Saturday, June 25, 2011

Room 2: fairytale dream land

Right. The countdown is on - 6 sleeps to go until we move house. I'm absolutely rapt that my little miss five is excited about moving and when we were checking out the new house she had the great idea that her little sister could move in with her. Ever since I've been day dreaming and pondering how to combine the d├ęcor ideas and patterns of my two girls’ current rooms into one, so that it suits a new, shared room for a five year old and a nearly two year old.

Princesses and fairy tales seems the obvious age-spanning choice, but I’m trying not to be obvious! So instead I’ve been searching online under my “big idea” theme of whimsical and restful. This has opened me up to a whole world of possibilities including fairy tales and vintage themes.

Miss five's room was only just recently completed using quaint Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty fairy tale fabric in pale pinks and greens from Heather Ross' Far, Far Away II collection, so that will stay. Miss Two's room was all done in vintage-styled owls and birds when she was first born - so I'm thinking that I will extend this theme while matching miss five's quaint style, and bring in some Heather Ross' soft duck egg blue-coloured Owl and the Pussycat fabric, from the same range/s.

On the bed I'll shabby-chic it a bit with a pink/brown damask and spotted reversible fabric quilt for miss five, and keep miss two's much-loved duck egg blue/brown damask and spotted fabric quilt from her old room, from my lovely sister-in-law's homegrown business, Holly Chic.

Both little girls will have gauze canopies on their beds...and I've nabbed a gorgeous old fashioned white dressing table with an oval Sleeping Beauty-styled mirror off trademe. I just need to find a dressing table stool or vintage piano stool to sit in front of it. The finishing touches will be an amazing pink, funky-styled chandelier, from Chicos online, and I have nabbed two 'tree hangers' from Mocka to sit in the corner, like in a fairy tale forest, and hang all their dress ups and dancing costumes.

I’ve also got my eye on this gorgeous “up, up and away” hot air balloon themed print from carodandelion - or this other whimsical print by sweetwilliam here, from . Both local New Zealand artists, these talented Kiwis specialise in mixed media prints and I love the layered effects of the watercolour and whitewash-effect of damask patterns and vintage wallpapers.

I may have to sleep (or dream) on it…but only for six more nights!

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