A different take on the reading nook

It was clear to me from the start that this nook needed more drama since it was such a great space and I wanted to make it quite special for the little girl.
Turning it into the reading nook with a cushion was a done deal, but I thought that a great chandelier would provide the much-needed drama.
I chose window curtains that would sparkle when the chandelier was lit. The nook turned out to be a quite a dazzling place to read a favorite book.

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The train room

This was a project from a couple of years back when my twin boys were incurable lovers of all things Thomas the Tank Engine.  And so it was quite natural that when the time came to decorate the room for one of them it was chosen to be a train room. It was a joint effort with my friend, and we combined a mural with decals of the trains. The room was a big hit with the boys, who are having a hard time to part with it, although they said goodbye to Thomas a while ago :(

Here are the pictures.

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Making the canopy

Making the canopy was a fun project. I didn’t want to use an old world coronet, but something more playful, more appropriate for a 5 year-old girl. The flowers were perfect, plus their blue color was exactly what we needed for our color pallette. Here are some photos to document the process.

Getting the flowers up and securely into the wall was by far the most challenging part of the whole process. My wonderful handyman came to the rescue.

And here is the final product. Aren’t they lovely?

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Making the room for a 5 year old girl

Designing the room for a little girl was a dream come true from a creative point of view. The mom of the little girl was so on board with every suggestion I had and gave me a free hand to be creative.

The little girl came up with her color scheme ; she liked the purple and turquoise colors so we started to work with that. Her new bedding gave us a lot of ideas how to combine the existing colors with new ones. The three new pieces of furniture were custom remade to match the color of the bed.

Here is a before and after slideshow:

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This chandelier is no doubt a star of the room.   Because  we couldn’t place it in the middle of the room due to the much needed fan already occupying the prime spot, it was installed in the nook. The space instantly went glamourous and the sparkly curtains I made for the windows reflected the light on the glitzy sparkles in the dark.

The vanity with the vanity stool was a big hit and I hope it will be useful as the little girl grows. It was one of my treasure finds, and after I gave it a makeover (see the Before & After page) the art deco furniture came alive in full shine.

The beautiful fairy has it own magic;  I liked the sharp contrast of the dark purple fairy decal on the light colored wall. She is sharp:)

The cornices on the window treatments were made in the more classical style with a great modern fabric to complement the purple color scheme in the room.

And here is the final surprise: The canopy with flowers. Read my next post about making the canopy.