In the wake of re-doing Anna’s bedroom, I decided to do a mini makeover of Ellie’s (new) room. Somehow it felt odd– asking her to move into Anna’s old room with everything already in it’s place, like taking on another person’s identity; after all Anna’s room was decorated for Anna. I needed to put Ellie’s stamp on it without a total re-do. Plus, I was sick to death of the whole pink and green thing. I mean, SICK of it.
I thought I would remove the bulk of the pink in Anna’s window treatments and chair (The iconic Paule Marrot Tulip in Pink), but not get rid of them, just put them away for a sleep. I happened to have the bamboo shades from my first design go-round of the room, so I re-installed those and made curtains. My original plan was to have all yellow and green. Yellow reminds me of my Ellie; she is such sunshine… and the whole yellow and green thing was such a throw-back, I mean few people request that combination.
But, after it was installed, although it looked sort of Regency-inspired, with the gold/crystal chandy and tiny sunbursts above the beds. The crisp new drapery with yellow trim, even with that insane Zebra carpet– to me, it was falling flat. My thought was to add orange, and I did so in the form of those color blocked pillows and a huge retro poster (not pictured) that is mainly citrus orange. But, still then, it lacked vibrancy and pattern that I feel comfortable with. And then it happened…
Ellie requested that pink be re-introduced. @#$$ I thought! How am I going to do this without it looking the same as it was? Here is what I have come up with so far:
I am doing a tailored slipcover for the club chair in the bright orange floral (also Paule Marrot), recovering the yellow benches in the new Lulu DK Matisse print (white with green, coral, yellow, pink), making a few shams in that retro-fabulous cotton eaf print from Old World Weavers, and somehow I plan to throw a dose in of the orange and pink criss cross. Will this do the trick? We will have to wait and see….