When I found out I was pregnant with Catherine, I immersed myself in buying her clothes that were girly and pink. I went over the top and I didn’t care. If it was pink and had a ruffle, flower or bow, I owned it. When it came time to decorate her room, I wasn’t so confident. I spent endless hours looking through magazines, on-line and stalking several fabric stores. I was incapable of decision. I started getting worried when I’d ask the fabric store how long it takes to make a window treatment. They’d take one look at my huge, pregnant belly and ask me how soon I needed it. Uh oh.
Since I couldn’t find anything new that spoke to me, I did a mental inventory of things we already owned that I could use as my main source of inspiration. We have a rug that had been previously used in our livingroom that is mostly brown but has pinks and greens. I was on the fence about it until I found a silk buffalo check fabric with virtually all the same colors that I could use for her window shade and crib skirt. It sealed my decision on the spot and after that, things went very quickly.
I bought a simple, modern crib that would transition to a pretty convertible bed. The swivel chair and bookcase are from IKEA. My favorite piece is the dresser. We repainted the dresser that my husband used when he was a boy and I love that we have something of his in her room. I added some delicate wood overlays to the front of the dresser to make it a little feminine and lined the drawers with pink and white paper. Our home is almost 80 years old and has some delightful characteristics, such as glass door knobs that are set in decorative brass back plates. Using the brass as the metal finish to tie the room together, I picked up some ornate candle sconces and an oval mirror in the same color. An old map of Paris was re-framed and matted in a light green to pick up the green in the rug. Overall, the palette is soft but not babyish. I think that it will look charming up until the preteen years.