Welcome to Miss Charley's room. Since Charley was our first girl, I sort of went over the top with the girliness in her room, I just couldn't help myself!
The first step in almost of all of my design projects is to select a gorgeous fabric that will serve as the inspiration for the rest of the room. In Charley's room, the window treatments were the jumping off point, I just love this Duralee fabric!
We already had the white slipcovered Pottery Barn chair and it has been the perfect cozy addition for reading and cuddling before bedtime. Do you see the monkey painting I hauled over to the park for Charley's party? My talented friend Renee painted this for Charley along with the two bird paintings above her dresser.
My next step was selecting paint colors. I knew that pink walls would be serious overkill so I opted for this gorgeous pale apple green by Benjamin Moore and painted the ceiling the palest shade of pink I could find. Do you love the chandelier? Me too. I snagged this baby on clearance from JC Penney for $129. Also, the shag rug is from Target, it's perfect for playtime on the floor.
I wanted a customized piece of art with Charley's name on it in her room and knew I could handle painting this myself. So, I bought a large canvas and painted the background with the pink ceiling paint. Then, I enlarged letters in Microsoft Word and traced them onto the canvas and painted in the letters by hand. I love that I was able to paint something for her room even without having any artistic talent.
I don't tend to be a "bed in a bag" type of gal so I mixed & matched store bought and custom made bedding. Do you see the adorable pom pom trim added to this Pottery Barn bed skirt? That little detail took me about 5 minutes top and it adds so much fun. I can't resist a pom pom trim! I didn't start out with a bumper, you know first time mom following the rules, but added one when Charley started bumping her head. My favorite local workroom whipped one for me with some gorgeous Amy Butler and Michael Miller fabric. Plus, I was able to use the scraps from the windows to create a few of the ties.
The pillow in Charley's crib is the same as the window treatments so you can see it up close in the picture above. Also, her polka dot sheets are from Pottery Barn Kids.
Meet two of Charley's best friends. The one on the left is "baby," seriously that is her name. I tried giving her a real name to no avail. Actually, we own two babies, just in case of emergency and so one can take a bath without C having a fit. (It actually looks like this one needs a bath, sorry!) And on the right is "friend," and yes that is the name that Charley gave her. I adore this Serena and Lilly stuffed animal. In fact, Charley has quite a way with naming her animals. A Bengal Tiger has just recently been named "Miss Sparkles" and for the record, the tiger is a boy. So, apparently we have a transgender tiger...
The dresser was the last purchase in the room. I wish I'd had the budget to skip Ikea altogether but it actually looks clean and simple in the room. And I love the bird paintings done by Renee above the dresser.
I've had this pink and green jeweled frame in my bedroom since college. When I went to replace the picture with a new one, Paul suggested leaving it with there so Charley could see us when we were young. I love that every time we are in our room, I get a little flashback to our college days. The picture was taken in Hawaii the summer after our sophomore year of college, circa 2002.
Love this gorgeous striped pillow on the chair. Unfortunately, it looks like it's taken a beating...
This gorgeous inlaid wood box holds Charley's treasures, mostly jewelry from her dedication. Paul's first deployment was during the time I was pregnant with Charley and he picked it up for her in his travels in the Middle East.
Hope you love her room as much as we do! If you have any questions about sources, feel free to shoot me an email.
All of these gorgeous photos are by Marla of Sprout Photography, website here.