Q&A With Mom and Designer Marianne Brown What is your favorite feature of Caroline’s bedroom? My favorite feature of Caroline’s bedroom is her bed. It was mine when I was young, and my parents had bought it at an estate sale in Washington D.C., so it’s quite old. It used to be white with the rope detail painted green and I decided to paint it a french blue with white rope detail because I thought it would be a fun color combination with the red and white custom-made striped duvet.
What design values did you use when decorating the space? I am normally drawn to very classic, neutral spaces but with this room I wanted to use happy colors. There is something about the rooms of sweet children that deserve to be peaceful and happy places. That's why I used
some bright colors but made sure there was still a nice calming feel to it at the same time.
to put a cute play tent, but I feel like those decor items might be better in the playroom.
Nostalgia. I love adding vintage pieces. Things that I grew up with, and even things their grandmothers had when they were young (like the Bunnykins china and vintage framed art and photos). I think it not only helps give them a sense of where they came from, but vintage pieces have a sweet innocent quality to them.
Any other tips?
Cleanliness. With how messy the playroom gets, I wanted her bedroom to be clean in both decor and clutter and germs. I remember reading a few articles that said you sleep better when your room is clean and free of distraction, so that is exactly what I aimed for. At times I feel like the walls need more decor or I want
The most successful rooms in your homes will always be achieved by putting a lot of thought and meaning into the rooms. Decorating just to decorate is never as fulfilling for me as decorating with the person in mind and infusing a lot of personal touches that will enrich the lives of those living in the room. Designwise I could have done a lot more to Caroline’s room, but I edited on purpose, chose comfort over style, and didn’t go over the top because I want a sort of simpleness and calmness to be communicated to her through the decor.
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