Elizabeth, our son's girlfriend has come to live with us. She is just a gem and we are so happy to have her. I am especially happy to have another girl in the house. All these boys I live with are finally realizing that I'm not an alien, I'm a girl, as they see her doing some of the weird things I do - he he!
Anyway, we needed to get a space ready for her since all of our home is boyified. I can't EVEN tell you how much fun I had decorating for a girl!!! Elizabeth is very feminine but not a fru fru lace and ruffles kind of girl so I knew exactly what I was trying to accomplish when I started out. She has been accepted to The Art Institute for dress design so I really wanted to create a space that would reflect her personality, goals, dreams and also be a space that would inspire her to draw and sew and yet be very functional and practical as well.
Here is the before photo:
Thankfully the walls were just plain white which gave me a nice clean crisp canvas to work with! I knew because of the lack of color on the walls I would need to add some major pops of color in the decorating elements.
I started out with this dress:
Next I had my Great Grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine:
Next I moved on to the bed. I started with these amazing curtains and built a not so frilly small canopy:
Then I added this headboard I picked up second hand:
Every bed needs bedside tables so I added these tables and lamps which I also picked up second hand:
I knew that Elizabeth would need a place to draw and sew so a desk was in order. I had this cherry desk and chair with very granny like upholstery so I once again got out the spray paint - have I mentioned how much I love spray painting furniture - he he. Here is the after photo of the desk and chair:
Finally she needed a functional space for clothing and things. Since the room doesn't have a closet, I picked up a clothes rack and used a set of rubbermaid drawers I had kicking around - not glamerous I know but they worked nevertheless:
All that was left now was to decorate - YAY!
I found this little dress form for hanging jewelry on:
I added this frame which I had with a pic of Elizabeth and Isaiah from Grad:
Moving around the room from left to right:
COST for ROOM:
dress - free
sewing machine - free
curtains - $20.00
other materials for canopy - $22.00
bed linens including matress cover, sheets and pillows - $111.00
headboard - $20.00
tables - $10.00
lamps - $5.00
frame - $6.00
basket - $10.00
spray paint - $40.00
jewelry dress form - $13.00
pictures - $60.00
clothes rack - $10.00
Grand Total: 327.00
I'd love to hear what you think of my little decorating effort!