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Sophie's Room

Sweet as pie and pretty in pink, Sophie’s room is a charming lady-like oasis inspired by nature’s best assets. Layered in feminine floral and avian motifs, this room mixes vintage valuables with sweet surprises for a space well suited for a darling little girl.

by Jennifer Gibeau and Natalie Hodgins,

Sophie's Bedroom

My daughter Sophie is an artist in the making. She’s all about self-expression and insists on dressing herself every day for school! A natural born fashionista, Sophie is always game for playing dress up. I wanted to create a space for her that was colourful and feminine with a serene undertone so that my little girl could feel free to be her best self.

Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom

Bring the Outside In

One of the best features in Sophie’s room is the window that overlooks a massive evergreen tree that’s home to lots of singing Finch birds in the warmer months. I chose to bring the outside in and created a reoccurring avian theme. I found this gorgeous, brightly hued bird fabric from Designer Fabrics Online that I used as the jumping off point for the rest of the room. The pinks, reds and greens featured in the fabric can be seen in high doses throughout the bedroom in the bed linens, artwork and paper lanterns. The white porcelain doves and framed watercolour vista offer a continuation of nature's influence.

Breathe Life into Old Treasures

Make it meaningful by incorporating hand-me-downs and family heirlooms into your décor. The antique hand mirror and hairbrush were given to me from my Aunt Madeleine and the old fairytale books were mine as a kid. I couldn’t wait to pass down these treasures to Sophie.

Sophie's Bedroom

Style with Stickers

I wasn't keen on the stickers that Sophie insisted be used to adorn her headboard at first, but I grew to love them because it meant that Sophie was expressing her style and making her mark. They add a touch of whimsy to the space and now every time I look at them I smile! My best tip for living with little decorators is to provide them with vinyl adhesive stickers so that they peel off easily and don't leave a sticky residue on valuable furnishings.

 

Sophie's Bedroom

Go Big with Pattern

When it comes to pattern, I'm of the belief that more is more! In keeping with the schematic for the room, I chose a sheet set featuring bold floral medallions, a custom red accent pillow with cherry blossom detail, a daisy-inspired pattern fabric for the step stool, and found a vintage floral patchwork quilt with charming bunting banner trim. As long as your colours are complementary (the easiest way to do this is by choosing shades within the same colour family), there becomes little room for error when layering patterns.

Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom

Double Up

Sophie’s room is small, but I didn’t let that stop me from putting a double bed in the room. I wanted to give my daughter a big bed so that she could enjoy sleepovers and so that I could sleep with her on those nights when she needs her mom.  Don’t be afraid to add a big bed to a small room; it becomes the room’s focal point, and is easier to make work as the main attraction than trying to make the room feel bigger.

Embrace Open Storage

I'm a huge proponent for open storage bins. They provide quick access for playtime and make cleanup a breeze! Kids will quickly learn how to organize their playthings if they can see the logic behind the bins. Open storage doesn't have to be unsightly! Keep your eye out for streamlined fabric bins or baskets in pretty solids or poppy patterns for a look that complements your space.

Sophie's Bedroom
Sophie's Bedroom

Source Guide:

Designer Fabrics Online: curtains, step stool, ribbon stripe pillow (all custom made)

Romo Bilborough: red accent pillow

Dwell Studio: pink medallion sheet set

Vintage Fine Objects: dresser, lamp

Around the Block: mirror

Canvas Gallery: painting by artist Sharon Barr

Dash and Albert: rug

Indigo: storage bins

Ikea: Lack Shelves, duvet cover

West Elm: porcelain birds

Homesense: decorate jewelry box

Vintage: quilt, headboard, sconce, hand mirror and hairbrush, bedside table, art glass

Photography by Tiffany Piotrowski