Tiny Totem Children’s Room

Back in October I showed you the {Design Boards} for this room and I am so excited to finally share the end results!  You may remember my {gender neutral} nursery known best for its kelly green walls?  Well, this is the big girl room for the same home.  Actually, Little Miss G will be moving out from the green and modern forest into the new woodsy themed room complete with teepee and totem pole to share with her big sister. The third daughter for this family arrived just before Christmas and we completed the install and {photography} for this room in just the nick of time!

Images: Photo Designs by Odessa

I really wanted to carry a bit of the forest theme into this room but in a different way and in a more girly color scheme.  So why don’t we talk about the” starting point”…something I speak about all of the time on this blog.  Every room needs a starting point…something to work off of.  In this room, this small scaled zig zag fabric print in shades of amethyst, olive, black and plum was it. Sometimes I find an item for a room and it just speaks to me, and that zig zag was telling me “buy me…design away with me!”.  And that I did.  My next must have for this room was the teepee. Every kid needs a special little hideaway in which to read, play hide and seek…make memories in!  To make the teepee extra cush I added a mini fur rug as well as had custom pillows made.  A medallion pattern paired perfectly with the zig zag print that I trimmed with a black faux leather fringe.

Yellow star lanterns and a whimsical wall clock placed over the teepee were my way of insinuating sleeping under the moon and the stars.

 

My clients wanted the room to be able to sleep three girls if down the road they all ever wanted to bunk together.  We chose these twin beds that can also be stacked into bunk beds.  That would allow us to place an additional bed in ones place.  There is also a trundle under the left bed for sleepovers.

I wanted to have glimpses that catered to each girl so I had custom knit pillows made with each girls initial to sit on their own beds.

Over each bed also hung a bird cage with clothes pins to hang photos and mementos.  Since the girls are younger, we just clipped family photos up for now.  As they get older, and each of them gain their own preferences towards things, they can each customize their own to suit themselves.  In addition to the birdcages, I took inexpensive cork boards and re-covered them with a black and white tree-grain pattern from IKEA.  I also crafted each girl a yarn wrapped initial to add what {Brad Goreski calls a “POC” as in “Pop of Color”} Couldn’t agree more Brad!

 

I used some leftover fabric to wrap the clients existing lamp and styled the children’s toys and books at their level for easy play and clean up.

 

Now here is where the totem part comes in.  Back in July I gave some tips for {hanging your artwork} and one of the examples was the “totem hang”.  I thought it would be a fun way to hang artwork for their room which was a collection of some of the children’s art, their Daddy’s art when he was younger and a couple new purchases.

Whenever possible, I always try to include my clients personal mementos into their designs. It allows the space to become more personal and homey and makes it so a room doesn’t end up just being a bunch of meaningless stuff. The father of these girls made this spectacular string art as a child.  I was so excited when I saw it and realized it was just perfect and special for this room. I had it matted and framed to accentuate the medallion.  It really just creates the perfect mood as you enter the room.

The custom built chalkboard was made with reclaimed barn wood and hung at toddler height for easy access.  The pay telephone was added for imaginary play.  Although we did not hook it up, it is an actual working phone. And PLEASE note…the cord is not left in the room at this point when there is no adult supervision.  So no emails are necessary telling me I’ve left a hazard in their room…we’ve already covered that =)

And no children’s woodsy room would be complete without a deer-head all dolled up with feathered eyelashes and felted necklace!

 

I cannot wait to see these girls grow up making great memories in this room.  Although I love designing nurseries, a room for a child that is old enough to express excitement for their new space just takes the cake.  Even at a young age they already have their own tastes and dis-pleasures which really translates into–working with toddlers could be your best…or possibly worst client!  I’ll take my chances =)

A BIG thanks to Odessa of {Photo Designs by Odessa} I usually shoot my rooms by myself but decided it’s time to leave that up to the professionals.

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