Being the girly-girl that I am, I was ecstatic to discover that I was pregnant with a little girl. Lucky for me, she ended up being as girly as her momma. The day she turned five, she stood in a pink pettiskirt, and sweetly asked for a pink fancy room just like her alter-ego, Fancy Nancy. Of course, I said yes. Then while searching for inspiration, I stumbled onto this image:
I really gravitated towards the black and pink color palette because pink is definitely tres fancy and black because we owned a black, antique, cast-iron bed. The bed originally belonged to my daughter’s great-grandmother. Heirlooms, I feel, really give historical presence and add so much character to a space. And at the risk of sounding 60, they just don’t make things the way they used to.
The wall color selected is a pale pink. So light in hue that it is actually white, with a tint of pink. I wanted sweet not saccharine. The accent colors used are a careful balance of black and white. Too much white and the room could appear shabby chic. On the flip side, too much black would be overpowering for a young girl’s room. Here is the finished room.
The vintage 1950’s school desk is made out of hard steel and really stands up to the abuse of a five year old. The metal was a grey when I first purchased this off CL. I like the subtle two-tone paint job done by me. This piece is certainly going to be handed down to her growing baby brother. Perhaps then I will paint it red. But that is an upcoming chapter.
The infamous dollhouse on top of an Offi Scando table.
Rain-gutter shelves is such a practical, low-cost solution to decluttering books. Framed watercolor painting made by me.
I love looking at the inspiration picture and seeing how the room developed. Sometimes when designing, things take a life of their own. Is it Fancy enough? I asked the client, who squealed yes. So I would say that is success.