a sweet suite

Monday, July 25, 2011

This is our daughter, Madeline’s room.  It’s actually a suite combining two little rooms, a bathroom and a walk-in closet.  Her friends call it her “doll house” and my husband refers to it as her NYC apartment, only in California.

This sitting room is using space above the garage.  It has three windows on the side and three windows in front which is her closet.  You can see the space here on House Exterior – Before and After.
This little corner of her room is a great spot to keep her magazines.  She loves magazines as much as I do! 
Looking into her sitting room from her bedroom.  There are two steps down which provides extra seating for her friends.
This little hutch is from Room and Board.  It’s great for storage, but she never liked that you could see what was inside before we added the fabric on the inside of the doors.  We have yet to make pillows with all the beautiful fabrics we found at http://maisonnetteoceanside.com/We cut two pieces of fabric and attached them inside with bright pink tape.  No sewing involved, but problem solved!
Her desk is from West Elm, chair is from IKEA.  When I started to photograph her room I took a look around and hardly changed a thing.  This is how her room looks most of the time…she’s amazingly neat for a teenager.
She loves her inspiration board and keeps finding little spots for new things she finds.
Her bed is tucked into the corner.  I had given measurements to our contractor, but when the furniture was moved in we had a bit of a problem.  The bed did not fit the space.  We tried to move the furniture around, but there was no place large enough for the bed.   The contractor had to add wheels to the bed so that it can be pulled out to make.  There is a little cubby that holds a small lamp, book and glass of water.
My husband built this piece when we were first married.  It has been painted a creamy white distressed finish in the shabby chic days.  Then it was in our living room painted black as a bar for years.  Now it has found its way into Madeline’s room and holds her books, perfume bottles and inside the drawer, her jewelry.
We lined the drawer with pink construction paper and placed all her little bowls and plates to keep her jewelry safe and free from tangles.  Each has a story of where it’s from and why it’s special.  The blue stripe one is from her 8th grade Latin trip to Rome, the one next to it with the pink rose is from Melissa’s adorable shop, Bixby & Ball.
Her bathroom is tiny too…so impossible to photograph.  We added white painted brick on one wall to give it an old feeling.    She has some storage to the left of the toilet with pullout drawers.  The tub/shower is all white subway tile.
I designed board and batten walls for each room in the house.  I love the texture and warmth it adds.  The photo was taken with a cheap underwater camera when Madeline, age 10 was snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef.  I almost didn’t process the film thinking it would not be worth it!  I was so surprised!

Some day I will have a painting made like this by Jane Mount for each of my kids.  I know Madeline’s list of favorites will include a few of these.


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