Since we are splitting the girls into their own bedrooms, that means nixing the playroom, which is really an eyesore anyway. This is the room I'm tackling first. Its been fun working with Eric and my mom on design ideas. I will post inspiration shots for the room next. There are a few challenges; first, the room is really small so I'm trying to tackle storage issues and making the room feel bigger. The plan is to install mirrored closet doors which are opposite the window to make the room feel more open.  We will install a removable ballet bar in front of the mirrored doors and cap them with crystal knobs, so Alyssa has a place to practice. I have chosen a pale blue with a slightly lighter, reflective ceiling which should make the ceiling feel taller. (crosses fingers) Also one accent wall will get a lightly reflective wallpaper with a stripe design incorporated which should continue to bounce light around and make the room feel taller. We will raise her low bed to make room for more storage underneath.  I could go on, but I'll leave the final pictures when we're finished do the talking.  It's not much to look at now, but we're getting closer.  Frustratingly, the wallpaper has been ordered nearly 3 weeks ago and still hasn't arrived.

Before shot: playroom mayhem

Day 1 : Toys organized, furniture removed, room emptied, carpet shampooed

A couple weeks into project: Ceiling and walls painted. Ceiling painted with candlelight topcoat, which gives it a slightly reflective and glittery look in light. Beds stripped and sanded, awaiting fresh paint and some minor alterations. Wishing wallpaper would arrive faster.

Bargain shopping: found these 5 yard remnants on clearance with an additional 50% off. Heavyweight, extra wide jacquard like this usually runs between $25-35 a yard. Got a total of 10 yards for only $4 each.

I love craigslist! One of the problems I have is finding furniture for Alyssa. I want her to be comfortable, but since she's already almost 7, I don't want to buy her "kiddie" chairs that she will outgrow in a blink.  Found these vintage chairs on craigslist for a steal. Since they were made in the 60's,  they fit an adult comfortably, but they are smaller than today's chairs and sit a little lower. Down filled and sturdy. The fabric is a severely faded blue velvet, but works with what I'm trying to achieve. Plus its amazing what a good shampoo and brushing can do.  

Cute little matching table mimics the curve in the chair. I can't wait to put these in the room!