Last year, one of my dearest friends began renovating a 19th century Victorian home and asked me if I would like to design the bedrooms for her three children. She knew how much I loved creating spaces for children and how much I loved her children, so it seemed like a perfect match. For me, this was a dream job because we were purchasing everything from scratch (which basically meant that I would be able to have my vision fulfilled) and the fact that I was able to design for a brand new space (new floors, walls, lighting!) was just the icing on the cake. We worked on all the rooms over the summer (literally continents apart) and this fall I was able to pull the rooms together while at the same watch a family that I adore move into their dream home. In short, it was an amazing opportunity and I think the rooms we've done so far really reflect just how much love went into this project.
Today I'm so excited to finally share with you the room I did for their second child, Andy. I try not to play favorites, but I have to say right now this room is topping my list of all any space that I've ever done. I think this room is just so fun, bold, unique and special and it's not such a coincidence that those are all the same words that I would use to describe Andy.
Before beginning this room, I knew I wanted to find a way to incorporate a large wall map somewhere in this room. When I think of Andy, I have always considered him to be such a worldly and all knowing little guy and given that he is a dual citizen I felt like world "theme" would be something that would suit him now, just as much as it will in 10 years. After doing some research I found this map decal on Amazon (and for under $100!) and I loved the bright colors so much, I knew that this is what the room would be built around. We picked the paint color to compliment (not match) the map and let me say, this was no easy process.
Out of all the rooms this was the one we tried the most samples in, close to a dozen. I already knew that I was doing a dark navy in Andy's older brother's room, so I wanted to stay away from that given that they are across the hall from each other. At first I was a little afraid of going to bold on the walls because I didn't want them to compete with the statement wallpaper but when I stumbled upon the color Lazy Sunday by Ben Moore online, I knew it was the one.
In the end we decided to let Andy choose, and the moment he saw Lazy Sunday he also immediately chose it as his favorite which meant we finally had a winner. We weren't sure which wall we were using the mural on (initially I was going to put it behind the bookshelf / dresser) and I knew that if we put it on the wall behind the bed we would still see a little of the wall. Because of this I wanted the color to stand up on it's own versus blending into the map and I'd say it most definitely does!
The next step was to pick all of the furniture. I knew that I wanted the room to have lighter furniture to give it a little of a "west coast" vibe and as soon as I saw the bed and the dresser I knew they would look amazing in the space. Funny enough, they are from the "Anderson" collection which is not only my last name but the maiden last name of my friend. I'd say this bedroom set was meant to be! I'm not a fan of matchy matchy furniture so I chose the bookshelf and side table from another store to attempt to make the room look a little more eclectic, like it had been designed over time. Also, those leather handles on the nightstand truly had me at "hello" and I knew I wanted to use it in this room.
The next step was to decide bedding and accessories and honestly that was the easy part. I saw the duvet styled with those star sheets (a set I use many projects) when I was searching PBK and I knew they would look awesome with the wall color. I've used those romans in other projects and even though the blue isn't exact, I knew they would compliment the bedding well. The indoor / outdoor rug was actually from Land of Nod, but you would never be able to tell it wasn't from the same line as the bedding because it really matches so perfectly.
Our final step was to bring in some accessories to make the room "pop" and I think the touches of red did just that. In there room there was a little red chair and I loved how it broke up the sea of blue. Keeping that in mind I brought in the red lamp on the bedside table and as a nod to his heritage a Canadian flag. Everything else was already existing in the room and it was just a matter of pulling it all together.
Out of all the kids that I've worked with, Andy has truly been the most involved and really is so appreciative to have a space that really reflects who he is. Being able to start fresh made the project so easy and knowing this family so well really made it such a joy. I love knowing that this is the room Andy will remember from his childhood and I can't think of a better space to grow up in. Hopefully his parents won't blame me if he decides to travel the world when he grows up! Xx