Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Story Book Style

Boost the fun quotient in your children’s bedrooms with designs inspired by their dreams. This little girl wanted nothing short of an enchanted fairyland, enchanted by a backdrop of pink upon more pink.

This child’s bedroom needed a fresh look, and when her parents decided to make over the space, they knew exactly what theme to choosee.”She is a huge fan of fairy princesses,” her mother says.

A fondness for fairies inspired the pretty pastel color palette, which features pink walls and hints of green and blue that set the stage for a magical scene. To keep their budget in check, the homeowners dressed up the room’s existing furnishings with paint, appliqués, and charming accents, such as the fairy-themed wallpaper border. Then they incorporated several storage and organizational solutions, neutral-colored carpet, and accessories with a whimsical look for added personality. With a bit of creativity, the homeowners designed a fairy-tale space that delights their little princess. “Our daughter tells visitors, ‘You’ve got to see my beautiful new room!’” her mother says.

Magical Touches
1 Embellished with ribbons, sheer curtains filter sunlight for a soft, pleasant glow.
2 To create these nightstands, the homeowners mounted drawers to the wall on each side of the bed. Then they affixed drapery valances using self-fastening strips.
3 Added to a simple storage chest, the wallpaper border features whimsical fairies.
4 The homeowners painted the area behind the bed, attached floral appliqués using construction adhesive, and pasted wallpaper cutouts directly to the wall for an artful “headboard.”

CLEVER Accents

1 A table and chairs set is revived with a clever pinkand- white paint treatment. For instructions on how to build a smaller version of this table.
2 The colorful fan cools the room; recessed lighting adds overall illumination.
3 This creative project provides a spot to hang accessories. The homeowners attached robe hooks to painted appliqués, and then glued them to a piece of lattice framed with moulding.

carpet (Mohawk Premier Living, Abbott Cove PL075, Colchester #L017, special order)

walls (Rose Buff #2002-4C, eggshell)
headboard and accents (Blushing #2002-4A, eggshell)
accents (Crocodile Smile #6005-7C, eggshell; Frosty #5006-9B, eggshell; Du Jour
#7002-6, satin)

4 recessed lights
ceiling fan with optional light kit (44-inch, Hunter, Dreamland, pink/white, #227795)
accent lamps (Portfolio†)

drawers (ClosetMaid, 2-drawer organizer, white, #1091)
drapery valances (Waverly Home Classics for Kids, Fair Isle Stripe, #223912)
self-fastening strips (#20026)

(8-foot-long) chair rail moulding
(2- x 8-foot) plastic lattice (TuffBilt, white, #94897)
wooden appliqués (21/2-inch, #39086)
robe hooks (white, #71296†)

wallpaper border (York, Girl Power, Fairy #RU8208B, special order)
storage chest (ClosetMaid, white, #108517)
drapery rod (unfinished†)
drapery panels (51- x 84-inch, Designables, Ivory, #190630)
armoire knobs†
flowerpots (pink, #152215)
storage bins (pink, #107221)
construction adhesive for small projects (#53254)

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**Does not include lead time for special-order materials.
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