As we approach spring time and the Easter Holiday I've been seeing little bunny images and products everywhere I shop. But it was the Emily and Meritt Bunny Lamp that I saw in Pottery Barn Kids that made be go, hmmm. Since I am not one to design a heavily themed room, this mysterious golden lamp inspired me to curate a room designed around it's rich and playful character. Like how you don't see the face, but you know from the ears and body what it is in fact a bunny rabbit.
The key to using an inspired room and not a literal themed one is to look for attributes or details that remind you of that person, place or thing. Consider shape, color, finishes, environment, texture and all other things associated with that inspiration.
So in this case, with a bunny being my inspiration, I looked for furniture and decor pieces with curved edges like bunny ears, feet or tail; considered furniture with "legs" and "feet" to bring in life; selected colors in shades of a bunny's fur and freshness of spring; and chose textures that were soft and delicate.
When I saw this glider from RH Baby&Child it popped out from the others – I immediately saw it's inherent rabbit ears in the curves of the wing back sides and arms. I also see shapes of feet and little paws, don't you? I selected the upholstery in a soft pink color that I see in a bunny nose and ears.
So this is the little guy from Potter Barn Kids sold me on the design challenge. It has much character in it's posture and flared ears as if it is listening very carefully. No need to see it's cute face. It's gold feels rich and chic, not kitsch or cutesy. This lead the way for all other elements of the room.
There are so many amazing wall covering ideas out there, including modern bunny print wallpaper. But modern wasn't the way this room was headed. It's attribute needed to be more traditional, yet fanciful. This illustrated forest mural from Anthropologie sets the tone for a whimsical environment where the little bunnies live. It's color palette, while made up of mostly earthy neutrals, gives notice to it's great texture through pattern.
What I especially loved about the image was that there was not one bunny rabbit in the entire scene – as if these are all the bunnies' friends and they are waiting for them to come and play.
In stores I was seeing all that plastic, neon colored, Easter basket grass. Or is there a more proper term for it? Well, while I was turned off by the over saturated and artificial color, I was looking for a way to bring a pop of color into the space. If this distressed, emerald green carpet doesn't add a pop then the Easter bunny doesn't bring plastic eggs filled with candy. This rug from Lulu & Georgia is nothing but inherently regal, yet sweetly charming.
I also couldn't help but be pleased with how the green color was on the ground level as if to have the quality of being fresh spring grass.
Done and done. I saw this darling little guy on Layla Grayce – with it's soft and dreamy bunny-like faux fur and playful cotton tales, I knew this was the right throw. Choosing between the yummy colors was the only decision to make.
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