My six-year-old daughter, G, has a big-sized personality: she loves to sing, dance, and tell jokes. I’m a big believer that your environment should reflect who you are, and, in G’s case, her bedroom doesn’t match the zest she brings to her life – and mine. I had long wanted to give G a room that would be more like her, while also being flexible enough to grow with her, transitioning from the elementary school years through to high school. But starting a redesign of her bedroom kept falling to the bottom of my to do list. Then, along came the folks at Wayfair!
Wayfair invited me, a member of the Wayfair Homemakers program, to use their website’s Idea Board feature to create a new bedroom for G as part of their “New Year, New Room” campaign. This was the “kick” I needed I needed to create the bedroom I had been dreaming of for my little girl.
Have you used Wayfair’s Idea Board before? It’s a super easy way to make a virtual bulletin board of your picks, so you can see how everything works before you make your purchase. I like that you can work on your Idea Board over time, which gives people (like me) a way to think (or obsess) over just the right item. To make an Idea Board, log into your Wayfair account and select the “My Boards” button at the top right hand corner. Once there, select “Create a New Board” and label it whatever you like (I called mine “New Year, New Room.”) Once you have your board set up, go through the Wayfair site and select the products you’d like to save to that board, by clicking the button on the right side of “Add to Cart.” Once you select the button, you’ll have the option of which board to save it to—ensuring you’ll want to create more than one board!
After creating my Idea Board, I thought about the problems with G’s current space. I narrowed it down to two areas needing to be fixed: 1) she doesn’t have proper storage for her toys, and 2) the overall look and feel is young and cutesy (think “Frozen” posters and fairies).
Next, I surfed through Wayfair’s site, and the sites of its sister brands, including Dwell and All Modern, creating a collection of items for G’s new room. I aimed for a modern, eclectic feel, with a mix of textures and fun colors.
I started building G’s new room with her bed. I wanted it to be cozy and colorful. To get that “I-want-to-sleep-in-until-noon” feeling, I selected an upholstered headboard (2), patterned bedspread (3), and pillows that screamed G (1, 4-8).
After G’s bed, I moved to storage, adding a basket (9) for her dolls and stuffed animals, and bench (16) – in pink, of course – for games and art supplies. A pouf (13) for the end of her bed, a soft rug to ground the room (11), and a snazzy acrylic chair (10) for homework time added more adult elements the space. I also selected a lacquer dresser (12) and a mirror (15) to hang above it, along with a bedside table (14) and lamp (17), to give the room the furniture G will need to make it all hers.
It looks great, doesn’t it? I’m excited to show my ideas to my six-year-old “client” (daughter) and see if she agrees with the new room I’ve created for her. I hope she finds it as “awesome” as that pillow (1)!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Wayfair Homemaker program, and received payment to participate in Wayfair’s “New Year, New Room” campaign. As always, all opinions are mine alone.