It started with a promise I made to my 8-year-old daughter, Gigi. She could have her own room by the time she started the 3rd grade this Fall. The plan made sense—Gigi was getting older and sharing a room with her little brother was losing its cool factor. Not to mention her baby sister Sloane was growing out of the nursery next door.A plan was hatched—I would switch the girls. Gigi would get her own room, and Sloane would move in with her brother, Gray.
Summer travel kicked in, and before I knew it, August had begun. This meant I had to tackle a complete room transformation in a very short time. Thankfully, our friends at Serena & Lily stepped up to help Gigi and I with our design plans, and together, we created the perfect “big girl” room makeover.
Gigi’s wishes for her new room included a desk for homework and the color purple. Personally, I was excited to use the fresh wall space in her room as an opportunity to showcase the beautiful artwork that she was creating at her favorite art class.
Together, we pinned our very favorite items, including many from Serena & Lily, and the room started to look like a real big girl room. Serena and her team jumped in and added some extra love because even though I look at design all day long, it was nice to have a little help pulling the details together.
We planned an art wall over the desk mixing a black-and-white brushing painting of Gigi’s with other framed bright prints. A few of her other pieces, like her self portrait, were placed next to the bed or in white frames on the dresser. Serena suggested their new plum wide stripe wallpaper for the space, and I decided that installing the paper on the ceiling would be more dramatic. The horizontal stripes added an unexpected punch. After that, the last few elements fell into place.
All of the pieces we selected were beautiful yet very practical. The big storage baskets are great for tucking away all of Gigi’s toys and books, and the soft flokati rug gives her plenty of room for comfy floor time play with her dolls. The one piece in the room that we added just for the pure fun of it was the hanging rattan swing. It’s a fun spot for Gigi to curl up with a good book, and what kid wouldn’t want a swing in their room!
Gigi and I want to extend a huge thank you to Serena & Lily. The collaboration was so much fun, and we both couldn’t be happier with how the new big girl room turned out. It has a sophisticated yet fun vibe with loads of personal touches. For more details on the room and to check out Serena’s top tips for updating a kid’s room, visit Serena & Lily’s blog and the gallery.
Images by Colin Price Photography