This week’s pick is a little girl’s bedroom by MarthaB.
I love this room because it tells a special story. Martha is waiting for the arrival of her adopted daughter, (you can read more about Frances Jane on Martha’s blog) and has decorated the room to make it cozy, secure and inviting.
Martha updated the dark, knotty pine paneling by painting it white and kept the main furnishings in the room neutral. This creates a simple background which allows the colorful accessories to take center stage. Another great thing about keeping the basic palette neutral is that the room can be easily redecorated with textiles and accessories as the child grows; a practical and budget conscious strategy.
On the top image, the POÄNG chair next to the HEMNES table with a lamp is the perfect spot for reading bedtime stories or rocking a little girl off to sleep. The colorful throw repeats the accent colors used throughout the room. Adjacent to the chair, Martha created a small nook to store and display books and vintage toys in the photo below.
But my favorite part of the room is the wall display; wall art can be so much more than just prints and photos! Martha makes good use of radial symmetry; by organizing the items like spokes of a wheel around a center hub. This keeps the collection of special items looking organized. For example, she’s placed a collection of vintage Chinese flashcards, celebrating Frances’ Chinese heritage, in the very center of the collection. Other items displayed include Japanese textiles and even a small dress, waiting for its new owner.
MarthaB’s space proves that a room is more than just a collection of furnishings; it can be a special place with an important role to play. In this case, Martha created a secure, happy environment for a little girl coming home after a long journey. Congratulations and good luck to the whole family on your new adventure!