Scarlet is almost seven years old! Gah! You guise!! How did that happen? Remember when she used to look like this? I can’t believe I was making that crib-size duvet five whole years ago. I am trying to even, but I can’t. Well, anyhoooo, along with being seven comes certain airs of grown-up-edness that she felt needed to be addressed in her room. Like, for example, she wanted a desk upon which to do her homework (or endless hours of beados), and a cozy place to read and play her guitar.
I was happy to oblige because I love a good redecorating project. I did, however, want to find pieces that suited her personality now, but would also grow with her into her teen years. As much as I would enjoy re-decorating her room bi-annually, no one can afford that. So I refinished a vintage (read: cheap/dumpster worthy) desk (wait until you see the before pics), and snagged some investment pieces, then she and I decorated all the its and bits together.
I hope you find some inspiration here!
Come, take a tour with me to see what we did and find out my sources for all of this amazing stuff…
Her bed is the most beautiful thing in the room – I find myself wanting to climb into it, snuggle up with her, and read books for hours.
Bed: Aria Woven Headboard, twin, in white from Land of Nod, Twin/Full Metal Bed Frame from Land of Nod, Mattress and Box Spring from Land of Nod | Bedding: Fable Duvet Set, twin, from DwellStudio | Wall Decor: Macrame Wall Hanging by SlowDownProductions on Etsy | Accent pillows: Handmade using our How to Sew a Zipper Pillow tutorial in fabric from the Alison Cole What a Gem line at Fabricworm | Owl: Christmas gift from Uncle Bruce and Aunt Tamy (its head does a complete 360 and it is therefore the most amazing puppet of all time)
Scarlet picked out this vintage clock herself; it was $24, isn’t it amazing? Now if I could just get it to actually tell time. The color on her accent wall is a melon-coral shade, which we both just adore.
Scarlet is learning to play guitar, and wanted a nice place to settle in with it. We decided on a pouf I’ve had for years, with a pretty glass table next to it, on the coziest, cutest rug we could find, made up of hundreds of tiny rosettes.
Pouf: Moroccan style white leather, from my living room | Rug: Rosy Chic Rug in cream from Land of Nod | Arrow Base Table: Uttermost Aero Glass Top Accent Table from Lamps Plus | Headboard: “Peacock” style rattan woven twin headboard from Land of Nod
For Scarlet’s desk, I really wanted something with a lot of drawers, because there is nothing this girl loves more than creating artwork, and doing millions of math assignments. I’m not kidding, she wakes up in the morning asking for math problems, it’s weird, but I love it. While I found so many cute desks available, none of them had enough drawers for my liking/her supplies, and I was in the mood to refinish some wood, so this was the one thing I really wanted to DIY.
I scoured local thrift shops and hit up craiglist on the daily looking for one of these small desks, made of hardwood, with lots and lots of drawers. They pop up occasionally and usually run around $12-$25. So I finally found one, but I didn’t like the heavy wood base it had. I ripped off the base, ordered new legs on etsy, sanded, repainted, and sealed the whole thing, then added new knobs and a modern chair. Scarlet, of course, wanted a pink and purple desk. I wanted to say no, but then I figured, what the heck, it’s her desk. Let’s do it her way.
Desk: Beat up shell of a desk, Craigslist; Legs: 4″ Bronze hairpin legs from HairpinlegShop on Etsy (this guy is great, he will make you custom legs in any size or color for a totally reasonable price) | Paint (drawer fronts): Montana Cans in Baby Skin (I actually emailed them to let them know I found that name a bit offensive – babies come in more than just pink, and they replied affirmatively, so the name may have changed) from Blik; Paint (desktop and frame): Krylon in Ballet Slipper from JoAnn; Drawer pulls, top row of drawers: Hawthorne Handles in Bronze from Anthropologie; Drawer pulls, bottom drawers: Druzy Quartz Knobs from Anthropologie | Chair: Upholstered Round Task Chair in Ivory Fur, from Pottery Barn Kids | Mirror: Chantilly Mirror in Gold from Land of Nod | Scuplture: Vintage Scarlet O’Hara planter from a roadside thrift shop in Palm Springs | Pencil Holder and Jewel Box: both from Anthropologie | Wall art: Scarlet made that periodic element of Scandium using this tutorial: An Art Project for Your Little Scientist
Next, we gussied up the wall between her two windows with cute shelves displaying all of her treasures, and we recovered her pelmets in pretty chambray.
Heart shaped shelf: Heart of Golf Wall Shelf from Land of Nod | Lipped shelves: Chantilly Wall Shelves (set of two) from Land of Nod | Mirror shelf: Chantilly Mirror in Gold from Land of Nod | Green house-shaped shelf: Find from a boutique in Norway | Pelmets: Handmade with Robert Kaufman Cambray Union in Dot Indigo from Fabricworm
On her shelves she placed her favorite dolls and lots of little treasures she has gathered from around the world. It is adorable to see what her most prized possessions are.
A wooden lion toy from Kenya, a pink plastic doll from South Africa, a clay jaguar whistle from the yucatan, an elephant sculpture from India… and three plastic dinosaurs and a pinecone. #Love. She also hung the floral crown she made at our Anthropologie workshop earlier this year.
So, that’s the scoop on Scarlet’s all new big girl room. What do you think? Pssst – ask your daughter! Scarlet really wants to read comments from other kids! XOXOX