O.K., so maybe 60% done.

Anyway, I loved her room in its previous state.  It was blue and pink and oh so little girly.

The quilt behind the bed was a "round robin" quilt.  I made the middle square and then it was passed on to 4 of Lyle's sisters who made additional borders.  I'll aways love it.

But sigh.
It was deemed way too little girlish and since this room was done 8 years ago, when our tween was a mere toddler, I agreed that it was time for an update.  

For convenience sake, I insisted on keeping both beds, even though it's now just a room for one.


 I also wanted to keep the sweet scalloped trim that Lyle had made. 
Little girlish though it may be, it would be a pain to replace, so it was staying.
Other than that, Rose was master of her domain.

She wanted a purple room.
I cringed.
I tried to talk up a very pale lavender.
Nope.  She wanted bright colors.

One day at the local plant nursery (of all places), we saw some very bright modern-looking floral prints that she loved and were our inspiration for the rest of the room.
Seeing how bright the pictures were, Rose agreed that maybe a lighter paint color would be better.
We held up her pictures in front of many different purple paint chips at the Benjamin Moore store.
I didn't even show her the paint names until she'd picked because I know she wouldn't have chosen something called "Winter Gray". 

But she did, and I love it.
And I pity the person who picks that color expecting gray,
because it's most assuredly purple,
but in a pleasing sort of way.

Lucy and I held up her pictures in a variety of configurations,
feeling like we were participating in a game of Twister,
and Rose mercifully decided quickly that she liked this grouping the best.

Obviously I still need to get the darn lamp shades for the wall sconces recovered,
but it's coming along.

I made the raspberry colored throw pillows and found the fleecy purple pillows at Costco.
The purple basket between the beds is from Ross and Rose stores all of her writing supplies there so she can scribble down middle-of-the-night story inspirations.

We love our tweenager and thankfully she adores her new room, incomplete though it may be.


Kristie at The said...

You did a FABULOUS job on this room - especially the paint color!!!! Love it so much! And you are spot-on about how grays with purple undertones definitely read lavender/purple once they go up all over a room. The same is true with grays with blue undertones reading blue. You should be proud of your work - I'm sure your daughter must love it!

Jen Bay said...

I love it! And those pillows from Costco seems like the perfect finishing touch. Very nice. And very sophisticated. I'm glad she loves it.

Tammy said...

It's so cute! The funny thing is that Emily has been begging me to update her room and wants the same kind of floral pictures on her wall. :)

Judy Deaton said...

Love it! Good work! Love the surprise pop of color in the pillows:) Very Chic!

Sara said...

Love those Costco throw pillows! I'm sure our local Costco won't have them anymore so I was wondering if you could tell me the brand? Maybe I could find them online somewhere? Thank you! Beautiful room!