Paige's Simple Shabby Chic Bedroom
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)
I'm 35 and I want that room!! Its absolutely dreamy.ReplyDelete
Haha, thank you!! I'll admit, I did randomly just go sit in her room every day for like a week...it feels so nice in there!Delete
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Oh my! what a lovely retreat, it's perfect! Enjoy your cool room, Paige!ReplyDelete
She says "thanks!" :)Delete
every teen is different! I would love that room :) I'm 30!ReplyDelete
That is true! I probably would have taken the pink version as a teen...actually, I'd take it now! Not sure how the husband would like it... :)Delete
It looks lovely, Disney! And Paige is getting so big!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Brooke! She really is! :)Delete
This is such a sweet and fun post, and I LOVE her sweet response to the surprise (that it's a teen's room).ReplyDelete
OH, and the ADORABLE pictures of her brother "pretend sleeping"!--love them!ReplyDelete
I've written and have been unable to get up the nerve to 'publish' my comments a handful of times over the past few years. I really enjoy your blog, perspective, and authenticity. My mom committed suicide when I was a teen, and I audibly gasped and cried when I read about your sister. Even after being through the loss myself, I don't have the right words to say except I'm sorry.ReplyDelete
The main reason I decided to comment today was something much more lighthearted... I just wanted to share that my 6yr old daughter is requesting "bright colors because that's what teens like" for her new bedroom. I just thought it was funny how into teens this age is and how it's all just made up ideas of what they think is cool. Teens are cool. Therefore, these cool things must be what teens like.
Anyway, thanks for keeping up with the blog even though it's not always easy. It's a ministry to many.
My teen would love a room like this! You did good Mama!!ReplyDelete
Wonderful room. And you are an awesome person. God bless you. You put smiles on our faces. RuthReplyDelete
Just one thing: "Gypsies" usually don't like to be called that. It's like calling a black person a nigger, which I'm sure you'd never ever do. They also don't buy children, but have been discriminated against especially in Europe for centuries. I'm a teacher in Germany and at our school are a number of Roma kids that came as refugees last year. They're in third or fourth grade and never learned to read or write because they didn't dare going to school in their native country. They tell about teachers and other students who hate "gypsies". They were laughed at, bullied and ridiculed by their classmates with teachers watching. They also were beaten by teachers and blamed for everything, because gypsies must be thieves and criminals... I know from reading your blog that you must be a very special and kind person, that's why I'm writing this....
Oh my, thank you! I'm really showing my ignorance here, but I didn't even really know that "gypsies" were a real thing. At least not nowadays. That's just a silly phrase that my mom used to tease us with when we were kids. I'm constantly being humbled by my lack of understanding of life and the world. :O) But I'm glad you can see that I wouldn't ever mean to suggest that those people you are referring to would buy children or are any less wonderful than anyone else. Thanks for opening my eyes a bit! :O)Delete
I think your daughter's room came out terrific!! She looks just "pleased as punch" in the photo of her sitting on her bed! I love scouring local thrift stores also and have found quite a few "gently loved" furniture pieces - among other things - that will have a place in my home. The majority of my kitchen decor are items I've found at local thrift stores. I like how you've incorporated your thrift store "finds" into the theme of Paige's room. You did a really good job in pulling it all together! Ten thumbs up!!ReplyDelete