Tea for Two
Since Madeline is full of energy, her room includes a small learning and activity space where she hosts tea parties for her bears and often colors with her big brother, Dylan. Construction and room installation by Artistico Construction
In its original state, Madeline's room was simply a 12-by-14-foot box with beige walls and taupe travertine tile floor.
For a quick and cost-effective update, Madeline's closet is painted a dark violet tone to coordinate with the overall plum, gray and lavender tones of her bedroom. Organic woven baskets and hanging storage systems maximize the space and add a designated spot for her clothes and favorite toys.
To allow Madeline instant access to her favorite toys and books, open bins are placed on the closet floor.
Since the majority of Madeline's outfits are super girly and fun to look at, displaying them in front of the dark-violet closet walls highlights them, allowing them to work as part of the room's decoration.
Madeline sleeps on a basic Pottery Barn Kids toddler bed that has been customized with a sprayed violet paint finish. To give her basic bedding a designer update, decorative trim was added to the pillows and a duvet cover, originally picked up from a big-box retail store. Hardy Crystorama pendant lights shaped as bouquets of roses were installed in the ceiling above plastic nightstands. Pendant light fixtures permanently affixed to the ceiling are a more durable solution to table lamps that can easily be knocked over. To keep pendants out of a toddler's reach, make sure they're installed so that they hang above the center of the nightstand.
A page from Madeline's favorite book — appropriately titled Madeline — sits on her nightstand in a polished pewter picture frame. Framing pages from books is a great way to add a sophisticated touch to a youthful subject.
An overall dreamy aesthetic draws people into Madeline's bedroom. Horizontal planks of pine were given a lighter appearance by a custom whitewash finish. The walls and ceiling were painted a chic shade of lavender from Sherwin-Williams called Ash Violet.
To add custom art to Madeline's room, a professional photographer shot images of her favorite stuffed animals. The photos are matted in white and displayed in stainless steel frames. The key to doing this correctly is to photograph each stuffed animal close up enough so that it's easily identifiable from all points in the room.
One of the main objectives in designing Madeline's room was to incorporate understated elegance. A glass chandelier from Crystorama centered in the room adds a touch of timeless glamour that also adds ambiance.
Basic 1-by-6-foot V-groove pink planks were given a dreamy and elegant update with one coat of a custom-mixed whitewash. To create a whitewash treatment, simply dilute white paint with water until the desired balance is achieved. In order to make wood grain and knots fade away, a less-diluted mix works best; however, if the grain and knots are desired for textural reasons, heavily diluted white paint is key.
Softening Madeline's travertine tile floors was a main concern. By simply adding FLOR carpet tiles wall to wall, the entire room took on a more elegant appearance packed with softness and durability. Should Madeline damage any of the carpet tiles, it can simply be picked up, taken to a sink and rinsed. Once dry, the tile can slide back into place and look as good as new. If any tiles should be permanently damaged, a single tile can be ordered online, as opposed to having to replace the carpet throughout the entire room. To install FLOR tiles, all that's needed is a tape measure, a level and a utility knife.
Floor-to-ceiling draperies in toddler rooms can be challenging to keep clean and out of harm's way. A great alternative is to outfit windows with Roman shades. Madeline's were made with drapery-weight linen sporting a brocade pattern in gray, black and white. Since cords are hazardous to babies and toddlers, always ensure safety by installing cord holders well out of a child's reach.
Elegant touches of violet were added to Madeline's room through vintage glass bottles displayed on white floating shelves, placed safely up high and out of reach. The bottles serve as vessels in which to display fresh flowers. Since yellow is the complementary color to violet, flowers in yellow tones seem to work best.
Madeline's dreamy, sophisticated toddler bedroom is made up of three zones: a sleeping area to the left, a wide open play space in the center and an activity and learning center on the right.
The Play Table
To give Madeline a one-of-a-kind activity center, inexpensive toddler-sized wicker chairs were updated with glossy plum paint and custom cushions, then placed around a ready-made laminate table.
The Play Table
In their updated state, Madeline's activity center chairs are upholstered in a woven fabric sporting several different shades of plum and gray. For contrast, a welt cord in canary yellow was added. Since yellow is the complementary color to violet, touches of yellow are repeated throughout the overall violet room.
Modern furniture manufacturers offer classic grown-up style chairs in toddler-friendly materials such as plastic and acrylic. By simply incorporating one of these (such as the Lou Lou Ghost Chair from Kartell seen here) into a toddler space, it instantly packs a touch of elegance that can withstand the wear and tear associated with toddlers.
The Toy Bin
Open storage is the best choice for housing a toddler's most beloved toys. Industrial wire bins with washable linen liners are an excellent way to pack both function and style into a single storage solution.
For architectural interest, crown molding was added along the top of Madeline's walls. By painting the ceiling the same shade as the walls in a flat finish, and painting the crown molding glossy ultra white, the molding stands out.