Client: Anna is ten and has the biggest heart with a special place for her little brother and animals. She has also been very patient with us while we renovate her little brothers room, our master bed & bath, kids bath, kitchen and have now moved outside this summer to completely remodel the exterior of our home.
Inspiration: HORSES. Anna lives in a horse community with many of the homes also having acreages complete with horse barns, riding arenas and miles of horse trails that wind through the backyards of all the homes. While she doesn't have her own horse she has ridden by our home on various occasions during riding lessons she takes from a neighbor.
Budget: $$, Space needs new closet doors, windows, paint, ceiling fan, trim, molding, bedding, work station and decor.
Timing: August - TBD (75 % finished)
Style: Equestrian, Cozy, Chic
So, after 6 years of saying "Your rooms next!", it's about time I get my design eye on her bedroom. She has been riding horses now for three years and is still in love with this animal. Yet, her taste has grown up a bit from the realistic wall stickers smacked randomly around the room. We discussed some styles and functionality she would like. The overall look and feel will be what we are calling Equestrian Chic, a sophisticated, yet whimsical nod to the equestrian lifestyle.
She is also a lover of books and enjoys reading in her bed before falling asleep so a night stand and lighting are new key fixtures. Some sort of work area would also be a great addition to her space so that she can tackle all those arts & craft projects she does, without her little brother getting his hands all over everything.
Here are the BEFORE pictures. The one thing I have done in initiating this make-over process, other than ripping off the trim and molding, is upcycled her Tarva IKEA bed frame. We found this wonderful Robert Allen upholstery fabric at Joann's that has a embossed circular pattern made up of shapes reminiscent of a horse bridle.
The next step for the space is wall color that will be our backdrop. With my recent discovery of Colorhouse Paints, I have ordered samples of three rich neutrals.
If you aren't sure what color to start with take advantage of their free color help available through their website. Be sure and order samples to paint on the wall prior to ordering full size cans. When you have decided on a color use their paint calculator to make sure you get just the right amount to do your room without over spending for paint that advances.
Watch for our series of posts featuring this remodel. In our next post we will share our testing of each paint sample and final selection. As well as include painting tips and ideas from the pro's at Colorhouse Paints!
Part II: Style Board
We sourced products from retail shops cross the board to curate this space. Some pieces were already owned prior to this re-design including the bed, dresser, curtains, mirror and a couple decor items. In future entries we will share our shopping trips and purchases. SHOP THIS LOOK>>>
A. DIY: Joann's denim fabric B. Serena & Lily C. Lowes D. IKEA E. The Land Of Nod F. Walmart G. Urban Outfitters H. Home Goods I. Anthropologie J. Serena & Lily K. RH Child&Baby L. Society 6 M. Anthroplogie N. One Kings Lane O. IKEA P. Wayfair. Q. Etsy R. IKEA S. Lulu & Georgia T. Lulu & Georgia U. LuLu & Georgia V. Wayfair W. Etsy X. Etsy Y. RH Baby&Child Z. Organize-It ZZ.The Land Of Nod
ENTRY PART III: PAINT
I received my three samples in the mail and was excited to see which would make it to the winners circle. You can order samples for just $4.95 + shipping from Amazon.com, as well as other online stores mentioned in the above post.
While Imagine .05 and Imagine .06 are beautiful creams I decided to go with Bisque .06. I found and as you can see in the above image, the upholstery on the recently hacked IKEA headboard and bed frame would have just washed right into the wall so some contrast was needed. The Bisque. 06, while the subtlest of grays has an airy blue tint that peaks through providing contrast and a soothing back drop for the overall color scheme of this room design.
The room size is approximately 12x10 with one standard closet, door and window. Using the Colorhouse Paint Calculator it was determined only one gallon of paint was needed to finish this room. I ordered my Bisque .06 in Eggshell finish from Amazon.com for $37.95 + shipping.
Next step...prepare the walls and room for painting!
Part IV: Prep & Paint
I get so excited about painting because it is that one inexpensive way to change the look of an entire room in such a short amount of time. So, when I got to the accent wall with the raised tape marks I was bummed to have to stop painting and start refinishing. Simply, painting over the raised tape marks that cover the entire would prove a sloppy finish. Instead, I went ahead and sanded over each line smoothing them down to create an even canvas ready for paint. The results were worth the effort!
