Chloe’s Room: bohemian-vintage inspired

Kids bedrooms are a great place to take decorating risks: Try a new DIY project, choose a paint color you would never dare use in the living room or re-purpose an old piece of furniture.  It doesn’t have to cost a bundle for a child’s bedroom to change and reflect their personality as they grow up.

The baby blanket I made for Chloe when she was a year old was the inspiration for her new room (in the new house).

The bed and color scheme below might be too childish for when Chloe becomes a senior in high school, but imagine the same bed repainted in high gloss black or kelly green  -with zebra print sheets!  Suddenly the look is much more fun and mature -a whole new look for the cost of a sheet set and a can of paint!  Meanwhile this color palette of watermelon pink, sunlight yellow and ethereal blue add to the sweet vintage vibe which suits her right now.

A variety of watermelon pink hues, sunlight gold and icy aqua blues make up the rooms color palette and give it a vintage vibe!

This twin sized bed has a laid back feminine feeling by mixing and matching different co-ordinating vintage patterns and colors.

Imagination required: icy pale blue walls, crystal chandelier, feathery faux fur throw, freehand painted white tree with 3D flowers and a yellow sky? Why not?

No need to hire an artist (or be one) for this wall mural! Using leftover white trim paint simply paint out a trunk and a few branches (don’t over think it!), pin a few 3D flowers by Umbra and you’re done!

Inexpensive sheer drapery panels on swing arm elbow curtain rods are fun and different, and give the feeling of shutters, while horizontal white wood blinds installed inside the window frame provide privacy and room darkening.

Chloe loves animals (and shoes!); Luckily it’s easy to find cute and fun animal art in most home decor shops.

An old and outdated bedside table takes on a more custom and whimsical look with a coat of watermelon-pink spray paint and a light mist of gold over top.   The gold oval mirror picks up the shape of the door hardware which I also spray painted gold (I love how they look like earrings!)

Re-purpose old or outdated furniture in a fun color for a child’s bedroom!

Chloe’s vintage desk/vanity: I silver and gold leafed the desk top and re-upholstered the adjustable vintage Emeco desk chair (I scored a few years ago for $15) in hot pink velvet.  Peel and stick mirrored wall hooks from the dollar store are a no fuss way to store necklaces and bracelets.

A magnetic board painted with chalk-board paint and an unused galvanized metal window box hung below it now holds eraser, chalk and snowflake magnets (in winter, flower magnets in summer!).

An adorable shoe printed table lamp with an amber color light bulb provides soft lighting for reading before bed.

Of course, Chloe’s room doesn’t look this tidy all of the time! Under bed bins provide easy hidden storage for small toys and dress-up clothes. (The doll-house was mine, a kit-build from 1979, I redecorated it and gave it to Chloe when she turned two!)

What little girl doesn’t want a pink walk-in closet complete with a pink fringe entry?

Girl’s bohemian-vintage inspired bedroom

The 101: spray paint can transform and update just about any furniture or accessory and keeping your redecorating costs to a minimum!  Look in the garage, storage closet and kitchen cupboards for items you don’t need or use every day which could be re-imagined in your child’s space.  Usually pushing furniture up against the wall is a decorating no-no, but making sure that a child is comfortable and has enough space to spread out and play with a friend is more important than aesthetics!  Hit up dollar stores, clearance bins, second hand shops and grandma’s house …not only will it save you money, but you can end up with some really unique finds and as an added bonus you won’t feel too badly when one day your child decides she longer likes pink!

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19 thoughts on “Chloe’s Room: bohemian-vintage inspired

  1. great room, you definetly have a LOT more ideas than me, i didn’t mean to sound like a sexist pig in my post, i’m not one really, hope i didn’t come across that way you’re a very talented lady, love the tree. following and liked.

  2. I got a really nice leather office chair for my house, but within a few weeks, it started squeaking when rocking. This has happened to me with all my other desk chairs with the rocking function. The squeak seems to be coming from the spring that allows the chair to rock (the one you tighten or loosen, depending on how you like it), but the spring is entirely covered by the plastic knob used to tighten it. Since it’s covered, I can’t really get to it with WD40, even when using that straw thing it comes with. I’m not overloading the chair, since I only weigh 170 lbs, so I’m not quite sure what to do about the squeak.

    • Hmmm that’s def annoying. I am not sure what you could do about the squeak. Why don’t you contact the store where you purchased the chair? They may have some tips for you to try! Good luck.

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  4. great room, you definetly have a LOT more ideas than me, i didn’t mean to sound like a sexist pig in my post, i’m not one really, hope i didn’t come across that way you’re a very talented lady, love the tree. following and liked.

  5. Very cute! Nice job. I really like the tree extended onto the ceiling… I’m actually considering a tree in my son’s room to take up space on the huge wall in there. A non-girly gender neutral tree, of course. :) He had one in his nursery at our last house. I photoshoped the image up, but still haven’t quite decided. We shall see!

    • Yes, when my sons were younger I did a jungle theme in their shared bedroom! I got a couple of those big leaves from Ikea http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60054636/ , painted a sky, a chalkboard wall and got bamboo place-mats from the dollar store to cover up the blah plain white storage shelves in their rooms! ….and it was real cute. Too bad I don’t have photos. It seems like a lifetime ago (they are 13 & 15 now). Anyways… have fun and good luck! :-)

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    • Oops sorry about that! Thanks for taking the time to write a second time! My only advice would be to write about what you know and love. Good luck! Thanks again.

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