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toddler to little girl: a bedroom transformation in progress

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As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the first home project of 2014 we are tackling is updating our girl’s room. She about to turn six years old and we want her to have furniture that she can grow into. That means it’s time to say good-bye to the Ikea platform bed and wall unit. They have served us well, but we’re tired of the cartoon-like rounded corners and colors, and all the junk that its many doors and drawers holds. We’ve already decided on the bed — streamlined Oeuf Sparrow bed which seems to be the only thing that will work in her small space. But now there are a few other choices to make.

1. Wall color? In her old room, we had two bright lime yellow walls, which were fun and made the Crayola like colors of everything else pop. Now we’re thinking of doing a neutral greyish-blue — perhaps this shade from Benjamin Moore. Our thinking is that it will match with a bright accent color – like fuschia, purple, yellow or orange — and that having a the whole room one color will make it feel bigger.

2. Wallpaper or stencil? I love the small rooms look when they have one wall papered in a delicate, small repeat. We’ve been getting in a ton of samples from sites like FermLiving and Graham & Brown but haven’t found one we love yet. We’ve heard that wallpaper doesn’t take wear and tear well, and we know it’s a pain to take down. Perhaps a stencil will be better? There are some on Etsy that would do the trick.

3. Matching desk and bureau? After her bed, the second most important thing Isadora needs is a good desk. I love the feel of open ones, but know that we’d be smart to get one with some storage. This one from Land of Nod is winning so far… but then the second question is: Should we get a dresser to match? The one we have now is a vintage Russel Wright from the 1960s. I love it, but the drawers are heavy and hard to open for a little person. Perhaps a white dresser would be more elegant?

4. Built in bookshelves? And the final major decision we need to make to for Isadora’s room is to figure out what to do with her books. The Billy bookcase we are currently using at the foot of the bed is about to fall apart, and ideally we’d have it elsewhere in the room. The problem is our house is old and floor slants quite a bit. Perhaps an Elfa system would be best? Though I really dig these bright ones from Room & Board.

After we make those choices, we can move onto the more for fun and less-forever stuff — like bedding, curtains and rug. Oh my! It makes my poor little Libran brain hurt with so many options to weigh.

Got any advice? Lets start with the wallpaper question. Help!

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kickstarter project we love: plant pods

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Not long ago we wrote about how cacti and succulents are the perfect indoor plants, especially for an office where a little life and color is always needed. Now we have found a new way to show them off: the Plant Pod by designer Dominic Fiorello. Dominic is a Cleveland-based furniture designer who has been working on creating the ideal vessel to house a touch of nature. With a mid-Century modern sensibility and crafted of American Walnut or White Oak, Plant Pods are ready for production — but first they need some backers to fund mass production in the USA. Check out the video on Kickstarter, where you learn more about Dominic and his dream. In the meantime, we’re already envisioning the spot on our wall where one of these beauties can live.

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first decorating to-do of the new year: a new bed for our girl

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We have a long list of things we’d like to accomplish around the house this year: Finally replace that coffee table. Re-do the downstairs bathroom. But first and foremost is to give our girl — who is about to turn six and is most definitely no longer a toddler — a room she can grow into. It’s a bit of a challenge from the get-go, because between the radiators and windows of her small room, there isn’t a way to get anything larger than a twin bed in there. And forget about bunk beds (much to Isadora’s disappointment); the ceilings are too low for that. We think we have found our first step in the right direction — Oeuf’s Sparrow Bed. It has clean lines yet occupies a smaller footprint than most beds that come with a head and base board. We also like that it mixes birch with white and doesn’t scream “girly.” We opted for no trundle at the moment — we need the underbed space for storage, and ordered one from DesignPublic which has no delivery fee. It will take six to eight weeks to get here, so in the meantime we can start thinking about more important things like… wallpaper vs. paint? More soon!

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want it now: a chic pink office chair

We have an anti-pink decorating policy in our home, even in our girl’s room. You’ll find vibrant orange, the palest purple, a splash of citron, but no pink. The feminine side of my decorating heart is seriously under served. To keep harmony with my husband I think it best I confine my girliness to my office, where I have a strong desire to Think Pink! This is especially true after spotting this beauty at ABChome.com. This curvy upholstered chair with its sexy chrome-legs is in just the right shade of frosty pink, the same color that spotted the runways of New York Fashion week last September. How could anyone disagree with you when sitting in a chair like this? The problem is that I would need two of them and they are pricey — $982 each. For now they will remain on my wish list, while I hunt for a throw pillow or two to spice up the bland company-provided Eames chairs. Drool along with me by visiting abchome.com.

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