Monday, April 04, 2011

Inspired by Scarlett

My most recent client is 3 year old Scarlett, who needed a room to grow into as she outgrew her crib.  Together Marissa and I worked with a pink, white and scarlet color story to create a sophisticated, yet playful room.  

Marissa was lucky enough to have this amazing vintage bed just hanging out in her basement, and she dressed it with the Shabby Chic line from Target and pillows from Pier One.  I added a handmade pillow sewn from vintage fabrics to top it off.  Next to the bed is a little footstool so Scarlett can climb in and out of bed by herself.

Typically, fabric is chosen before paint because it is much easier to match paint to a pillow than it is to find a pillow to match an existing wall color.  The pale pink paint in Scarlett's room, however, was in great condition and a great color to begin with, so we worked backwards.  We scored with vintage smocked drapes in a pale pink, an amazing match for an existing paint color.

This heavy table was too large in scale for a nightstand, so it was positioned across from the bed, where it could handle the weight of the whole wall.  It actually began life as a beautiful dark wood, but Marissa coated it in white paint to make it visually lighter.  Baby blessing gowns from all the children in the family were framed and displayed with a few favorite pieces.  Next to the table lays her baby doll in a chippy-paint cradle won on ebay.  Because of the lead paint sometimes found in old furniture, it's always good to put a topcoat (or two) of clear poly-acrylic over the existing paint.

Nighty Night, Scarlett.  Sweet dreams.

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