Seven weeks have flown by and we’ve turned Milly’s room from a space that was rather sad to a room that gives you all the feels! In case you missed the journey up to this point you can catch up here: week one, week two, week three, week four, week five, week six. This started out pretty sad…
…but ended up rather magical. To recap, we started off by scraping ceilings and installing the prettiest millwork ever. Then my favorite painters came in and covered the walls in Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir and the ceiling and closet in this Bumble Bee paper. I had a Karastan carpet cut and bound as a rug to fit the space, and it brings a wonderful amount of warmth and light along with a lot of durability. If you’ve never had wool carpet, you are missing out! This is the third space we’ve put Karastan’s wool carpet in. It is so soft, durable, and cleans up in a pinch for those marker drops now and the makeup stains later. I layered on a stunning vintage rug from Corre Marie between the beds, and the pattern and texture adds just enough interest without taking away from what else is going on in the space. She has some really beautiful vintage rugs here.
I wanted the sleeping area to feel like a soft, Parisian dream and did so by sticking to mostly blushes, buttercreams, and lavenders for the finishes. The bedding is made up of beautiful layers of pastels and textures. On top of the custom Helix mattresses are silky sheets from Annie Selke. They are the perfect shade of pink and could not feel more heavenly. To continue the pastels we even sprayed the beds from The Mine and the desk the same color as the walls. This looks soothing and also helps keep your eye moving. We packed in a lot of furniture, but it doesn’t feel that way! The beds are the focal point, but the curtains and coronas are the stars.
The Fabricut velvets (we used Boutique #42 on the inside and Rivoli Plum on the outside) are like butter and the contrast of the Plum on the outside brings so much sophistication and drama to the lighter tones going on. The morning after Micah and I got these hung Milly walked in and proclaimed NOW she had princess beds! Weave Gotcha Covered did an incredible job making my vision come to life if you’re in KC you must use them – not only for their skill but their hearts, and at the last minute I added some tassel trim I found at a junk shop a few years ago. I have been waiting and waiting to use that stuff. I was only left with a few inches of it when all was said and done. It’s like it was made for the curtains, and this is why when you love something you buy it!
The chest from Hayneedle in between the beds gives the girls lots of wonderful storage, and the gold handles and lines are just stunning that lip on the top is the best little detail! I prefer nightstands to sit high because it keeps any movement in the middle of the night from knocking things off the tabletop (we did the same in our master). This chest was the first piece I ordered for the room – I knew I had to have it and could make it work with whatever else happened in here. The lamp from Bellacor brings that French modern feel and keeps this area from feeling too frilly. The tassel another junk shop find hanging from the switch softens it a bit. The butterfly is from Elena Zaycman, a stained glass designer in Russia. She makes the most lovely, large scale pieces and plant sticks. I asked her if she could add a base so I could display the butterfly on a tabletop and she delivered beautifully. The chandelier from Sogni di Cristallo really glams up the Bumble Bee paper and the shape of the glasses are so fun. Milly squealed when she saw it all lit up. When you walk with a heavy foot they cling together a bit, making the prettiest sound. This room is on the east side of the house, and the morning sun can be pretty intense. I added a black out shade from Tonic Living in the most stunning fabric with embroidered gold and ivory dots that really speak to the wallpaper.
CHAIR | THROW | PILLOW | ART | FRAMES | LAMP
I love having a place to sit as an adult in a kids room, and this chair from Article is so comfortable. It’s low and wide enough to fit me and Milly together. The mix of the pink in the lamp and the pink in the chair feels really good together, and how about Angela’s art? Her prints are incredible, and the quality can’t be beat. I’ve never seen a print look this good before. I legitimately thought she had sent me the originals and felt kind of silly when she had to correct me! I put them into some Level Frames, and they really pop against the pastels. Level makes custom framing easy and you can get 10% off here.
On the other side of the room sits the big dresser. Adding some sconces in here was a must and this was the perfect spot for the Crystorama rope sconces. Speaking of dressers, this glossy white one is incredible. It’s clean and the scale is perfection, a piece that can be used almost anywhere. You may be as surprised to find out where it’s from as I am. Lamps Plus may sound like just a lighting website, but they have some amazing furniture! The art is from a local company that creates wall coverings and textiles using age old techniques and the finest materials. Porter Teleo’s archives are filled with beautiful papers and while they usually only offer one offs, they have created several of this fluorescent piece if you’re interested! You can get 15% off using the code MAKERISTA15 here.
The standard 24″ closet door’s swing was too big to center the dresser, but we turned that problem into a charming solution by using two 12″ bi-fold doors they come in a pack at Lowe’s for cheap and then hanging them. Micah trimmed the doors out in the same treatment as the walls and with some beautiful crystal knobs and ball catches from Emtek we were in business. Brian papered the closet in the Bumble Bee to add a bit of fun and Micah added another rod for when the girls eventually share this space one day.
My dad made the adorable little dollhouse, and I sprayed it with construction hot pink word to the wise: make sure you don’t get the water-based kind for spraying utility lines…oy.
One thing I’ve learned with kids is sometimes you can’t fight their ways this goes for men too, ha. Everyday Milly takes her shoes off and throws them right by the door. I’ve spent too much time asking her to walk them eight more feet to the closet and settled with putting a basket here to cleanly “collect” what she can’t seem to put away. It’s amazing how a tray or basket makes clutter look a bit more intentional.
Finally we come to the most fun part of the space: Milly’s art area. The girl loves to make, and I wanted to give her an area to quietly do just that. The kids have a playroom and I’ve given Milly the hall closet for her toys, so this is just a space to really create. My dad cut down the legs of an old console table, and I changed out the knobs and added a decorative brass piece I thrifted a long time ago. The big drawer gives plenty of room for all kinds of supplies and the table is long enough to really spread out but shallow enough not to take up too much real estate in the room.
Phew! I think I covered everything, but I would love to hear your thoughts, and let me know if you have any questions about anything we did or any products you’re interested in. I touched on this last week, but I can’t thank Linda and the wonderful sponsors and partners who take a chance on me and my vision enough. None of this would possible without them! And also, my handy husband, who puts up with my craziness and works hard to make my dreams a reality. This is definitely not a one woman show, and I am beyond grateful for all the help. Be sure to check out the other participants’ reveals, I know I am excited to do so!
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