Oh man, I hate to even put that picture on here! ^^^ What a hot mess!!
But I love the....
We were in the store a few months back and Paige saw a big, blown up sign advertising this Shabby Chic bedroom line and she was instantly head over heals in love! Which kind of surprised me, because in the past, she hasn't been super girly in her taste of bedroom decor. She asked if she could get the frilly quilt for her birthday, which was still months away, and I said "Hmm, well, we'll think about it..." knowing confidently that she would change her birthday request 100 times before May. But guess what? She DIDN'T! She consistently asked for that thing for like two and a half months! So we decided to go for it, and surprise her with a few other things as well, to make it a whole new room! We've recently had electrical work done, which left big white patches on her light blue walls, so we told her that she had to sleep downstairs for a couple of nights while we painted the walls. **evil chuckle** She had NO idea what we were doing. Ah, I love it when they are young and easy to hide things from. ;o)
She's always wanted a desk in her room, so I snuck out one Sunday while she was at a friend's house (dude! it's hard to find a time when I'm not around her!!) and scoured our mega-huge-and-awesome thrift/antique store in town and found the perfect little desk with a stool and mirror! Score!! It just needed white paint, as it was a kind of yucky looking wood color. Then I covered the 90's tropical (but not in a cool way) fabric on the stool with a navy and white polka dot. I added a vintage floral hatbox from an old friend to hold accessories, vintage lace curtains from my mom/grandma, and handmade artwork. But my FAVORITE art is the vintage Samantha poster on the wall, which needs a frame still, and-get this!-was brought home by my husband! He found it at a thrift store, and you should have seen my dancing! Major brownie points for that one.
She was so surprised, and she LOVED it! In the midst of her gushing, she said: "Oh, Mom, this is like, totally a teen's room!" (the ultimate test in coolness) I didn't have the heart to tell her that it wasn't really at all what a teenager would want...I'll just let her feel cool. Because she is. :O)
So thankful to be able to surprise our little cookie pie! I never get tired of making her happy. Well, you know, except when I want to sell her to the gypsies. ;o)