Believe it or not, both of our girls had their rooms "redone" when we moved in. I know that I featured one of them over a month ago and then never really mentioned the other one. The reason wasn't that it wasn't done- but more just that I hadn't photographed it. My definition of "clean room" is pretty loose during the summer, and we aren't huge bed makers in this family any time of the year. But since she's back at school this week, I spent some time this past weekend getting her room cleaned up for her to start off the school year on the right foot.
As you'll see in the pictures, she likes to collect things and she loves to display her collections. I didn't want to deny her of that, so a big goal of how we set up her room was to give her lots of space to display her things in a way that would make her happy and not drive us crazy with a cluttered feel. So with that said- this room is a true kid's room. The room was cleaned up for the photos, but not really "staged" (as in, hiding un-photogenic stuff), this room is her room filled with her stuff and I wanted to show it off that way.
Her old room had dark dark pink walls by default- and since that is what she was used to, she gravitated towards the pink paint swatches when we were looking at room colors. She also wanted me to do a focal wall of zebra stripes. There are a million pictures online of EXACTLY the room that she wants- probably because every pre-teen girl in the last 5 years has fallen in love with the black/white/pink zebra stripe themed room. I did not want to do a trendy room that she'd tire of in a few years, so I agreed to pink but only from the top row of a selection of pink paint swatch strips. We agreed on a very very pale pink color and then I promised to turn up the heat in the room with lots and lots of bright pink accents.
As you can see, I let her have her wish of zebra in a very subtle way- her bed sheets. I love mixing patterns in kids' rooms, so the watercolor floral quilt mixed with the zebra sheets and tie dye striped curtains gave the room the playful and colorful feel that I had mind when we first started planning out her room.
To prevent the art projects from taking over her room I told her she could save anything that would fit into one cubby. Luckily she still has some room yet to fill it up before I start making her throw stuff away. The other cubbies are filled with bins of things like legos, squinkies, games, art supplies and jewelry.
One of my favorite things about her room is that the walls are filled with art projects that we mostly made together. A few items (like the butterfly cross stitch and chandelier painting) were gifts, but everything else on display was created by one or both of us.
So there you have it. In my opinion, the perfect room for a 1st grader, with lots of opportunities to make a few swaps here and there to help it grow with her over the next few years.