Interior designer Maya Williams took on the challenge of creating a dreamy, pre-teen girl's bedroom for the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House, and as I already discussed in a previous post her goal was to achieve maximum style with minimal space.
The uninspired, 10x13 room, originally designed in 1920's as servant's quarters required Williams to accentuate the positive: a great view & pretty windows.
The results? A jewel box of color, sparkle and sophisticated style.
Many of the creative ideas Williams incorporated into the room may inspire changes to a small space of your own.
One of my favorite touches: The ceiling mural dotted with crystals! The stencil is simple, and the designer didn't go overboard with the bling -just enough to catch the light from a pretty chandelier and add interest.
To center the twin bed in front of the window without it looking awkward, Williams created draperies to frame it and hide the uneven spaces. It's a trick that also makes the bed a sophisticated, very dressed-up focal point -and one any girly-girl would love.
Above the headboard, the designer hung lengths of butterflies from the ceiling to create a simple -and inexpensive- touch of whimsy and creativity. It would look equally darling in a nursery -just make sure baby can't reach them!
Mixing pillow cases with colorful details (that all stay in the same color family) results in pretty, layered, totally functional- decor. I have found several embroidered pillow cases at vintage flea markets and they offer an affordable way to add color and a unique, handmade touch. Sweet!
Feeling ambitious? Consider embroidering your own cases -instant heirlooms!