This month my favorite girl turns 13. It’s hard to believe how quick time goes. Every year that passes, she continues to impress me with her kindness, maturity and determination. She has had a heart of gold since she was a tiny little girl and it just grows bigger and bigger with every season.
When Ally was 3 she fell madly in love with flamingos. I have no idea why, maybe because they are pink? Whatever the reason, she was infatuated. She carried around a little plush flamingo for months that we found at the zoo (the only store that had flamingo gifts…unlike now, where you can find flamingo everything, everywhere).
Flamingos have always reminded me of Ally, so when I came across this wallpaper, I knew it was perfect for her bedroom. Not too cutesy, not too grown up. I had never wallpapered before so I knew this would be a bit of a commitment, but we both love how it turned out!
We upgraded Ally to a queen size bed and found this blush velvet bed that matched her wallpaper perfectly. Since the wallpaper was busy, I kept her bedding really simple in whites and pinks and made her promise never to play with slime on her bed. Since the bed took up so much of the room, I added a floor lamp on one side of her bed and a glass bedside table on the other. The glass allowed more of the wallpaper to show and had just enough room to store a few books/journals.
I joke with Ally that I’d like to live in her room. I had always wanted this Anthro mirror and when I finally ordered it, it was way too small for the space I was imagining. She begged me to put it in her room and it turns out, it actually looks great in there! I added an ottoman at the base to give her something to sit on when she is braiding her hair, applying lip gloss or whatever 12 year olds do in front of the mirror.
Next to her bed is a rug, which I know is weird to put over carpet, but I really love a rug in a room! I loved the pattern and detailing, plus it gave the floor a little dimension. I didn’t get a great photo of the full rug but I linked it so you can see the whole thing on the source site.
I found this palm leaf lamp and thought it went perfect up against the flamingos and then took it a step further and added a fiddle leaf tree to her room. When I came home with it, she was so excited I was going to let her have it in her room. The only catch was..she has to dust it! They are easy to kill, so we’re crossing our fingers we can keep it alive. (The pot is linked here.) If you look reallllly close you can see tiny fairy lights we put on the tree. It looks magical at night!
Her bedroom isn’t huge, so I updated her dresser to a smaller piece but it didn’t come in time for the photos. I linked it here if anyone is curious! It is SO CUTE and takes up way less space. Above the dresser we hung two marble shelves and let her decorate them with little knick knacks.
I didn’t take a great before picture, so I pulled the listing photo when the home was for sale. You’ll see several differences with the biggest one being the room was previously GREEN!
In addition to the wallpaper, we also painted the room white, updated the flooring and swapped out the light fixture. What a difference!
Ally, I’m moving in! Goldie too 🙂
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Photos by Kelly Clare Photography