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The Girls' Room: Inspiration

With the baby girl coming in September, it was clear that we'd need to do some shuffling around in order to make everyone fit in our 3 bedroom condo.  The most logical solultion was to have the girls share the big bedroom & A go to the smaller room.  Girls room!  Fun!  If it was up to me alone, the nursery would be pink & girly & ruffles...but it isn't, we have a very opinionated Mini Quiche J involved as well!  Who happens to hate anything pink and girly and ruffles.

This is more like it - turquoise blue & lemonade stand posters depicting dragons & dinosaurs (which she drew all by herself).  So clearly, a frilly room is out of the picture!  Which actually makes for a fun design dilemma for me.  Add in the fact that it's a shared nursery/big girl pre-teen room & I think I have my work cut out for me.

I've been pinning & saving different fabrics and color schemes for quite awhile now and am to the point where I am tired of it.  I need to order samples and go from there.

One thing I do know is that turquoise is going to play a big role in the space, likely through the wall color.  I'm going to get a few samples to test out, but right now I'm leaning towards Benjamin Moore Copper Patina.  A pale turquoise that leans more towards green & has an almost gray cast underneath as well.  

I would love to pair it with corals and yellow, so I think I'm going to try to "sell" it to J as Under the Sea - not a theme, mind you (no fishies to be found) - Caribbean Sea blue, coral reef, sunshine, palm tree, etc, etc.  Think it will work??

If the coral doesn't fly with J, I think I'll swap it for orange, which I do love with turquoise.  This duvet from Urban Outfitters could end up being a great starting point for the rest of the room/fabrics/colors.

I'm then going to group the various fabrics together and let her pick her favorite grouping & go from there!  I want her to be excited about the room & feel involved in the decorating.  We're having a painting party in a couple of weeks and she is ready to get started!

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So excited about the combo tween space/nursery...can't wait to see how it all works out

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCoasting anon

I love those colors! It's going to look fabulous!

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Too funny that you're going with Copper Patina -- we just painted a big swatch of Benjamin Moore's Robin's Nest, which is just one shade lighter than CP, on the nursery wall to be sure we like it. And we both love it! I have been loving this nursery for a while now and it's the same color she used: It's just such a happy color, I can't resist.

Our color scheme for baby boy is very similar to yours, minus the pink. And I LOVE that Ikea cart you pinned. (Just pinned it myself.) Could be the perfect catch-all for diapers and such. I'll be stalking your Pinterest to see what other great finds you come across! :)

Brooke! Can't wait to see more of your nursery design process. I know it is going to be fabulous & I love that we're going in a similar direction. It doesn't surprise me :) xoxo

Miriam - tween is the word I was looking for when writing this post!

May 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterKristin

I bought my daughter a bunk bed at a place in Chicago. When she grows up she says she wants to be a princess and last year I was looking for a loft bed for her and instead I found a staircase bed at It is white and I have it decorated with a cloth cover that wraps around the bunk bed and makes it looks like a princess castle.

February 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Tingley

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