Single Mama Style: Bold Girls’ Room

Note: I have been a little MIA after posting so much for the last 6 weeks or so. End of the semester and school year activities have been draining my energy. 

Zebra & Rainbow Shared Girls' Room

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Today we’re tackling my girls’ room, a semi-difficult room to put together because two girls with two different styles will be sharing the space. I’m really excited about it, though, because we were able to infuse both personalities into the plan.

Coming up with a plan
At first the plan was subdued teal, pink and lavender with sweet Southern girl charm and a built-in room divider, but … well, that doesn’t really describe my girls and we didn’t have room for the divider, anyway. They’re sweet and charming, sure, but they’re more vibrant than subdued.

Because my girls wanted teal (Jaiden) and purple (Jenna), Plan B included Pottery Barn’s lavender Brooklyn comforters, but at more than $100 a pop for a twin size, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them.

And then Jenna decided she didn’t want purple anymore. O.o

Back to the drawing Pinterest board.

Getting their input
This is where i decided, even though it may amount to more stress, I really wanted a space that reflected their personalities and their input. I spent my evenings scouring the Internet for inspiration and gave them a few choices from which to choose.

Thankfully the $59 options won. And my budget breathed a sigh of relief.

I knew I wanted to mix patterns and prints, but after choosing really bold duvets, I was STUCK on everything else for weeks. Until I saw the rainbow zebra canvas. Then? Hallelujah chorus.


Why it works (for us)
It’s perfect because Jaiden loves animal prints (and zebras) and Jenna is really big into rainbow-colored items. We can use the colors from the canvas to complete our palette and really incorporate loads of color. Plus, the leopard fabric is right up Jaiden’s animal-print-loving alley.

The plans thus far – because so far their room has been painted gray and become a warehouse for kitchen appliances, hardwood planks and anything else we need to store – is to bring in color (and LOTS of it!). We have bold teal duvets with grass green sheets, mint cheetah print fabric for curtains and other canvas art from Target ($12-15 each). Over the weekend I gave the former dining room chandelier a makeover (for less than $6!) with a can of teal spray paint, so that will be brought in too.

If that flatweave rug is ever in stock again, it will help complete our bold shared girls’ room.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Summer leopard fabric in aqua, $18/yd. (x10), (definitely a splurge)
  • Rainbow Zebra wall art, $119, The Land of Nod (another splurge)
  • Grass green sheets, $5 ea. for fitted (not bothering with a flat sheet) and $3 ea. for pillowcase (x2)
  • Stamped scallop duvet cover, $59, Urban Outfitters (x2)
  • 8×10′ Brilliance monotone flatweave rug in sunflower, $242 (thanks to a 50 percent discount), Rugs USA (item is on backorder)
  • Nightingale light, $14, Urban Outfitters
  • Paint is Behr’s Porpoise ($32/gal. x 3 gallons or so)
  • Chandelier (free, a save from the dining room); spray paint $3.44; PVC pipe $1.80.

Total is roughly $620 (including the wall art from Target) and we’re looking at about $900 if the rug happens (please, sweet baby Jesus, make it happen).

If you missed it, we’re going with sharks and anchors in my son’s room.

Of course, now we have to make this all happen. We’re looking at a moving in in 2-3 weeks, so hopefully I’ll have an update on this room in a month or so.

What about you? Are you currently working on a room redesign? Do you ever get design paralysis like I do (I hate making decisions)? Or am I all alone here?

4 thoughts on “Single Mama Style: Bold Girls’ Room

  1. russ
    May 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’m not working on any designs for my rooms but my friend has come up with some really good ideas. She just bought me some cool curtains. Love the bass picture idea. 🙂

    1. Echo
      May 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

      She must be a genius. 🙂

  2. May 27, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I think the colors are great!!

    Stopping by from SITS.

    1. Echo
      May 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thanks so much! My girls are excited about them.