before & after | Mill valley kids rooms

I know I say it a lot but designing kids bedrooms is really fun. I love using bright colors and kid's rooms tend to be the easiest place to do that. For this project, the objective was to create a room for a soon-to-be-10-year-old girl (Emma) that would last into her teen years and a room for the sweetest 3-year-old (Sadie) that would help her happily transition to a 'big girl bed'.

I linked most of the items featured in these rooms below!

My first idea for our tween room was to create a space that felt more like a studio apartment than a bedroom. Isn't that what every kid over the age of ten really wants? I found this amazing slipcover daybed by Restoration Hardware that had the feel of a super deep sofa and knew that was the perfect place to start. I wanted Emma to have a space that she could lounge with her gal pals and sit and read before bed.

BEFORE

 Furniture placement was all off.

Furniture placement was all off.

 YES, those are lime green walls!

YES, those are lime green walls!

AFTER

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Emma had a lot of ideas when it came to her room and really wanted a bold color on the walls. It's hard to tell from the photos but this room has lots of angles and facets to the ceiling and walls. To create a focal point we decided to focus on the wall behind the bed paint the rest of the room and ceiling white to brighten up the oddly-shaped space.

The ombré wall was a labor of love (...for my painter). It took two tries to get it right but in the end, it was totally worth the effort. We used two Benjamin Moore colors for the top and the bottom shades and blended the two colors for the middle shade. This process requires two dry paint bushes to feather in and blend the colors while the paint is still wet. My painter hasn't been returning my calls lately but I am sure he was as thrilled with this project as I am ;-)

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I layered lots of patterns and textures to warm up the lofty space. We reused a storage bench from Sadie's room and revamped Emma's existing dressers with new brass and marble pulls from Anthropologie (linked below). I try to reuse, revamp and repurpose whenever possible - it's not always about buying ALL new furniture and accessories. 

Bright Happy Girls' Bedrooms in Mill Valley
Bright Happy Girls' Bedrooms in Mill Valley

We wanted to make sure Emma had a place to do homework and be creative. I put together this little study nook with lots of wall storage for all her notebooks and projects to try to keep the desk area tidy. Emma really wanted a cork board so I found this wall tile at Target and created a fun pattern that would look good even when empty (which I suspect they never will be!).

Emma weighed in on the placement of all of our wall decor and I think she really enjoyed being part of the process. According to her mom, she seriously loves her room!


For sassy little Sadie's room, we decided to use Emma's old Serena & Lily bed and work around that. Sadie was ready to get out of her toddler bed and we wanted to make that was really special for her by giving her room a refresh. We also wanted to disguise the older bed a little so no one felt like they were getting hand me downs ;-)

BEFORE

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AFTER

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You can't tell from the photos but this room has a MASSIVE window that required a huge roman blind to keep out the light. Because the window was so big and so focal in the room, I went with a  flat roman in a super neutral woven grass cloth. This allowed the posp of color and cute accessories to be the stars of the room.

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The Rifle Paper Co. print above the bed was the inspiration for the room. I pulled the pops of blue, yellow and coral and placed them throughout the room. The bright coral Land of Nod pieces gave us a little girly touch without going overboard.  Striped sheets with the floral duvet made for a playful mix.

Serena & Lily baskets are perfect for stylish toy storage and laundry hamper. I added sweet little touched from West Elm to style to bookcase and side table. Voila! Two seriously cool kids rooms! 

Links to all retail items below!

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