When Lottie first requested a “purple room” I slightly cringed. As an aesthetic mother, this was going against all my pink, green and blue desires that Presley has also always loved. However, I remembered back to my teen years, when I rebelled against my mothers floral and bow border, complete in pinks and blues and requested a purple room myself. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and thank goodness, Caitlin Wilson has put ALL the love and grace back into the color purple. With hints of lavender, wisteria and all the things that bring out the most pleasant shades of this hue – there was no shortage of wonderful choices. My only semi-regret is that soon after I ordered my wallpaper and fabrics, she came out with a kid’s line. However, wallpaper is up – and there’s no turning back now! So today I’m sharing all my picks for her purple palace.
The best advice I can give someone who is decorating a room of any kind is to ORDER SAMPLES. From paint, to wallpaper to fabrics, this is crucial. Dye lots can change, natural light affects shades and I’ve made too many mistakes along the way that have taught me this important lesson. Caitlin Wilson offers wonderful samples, and it really helped me narrow down my choices once I got them in the room. The other advice I have is to take your time, and do the room in stages – rather than all at once. I always feel a sense of urgency, when in all reality it’s best to take your time and piece the room together. It’s easier on your budget that way as well – as many of us can’t just do it “all at once.” Living with furniture, patterns and textures for a while before adding helps me avoid clutter. We have custom framed pieces that we still haven’t hung in Lottie’s room because I’m still undecided about how to balance them. So take your time, don’t rush – often you’ll make hasty decisions that you end up feeling unhappy about living with.
Another little “tid-bit” of advice if you’re doing a child’s room is to involve them in some way. Make them feel like they’ve made some of these big decisions. We turned some of Lottie’s requests into Christmas presents. Santa Clause was nice enough to deliver her canopy right down the chimney! It was a win-win for us – no plastic toys cluttering up the house that she’ll quickly tire of – but a lasting piece for her bedroom that we would have purchased anyway. Use birthdays, holidays and any opportunity to gift your child pieces for their room.
Okay, now on to the process. I have to admit, once I dug into Lottie’s room, it quickly became my favorites in the house. It is peaceful, serene and sometimes I find myself sitting in her glider with my coffee in hand while I chat with girlfriends. I knew I wanted custom lacquered nightstands, and Winston Collections (found on Instagram) helped make that dream come true. I was able to choose ANY Sherwin-Williams paint color in the deck, and they turn a second hand piece of furniture into a sparkling beauty. I was able to find a “ready to go” option though, that is VERY similar, linked below. Yay! As I wrap up the final details of the room, I find myself undecided on what color to embroider her shams, so I’m leaving them for now while I contemplate more. I’m drawn to the pink and purple combo HERE I’ve loved since designing Presley’s big girl room – when I ALMOST went for purple then. What would your choice of thread color be? I’m also undecided on a rug – pattern or solid? Leave any ideas you have in the comments and help me decide! I would love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoy all these items that inspired her room. I’ve linked everything below for you!
Floral Wallpaper // Check Pillows // Scalloped Sham // Pique Coverlet // Disney Princess Sheets // Disney Princess Pillow // Faux Bamboo Nightstand // Stafforshire Dog Print // Bow Wall Mirror (Round) // Gold Leaf Mirror (Pictured) // Canopy // Gingham Lamp