The First Little Pig is about to turn 10. There are days when my stuffed-toy-loving daughter still seems like a little girl and, gradually more often, there are days when she seems all grown up. She’s certainly old enough to have her own opinion on most things, including her own room. I’ve been trying some gentle persuasion using my favourite pictures of bedrooms, many of which my daughter has categorically dismissed. And, in turn, she has collected some pictures that I’m not too fond of. We’ve managed to find just enough common ground:
OK, so we are not painting a wall purple, but if we had a brick wall with daggy bricks, I’d go for it. My daughter’s favourite colours are blue, white and purple. She is attracted to drawers, shelving and boxes – probably a good thing given her genetic predisposition to hoarding. (Nothing to do with me.)
Hands up all 10 year old girls who’d like a four poster bed? What about a hanging chair? I understand the attraction, but nope, that’s not happening either.
I like the more adult colours here. Still fun and feminine, but fresh too. Originally I was drawn to this picture by the red and pink tapestry above the bed. We bought two similar tapestries in India a few years, one for each of our girls.
The hanging chair is definitely popular. I have no idea whether our ceiling could cope, but my daughter is happy with any kind of space dedicated to book reading – so I am planning a book-nook of the more traditional kind. I like the light colour pallet used in this picture, with a bit of red to avoid it looking too young. We already have a few things in this colour pallet.
A whimsical room. Still dreamy but definitely not babyish. I love this one in every way, though my daughter is not keen on the quilt.
This week’s “Top 5” inspiration pictures are such a hotch potch. The internet is overflowing with gorgeous baby and toddler rooms and there is plenty of inspiration for adults too. But where are all the pictures of rooms for the inbeTween years? Are photographers too scared to enter? I see my kid’s rooms as a chance to let loose a bit. To inject some fun and personality.
So here is my mood board (take 1) for my daughter’s room, approved (without any particularly great enthusiasm) by my daughter:
My mother-in-law painted Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms” to celebrate the birth of our first daughter. In real life, it’s beautiful and is the only “must have” in the room. Something’s not right with this mood board, but I can’t put my finger on it. Any suggestions? I tried adding some bold yellow. My daughter screwed up her nose and I admit that it’s not right for her.
Of course it can be work in progress and I’m sure it will evolve. We will be using an old wooden bed that belonged to my Aunt before it belonged to me. I think it needs a lick of paint. White? We’ll also make use of an old wooden bookshelf, bedside table and storage bench – all ripe for the painting. It’s just a matter of picking a colour.
Edit: Following your suggestions and photos, the First Little Pig and I prepared this mood board together. I think it’s much better. She’ll probably put her very bright coloured donna cover on at first, while we search for “the” perfect bed cover.