Part V: Window Treatment
We are having fun pulling in lots of textures and finishes that one associates with horse riding. There’s plaid, quilting, shearling, horsehair, velvet, leather, satin and metallics. Since Anna (the room's occupant) rides horses casually versus for competition, she always wears her denim jeans rather than the classic riding pant. So, we wanted to bring in the relaxed, hardworking, classic styling of good looking denim.
But not just any denim would do. Since we want to also be sure to incorporate chic, feminine touches in this tween girl’s bedroom we went for a designer denim that has a silver sheen. It’s super lux and super practical at the same time. I sewed these custom curtains in my studio and decided to leave the raw, frayed edges on the sides of the panels for a touch of natural beauty.
To bring a little drama to the room I went for with extra long panels and hung them so that they puddled a couple inches on the floor. We love the high – low contrast of material and styling.
Part VI: A Little Bit Country
A little bit country: After searching through various online shops for a vertical wall mirror for this room nothing seemed to fit the bill, aesthetically or monetarily. Then I searched for some DIY ideas and decided on a reclaimed wood look. The room has mostly new furniture and it could use an authentic touch of something from the farm.
I drove out to the best place in Omaha to find all things odd and old, A&R Salvage. They always have piles of reclaimed wood in various colors and sizes. I thought I would go for the white wash look and then fell in love with this super classic barn red. While there is nothing else that is red I felt confident that it would work. (And just incase it didn’t I also but white).
This old wood has just the right size grove that would allow me to slip the mirror right inside on all four size. I simply had to wipe it down. Trim the boards to the right lengths and glue on. To make the frame extra strong I screwed in place 4”x.5” metal plates crossing over each corner.
Part VII: "A" is for amazing find
Now that all the main furniture pieces are placed I could start dreaming up cool solutions for the wall art. It needed something WOW. While hunting for the reclaimed barn wood at a local salvage haunt I stumbled upon this gigantic, vintage metal, signage letter. An oversized "A" for Anna, perfect!
You can find reproductions in various sizes and prices, but this one is a bit over two feet tall and only cost me $10. I haven't decided if I will change it's exterior color, the blue works well for this color scheme, but I'm tempted to take it a bit glam and change it to a metallic silver or gold. I'll know once I bring the entire room together. For now I just gave it a good bath and light white spray on the inside to hide any rusted or dirty looking spots. Come back to see it's final look in the room!
Ok, so after I freshened up my amazing "A" and brought it into the room to find its placement I realized it needed a bit more of a make-over than I thought. It simply needed more jeuge, more flair, more style, more something. Soooo – I got out my metallic spray paints and gave the inside a nickle silver application and the exterior a brilliant metallic gold. That did the trick!
Part VIII: Styling a ceiling fan
We replaced the outdated brown fan with a simple white one. Now while they make these handsome contemporary fans they still style them with hideous glass shades. The tulipy form and vintagy milk glass finish just doesn't work for me. I suggest a simply and rather inexpensive makeover.
Simply buy new glass pendant shades and swap them out. I selected clear bubble glass shades that have more of the right character for this room. They cost about $4. I removed the metal rings from the original shades that allow it to be screwed onto the socket and placed them onto the new shades. Different ceiling fans have different was of attaching the shade, but so far I have always found a way to make this update. Done and done.
PART IX : Big deal, little desk
With just a teeny corner space to fit a study area in our daughters newly designed room we were relieved to find this Euro size, 30"W x 18"W x54.5H, Little Sloane Leaning Desk by The Land Of Nod.
Before & After
Alright so it took us bit longer than planned to finish up Anna's bedroom. Between finding just the right projects; installing new windows, trim and doors; and finding the time to work on it the time line got pushed back month after month. We know it was worth the wait because we have one happy tween.
Not only did the entire room get an aesthetic upgrade, but the functionality was bumped up more than I even thought possible in this 10' x 9'. She now has more storage, a work space and a mirror to get ready for a busy tween life.
Final Room Reveal
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