Lila and Jamesy’s Sophisticated Funk

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As an interior designer for kids, I get to design a lot of nurseries and kids rooms, but designing for my own children was a wonderful challenge with a huge reward! We wanted to take the room from soothing nursery to wild child toddler. With the help of the pink and gold wall - with pink and gold doors - I think we managed to achieve just that!

Design Inspiration

My inspiration for the project was the huge piece of color chart art hanging in my daughters' room. We already had the hanging chair, the chartreuse wallpapered ceiling, and the teal carpet - now I was looking for something fun to update it a bit and make it a bit more girly, while carrying on the eclectic, boho feel of the space. I thought through so many color combinations based on that piece of artwork. Who would have guessed that chartreuse, jade, raspberry, and gold would be the palette that worked?!

Decorating Style

My style is generally very clean and modern. I went a little wild in this space. There are a lot of details, like the fabrics on the bed pillows and the papers in the frames inside the closet doors, that make it special and a little more "out there" than what I usually do. However, this style seemed to fit my kids and the space the best. So we went with it! Involving my kids in the project was the most fun. We chose the wallpaper together and they were part of most of the design decisions - with a little guidance from mom, of course.

Project Details

The wallpaper on the ceiling is by Schumacher. The wallpaper on the wall is by Cole and Son. The dresser is Ikea Malm in mirror with fretwork overlays from O'verlays that I spray painted gold. The beds are from Ikea. The grey quilts are by Ann Gish and the pillows are made from John Robshaw prints for Duralee. The frames inside the closet are spray painted gold and were bought at Michael's Craft Store. The papers backing them are from Paper Source. The butterfly shadow boxes on top of the bookcase (Ikea) are also a DIY. The swing is by Two's Company. The florescent green lamp is a DIY. Painting and wallpaper hanging courtesy of Granath Color Works. All photos courtesy of Raquel Bianca Creative.

Favorite Items

The florescent green lamp! My daughter saw something similar in a store window. It cost close to $500. I was able to recreate it for $80.


Involve your kids in the process every step of the way! If you're looking to put up wallpaper, tape several samples (that work) to a wall and have them decide which they like best. Do the same with bedding, pillows, and artwork. Choice is key! You select the options and they make the decisions. Everyone is happy!


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